National 30.7.2016 12:07 pm

Mondli Makhanya replaces Ferial Haffajee as City Press editor

Mondli Makhanya and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe at the release of the Press Freedom Commission's findings in Johannesburg in 2012. The commission recommended that the print media moved from self-regulation to independent co-regulation. Picture: Gallo Images

Mondli Makhanya and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe at the release of the Press Freedom Commission's findings in Johannesburg in 2012. The commission recommended that the print media moved from self-regulation to independent co-regulation. Picture: Gallo Images

The former editor-at-large of the Sunday paper says it feels like he’s been asked to edit the Real Madrid of newspapers.

In a press release, Media24 on Friday afternoon announced the appointment of Mondli Makhanya as editor of City Press from Monday. This followed the announcement in June that Ferial Haffajee had decided to step down from the post to join Bloomberg.

Mondli, who was the editor-at-large of City Press, has been in the media industry for more than 26 years and is one of South Africa’s most experienced editors.

He said he was excited about the opportunity to build on City Press’s position as the country’s agenda-setting Sunday newspaper and “the Real Madrid of African media”.

He began his career at the Weekly Mail in 1990 where he covered politics and business. After a stint at Newsweek in New York he joined The Star as political writer and later as deputy news editor and executive editor.

Mondli was one of the founding editors of Sunday World before moving to Sunday Times as political editor. He has served as editor of the Mail & Guardian, as well as editor-in-chief of Sunday Times and Times Media Group.  He also served as chairperson of the SA National Editors’ Forum and treasurer of The African Editors’ Forum.

Mondli says he is excited about leading a team of South Africa’s most talented journalists and editing City Press at a time when the news media industry is undergoing tremendous transformation.

“I grew up hero-worshipping City Press founding editor Percy Qoboza and I was inspired by his courage and majestic pen to become a journalist. So I am humbled to follow in his footsteps in editing this great newspaper. Together with the fabulous team at City Press I hope to build on the great work of Ferial and the editors who came before her to cement the newspaper’s position as South Africa’s pre-eminent agenda-setter and the Real Madrid of African media.”

Barrie de Beer, general manager of Media24’s news division, said it was exciting for City Press to get an editor of this calibre.

“Mondli has wide experience and will make a valuable contribution to our team. I look forward to working with him and wish him well in his new role.”

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