Congratulations, you’ve made the cut!

If you’re reading this, you are among the top 50 South Africans to be trained by Food For Mzansi’s Sinelizwi citizen journalism programme. Hundreds applied, but in the end only 50 made the cut for this exciting nationwide initiative.

The word “sinelizwi” is of Xhosa origin and it means “We have the word”. And this is exactly what you will be doing in our structured programme.

As a Sinelizwi participant, you agree to the following:

  • to complete all the assignments honestly and on the deadlines provided;
  • to attend check-in meetings on the agreed-upon dates and times as set by Sinelizwi;
  • to only submit work that is original and not copied from other sources;
  • to not submit Sinelizwi assignments to any other publication;
  • to not post your Sinelizwi work on social media unless we’ve asked you to;
  • to not abuse Sinelizwi communication channels by posting content that can in any way be offensive, disrespectful, harmful, racist, sexist, homophobic or inflammatory;
  • to submit assignments under the supervision of your parent/s or legal guardian, if you are not 18 years old.

Also, you recognise that you are not an employee, a professional journalist or a representative, in any way, of Food For Mzansi and/or any of our clients or partners. Introducing yourself as such is a serious offence which may lead to immediate disqualification from the Sinelizwi programme, and also legal consequences.

Furthermore, Food For Mzansi holds the content rights to all work submitted, including pictures, videos and stories that have been written by you. Your only incentive from Sinelizwi and Food For Mzansi will be a monthly data allotment for your class tasks, and a stipend of our choice for the eventual articles, pictures and videos submitted. You recognise that you do not take part in Sinelizwi for monetary gain, but instead use it for the opportunity to learn, grow and develop you citizen journalism skills.

Golden rules for WhatsApp group:

  • Always keep to the purpose of the group! Don’t share irrelevant messages about other topics.
  • Do not spam the group!
  • Post your message in one single chunk of text, don’t post every word or sentence in a new message.
  • Do not have one-on-one conversations in the group. Switch to private messages.
  • Do not post in the group between 14:00 in the afternoon and 07:00 in the morning.
  • The group is not a political platform. No arguing, no heated opinions, no fear mongering, no hyped-up drama, no fake news. Check your sources before you share.
  • Never EVER use this group to air grievances.
  • Don’t add other people.
  • When the group has served its purpose (the hike is over) delete it.

Please make sure you follow these rules carefully. Trust us, no one likes an irritating WhatsApp group that is enough to drive one crazy or disrupt sleep.