Johanna van Eeden – Convenor
Johanna van Eeden is a freelance writer. She is a former editor-in-chief of the Afrikaans dailies at Media24 and publisher of Netwerk24.  She is a former editor of Netwerk24 and Volksblad and in her career of 20 years at Media24 she was also a member of the editorial teams at Beeld and Rapport.

She has a degree in communication studies from the Northwest University, an honours degree in political science from Unisa, was appointed best student in her class in the Media Management Program at the University of Stellenbosch Graduate School of Business and studied in 2014/15 at Harvard as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation.

In her career she has written on a variety of topics and she was among others sports editor and lifestyle editor. The digital transformation created exciting new opportunities for her to get involved on the commercial side of the industry, but deep in her heart she remains a journalist with a steadfast believe in the value of quality journalism.

Ainsley Moos
Ainsley Moos is the Executive responsible for Corporate & Stakeholder Relations at African Rainbow Capital (ARC), a leading empowerment investment holding company. He serves on the boards of a number of ARC’s portfolio companies. Outside of ARC he serves on the Stellenbosch University council as vice chair and on a number of council committees. He also serves on the board of Casidra, a state-owned entity of the Western Cape Provincial Government where he is chairperson of the board and serves on a number of board committees. He previously spent 6 years with Sanlam and 11 years with Media24, a Naspers subsidiary, where he was Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Sake24, Editor-in-Chief of Volksblad, Editor of Landbouweekblad, journalist at Landbouweekblad and journalist at Beeld. He holds a BA, BPhil (Journalism) and an MBA from the University of Stellenbosch. He has completed a number of executive education programmes, including at Stellenbosch University Business School, Wits Business School, a Harvard programme offered by Naspers, and GIBS.

Chris Whitfield
Chris Whitfield is a former editor of the Cape Times, the Cape Argus, the Weekend Argus and, most recently, The Witness, where he stood in as acting editor for six months. He was also editor-in-chief of Independent Newspapers Cape for three years before taking early retirement in 2014. Immediately before becoming an editor, Chris served as the deputy editor of The Sunday Independent and the Cape Argus.

During his nearly 40 years as a journalist he worked mainly as a political writer, serving as political correspondent for The Mercury and then The Star, for which he covered the transition to democracy.  He was on the scene when right-wingers stormed the negotiations in Johannesburg and when Ciskei troops shot and killed protesters at Bisho.

He also worked for three years in the then Argus company’s London Bureau.  Chris now works as a media consultant.

Esmare Weideman
Esmaré Weideman is a former CEO of Media24. Under her leadership Media24 was transformed from a print-media powerhouse to a diversified media company with market-leading digital and ecommerce brands. Weideman is a former editor-in-chief of Media24’s flagship weekly magazines Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM. She is a seasoned journalist who started her career as an intern at Die Burger in 1984. During her illustrious career Weideman has been awarded, amongst others, the Media24 Piet Cillié prize for excellence in journalism and the Phil Weber Award for “sustained achievement in a career with Naspers” – the group’s highest accolade.

Henriëtte Loubser
Henriëtte Loubser is editor of Netwerk24, the biggest online Afrikaans news service in South Africa and also the biggest online subscription news service in the country. Netwerk24 is the digital destination for leading Media24 news brands Die Burger, Beeld, Volksblad and Rapport and subscribers also get access to the content of 11 magazines, including Huisgenoot, Sarie, Kuier, Tuis, Landbouweekblad en Weg!.

Before her appointment in June 2017 Henriëtte was editor of Huisgenoot for almost five years. She oversaw the highly successful centenary celebrations of South Africa’s biggest consumer magazine, which included several standalone publications and the movie “Vir die Voëls” which is the fifth highest grossing Afrikaans film of all time.  Henriëtte, who started her career as a journalist at Volksblad, has a wealth of editorial and publishing experience at some of Media24’s leading Afrikaans titles. Apart from 11 years as a journalistic writer she held roles as news editor and assistant editor at Huisgenoot, senior assistant editor at SARIE and deputy editor at Die Burger before being appointed as Huisgenoot editor in 2012.  She obtained a BA Communications degree at the University of the Free State and an honours degree in journalism at Unisa.

Joe Thloloe
Joe Thloloe has recently retired as Executive Director in the Press Council of South Africa. Before that he was the Press Ombudsman in the council for five years. Thloloe has been in the media industry for more than fifty years, starting in 1961 on The World newspaper. He has also worked for the Golden City Post, Drum, the Rand Daily Mail, Post Transvaal, and Sowetan, where he was deputy editor.  He has also been editor-in-chief at SABC Television News as well as at e-tv.  Thloloe was honoured with an iKhamanga in Silver by President Jacob Zuma.

He also received an honorary doctorate in law from Rhodes University in 2011 and another in literature from Wits University in 2014. In 2012 he was honoured by the South African National Editors’ Forum, Print and Digital Media South Africa and the Nieman Society of South Africa with the Nat Nakasa Award for courage and integrity in journalism.

Among other awards Thloloe has received the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, the Louis Lyons Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism, as well as the Alan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achievers Award at the Mondi Shanduka Awards in 2008. Thloloe was also given a Lifetime Achiever Award at the Vodacom Journalism Awards in 2013.

Thloloe has contributed to journalism training and the development of the media industry in South Africa.

Johan Myburgh
Johan Myburg is a poet, journalist, freelance arts writer and art critic, writing for various publications. He is also a contributor to the weekly literature programme of the SABC Afrikaans radio station RSG.
He obtained a doctorate at Unisa in 2000 (“Deconstructing Identity in a Landscape of Ideology, Culture, Belief and Power”) and has curated many group and solo exhibitions. He worked as arts journalist for many years and freelances now as arts writer.
Myburg is a research fellow at the Northwest University.

Mathatha Tsedu
Mathatha Tsedu was named the 2012 Print Media Fellow at the Sikuvile Standard Bank Newspaper Journalism Awards. This Fellowship is awarded to a journalist whose life has been dedicated to press freedom and whose work has contributed significantly to the betterment of the newspaper industry in South Africa.

He started his career as a freelance journalist, writing from rural Limpopo. His reports uncovered some of the most shocking and widespread human rights abuses in rural South Africa during apartheid. His work landed him in trouble, resulting in long periods of detention without trial. In the 1990s, Tsedu joined The Sowetan as an investigations editor. He later crossed over to The Star as a senior editor.

He served a number of terms as the national chairman of the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) and led several Sanef delegations in talks with government. He is the recipient of the Nat Nakasa Award for courageous journalism and the Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards’ Lifetime Achiever award. He was awarded a Nieman fellowship in the mid-90s, affording him the opportunity to study at Harvard University.

After a brief stint at the SABC, he edited the Sunday Times and later City Press.

In 2009, Media24 commissioned Tsedu to form and run the secretariat that guided the proceedings of Judge Pius Langa’s Press Freedom Commission (PFC), the recommendations of which were tabled in 2012.

Roger Sedres
Roger Sedres is an internationally acclaimed news and sports photographer whose career has spanned more than 28 years – taking him on assignments to 15 countries around the world. He has worked at four Cape Town-based newspapers, most notably as head photographer of Die Burger, where he photographed former president Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, as well as the state visit by the former American president Bill Clinton. These images have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the globe.

Roger is the recipient of three Fuji Press Awards. He has photographed some of the most newsworthy and unimaginable atrocities that occurred in Cape Town. At the height of an urban terror campaign just before the turn of the millennium, he was driving past the Planet Hollywood restaurant in the V&A Waterfront when an improvised explosive device was detonated inside the restaurant. He was awarded a Fuji Press Award for his image of an injured woman being carried to safety. The following year, in 2000, he won two Fuji Press Awards for his image of the then South African cricket captain, Hansie Cronje, bursting into tears after completing his testimony at the King Commission into match fixing. Roger has since turned his focus on international sporting events and attended some of the biggest sports events in the past decade. Two of his sports images have also been included in a sought-after book entitled South Africa’s 100 most famous sports Photos, published by SuperSport and Gallo Images/Getty Images.

These days Roger regularly gives back to the community when he presents inspirational photographic talks to high-school children in vulnerable areas in Cape Town, at no cost to them.