S'thembiso Msomi

S'thembiso Msomi

Personal information

S'thembiso Msomi is the first born son of Sipho Patrick Msomi and Zine Mayvis Msomi. He was born on the 8th of April 1973 at King Edward Hospital in KwaZulu Natal. He has four brothers and two sisters. In the year 2000 he had his first child, Nothando Malaika Msomi, and he married Miss Nondumiso Mabuza in September of 2004.

As a child growing up in the township of KwaMashu his first academic interest was to study law, but he later opted for journalism. His focus was always to make a better life for himself and family. He grew up in a predominantly Christian home as both his father and grandfather were priests. He is highly knowledgeable and opinionated about issues that affect South Africa and the world.

S'thembiso Msomi is a faithful Kaizer Chiefs fan and he truly believes in the statement; "AmaKhosi for life!" he is also passionate about any music that he terms "music with soul". This includes avant garde jazz, house music and hip-hop.

Career information

S'thembiso Msomi chose to be a journalist because he was inspired by the work of South African journalists such as Alex La Guma and Ruth First who "used journalism to give voice to the voiceless” and because of the crucial role that can be played by journalism in forging a truly democratic society.

S'thembiso Msomi obtained a National Diploma in journalism at the former ML Sultan Technikon in Durban (now the Durban University of Technology). His career began as a Trainee Reporter at the Natal Witness in 1996 where he was appointed a general reporter in 2007 and later in the same year promoted to the position of political reporter.
After the 1999 general election, he joined the Sunday Times' Business Times department. In 2003, S'thembiso Msomi moved to the Sunday Times' Politics department as a parliamentary correspondent based in Cape Town, but moved back to Johannesburg in early 2004 ahead of the general elections. In July 2005, S'thembiso Msomi joined City Press as a senior journalist. In 2006, he was appointed Political Editor. He left City Press in May 2008 to join The Times as Political Editor. In September 2009 S'thembiso Msomi was appointed Deputy Editor of The Times.

Recognitions and awards

S'thembiso Msomi has received various awards and accolades in his career as a journalist. These include the Vodacom Award for Feature Writing that he won in 2003. In 2006 Msomi also scooped up the Mondi Shadunkar Newspaper Award in the category of News Analysis.

Other professional activities

Interesting video:

The Times Editor Ray Hartley hosts Sthembiso Msomi, The Times Political Editor and Deputy Editor as his first guest on a political show.

Articles written by S'thembiso Msomi:

Semenya unites, Malema divides

Zuma needs Mbeki in office

Ousting a patriarch isn't easy

E Cape housing in big trouble

SABC news boss axed

'We vote for the ANC, but we get nothing'

Primary Sources
S'thembiso Msomi
Secondary Sources
Sipho Patrick Msomi
Zine Mayvis Msomi

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