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.
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
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.
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.
Simon Mboleka a South African born of Xhosa descendent. currently reside in Bloemfontein, commonly known as, The City of Roses, which is where I was born and grew up. I started my primary schooling at Kegomodicoe Primary School in Taung in the North West, and finished my High School at Kagisho Comprehensive School in Bloemfontein.
My life is filled with valuable life experiences. What I am today is derived from my childhood experiences, morals, and beliefs. Every obstacle I encountered in my life has taught me the valuable of living today, hence I have always ensured happiness as my everyday goal.