The DA has published a list of 51 names appointed to the ‘National Communications Task Team’ established to develop a White Paper on the overarching communication strategy of government.
The list, the DA, argued, “is stacked” with individuals closely linked to President Jacob Zuma, and therefore reinforces the perception that communications minister, Faith Muthambi, has been deployed to set up a propaganda machine to defend and promote the President.
The Task Team includes a number of controversial members, including:
- Vusi Mona – current Sanral spokesperson and former Head of Communications in the Presidency.
- Hlaudi Motsoeneng – current chief operations officer of the SABC.
According to the DA, Motsoeneng has been known to boast about his strong ties to President Zuma.
“It is alleged that Mr Motsoeneng ensured favourable coverage for President Zuma in the run-up to the ANC’s Mangaung Conference. In the 2014 election, it was reported that Mr Motsoeneng instructed SABC staff not to show crowd shots of opposition party rallies,” the political party said.
Motsoeneng is also the subject of a Public Protector Report that found he had lied about his qualifications and was awarded irregular pay increases as acting chief operations officer.
Muthambi however, recently cleared Motsoeneng of any wrong doing.
- Jimmy Manyi – A former head of the Government Communication and Information Service (GCIS).
“Prior to that, he was President of the Black Management Forum, which he mobilised behind Jacob Zuma following the ANC’s national conference in Polokwane. As Head of GCIS, Manyi threatened to withdraw government advertising from newspapers that did not toe the government’s line,” the DA said.
- Lindelwa Nzimande – founder of Words & All Communication, which lists the Jacob G Zuma Education Trust and the Bongi Ngema-Zuma Foundation amidst several government clients, including the Departments of Human Settlements and Transport.
- Khusela Sangoni – head of media relations at the ANC, and is former head of communications of the ANC Youth League.
“Minister Muthambi has come under heavy fire in recent weeks,” the DA’s shadow minister of communications,” Gavin Davis, said. “If she wants to dispel the perception that she is creating a propaganda machine for the President, she will move swiftly to remove all Zuma acolytes from the National Communications Task Team.”
The full list of advisors can be found below:
|Nomsa Chabeli (Chairperson)||Chief marketing officer at SuperSport. Former head of marketing Brand SA, Cricket SA, Word Cup Bid Committee. Former Head of Marketing GCIS.|
|Hlengani Mathebula (Deputy chairperson)||Head of strategy and communication SA Reserve Bank. Chairman of Black Business Circle, director Eskom Pension Fund, former head of ABSA Private Bank.|
|Onkgopotse JJ Tabane (Convenor)||CEO Oresego Communications|
|Jimmy Manyi||President: Progressive Professionals Forum|
|Baby Tyawa||Deputy secretary to Parliament
Former DCEO: GCIS
|Ray Nkwe||Former GM : SABC 1
Current VP: SAA
|Solly Mokoetle||Former CEO: SABC|
|Vusi Mona||Former DCEO: GCIS – Head of communications at SANRAL|
|Andrew Barendse||ICT Expert|
|Barba Gaoganediwe||Head of communications : Gauteng Tourism Authority|
|Tshidi Setai||Development communications expert and former head of communications at the Department of Transport|
|Victor Kgomoeswana||Africa Business Specialist / author|
|Makhudu Sefara||SA National Editors Forum deputy chairperson|
|Lindelwa Nzimande||MD, Founder of Words & All Communications, Internet communications specialist|
|John Dludlu||Former head of communications for ABSA and Transnet, former editor at Sowetan|
|Ronnie Mamoepa||Spokesperson for the deputy President. Former head of communications at the ANC, former head of communications at the Department of Home Affairs|
|Sanele Nyoka||Chief of staff at the Department of Public Works, former MD at Engine Room|
|Ayanda Hollow||Head of the Government Comminication and Information System (GCIS) in the Western Cape|
|Khusela Sangoni||Head of media relations at the ANC|
|Happy Ntshingila||Deputy chair at Brand SA, former CEO of Supersport|
|Thebe Ikalafeng||Head of Brand Africa, trustee at Brand SA|
|Miller Matola||CEO of Brand South Africa|
|Phumla Williams||Acting CEO of the GCIS|
|Harold Maloka||Deputy CEO of the GCIS|
|Tshepo Sefothlelo||MD of Ogilvy PR|
|Nkosazana Tengimfene||Former head of corporate affairs at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), former MD of Simeka Communications|
|Dr Glenda Daniels||Lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)|
|Koffi Kouakou||Senior Lecturer for the Wits School of Governance Communications; Course : PNDM|
|Patricia Lawrence||Head of institutional advancement UWC|
|Mbulelo Musi||Head of Communications : Defence and Military Veterans|
|Ken Modise||Former SABC executive|
|Prof Tawana Kupe||Deputy vice chancellor finance|
|Thabo Mogane||Former HR at Telkom, organizational development specialist|
|Kgosi Maepa||Associate public sector executive at Deloitte|
|Wendy Tlou||Head of marketing and communications at Brand SA|
|Zweli Mthembu||ICT expert|
|Andile Mbeki||Former SABC board member|
|Humbelani Thanyani Nemakonde||Deputy chief education specialist for the Curriculum Section|
|Sharoda Rapeti||ICT expert at Deloitte|
|Lumko Mtimde||CEO of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA)|
|Thabo Mongake||Chairperson of Sentech|
|Lunga Kepe||MD of Red Cherry|
|William Mzimba||CEO of Accenture SA|
|Unathi Mtya||Divisional head of integration and interoperability at the State IT Agency (SITA)|
|Phetolo Ramosebudi||Head of treasury at South African Airways (SAA)|
|Angelina Maseko||Business development executive|
|Professor Sylvia Phendla||Director of The Study Clinic, executive chair of Fresh i Holdings|
|Haludi Motsoeneng||Chief operating officer (COO) of the SABC|
|Andisa Ntsubane||Shareholder and director of human.kind|
|Keitu Semakane||Deputy CEO of the GCIS|