Newly appointed editor in chief of South Africa’s biggest selling papers, Daily Sun and Sunday Sun, Mazwi Xaba officially takes over the reins at the newspapers in June 2012. The former Isolezwe editor is said to be thrilled at the opportunity to steer the distinctive brainchild created by the late Deon Du Plessis in 2002.
Minette Ferreira General Manager at Daily Sun said: “In October 2011, the nation’s biggest daily newspaper bid farewell to our long-time editor and friend, Themba Khumalo. After 9 years at the helm of the editorial team, TK moved on to explore new opportunities. He left large shoes to fill. It’s why we’ve taken our time – and with painstaking attention to detail, have worked our way through the cream of South African journalists to find the right leader. The editor of the Daily Sun and Sunday Sun is a person with the biggest job in the South African newspaper industry. You do not find the right person for this job under every stone…but we have found him.”
After having worked as a journalist and sub-editor at Durban stalwarts The Daily News and Sunday Tribune he joined the highly successful isiZulu newspaper Isolezwe in 2002. After fulfilling the roles of chief sub-editor and deputy editor he was appointed editor in 2011.
The family man of three children played crucial roles in the challenging launch of Isolezwe’s Sunday edition four years ago and the Saturday edition which flew from the newsstands from the word go on August 27, 2011.
Commented Xaba on his appointment: “As part of the Isolezwe newspaper phenomenon, I’m proud to have contributed in the transformation of the industry particularly in KZN and in the development and promotion of my mother tongue. The new challenge I’ve taken on is a bigger and national revolution. I’m humbled by the trust the entire Sun team has shown in me and I think – God willing – we’ll only see success succeeding success for the next ten years. But we won’t forget celebrating the successes of the past with our readers and other stakeholders and saying thanks a million.
After ten years of making history with Isolezwe, the cool, calm and collected jack of many trades is ready for the next newspaper challenge…one that will prove to be the challenge of a lifetime.