He started his career in print media as a Freelance Columnist for The Mafikeng Mail newspaper, and continued to serve as a Freelance Journalist for both Sowetan and City Press newspapers. He was appointed as the Editor of the then most successful Mafikeng-based newspaper, News Independent. He was promoted as a Managing Editor within six months.
Mokhwae graduated with a Diploma in Public Relations Management from PRISA, Diploma in Business Administration from AoL Colllege, National Certificate in Quality Management Systems (SAQI) and National Certificate in Multimedia course from IAJ. His currently a Managing Editor and owner of the North Western Times cc, which publishes Kuruman Chronicle, Kagisano-Molopo News and Platinum Press newspapers.
Sello Makgobatlou was born in Moletsane, Soweto. He first attended his lower primary school at Matubeng and finished his high school at Thabo High School.
Mr. Makgobatlou started working as an operator at Anchor Yeast and left after 7years for greener pastures at Seculu Printers and spent a good 14 years, then left to pursue his vision of starting his own publication and studying further towards a management course.
Wandile (Wara) Fana is a seasoned rural Xhosa journalist and publisher, social entrepreneur who regards himself as a random theorist. An unapologetically Ngungi’st, he is a Co-Founder of Skawara News, a rural Xhosa newspaper in the Eastern Cape. Fana currently serve as a Managing Editor of online publication Takasele (Leapfrog), board member of the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP), and a fellow at Kettering Foundation in the US.
Mbali Dhlomo is the brains behind two publications that circulate in KwaZulu-Natal.
GENUINE MAGAZINE was launched after presenting it as an assignment for a Marketing Course at Unischool, UKZN in 1998. She oversees to its planning, design, production, distribution and marketing. The magazine is distributed by Independent Newspapers and sold throughout the Province of KwaZulu-Natal at shops such as, Shoprite Checkers, CNA and Spar.
Fanelo Maseko is an Evaton born and bred journalist who has extensive experience in the media industry, having done freelance work for Media24, Avusa Media, Trans Africa Media Holdings, Mooi Vaal Media, Vaal University of Technology, NEHAWU and Vaal Community Radio. After freelancing for various national media houses, Fanelo founded Loxion News, a township-to-township newspaper based in the Vaal in 2009. He is currently the Publishing Editor of Loxion News. His interest lies on the issues of transformation of the South African media industry. Fanelo strongly believes that not much has been done to transform the industry and that there is still a lot that needs to be done by the government, corporate sector and the society
Obtained his matric certificate at Moroka High School and his National High Diploma in Graphic Design at the Central University of Technology in 2000. He has always wanted to be involved in the development of young people and started his career as a tutor 1999 at Mmabana Cultural Centre and moved to being a part-time lecturer in the Graphic Design Faculty at the Central University of Technology in 2001. He worked for the Provincial Government for few years before starting his own businesses.
He is currently working as Managing Director of his companies in construction and media. He started his media and publishing company in 2012 called OB Technology and Design and founded the monthly publication called Metro News (www.metroonline.co.za). He has served in a number of organisations such as Nafcoc Free State and the Free State Small Media Co-operative. He holds more than 10 years of experience in branding and design.
Tom Nkosi is a newspaper publisher, and also a communication expert with experience of more than 20 years in the field. He holds a National Diploma Public Relations graduate with the University of South Africa (UNISA). He worked for the South African Council of Churches, but as a political activist in the United Democratic Front’s affiliated South African Youth Congress (SAYCO) in the mid 1980s, it was inevitable that he’d focus his attention in the liberation struggle.
Patrick is the sole owner of LPL Publishers and publisher of a tabloid size community newspaper Cape Flats News, formerly known as Bonteheuwel Community News. The newspaper has been in existence since April 2002. After finishing school in 1979, Patrick has study tenaciously for the past twenty years in various fields to become a leading voice in the media landscape. During the eighties he worked for Rapport as a freelance sport reporter.
Given his background, itˈs no surprise to see the huge role sport plays in his life. He has witness over the years how sport has provided opportunities, in particular young people, and how it has transformed them in becoming humane citizens. Patrick continues to play a pivotal role in sport development in the many communities he is involved with. The newspaper platform, through its positive coverage given to community sport, is seen as an extra tool to enhance a better quality life for people from these disadvantaged areas. Far too often the only time people from these parts make the newspapers, is when gangsterism and or other social ills reared its ugly head. Simply put, community newspapers have the capacity to inform readers judiciously to ensure a deepening of democracy. Since being part of the Aip board, Patrick has led the charge to transform the media space.
Dunisani Ntsanwisi born and bred in the village of Malamulele in Limpopo. A qualified media studies practitioner trained from Boston Media house, he started his career at Rainbow FM where he worked as a news compiler for six months. In 2004 he moved back to Limpopo and worked as a journalist for a community newspaper called Seipone news that is where he developed the love for community print media, and in July 2005 registered Nhluvuko Media Communication that now publishes Nthavela newspaper.
Masindi Mkhize is a Publisher and Editor of Ezakwazulu News. She has 22 years of experience in Community Print media and holds a Diploma in Journalism from Cape Peninsula University of Technology formerly known as Peninsula Technikon. She is responsible for the general running of the publication and the editorial direction.