THE publisher of the Zimbabwe Independent and the Standard Trevor Ncube has been appointed president of Print Media South Africa (PMSA) and chairman of the Newspaper Associa
tion of South Africa (Nasa).
Ncube, who is the chief executive officer of the South African-based Mail & Guardian, has also been appointed to the interim governing board of the Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN).
He was appointed Print Media SA president at its annual general meeting last Friday in Johannesburg, taking over from Connie Molusi, CEO of Johnnic Communications.
Print Media SA represents the interests of 530 newspaper and magazine publishers in South Africa. Nasa on the other hand represents the interests of all metropolitan national daily and weekly newspapers.
“I feel honoured by the confide-nce shown in me by my colleagues in the industry,” said Ncube of his appointment as PMSA president.
“I look forward to working closely with all stakeholders to advance the interests of our industry and the broader community,” Ncube said.
Ncube was recently invited to join the interim governing body of the SARPN, which is made up of academics, diplomats and career civil servants. The interim governing body will, among other things, oversee the direction and management of the SARPN, appoint its director and draft a constitution.
The SARPN strives to raise the quality of public debate on poverty and influence policy formulation across the Sadc region.
The network also seeks to disseminate information on poverty issues through the electronic and mass media.
Ncube, who was born in Bulawa-yo, started his career in journalism in 1989 when he was appointed assistant editor at the Financial Gazette. In 1991 he was promoted to executive editor and received the Zimbabwean Editor of the Year Award in 1994.
He is also one of the founders and a major shareholder in the Independent and Standard. He has been owner/CEO of the Mail & Guardian since July 2002.