eNCA’s Editor-in-Chief Mapi Mhlangu is leaving the station after eight years. The decision is by mutual agreement and takes place with immediate effect.
For a number of months Mapi has juggled the onerous demands of the job along with the workload of her MBA. The tension between these two commitments was raised a couple of months ago leading to a difficult decision for both parties.
Mapi leaves the eNCA operation having overseen the implementation of a number of changes including a complete restructuring of the news output and input protocols; the redesign and construction of three new broadcast sets; the appointment of a number of new key staff; the up-weighting of the channel’s international coverage; launching three new shows (CrimeWatch; Madam Speaker and Almost News with Chester Missing); and a complete revamp of the station’s weekend line-up. The result of these changes has maintained and entrenched eNCA’s position as South Africa’s most watched news channel.
Notes Khalik Sherrif CEO of eMedia Investments, “The company acknowledges Mapi’s contribution and would like to thank her for her unwavering loyalty to our newsroom and the huge part she has played in its success. We believe the time is right ahead of the election period to make this change, allowing the existing management team a chance to focus and prepare for 2019.”
Mapi says, “I leave eNCA in a strong position as SA’s television news leader but this is the right time for me to leave and hand over the reins. I’ve enjoyed the myriad challenges I’ve dealt with during my leadership tenure and know that I leave the operation in safe hands. My only wish is that eNCA continues reporting the news fearlessly and without favour; continues to set the agenda and ask tough questions South Africans deserve answers to.”
In the interim current Editor-at-Large and senior anchor Jeremy Maggs will head the newsroom supported by the senior editorial management team: Ragani Achary (Head of Input); Jody Jacobs (Head of Output) and Sally Burdett (Story Editor and Head of Anchors.) Jeremy will be curtailing his on air duties to accommodate his new role.
Says Jeremy, “I’d like to pay tribute to Mapi’s exemplary leadership. Under her guidance she has cemented eNCA’s position as the first source of television news in South Africa. I look forward to leading the station into 2019 and through the election. We have an extraordinarily strong product; a dedicated and talented team of over 500 people who collectively work tirelessly to bring news and analysis to South Africa in the fairest and most impartial manner.”