ZIMBABWE Independent executive chairman Trevor Ncube, who is also chief executive officer of South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, was last week unanimously elected the new president of Print Media SA (PMSA)
by its incoming board, an announcement from the board said.
Ncube was elected after PMSA’s 12th annual general meeting in Johannesburg.
Ncube took over the reins after the previous president, Connie Molusi, stepped down.
PMSA is an association representing the interests of 677 newspaper and magazine publishers in South Africa.
Ncube, who had previously served as president of PMSA, said: “Naturally I am saddened by the circumstances surrounding Connie Molusi’s resignation as president of PMSA and chairman of Nasa (the Newspaper Association of South Africa). I wish to pay tribute to his dedication to the industry and wish him well in his future professional endeavours. I am humbled and feel honoured by the industry’s decision to elect me to fill this position. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the industry to deal with the many challenges currently facing us.”
“Apart from hosting the prestigious WAN 2007 conference in Cape Town, the industry faces a lot of threats from proposed legislation.
“We need to work with the authorities to ensure that any proposed legislation does not erode the rights guaranteed by the constitution. We also need to move with deliberate speed to address increasing concerns about transformation issues in our industry.”
Ncube was also elected chairperson of Nasa, an association representing the interests of all metropolitan national daily and weekly newspapers in South Africa. — Staff Writer.