Names : Dubula Jonathan
Nicknames: Jon and JQ
Date of Birth: September 10 1952** (see footnote below
Languages: English, Setswana, isiZulu, Afrikaans, isiXhosa
Career and Information
Before joining the Sunday Sun, Jon Qwelane was a managing editor for a monthly newpaper owned by Mobale City Counsel on the West Rand of Gauteng. He was also a talkshow host for the informative radio station 702 owned by Primedia for a decade. Qwelane was also the foreign editor and edtitor of African edition, including editor in chief of five magazines for Mafube magazines. Of which one of the magazines was the SAA in-flight magazine Sawubona. He later left this corporation because of the discovery of high levels of corruption and fruad and so he resigned. Qwelane has proven to be one of the most hard-working journalist of all times. Currently Qwelane is a freelance columnist on Sunday Sun and a freelance weekly talkshow host of the youth radio station (YFM) and the CII (Channel Islam International satallite radio) in Johannesburg.
Recognition and Awards
As the founder-member of the Writers Association of South African of SA, Jon Qwelane was part of a group of black newsman and women who were brave enough to confront the Boer government on the 1st of November in and they all were arrested. Qwelane and a few of the members of the people who connfronted the Boer government later transformed the WASA into the Media Workers Association of SA and because of the work he has contributed to this organisation, he was later elected national treasurer of MWSA. His achievements did not only stop there, in 1987 Qwelane was recognised internationaly for his work and was elected as the world executive committee of the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists, in Maastricht, Netherlands. In 1987 Qwelane was invited to speak at the United Nations erstwhile "Special Committee Against Aparthied" in NewYork. Qwelane was again internationally recognised when he was selected as a South African delegate to the International Press Institute and World Congress, the meeting which was held in Venice, Italy in 1991. Again in Seoul, Korea Qwelane was elected as SA delegate to IPI and World Congress, selected SA delegate to IPI and World Congress in Cape Town in 1993. The one that Qwelane is most proud of is bieng part of history as he witnessed and reported the outbreak that was happening in the schools of Soweto in June 1976.
Other Professional Activities
Qwelane has said that in his career he has been honoured and privileged to interview such people of high status and importance as former UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar,the former West Germany Chancellor Helmut Kohl, Namibia’s founding President Sam Nujoma, South African leaders Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma and the evergreen Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, among many other influential individuals that he was priveleged to meet. Jon Qwalena's activities also include studing astronomy and he has read alot of books about the large-scale structure of the universe as well as the small-scale structure. He has been most privilleged on occasions to inroduce the astronomer, author and Prefessor of Applied Mathematics of Wits Professor David Block at public lectures in Johannesburg. Before majoring in the field of being a journalists Qwelane was also a trainee nurse in a hospital in the Mafikeng called Bophalong. All of which proving to us that Qwelane was more than just a journalist and that before he eve ventured in that feild he had a profession that he was doing previously.