About Us

Who we are

We are an online publication focused on collecting and publishing valuable and informed opinions from all the people of South Africa. We do not rely on journalists or regular reporting of events. We believe that views and news are equally important.

Our vision

To be an inclusive viewspaper and to provide an alternative media platform owned by the people.

Our mission

Our mission is to promote and protect freedom of expression by providing a neutral media platform focusing specifically on covering the views of everyone living in South Africa.

Our aim

Our solutions lie in the improvement of the quality of our debates. 

  • As a responsible publication we take an educational point of view and seek to find solutions to negative content we receive. 
  • We believe that reality is not negative or positive but both and that the representation must be as such. We do not set an agenda but pose questions that can bring about positive change, from uncomfortable and sensitive discussions. 
  • We make analysis which exposes alternative views, as there is always another side to the story. We seek to promote and protect freedom of expression by affording people a proper and safe engament platform. 
  • We will continue to emphasise the neglected fact that VIEWS and NEWS are equally important.
Affiliation

Uownit-SA is an independent, private company with no affiliation to any media group, political party or religious organisation.

Meet the team

The directors are from different walks of life, each contributing rich expertise to service specific areas in the Uownit-SA team. As per the guidance provided by the South African Constitution, our team meets both gender and race equality standards.

Vusi Jiyana

Founder & Director

Vusi April Jiyana is an entrepreneur, writer, poet and a motivational speaker. He is also an author of a motivational book titled ‘You can be strong at your weakest place’, one of the few South African books to sell 200 copies within the first month of release. Vusi has an extremely diverse experience which includes Public Relations, Project Management, Media Ownership, NPO Operations, Training and Mentorship.

Rene Benecke

Director

Communication at University of Johannesburg. She is also a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner. Her mission is to facilitate collaborations between diverse people in order for them to share their views about social issues and tell their stories. Her current research focus is activism and specifically public relations activism.

Heleen Liebenberg

Director

Heleen Liebenberg is a publisher, researcher, author, content developer and an avid self-taught foodie. She worked in corporate, SMMEs as well as private enterprises. Heleen managed, published and written for magazines, journals, newspapers, the web, as well as school and academic books. The underlying theme in her varied career has been communication. Her ideal in life is to search for truth, satiate her constant curiosity and be kind to all.

Lindiwe Mnguni

Director

Lindiwe Mnguni is a Johannesburg-based visual designer with over 8 years industry experience. She specialises in illustration, branding and identity design, and web design. She’s had the privilege to work with many high-profile clients and top brands across a diverse range of industries, including Samsung, FNB, Vodacom, MTN, Randwater, DJ Fresh, Simphiwe Dana, and Khabonina Qhubeka, as well as new businesses and startups.

Janice Baard

Director

The academic template of the University of Cape Town, and a degree with majors that included African Economic History and Political Studies, led initially to employment in the southern and eastern African hospitality sectors. Accumulated project management and marketing experience then led to a 10 year corporate ladder where extensive local and international operations management, training and business development experience were added to the package.