Mbali Dhlomo registered GENUINE Magazine cc and started operating the business in 1999. Prior to opening her business, she worked for Thandi Magazine and for Ithala Bank in KwaZulu-Natal in the 90s.
She edited and published GENUINE, a quarterly family magazine that circulated in KwaZulu-Natal from 2001 until 2012, when the magazine folded.
Presently, Ms. Dhlomo edits and publishes INTUTHUKO NEWSPAPERS, a group of three monthly IsiZulu community newspapers that were established to serve rural communities of KwaZulu-Natal. Intuthuko Umbumbulu (from 2007) circulates around rural Durban; Intuthuko Newcastle (from 2017) circulates in Newcastle, Dannhauser and Emadlangeni; and Intuthuko Dundee (from 2019) circulates in Dundee, Glencoe Vryheid and Nquthu.
She was nominated for the Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) Awards and was the overall winner in the Information & Communications Technology (ICT) category (2002)
She travelled to the State of Israel and spent a month attending an international course on SMEs in the Era of Globalization (2003)
She was a Board Member at the Association of Independent Publishers (AIP) from 2007 – 2017. She was Chairperson of the AIP from 2014 – 2017. She was re-appointed to the same position from July 2021.
She is a Dwight Eisenhower Fellow and was selected to represent South Africa at the Eisenhower Fellowships Multi-Nation program in the USA (2009).
She is a founding-member of the KwaZulu-Natal Community Publishers’ Co-operative (KZNCPC). She has served as Secretary to the Co-operative and is currently Chairperson of the Co-op.
She sat on the Journalism Advisory Board at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) (2011 – 2014) and holds a Certificate in Community Journalism from UNISA and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Public Relations through UNISA.
Fun Facts about Mbali Dhlomo
Do you have any hidden talents or obsessions?
I love baking, but I only know how to bake butter scones for now! I wish to go on a baking course to learn to bake other types of cakes and biscuits.
Who is your celebrity crush?
I admire Sir Richard Branson, because his life has been filled with so many ‘dares’. It is shocking and amazing at the same time. His latest ‘dare’ was to travel to the edge of space in his own space craft in 2021. Now there is a person I wish to become one day.
Do you collect anything? (Art, shoes, books, etc)
I love second-hand shops! I am unable to pass a second-hand shop and not enter. You always find the best, unique stuff there.
If you were given the opportunity to have lunch with the President, what would you say to him?
I would ask him to put more effort into job-creation because people are struggling to make ends meet out there. And then I would ask him to fund the AIP with a once-off amount of R10 million to support grassroots publishers.
Everyone has at least one annoying habit, what’s yours?
People get annoyed when I proof-read and correct everything they have written. And it takes me a second to pick up a mistake of any kind. I guess my +22 years in this industry has made me become the (annoying) person that I am!
Thembisa Mjiba is a community journalist, entrepreneur and an academic. She is the founder and editor of iDikelethu Community Newspaper based in Alice. She holds an Honours degree in Social Science, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, an advanced diploma in communication and several certificates which were obtained from various institutions. She is currently doing her Masters Degree in Communications at the University of Fort Hare.
Thembisa, worked in various media companies which include the SABC, the former Radio Transkei, Grocotts Mail,The Rap and the Sunday Sun newspaper.
iDikelethu was established in 2007 after extensive research was done with the community in terms of their needs.
She credits her passion for print media to Dr. Beekman who assigned her to be editor and project leader for the students’ peer newsletter during her university days. Since then, her love for the printed newspaper never stopped until she published her first copy.
She represents Eastern Cape publishers in the executive committee of the cooperative. She also spoke at the Parliamentary Indaba for Diversity and Transformation of Print Media Indaba in 2011, and in 2015 she was amongst a group of South African journalists selected to go on a study tour to Germany to learn about innovative tools and mechanisms for communication.
Thembisa is also part of the Travel & Tourism Hospitality project, called “Homestay owners of Alice” where house owners in Raymond Mhlaba Local Municipality (RMLM) open their homes to tourists when there is a need for accommodation in the area.
Despite the challenges around sustainability issues, iDikelethu has been a source of income to the community by creating employment. It has opened its doors to journalism students from previously disadvantaged communities to do internships and work experience programmes.
Fun Facts About Thembisa Mjiba-Makasi
Do you have any hidden talents or obsessions? I am obsessed with sports. I love soccer, tennis and netball. I am currently managing a netball team based in Alice.
Who is your celebrity crush? I don’t have one but I’m inspired by Khanyi Dhlomo, Felicia Mabuza & Noxolo Grootboom.
Do you collect anything? (Art, shoes, books, etc) Yes, I am collecting books but haven’t had enough time to read lately.
If you were given the opportunity to have lunch with the President what would you say to him? I would ask the honourable President to give the community media sector the much-needed support it deserves.
Everyone has at least one annoying habit, what’s yours? I always want to assist even when I know I am over-committed. I need to learn to say no. Also, maybe delegate more often.
Dunisani Ntsanwisi was born and bred in the village of Malamulele in Limpopo. A qualified media studies practitioner trained from Boston Media House, he started his career at Rainbow FM where he worked as a news compiler for six months. In 2004 he worked as a journalist for a community newspaper called Seipone News which is where he developed his love for community print media. In July 2005 he registered Nhluvuko Media Communication that now publishes the Nthavela newspaper.
The Nthavhela newspaper was started with the key purpose of promoting and publicising the previously marginalised Shangaane/Vatsonga ethnic group. Its aim was to educate the community on economic, political, community development and human-interest issues in the language they understood and appreciated.
His success has been recognized with a number of awards including the 2011 finalist in the Pan South Africa Language Board (PANSALB) category, “Publication that seeks to promote African languages”, the MDDA & Sanlam award in the category “Emerging newspaper 3-5 years old” and the 2013 Mopani South African Football Association (SAFA) award for comprehensive sports coverage.
In 2014 Nthavela was part of the Adopt a Youth Entrepreneur Campaign. In 2015 the newspaper was a finalist in the MDDA/SANLAM awards in the category “Best newspaper indigenous language”. In 2015 the newspaper won the Gender Links awards in the category for “Center of Excellence”.
Fun Facts About Dunisani Ntsanwisi
Do you have any hidden talents or obsessions? Cooking.
Who is your celebrity crush? Most of my celebrity crushes disappointed me in one way or another.
Do you collect anything? (Art, shoes, books, etc) Political, history and inspirational books.
If you were given an opportunity to have lunch with the President, what would you say to him? He must fully fulfil what he has promised the people and be realistic when he is setting his targets. His targets must be achievable.
Everyone has at least one annoying habit, what’s yours? I’m not sure but I know I dislike people that lie.
Simon Mboleka was born and bred in Bloemfontein. He is the publisher of Seipone News Time. He founded the publication in 2007. Mboleka discovered his love for publishing during his time at Media24’s Free State regional office for the Afrikaans newspaper Die Son, were he served for three years. It was then that he started doing his research about publishing and attended courses on entrepreneurship to help him kick-start his newspaper business.
He is passionate about community development. He is committed to empowering the youth of Bloemfontein and surroundings by creating employment in his publication. He shares his knowledge with the youth who have an interest in developing their writing skills and community media.
Regardless of the challenges of his business, Mboleka went against the odds and enrolled for a Bachelor of Management Leadership, a three-year qualification at the University of Free State.
In addition to his achievements and leadership roles, he is currently serving as the Chairperson of the Free State Cooperative and is a respected Reverend at St John Apostolic church of Prophecy.
Fun Facts About Simon Mboleka
Do you have any hidden talents or obsessions? I love dancing! I professionally trained on ballroom, foxtrot and tap dance.
Who is your celebrity crush? Denzel Washington Jr, I am inspired by his leadership skills in his movies.
Do you collect anything? (Art, shoes, books, etc) Inspirational and Business books
If you were given the opportunity to have lunch with the President, what would you say to him? Mr President, can you get rid of the incompetent corrupt officials in your employ – even down to the cleaners. They are the one that distribute the envelopes.
Everyone has at least one annoying habit, what’s yours? Putting something back on the wrong shelf and last-minute reservations.