Rachel Jafta has the degrees MEcon and PhD and is a professor in economics at Stellenbosch University. She is a director of Naspers and Econex and chair of the Cape Town Carnival Trust. She joined Naspers as a director in 2003 and was appointed a director of Media24 in 2007. She is a member of the South African Economic Society and serves on the management committee of the Bureau for Economic Research at Stellenbosch University. She has been chair of the Media24 board since April 2013. Since 2015, she has served on the international advisory council of Fondação Dom Cabral Business School, Brazil.
Ishmet Davidson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School at Scotland’s Heriot Watt University among other qualifications. He has 16 years’ experience in the media industry and joined Media24 in 2012 as head of community newspapers. He became the head of its news division in 2014, after which media distribution company On the Dot and Media24’s magazine division were added to his responsibilities. He was appointed CEO of Media24 in October 2018.
Trevor Petersen is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience. He obtained a BComHons in financial management from the University of Cape Town. He was an executive partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. and currently serves on the board of Mediclinic International plc.
Jo-Ann Held (née Strauss)
Jo-Ann Held (née Strauss) obtained a BComLaw degree at Stellenbosch University. She is a media entrepreneur who has presented and produced TV and online media properties for 17 years. She is a goodwill ambassador for Unicef and a director of Partnership Investments, the advisory board of Stellenbosch University Business School, Village and Life and M&C Saatchi Abel.
Koos Bekker led the founding team of the M-Net/MultiChoice pay-television business in 1985. He was also a founder of the cellular telephony group MTN. Koos headed the MIH group in its international and internet expansion until 1997, when he became chief executive of Naspers. He stepped down in 2014. He serves on the boards of companies in the wider group. In 2015 he became non-executive chair of Naspers. His academic qualifications include BAHons and an honorary doctorate in commerce from Stellenbosch University, LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and MBA from Columbia University, New York.
Mobasheer Patel holds a BCom degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, BCom Honours from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) and also obtained a higher diploma in auditing from UJ. After qualifying as Chartered Accountant, he joined Old Mutual. He held several senior positions at Old Mutual, including CFO of Old Mutual Wealth & Investments. Mobasheer was appointed as CFO of Media24 in September 2018.
Esmaré Weideman obtained the degrees BCom and BJournalismHons (both cum laude) from Stellenbosch University. She has over 25 years’ experience as a journalist, political writer and editor. She was editor-in-chief of Media24’s flagship weekly magazines Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM before being appointed chief executive of Media24 in 2011, a position she held until her retirement in September 2018. Esmaré rejoined Media24 as a nonexecutive director on 1 April 2019.
Khomotso Mthimunye has a BRations (as BCompt was known at the time) from the University of Limpopo, BCompt (Hons) from Unisa and Higher Diploma in Tax Law from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a chartered accountant with over 20 years’ experience and a member of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants and Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. She has served on the boards of several listed and private companies, and worked in the mining and financial services industries for amo ng others Standard Corporate & Merchant Bank, Absa Bank and Gensec Bank.