Mercury appoints new editor

Fikile Ntsikelelo Moya has been appointed editor of the Mercury newspaper in KwaZulu-Natal, Independent Media announced on Wednesday.

This formed part of the company’s strategy to recruit and retain the industry’s top editorial talent, with the Mercury the company’s flagship publication in the province, the company said in a statement.

“This announcement follows that of several senior appointments made by the company over the past few months.”

Moya, currently the executive editor at Pretoria News, would take up his new post on December 1.

Before joining Independent, he was the editor of the Witness in Pietermaritzburg before moving to City Press, where he was business section editor and deputy editor.

Independent Media executive chairman Iqbal Survé said: “Contrary to what is happening in the print media industry in South Africa, Independent Media is growing and expanding its editorial teams.

“Attracting the best editorial people and providing opportunities for existing editorial staff across our title platforms is part of this strategy.”

He said the company was investing in technology and new systems, rebuilding newsrooms, and strengthening editorial and commercial teams.

“We’re planning a few new product launches in the new year and we’re working hard at positioning the new Independent Media as the leading multi-platform media company in South Africa.”

Independent Media’s company ethos was non-racialism, with a focus on excellence and equity.

“Transformation to address historical imbalance in a media landscape that has not changed significantly since 1994, is critical. This is key to our recruitment process,” he said.

Independent Media’s publications in KwaZulu-Natal included the Daily News, the Mercury, the Sunday Independent, the Independent on Saturday, the Post, Isolezwe, and the Sunday Tribune.

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