Johannesburg, South Africa, January 11, 2017; The Board of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) announced the appointment of Mr Themba TC Dlamini as Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Agency, as of January 1, 2017.
“Mr Dlamini brings wealth of experience at a strategic leadership level in both the public and developmental sector,” says; Ms Phelisa Nkomo, Chairman of the MDDA Board.
“His former roles include; Managing Director of the Black Management Forum, and Chief Executive Officer of the National Gambling Board, the Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) and the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA),
Other positions he has held include;
Deputy Director-General responsible for Corporate Services and Governance at the Department of Science and Technology and Special Advisor to the Minister of Labour.
Mr Dlamini is a member of the National Planning Commission (NPC). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, and a Master of Arts in Development Economics and serves on a number of boards including the North West Development Corporation (NWDC); the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) and the National Home Builders Registration Council (NHBRC).
Ms Nkomo says; “Mr Dlamini assumes the leadership of the MDDA at a crucial juncture in the development of the MDDA, and of the community media sector as a whole,” in which; “a rapidly changing technological and media landscape, combined with significant shifts in the socio-economic environment, highlight the increasingly important role of the Agency in ensuring the continued growth and sustainability of community media.
“Mr Dlamini’s proven track record of leadership of entities through such dynamic times will prove invaluable to ensuring that the MDDA continues to fulfil its mandate in promoting and creating an enabling environment to redress exclusion and marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and persons from access to the media – as audiences, owners, managers and producers of the media,” she adds.
Is a statutory development agency, deriving its mandate, from Section 16 and 32 of the Constitution Act No. 108 of 1996, thereby providing for freedom of expression and access to information. As a partnership between the South African Government and major print and broadcasting companies, it promotes and assists in the development of community media and small commercial media in South Africa and the transformation of the media, by providing support (financial, capacity building, etc.) in terms of the MDDA Act No 14 of 2002. It also aims to raise public awareness with regard to media development and diversity issues, and to encourage media literacy and a culture of reading.