Board of Trustees
Cris Chinaka – Chairperson of Board of Trustees
Cris Chinaka is a seasoned journalist and has worked for Reuters International News agency full time for over two decades. Cris writes mainly political issues in Zimbabwe and other African countries including Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Cris has been bureau chief and head of Reuters’ multimedia reporting team in Zimbabwe since 1995.Among his many attributes, Cris holds a post-graduate diploma in journalism and is a journalism trainer, mentor and coach. Cris is also a founding board member of the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMCZ), a self-regulating platform for journalists.
Nhlanhla Ngwenya holds a Master of Arts degree in Media and Communication studies from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). He is the current Director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa Zimbabwe Chapter (MISA-Zimbabwe). He joined MISA after working for ten years as a programme Officer at the Media Monitoring Project of Zimbabwe (MMPZ). Nhlanhla sits on the Radio Voice of the People Board of Trustees where he is the Treasurer.
John Gambanga is a one of Zimbabwe’s most experienced Journalists. John’s work experience covers both the public and private media. John was one time Editor of the Mutare based Manica Post under the Zimpapers Stable .He has also worked as an Editor of the Daily News, an Independent Publication under the Associated Newspapers Group (ANZ). John Gambanga is also the founding Director of the Voluntary Media Council of Zimbabwe (VMZC).
Olivia Gumbo is a former National Programmes Officer for one of Zimbabwe’s Leading Human Rights organization, ZIMRIGHTS. Olivia has vast experience in research, training and consultancy work. Olivia has done work on Security and protection of Human Rights defenders. Olivia has also done work on peace building strategies. Olivia is a holder of a Masters of Public Administration Degree, Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Politics and Administration and a Diploma in personnel management (IPMZ).
Sibongile Mpofu’s academic profile is one of progressive growth. Sibongile first graduated with a National Diploma in Mass communication from the Harare Polytechnic in1998. A Bachelor of Degree in Media Studies from the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) followed in 2004. The following year saw Sibongile graduate with a Masters Degree in Journalism from Westminster University UK. In terms of her work experience, Sibongile first worked as a Junior Reporter for the Community Newspapers Group (CNG), before moving to the Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency (ZIANA) where she worked as a Business Reporter. In 2002 Sibongile was appointed Deputy Editor for the African Women’s Online Magazine. Sibongile has been working as a Lecturer for the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).
Board of Management
Board Chaiperson, Mr Harrison Nkomo
Harrison Nkomo is the First Board Chairperson for the Media Centre. Harrison holds a Bachelors of Laws Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and has been a Registered Legal Practitioner for eight years. Harrison who is a partner of Mtetwa and Nyambirai has represented a number of journalists, both locally and internationally. Harrison’s active involvement in Media Issues saw him being one of the final nominees of the Index on Censorship( an institution that advocates for the media and press freedom in the world) International Award for the year 2009.
Vice Chairperson, Mrs Ellen Kandororo- Dingani
Ellen has a degree in Media Studies from the Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU). She also has a Diploma in Media Studies and a Certificate In Computer Studies all from the Harare Polytechnic College. Ellen is currently studying for her Masters Degree in Commerce in Strategic Management and Corporate Governance with the Midlands State University (MSU). She has worked for the Ecumenical Documentation and Information Centre in Southern Africa (EDICISA) from April 2000- November 2002 and currently works for the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN ) as a Media and Information Programme Officer. Mrs Dingani has vast experience in electoral observation. Apart from her work in Zimbabwe, she has observed elections in countries like Zambia, Sudan, Namibia, Bangladesh and Malawi among others.
Mr. Dumisani Muleya
Dumisani Muleya is an award winning Investigative reporter working for the Zimbabwe Independent as Assistant Editor. Dumisani has also worked for freight Companies in South Africa as a Public Relations Officer and as a correspondent for different media organisations including Mail & Guardian, Business Day and Sunday Times of South Africa. In Zimbabwe, Dumisani has written extensively on the plight of farm workers. Dumisani has written other major stories including how the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) was used to destroy the Zimbabwe Mirror Newspapers Group . In 2005 Dumisani won the Speaker Abbot Award and in 2006 the Cable News Network (CNN) African Journalist of the year, Free Press Award. Dumisani won the award because of his role in exposing the state’s role in the farm invasions of 2000, the state’s abuses in the 2000 parliamentary elections, the rigging of the 2002 Presidential Elections. Dumisani has also assisted and contributed to various print and electronic news outlets in the region and beyond. These include the Mail and Guardian Online, SABC radio, ETV and magazines in the United Kingdom. Dumisani holds a Diploma in Mass Communication in Print Journalism from the Harare Polytechnic College, he has also done a lot of Journalism Courses with Local and International Colleges and is currently studying for a Degree in Media Studies with the University of South Africa (UNISA).
Fazila S. K. Mahomed
Fazila Mahomed is a Freelance Journalist whose work covers a wide range of Social Economic and Political Issues. Fazila has worked as Media Consultant for AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL as a media consultant. Fazila does work for Studio 7 Voice of America (V.O.A) Broadcasting Services reporting on current Socio-Political and economic issues as well as on HIV AIDS. Fazila also worked as a Freelancer for BBC ASIA NEWS.
Bhekinkosi Ncube is a hold of a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Ndebele (UZ), a Graduate diploma in media and communication studies (UZ) and an MSc in Journalism and Media Studies (NUST). Bhekincube has 10 years experience as a journalist, where he worked for the Bulawayo based Chronicle in 2000 as a senior sub editor and in 2001 chief sub editor, in 2003 became assistant editor (production) and in July 2004 appointed editor of uMthunywa till August 2008. Nov 2009 joined National University of Science and Technology (NUST) as a lecturer in the department of journalism and media studies, specialising in Media, human rights and democracy; investigative journalism, new media and society and print media practical projects.
Frank is a multi-skilled freelance Journalist whose career stretches from 1999. Frank has worked for several Radio Stations and Newspapers. Some of the radio stations he has worked for include New Zealand Radio, Shortwave Radio Africa (S.W.Radio Africa) and Voice of America (VOA). The print Media that Frank has worked for include, Africa Confidential, the Nation and the Weekly Times. Frank was the founding Editor for the now defunct Southern News, a Regional Newspaper. Frank has also worked as a producer and cameraman for ETV News and British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC). Frank was awarded a Human Rights reporter of the year Award in 2008 and the Journalist Excellence and Free Speech award in 2009 from the United States of America (USA). Frank has a Radio Journalism Certificate (South Africa), Multimedia online Journalism Certificate (Germany), a Journalism and Professional writing Diploma (South Africa). Frank is currently Studying for a Degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Dr Wallace Chuma
Dr. Chuma is a Senior Media Lecturer at the University of Cape Town (UCT) ’s Center for Film and Media Studies. He holds a PhD (Journalism & Media Studies) from the University of the Witwatersrand, and degrees in English and Communication from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ). At UCT, Dr. Chuma teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate media theory and print media production courses. He was instrumental in the design of the Honours and Masters in Political Communication programme, which was launched by the department in 2007 and which he convenes. Dr. Wallace Chuma is a researcher and Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Film and Media Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Chuma is a former journalist and editor of the Daily News and the Zimbabwe Mirror, respectively, and has also spent time working for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ,Pennsylvania, USA as an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow. Dr.Chuma also had a brief stint as a journalist at the Botswana Guardian and Midweek Sun. Dr.Chuma is an active researcher who has presented papers at local, regional and international conferences, and published book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. His co-edited book, Media Policy in a Changing Southern Africa, was published by University Of South Africa (UNISA) Press in January 2010. He is a former Vice Chairperson for the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Zimbabwe Chapter.
Patience is the Media Alliance of Zimbabwe Coordinator. Patience has previously worked with as a Policy and Advocacy Officer at Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe. Zirima holds a Masters degree in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Zimbabwe.