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Andrew Mokhwae

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.


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Wandile Fana

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.

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Dunisani Ntsanwisi

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.

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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.

I worked for Media24 Free State regional Afrikaans newspaper Die Son for three consecutive years before moving for greener pastures. My stint with the publication I started doing a research on how I could start my own business as an entrepreneur, and I got an inspiration has inspired me to start my own publication. I also

My main objectives in life is to empower myself and develop writing talent while adding value to the community by creating jobs for the unemployed youth who are interested developing their skills in writing and community print media.

After many researches, I established a community news paper by the name of Seipone News to redress the lack of poverty in the community.

I have experienced so many challenges in the corporate world and I have a specific dream to fulfill. I work and do business with companies that are more challenging in the media industry. It is against this background that I decided to enroll for Bachelor of management leadership (BML), a three year programme at the University of the Free State.

I am currently serving as the Chairperson of the Free State Media Cooperative.

My Leadership roles involves the following:

  1. Establishing a clear vision, motivate employees and building the moral.
  2. Effluence to bring strong work ethic, share clear vision with others so that they will follow willingly.
  3. To get better results by providing the information, knowledge and methods to realize that vision of the organization.
  4. Coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all members and stakeholders and make them to understand the effective of their roles and the impact to last in the their absence.

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Thembisa Mjiba-Makasi is a community journalist and a business woman by profession. She is the founder and editor of iDikelethu Community Newspaper based in Alice. She holds an Honours degree in social science, Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, advanced diploma in communication and a number of certificates all of which she obtained from various institutions. She is currently busy doing her Master’s degree in Communication at the University of Fort Hare.

As a trained journalist Thembisa started working as an intern in various media companies including the SABC, Former Radio Transkei and at Grocotts Mail. She then worked as freelance journalist for the Rap and Sunday sun newspaper.

While freelancing for the Sun in and around Nkonkobe Local Municipality Thembisa realized that there was no community newspaper in the area except the provincial newspaper called Daily Dispatch which was catering for the middle class readers or well educated people only. After consulting with the community members and conducted a research she then started a community newspaper called iDikelethu News in 2007.

Her passion for a newspaper or in print media actually started at Varsity when Dr Beekman came with an idea for the Unisa Johannesburg learning Centre to start a student newsletter for peer students. She then appointed Thembisa to be in charge of the project and act as the editor. Since then her passion for the printed copy never stopped until she established her own small print media house for Nkonkobe Municipality.

As an independent as well as a team worker Thembisa loves sharing ideas and to be involved in the advancement of small and developing print media houses. In the Eastern Cape Province she is always seen among those who are in the forefront of forming print media co-operatives and the executive member of a newly formed print media hub called ECPCM which strive to assist the print community media sector to come together as a collative entity and have one voice in dealing with its challenges.

Thembisa was once invited by the Parliament of the Republic Of South Africa to speak on behalf of Community Print Media Sector during the Print Media Indaba after the portfolio committee visited her project. In addition to that Thembisa Mjiba was amongst South African Journalist and Government Communicators who went on a study tour to Germany in 2015 to learn about innovative tools and mechanism of communication. Although her project just like any other developing small media house is still facing sustainability challenges in its area of distribution. Her project has created jobs and alleviated poverty.

She believes that an informed society makes better decisions that is why she continue to educate, inform and to entertain her readers. Since day one of its establishment idikelethu News has opened its doors for journalism students from previously disadvantaged communities to do internship and work experience programmes.

They have established good working relations with various Print Media Institutions such as FP&Mseta, AIP, ECCF, MDDA , MISA , IAJ and SEDA.  Idikelethu News last was nominated as one of the best grass root community newspapers nationally at the MDDA and SANLAM Awards. Lastly but not the least, Thembisa has been appointed as a new board member for An Association of Independent Newspaper representing Newspapers in the Eastern Cape.

 

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Peter Lategan is a well-rounded communications- and media practitioner and project manager with more than 28 years hands-on experience in the various facets of media, communication, marketing, public relations, radio & television presenting, translations, copywriting, layout, graphic design, etc. Since the early 90`s he has been instrumental in the establishment of a range of developmental initiatives in Atlantis and other parts of the country, mostly in youth- and community development, media, and entrepreneurship. A social entrepreneur at heart, he ensures that job creation, entrepreneurship and social development forms an integral part of every project.

His Western Cape based newspaper, Impact News is a 100% black-owned and 51% black female-owned community newspaper managed by a team of dynamic, positive and creative people, committed to making a positive change in our communities through the power of print media. The publication was established in 2011 to turn around the typical negative perceptions about Atlantis and surrounds. As part of their commitment to job creation and community development, they assist learners, youth and students in journalism and related fields, by offering training, guidance and internships.  By making use of Impact News, advertisers therefore not only get the best advertising deal for their business or product, but directly support our job creation- and other development projects in Atlantis and surrounds.

His communications company have been servicing government departments and -agencies, corporates, local industrialists, businesspeople, retailers and SMME`s for close to twenty years. He is a founder and currently serves on the board of Khulani Media Co-operative in the Western Cape. In terms of community development,  he is the founder of Atlantis Economic Development Association, an initiative committed to drive proper economic transformation in and around Atlantis. He also heads up the Entrepreneurial Committee of the Atlantis Rotary International Club.