Angela Quintal appointed new editor of ‘The Witness’

2011-09-16 00:00

THE new editor of The Witness is to be Angela Quintal (43), who is at present the editor of the Mercury in Durban.

Quintal’s appointment follows that of Fikile Moya, who resigned in March after a year in the position.

She will take up her new post on November 1.

Born in Worcester in the Western Cape, Quintal studied at Rhodes University for a Bachelor of Journalism degree, followed by an LLB. She has since worked as a journalist for nearly two decades in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.

She began her career as a general reporter at the Citizen in mid-1992, but resigned when she was told that she could not cover the Shell House massacre because it was “too dangerous for a woman”.

She then covered the first democratic elections for the SA Press Association (Sapa), and worked at the national news agency in various capacities, including parliamentary and presidential correspondent during the Mandela presidency, and later as parliamentary editor.

Leaving Sapa in 2003, she was a member of the start-up team of the now defunct ThisDay, before being head-hunted by Independent Newspapers to become its group political editor.

In 2008 she returned to the company’s head office in Johannesburg to learn the business of newspapers and served as an executive editor of the Star until, in November 2009, she was appointed the editor of the Mercury.

Of her new post, Quintal says, “The Witness is an iconic newspaper with a proud tradition and I hope to be able to steer it into a new age by building on the solid foundation of my predecessors.”

She added that she prefers to work behind the scenes, rather than in the spotlight. However, as Mercury editor she has had to step out of her comfort zone to engage with KZN communities, organisations, political parties, business and all the other facets of the province she has grown to love for its rich diversity and opportunity.

“I plan to do the same at The Witness.”

Witness chairperson Stuart Craib welcomed the appointment. “We are very pleased to have someone of Angela’s experience and track record joining us and look forward to her contribution to the growth of The Witness in the years ahead.”

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