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The Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) is happy to announce that it has appointed Ms. Shoeshoe Qhu as the permanent Chief Executive Officer of the agency, effective 01 January 2024.

Prof Hlengani Mathebula, the chairperson of the Board, expressed the board’s satisfaction with the appointment: “after undergoing a rigorous, robust, and thorough selection process, Qhu emerged as the best candidate.

We are pleased that this appointment represents a significant movement forward in ensuring stability for the
agency. We are also proud that we found the best person for the job with wealth of experience in the media industry, along with a deep understanding of digital media, marketing, brand management, and community media”.

Qhu began her career in radio in 2004 as a volunteer field reporter for Cape Town based community radio station Radio Zibonele. She gained extensive experience managing diverse stakeholders both internally and externally within the broadcasting sector and has a solid understanding of the legislative requirements of broadcasting with a specific focus on regulatory compliance. She is steeped in community media having assisted community radio stations with licensing their stations and is known as an advocate for media freedom.

“I am thrilled to take on the challenge of leading the MDDA together with my new colleagues and the board in the next phase of the diversification and development of the media. As a past beneficiary of an MDDA bursary and having witnessed the agency’s work over the past 20 years, I am enthusiastic about the greater opportunities ahead for the organization to contribute to a sustainable media industry in our country,” said


Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity. Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them. Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS. Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.

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