International bodies

World Association of Newspapers (WAN) represents more than 18,000 publications 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.

FIPP, the worldwide magazine association, represents more than 6,000 member magazine titles around the world.

Independent bodies

The Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC) certifies and provides accurate circulation figures.

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) represents the interests of senior journalists, editors and trainers from the media industry in South Africa;

The Press Ombudsman acts as mediator in addressing complaints from individuals or groups who feel aggrieved by reports or comments in newspapers and magazines including online publications.

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) regulates advertising in the public interest through a system of self-regulation and ensures it meets the requirements of the Code of Advertising Practice.

Statutory Bodies

The Fibre Processing and Manufacturing SETA (FP&M) strengthens valuechain linkages between related industries through skills development in diverse fields, including publishing. Its aim is to assist the historically disadvantaged to become economically sustainable and globally competitive.

Media Development & Diversity Agency (MDDA) enables "historically disadvantaged communities and persons not adequately served by the media" to access the media. Beneficiaries are community media and small commercial media.

The Statutory Council of the Printing, Newspaper and Packaging Industry resolves labour disputes in the industry (such as dismissal and unfair labour practices).

Marketing and Advertising Bodies

South African Advertising Research Foundation (SAARF) measures audiences of all traditional media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, television, cinema and out of home media.

The Advertising Media Forum (AMF) formulates strategies relating to the planning and purchasing of media for a third party.

The Advertising Media Association of SA (AMASA) focuses on education for those interested in the media, marketing and advertising industry.

Capro offers a one-stop media solution between advertisers and the communities they want to reach, while the DMMA represents the digital industry across all sectors including the media, the marketing community, government and the public, and also acts as the channel through which international bodies can enter the South African digital market.