Speakers tagged: Advancement of Journalism

Mandla Langa

Mandla Langa is currently the director of the Contemporary African Music and Arts. He also serves on the board of several institutions including the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, the Foundation for Global Dialogue and Business and Arts South Africa. Since the country’s transition to democracy, Mandla has held various prominent positions in the media industry. He was a weekly columnist for the Sunday Independent for a time, and vice-chairperson of the Africa 95 Exhibition in London. Langa has also served on the board of the SABC, having initially been the programme director for television at the broadcaster. His contribution to the world of literature is as undeniable as his political contributions to the emancipation of the country. He is a prominent and award-winning writer who continues to champion creativity in the media, through various positions that he has held over the years.

Tamsen De Beer

Tamsen de Beer is a writer and content-maker. She studied at Rhodes University and got a bachelor’s degree with honours in journalism, English literature and creative writing. Tamsen is the author of African Salad: A Portrait of South Africans at Home. Tamsen has worked as a TV producer, newspaper columnist and magazine editor with a special interest in popular culture. Break Boys is her first documentary film as a director. Her specialties as a content-maker are strategy, management and production on mobile & social media platforms targeted at low-LSM African users.

Zubeida Jaffer

Zubeida Jaffer is a journalist who was active in the South African anti-apartheid and trade union movements. She obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Rhodes University in Grahamstown in 1979. She headed the media department at the University of the Western Cape between 1987 and 1989. Between 1990 and 1995, she became a correspondent for South African and Canadian news agencies. She became a member of the Independent Media Commission for South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. She has worked as the group parliamentary editor of South Africa's Independent Newspapers since May 1997, coordinating correspondents that provide daily copy for the chain.