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Staff Profiles



Louise Vale: Executive Director

Louise Vale is Executive Director of the Association of Independent Publishers and a member of the Press Council. In her previous capacity as General Manager of the David Rabkin Project for Experiential Journalism (Rhodes University owned and comprising of the oldest independent newspaper in South Africa Grocott’s Mail, Grocott’s Printing and Publishers, Grocott’s Advertising Agency) she was on the Board of the Association of Independent Publishers, the Eastern Cape Community Media Forum, the MAPPP- SETA Advisory Committee (now being reconstituted) and a mentor/consultant for the MDDA.

In the seven years spent at the David Rabkin Project, the project moved from print media only to encompass digital and mobile; accommodated almost 210 journalism interns; set up a second title, Upstart,  written by youth for youth; developed national, regional and local supplements such as Know Your Rights. Prior to this Louise Vale worked in the education sector in the management of strategic planning, project development, curriculum and materials development, and evaluation for the National Department of Education, tertiary institutions, trade unions and various non – governmental organisations.

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Mathapelo Diokane

Mathapelo Diokane has strong people skills and as result of her experience in the hospitality industry is efficient and experienced at co-ordinating meetings and events. Her experience in database programmes (Google, Access programme and InMagic) is essential in the development of the various AIP research databases. Her ease in navigating the internet and the planned additional training will give her the skills to manage the new AIP website. She also has strong administrative skills as a result of her experience as an assistant librarian.