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August 2020
Media 24 announces Thulani Gqirana editor of DRUM.
 

Media 24 Lifestyle is delighted to announce the appointment of Thulani Gqirana as editor of DRUM as the iconic brand moves forward into a digital future after the recent closure of its weekly printed edition.

 

Thulani takes over DRUM on the eve of its 70th birthday and a turning point of its evolution. With experience in newspapers, magazines and digital, she's the ideal editor to take DRUM to new heights in the digital sphere.

 

The 35-year-old from New Brighton in the Eastern Cape, holds a BA Hons in Journalism and as well as a National Diploma in Journalism from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). She has worked at various newspapers, including The Herald and Mail & Guardian, as parliamentary correspondent at News24 and more recently as assistant editor of DRUM and Move!

 

To read the full article published by News24 follow the link: www.news24.com/drum/topstories/media24-appoints-thulani-gqirana-editor-of-drum-20200824

 


 
 
Bridgette Gasa takes helm of entrepreneurial entity
 
 
From mentor to candidate fellows back in 2011, businesswoman Bridgette Gasa has been announced as the board chair  for the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.
 
The announcement was made by the foundation in August. 
Professor Gasa took over the position from Professor Njabulo Ndebele, who has been at the helm of the foundation since July 2016. Gasa said she was first approached in about  February this year as Ndebele’s tenure was coming to an end. 
 
Elilox Group MD Gasa said initially, her role at the foundation was to mentor candidate fellows. And because those mentorships were successful, this led to her gaining visibility within the foundation and ultimately she was recognised and appointed as a trustee of the foundation. 
 
“I have served as a trustee of the foundation for over seven years in various capacities, namely as chair of the human resources and remuneration committee and also as chair of the awards committee before now being appointed as overall chair,” Gasa said.
 
Gasa holds a number of qualifications in architecture, business and construction, including a PhD in construction management from the Nelson Mandela University. In 2008, she founded The Elilox Group, which provides services with a special focus on programme and project management as well as infrastructure development. 
 
She was the first female, and the first African, to be appointed president of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Africa. Gasa has received a number of accolades recognising her work in science, technology and business. In 2013, she was named SA’s Most Influential Businesswoman in Basic Industries, to name a few. The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation was established to foster entrepreneurship.
 
It seeks to create employment opportunities by enabling young South Africans with the necessary potential, regardless of their background and individual economic circumstances, to acquire the appropriate education, moral compass, mindset, experience and financial support to succeed as responsible entrepreneurs. 
 
Gasa said it considered business entrepreneurs as the primary catalyst for the important function of job creation in SA. “If they are successful, they will become self-sustaining and their profits can finance further growth, create further employment opportunities and generate tax revenues to fund essential government initiatives.
 
“Successful business entrepreneurs, their employees, and indirectly the fiscus, are thus empowered to also make possible the funding of civil society organisations and social entrepreneurs. “This is what I would like the foundation to continue striving to achieve,” she said.
 
Gasa said the foundation had a wider spread as over the years, it wanted to run away from the notion that people in business have to come from a background of commerce. 
 
“I’m a business woman and I  don’t come from commerce so that’s not true,” she said.
 
Allan Gray Orbis Foundation CEO Yogavelli Nambiar said Gasa brought with her extensive experience and was excited to welcome her as the new chair.
“We are navigating an uncertain period and now, more than ever, we are called upon to find opportunities to expand our affect as we drive towards our goal of creating an equitable and entrepreneurial SA, flourishing with meaningful employment. 
 
“Professor Gasa’s skills and expertise render her well-placed to provide this stewardship,” Nambiar said.
 
Published by the HeraldLIVE
 

 
Two Computing Sciences projects to feature on national TV
 
 
The TANKS coding and Artombo arts projects will be featured on DSTV Channel 147 (with Ivor Price on VIA TV) on Sunday evening, 23 August at 20:00. 
 
TANKS was Alumnus Byron Batteson's honours project in 2017, and Artombo originated from a collaboration between the Department of Computing Sciences and German colleagues from Oldenburg in 2013. 
 
The feature includes a first year Software Development diploma student, Buhle Pikoli. He played TANKS as a Grade 11 learner on Mandela Day in 2018 at Cowan High School in New Brighton, which influenced him to choose a career in software development. He is now doing exceptionally well in his course. 
 
 
 

 
How this young woman reached her goal at VWSA in just five years
 
 
She could never have believed that her life would take on the journey that it did, but Siyanga Madikizela never stopped dreaming about the life she envisioned for herself.
 
Siya, as she's so affectionately known in the local motor industry, is a no-nonsense personality with a zest for people, writing, travelling, and cars. And as lady luck would have it, she's living all four passions as the Public Relations (PR) Manager for Volkswagen South Africa.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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