AFP-SAPA partnership comes to an end

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Global agency Agence France Presse (AFP) will end its collaboration with the South African Press Association (SAPA) in the new year.

AFP’s English content will no longer be available via SAPA as of 2015.

“SAPA and AFP have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship and the decision to withdraw our news service from SAPA was not taken lightly. However, the changing media landscape in South Africa has necessitated the exploration of new commercial approaches in keeping with AFP’s growth goals for the African region,” said Harry Lee-Rudolph, commercial manager for AFP Southern Africa.

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He added that AFP will enhance its coverage of Africa through all mediums by offering clients a comprehensive media package that addresses all content and platform needs.

AFP has 200 bureaus across the world in 150 countries of which 18 bureaus are based in sub-Saharan Africa.