Rachel Jafta, MEcon and PhD, is a professor in economics at Stellenbosch University. She was appointed a director of Media24 in 2007 and chairperson in 2013. She joined Naspers as a director in 2003 and is also chairperson of Welkom Yizani Investments (RF) Limited. She is a member of the Economic Society of South Africa, director of Econex, chairperson of the Cape Town Carnival Trust, cofounder and chairperson of the Rachel’s Angels Trust and a board member of the South African Institute of Race Relations. She is a member of the Naspers nomination committee and the social and ethics committee and the Media24 human resources and remuneration committee. She is chair of the Naspers human resources and remuneration committee and the Media24 nomination committee.
Esmaré Weideman obtained the qualifications BCom and BJournalism Hons (both cum laude) at Stellenbosch University. She has more than 25 years experience as a journalist, political writer, news editor and editor at some of the country’s most prestigious publications. She was editor-in-chief of Media24’s flagship weekly magazines, Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM, before being appointed Media24 CEO in 2011. She is a director of Media24 and Novus Holdings (previously Paarl Media Group).
Ruda Landman obtained a BAHons and HED at Stellenbosch University. She was appointed as a journalist at Die Burger and later at SARIE. She was a presenter of the M-Net programme Carte Blanche from 1988 to 2007 and is a television freelancer. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stellenbosch University in 2011 for her work as a journalist. She chaired the board of trustees of Project Literacy and the board of directors of Helpmekaar Private School from 2003 to 2007. She was appointed to the Media24 board in 2007 and chairs the Media24 safety, health and environment committee.
Salie de Swardt has a BAHons and BEcon from Stellenbosch University and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. During his career with Naspers he served as financial reporter at Die Burger and financial editor and editor of Beeld. He was the founding editor of Finansies & Tegniek (now Finweek), chief executive of Media24 Magazines and managing director of Media24 from 2000 until his retirement in 2005. He is a director and member of the executive committee of Media24 and a director of Paarl Media Group, the Aardklop arts festival and Democratic Media Holdings in Windhoek, Namibia. He was appointed chairperson of the Media24 audit and risk committees in 2013.
Salie de Swardt
Debra Meyer is the executive dean of science at the University of Johannesburg. She was a Fulbright scholar at the University of California, Davis in America, where she obtained a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology. She regularly publishes in science journals and organises HIV/Aids education and community service projects. She has completed modules in media strategy and academic leadership at Harvard and the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and makes regular contributions to several newspapers and magazines. She is a published poet and has received several awards in her area of expertise. She serves as trustee or board member of several organisations including Dagbreektrust, Naspers (since 2009), the Aardklop arts festival and the council of North-West University. She was appointed to the Media24 board in 2013.
Trevor Petersen is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years’ experience. He holds a BComHons degree in financial management from the University of Cape Town (1987). He worked as executive partner at PwC for an extended period and later as chair of their Western Cape branch. Since 2010 he’s been a non-executive director of Mediclinic Southern Africa Limited, a director of Mediclinic International Limited since 2012 and a director of the listed mining company, Petmin Limited, since 2011. He also serves on the board of Robinson Liquors Proprietary Limited, trading as Ultra Liquors. He has served on the board of the University of Cape Town (UCT) since 2002; he’s been chair of the UCT finance committee since 2004 and since 2012 chair of the executive of the university’s College of Accounting.
Hein Willemse has an MA (cum laude), MBL and DLitt. He is currently a literature professor at the University of Pretoria. He is a board member or trustee of various national and international technical associations and community organisations.
Jo-Ann Held obtained a BCom (Law) degree at Stellenbosch University. She is a media entrepreneur who, among others, presented and produced her own prime-time TV show. She has several corporate enterprises and is a director of Partnership Investments, a company with interests in media, mining and property. She also serves on the Western Cape Board of Ubuntu Botho (part of Sanlam) and the board of M&C Saatchi Abel, one of South Africa’s leading advertising agencies. She was appointed a director of Media24 in 2014.
Jo-Ann Held (née Strauss)
Abduraghman (Manie) Mayman was appointed chief financial officer of Media24 in 2014. He is a chartered accountant and has an Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science (BComptHons) and Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Management from Unisa as well as a Certificate in Retail Marketing of Petroleum Products from the College of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Oxford. He completed the University of Cape Town’s Programme for Management Development and the JMW Manager of the Future Programme. He is a former financial director of BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. He was appointed chief financial officer of Media24 in 2007 but left the company and returned in 2011 as chief financial officer of Media24 Newspapers. He was appointed to the Media24 board in 2014.
Koos Bekker led the founding team of M-Net/MultiChoice pay-television business in 1985. He was also a founder of cellular telephony operator MTN and headed the MIH group in its international and internet expansion until 1997, when he became chief executive of Naspers. He retired as Naspers chief executive in 2014 and was appointed Naspers chair in April 2015. Bekker serves on the boards of various public bodies.