‘Witness’ editor moves back to Jo’burg ‘with sadness’

2011-02-17 00:00

THE editor of The Witness, Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya, after 11 months on the post, has stepped down as head of the newspaper’s editorial department and will be returning to Johannesburg to take up a position as executive editor at City Press.

Previously editor of Sowetan, Moya has cited difficulties in relocating his family from Gauteng to Pietermaritzburg as the reason for his decision to leave.

Witness chairperson Stuart Craib said: “We are very sorry to see him go so soon, but appreciate what he has achieved in his short time as editor.

“We are pleased that he is staying in the Media24 group and look forward to continuing to carry his column on a regular basis with his insightful comment on South Africa as it is today,” said Craib.

Moya said,“The sadness of leaving this great newspaper is assuaged only by the fact that I still remain within the Media24 group, which I regard as a very well-run and innovative news media company.

“I am grateful to the many readers, members of the business community and the political leadership within government and on the opposition benches who have all made me feel welcome. The engagement with the readers, regardless of whether we agreed, made true Arthur Miller’s observation about a newspaper being a nation talking to itself.

“Pietermaritzburg will remain close to my heart, and my family and I are the poorer for not having been able to make it a permanent home. I hope my successor will allow me to continue writing a regular column for this great paper that, for good reason, is South Africa’s oldest,” Moya said.

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