Meet the key advisors for SA’s propaganda machine

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:

Name Designation
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
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
L. Mantsha Communicator
Keitu Semakane Deputy CEO of the GCIS

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