Khatu Mamaila

Summary

Khatu Mamaila, an investigative journalist and BA graduate in Communications and Political Studies[1], has been redefining the craft of journalism with his dedication and commitment in reporting in a truthful and detailed manner for over 20 years. He steadily worked his way up towards becoming editor of the City Press and is now currently the General Manager of Independent Newspapers (Gauteng Division).

Personal Information

Khatu Mamaila was born in 1969 and was raised between Venda and Soweto[1], where he made it his life’s ambition to “probe and search for difficult answers” until the truth is found[2]. As an investigative journalist, he believes that he is doing the “purest” form of a morally questionable profession[2]. At an Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life (OCRPL) conference held in November 2008, he presented a talk on “The Biblical Case for Investigative Journalism” and revealed that he is a religious man, intent on upholding Christian virtues.
He is scathing about government, believing it his job as a journalist to challenge authority and expose corruption[3]. His views on BEE are far from politically correct, and he sees the system as a form of “co-opting the black revolutionary intelligentsia to safeguard the interests of capital[4]”. Mamaila was promoted to General Manager of the City Press in July 2009 [1], and his position as Editor was replaced by Ferial Haffajee from the Mail and Guardian in May 2009 [5].His personal hobbies include reading, watching tv and cooking[1]. However, his first love is soccer as he claims to be an avid supporter of Orlando Pirates since 1978[1].


Career Information

Khatu Mamaila began his career as a journalist in 1990 working as a freelancer for Sowetan, City Press and BBC radio[1].In 1992 he joined the City Press as a full time journalist "covering South Africa’s transition to democracy"[1]. Mamaila joined the Sowetan after the 1994 elections and began work as their bureau chief in Polokwane [1] where he "covered the creation of the new provincial administration and brand new legislature and did investigations, first into witchcraft and then into corruption forcing the government to appoint a commission of inquiry into witchcraft violence subsequently leading to the dismissal of a director general, who had been implicated in the housing scandal"[1]. Mamaila studied towards his BA in Communication and Political Studies through UNISA in 1995 (while writing articles stories at the same time) [1] and subsequently completed his MBA at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Pretoria in 2004[6]. He then served as a reporter for the The Star newspaper in 1995 serving as a "cadet-nominee" until becoming a senior political writer for the Star in 2000 and political editor and executive editor in 2002. [1] [7]. He also reported for and was later appointed as the deputy-editor of the City Press newspaper in 2004[1][8]. He later became general manager and editor of the City Press[1]. On the 7 November 2006, Khatu Mamaila and more than four other South African Journalists were reportedly “harassed, and threatened with deportation” by the chief of Intelligence, Jomo Mavuso, in Swaziland[9]. They were reporting on a demonstration against the corrupt and repressive Swati government. Mamaila succeeded Mathatha Tsedu as the editor-in-chief of the City Press. In 2009, Media 24 announced the promotion of Khatu Mamaila as the general manager of the City Press and Independent Newspapers[1] and his successor is former Mail & Guardian Editor, Ferial Haffajee [10].


Recognitions and awards

Khatu Mamaila can be recognised as an unofficial spokesperson for the well-being of the poverty stricken as well as a promoter of responsible and accurate journalism.
“Mamaila challenged the media to hold those who are in power accountable, defend the weak against the powerful and, most of all, remain the voice of the voiceless and lastly ensure that the poor gets justice and adequate services regardless of 2010”.[11]
Mamaila has been praised for his emphasis and influence on the media in terms of fair, honest and objective reporting as opposed to “exposing the bad in only a subjective manner”[12]. He has received an honorary award from Pastor Maxwell Masakona of the Calvary Christian Church for his contribution to the development of a better South Africa[11].
In 1995, Mamaila attended "The Star’s cadet school as the Sowetan’s nominee" [1]. He then finished the course and was the "co-winner of the sought-after Olleman’s Trophy for best student" [1].
During Mamaila’s editorship of The City Press he was recognised for his great support of the “Movement for Good – It Starts With You ”[13] .He was one of the few to support the initiative of influencing people in society to become active citizens of their community and country and led the support by the City Press for the cause – the only support by a newspaper. He was quoted as saying, “people should not use poverty as an excuse to become active citizens and do something good albeit little, which can make a huge difference”[14].


Other professional activities

Mamaila is a strong supporter of religion being central to the craft of journalism. He spoke during ‘The Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life’ conference in Johannesburg on November 11 – 12, 2008 on the need for a balance between the media and religion in order to promote peace within society[15].
Khatu Mamaila is thus a great contributor to the religious world for his work within the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life (OCRPL) which aims toequip public intellectuals, analysts and professionals to recognise and value the contributions of religion to public life[15]”.

External Links

http://www.citypress.co.za/Content

http://www.thestar.co.za

http://www.sowetan.co.za


http://www.ocrpl.org


Multimedia

Khatu Mamaila www.ocrpl.org

Primary Resources

(1) Mamaila, Khatu. "Personal Profile Khatu Mamaila". Independent Newspapers Gauteng Division - General Manager. Contact: 011 633 911. P.A to Khatu Mamaila - Angela Lotter. Contact: 011 633 2121

Secondary Resources


(2) Potts, Richard. "The Biblical Case for Investigative Journalism (Khatu Mamaila). The Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life. 12 November 2008. 13 pars @ 14 October 2009. http://www.ocrpl.org/?s=religion&paged=2


(3) Mamaila, Khatu. "SA may crumble with pyramid schemes, says NIA". Saturday Star & Independent Saturday. 17 December 2000. 11 pars @ 14 October 2009. http://www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=129&fArticleId=ct20001217221005586K516352

http://www.independentonsaturday.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=&fArticleId=ct20001217221005586K516352

(4)Mamaila, Khatu. "Capitalism in Safe Hands". City Press. 14 April 2007. 22 pars @ 14 October 2009. http://amadlandawonye.wikispaces.com/Capitalism+in+Safe+Hands%2C+Khathu+Mamaila%2C+City+Press
http://www.news24.com/City_Press/Columnists/0,,186-1695_2098799,00.html

(5) SAPA. "Haffajee ready for new challenges" IOL Media. 30 March 2009. 20 pars @ 14 October 2009. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3015&art_id=nw20090330163935797C293134


(6) SAPA. "Haffajee ready for new challenges" IOL Media. 30 March 2009. 20 pars @ 14 October 2009. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=3015&art_id=nw20090330163935797C293134


(7) Mamaila, Khatu. "SA may crumble with pyramid schemes, says NIA". Saturday Star & Independent Saturday. 17 December 2000. 11 pars @ 14 October 2009. http://www.thestar.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=129&fArticleId=ct20001217221005586K516352

http://www.independentonsaturday.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=&fArticleId=ct20001217221005586K516352

(8) Bliksem, Karen. "Tsk, Tracey Emin's lost her tent of ex-bonks. My aircraft hanger is less portable". Sunday Independent. 30 March 2004. 23 pars @14 October 2009. http://www.sundayindependent.co.za/index.php?fArticleId=2094891

(9) IRIN. 2006. “Foreign Journalists expelled”. Center for International Disaster Information. 27pars @ 18 October 2009. http://www.cidi.org:8080/humanitarian/irin/safrica/00b/0019.html

(10) Pillay, Verashni. 2009. “Haffajee eyes new challenges”. News 24. 14 pars @ 18 October 2009. http://www.news24.com/Content/SouthAfrica/News/1059/7a762b5eb3be413aa99d554d080fb973/30-03-2009-02-45/Haffajee_eyes_new_challenges


(11) Da Silva, Issa Sikiti. 2008. “Role of the media 2010”. BizCommunity. 8 pars @18 October 2009. http://retail.bizcommunity.com/Article/157/147/26831.html

(12) Mandiwana, Godfrey. "Church Honours Community Builders". The Mirror.3 March 2006. 7 pars @ 18 October 2009. http://www.emirror.co.za/details.asp?StoNum=4042


(13) Foundation Members. 2009. “About the Movement for Good”. Movement for Good. 4 pars @18 October 2009.
http://www.itstartswithyou.co.za/

(14) Da Silva, Issa Sikiti. 2008. “Play critical role to change society, media told”. BizCommunity. 14 pars @ 18 October 2009.
http://retail.bizcommunity.com/Article/157/15/24070.html

(15) Potts, Richard. "The Biblical Case for Investigative Journalism (Khatu Mamaila). The Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life. 12 November 2008. 13 pars @ 14 October 2009. http://www.ocrpl.org/?s=religion&paged=2



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