Amplify South Africa appoints inaugural Advisory Committee

Amplify South Africa appoints inaugural Advisory Committee

Amplify South Africa has appointed its inaugural Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee (AC) will play a crucial role in the review and selection of successful candidates for Amplify South Africa, MDIF’s mentoring, capacity strengthening and grant funding program to help independent media organizations in South Africa strengthen their revenues, audiences, and innovation.

AC members will serve a two-year term. The AC is comprised of the following media professionals with diverse experience across journalism, business, academia and entrepreneurship:

• Mapi Mhlangu, Founder and Managing Director, MInsight Content Creation
• William Shoki, Editor, Africa is a Country
• Sebenzile Nkambule, Managing Director, IJ Hub
• Khadija Patel, Journalist-in-Residence, International Fund for Public Interest Media
• Catherine Gicheru, Director, Africa Women Journalism Project (also MDIF Board member)
• Bilal Randeree, Managing Director, Media Programs, MDIF

“I am thrilled that Amplify South Africa has access to a group of well-respected and experienced media professionals to rely on for thought partnership, learning, feedback and overall support,” said Amplify SA Program Director, Nolwazi Tusini. “Having a participatory process that involves leaders in our media landscape in key decision-making will be invaluable to the program. We are looking forward to drawing on the experience and expertise of the Advisory Committee members to help us build the most effective and impactful program possible.”

Over the course of two years, the AC will make decisions about which candidates will receive support from Amplify South Africa, provide guidance on key program issues and advise on how to make processes more efficient for cohort members.