Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join the Black Media Owners Association?
Any media company that is majority-owned by black individuals or entities, operates legally, has a good reputation, and adheres to ethical and professional standards is eligible for membership.

What are the benefits of joining the association?
Membership in the Black Media Owners Association offers a range of benefits, including access to a network of like-minded individuals, advocacy on behalf of the industry, opportunities for professional development, and potential cost savings through group purchasing power. See more benefits here…

What is the membership fee?
The annual membership fee determined by the Board of Directors for the year 2023 is R530 per annum(VAT inclusive) and does depend on the size and revenue of the company. For companies that exceed R10 million in turnover and are JSE-listed, the membership extends to R5300 per annum.

Will membership be restricted to a certain geographic location?
Membership in the Black Media Owners Association is primarily focused on media companies that are based in South Africa, or have operations that are primarily based in South Africa.

Will the association be open to all types of media?
The association will be primarily focused on media-related activities such as publishing, broadcasting, advertising, or marketing. However, the Board may consider other types of media companies on a case-by-case basis. The association also accepts media practitioners, professionals and industry experts as part of its membership.

Will the association provide training or professional development opportunities?
Yes, the association does offer a range of training and professional development opportunities for its members. These may include workshops, seminars, and other educational events. We work with strategic partners like Sector Education & Training Authorities (SETAs) and other institutions in conducting educational programmes. We also share the latest opportunities for professional development with members through social media and our newsletter.

How will the association advocate on behalf of the industry?
The Black Media Owners Association does advocacy on behalf of the industry by engaging with policymakers, regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders to ensure that the interests of black media owners are represented and protected. The engagements are planned meetings, media interviews, submission of policy inputs, contributions and activism through our membership.