Primedia, owners of Eyewitness News (EWN), announced that he was bidding farewell to editor-in-chief Mahlatse Mahlase. She will be replaced by respected journalist and editor Sbu Ngalwa, who will lead information operations from January 10, 2022.
Ngalwa has had an impressive career spanning 18 years working for some of the country’s biggest news brands. In his role as editor-in-chief of Daily shipping and Live sending, the highly respected titles continued to be recognized for their outstanding journalism and received important national awards. He is currently political editor of Newzroom Africa and Chairman of the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef).
Mahlase, who joined EWN in 2018, has been instrumental in increasing audiences and consolidating the vital role of news on Primedia radio and digital platforms. During her tenure, she oversaw the successful launch of an award-winning news show and managed the award-winning EWN newsroom.
“I am delighted to be part of the Eyewitness News team. I believe Mahlatse leaves behind a strong team and a solid foundation on which to build. As we move towards a digital future, I think Eyewitness News is the best platform – through audio and digital news content – to produce quality and trusted journalism and to continue cultivating the best talent in the media industry, ”said Ngalwa.
Primedia believes that a strong newsroom gives South Africans a voice and holds those in positions of authority to account. Ngalwa is a trusted journalist whose body of work bears witness to these values. “We welcome Sbu to Primedia as we embark on a digital journey that will amplify our brands and see us innovate and enrich our audience’s journey,” concluded Geraint Crwys-Williams, President of Primedia Broadcasting.
“Mahlatse provided progressive leadership as we passed through difficult times exacerbated by the global pandemic, overseeing a busy newsroom covering stories and moments of great public importance, including elections – national and local. I want to thank Mahlatse for taking on the challenges she and the team have faced over the past few years, and wish her all the best on her new journey, ”said Crwys-Williams.
Welcoming Ngalwa, Mahlase said, “I have grown considerably during my tenure at Primedia. I have worked with a fantastic team of editors and journalists who have worked very hard to ensure that we continue to be a leading news brand in the country, delivering the highest quality journalism and ethics to our audiences despite the challenges facing news media around the world. . I will miss the team very much, but I am also delighted to pass the baton on to Sbu, with whom I had worked in the field when we were young political reporters, and now also serving together at Sanef.
Mahlase leaves to pursue a role outside of the media space.