New Age editor quits

2011-05-31 19:43

Johannesburg - New Age editor Henry Jeffreys has resigned, the newspaper said on Tuesday,

"The paper is well positioned to go forward and I know that I leave a newspaper set to deliver on its potential," Jeffreys said in a statement.

"In many ways, I am very sad about leaving TNA [the New Age], but I know I leave the newspaper in very good hands."

Chief executive Nazeem Howa said Jeffreys joined the New Age "with the specific task" of launching the paper.

"He placed on hold his Master's studies and the book he was writing to join us and we always knew it was not going to be a long-term arrangement.

"However, we needed a professional to launch the paper and Henry fitted the bill," Howa said.

Howa said Jeffreys had taken charge when the paper needed "strong leadership" and the shareholders and management were grateful for his efforts.

"Henry has chosen to go back his family, his studies and writing his book. We are very happy that he will continue to write his column for our paper and deliver on ad hoc strategic projects as time allows," said Howa.

Jeffreys said he worked closely with senior editorial leaders and consultants, Ryland Fisher and Raymond Joseph, to drive the newspaper to the "next level".

"I have signed off on our next strategic initiatives. The team is all set to deliver on this strategy and I will continue to contribute to the delivery of that strategy as it rolls out," he said.

Fisher has been appointed acting editor.


Jeffreys was appointed shortly after the sudden departure of former editor Vuyo Mvuko. Jeffreys is a former deputy and political editor of the Johannesburg daily Beeld, where he started his career in the 1980s.

The New Age suffered a few hiccups before it launched, it was supposed to have launched in September last year and again in October but, aside from a special issue delivered at the African National Congress's national general council meeting in Durban in September, it only published online until it eventually hit the streets in December.

The September postponement was because staff felt they were not ready and still had to break in the new technology they had purchased, as well as to train staff. The delay in its October launch coincided with the sudden resignation of five key staff members.

Mvoko, deputy editor Karima Brown, opinion and analysis page editor Vukani Mde, news editor Amy Musgrave and arts and culture editor Damon Boyd all resigned on the same day. The staffers said that out of professionalism they would not discuss their reasons.

The New Age is the fourth mainstream newspaper breaking into the South African market in recent years. Media 24's Nova, Nigerian venture This Day and Avusa's weekend paper The Weekender have all folded.

The newspaper is funded by the Gupta Group, which has close links to the ruling ANC. Publisher TNA Media's executive chairperson is Atul Gupta, while former minister in the presidency Essop Pahad is a director and senior adviser, and former Anglo American SA CEO Lazarus Zim is a director.

  • Nico - 2011-05-31 19:53

    We get everyday 20 NEW AGE newspapers to sell in the store ( a big turn over store) and we sell nothing. I don't think the paper will last.

      Little Jim - 2011-06-01 04:21

      This newspaper is the mouth piece of the ANC and it was only started because the other papers were reporting the truth about the corruption, nepotism, theft and fraud going on in the government. No self respecting reader would be caught dead buying or reading this newspaper and the ANC somehow thinks that by launching this paper and waxing lyrical about themselves the world would see them in a different light....fat chance!!

  • RobinHood - 2011-05-31 19:55

    and what will you do now - after barely 3 months - this must be the led zeppilin of all times. idiot

      KD - 2011-06-01 10:08

      "Henry has chosen to go back his family, his studies and writing his book." Not sure if you missed that, or if you can't read?

      Mike - 2011-06-01 12:00

      @KD - no atually we all CAN read - it must be his concious getting the better of him and not being able to live the ANC lie!

  • LagUTroll - 2011-05-31 20:04

    "The staffers said that out of professionalism they would not discuss their reasons." If you nothing good to say, say nothing.

  • RobinHood - 2011-05-31 20:07

    and Shabir Shaik is the golfing reporter

      Musa Khumalo - 2011-05-31 20:21

      Robinhood you are so funny

  • Allin - 2011-05-31 20:18

    Don't recall ever seeing this newspaper in any shop?

  • GT - 2011-05-31 20:23

    Gupta Pahad Zim - they can do nothing without each other. Lazarus was such a star, but why did he go the route of Pinnacle Point and Gupta. He did not need this nonsense. Baffling.

  • scud - 2011-05-31 20:39

    Its daily national circulation comprises sales of about 200,and giveaways of about 20000. It provides nothing of value,has nonsensical provincial news,tows the party line,and copies other papers. Perhaps Mr Manyi should take over the editorialand management and then print and distribute blank pages.

      POLLENYS - 2011-05-31 20:49

      And they don't even have a leader page with editorial, in depth or op-ed articles. Really a poor product.

      RobinHood - 2011-05-31 21:17

      No editorial - so what value did the editor add? No wonder he left to start a dougnut shop in Polokwane

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-31 20:46

    Such poor and incomplete reporting. He was also editor of Die Burger in Cape Town.

      willie werkie - 2011-06-01 09:52

      And he left Die Burger rather suddenly too.

  • Gungets Tuft - 2011-05-31 20:50

    We get the New Age stuffed into our letterbox from time to time, 3 at a time, by the local pamphlet distributers. I like it, seriously. What else would I use to line the cat-litter box. Of course the cat then cr#ps in the garden out of sheer distain. How bad is it when even the cat won't take a #2 on the New Age?

      RobinHood - 2011-05-31 21:00

      You must enclose the paper

      GinSA1 - 2011-06-01 06:24

      Both very entertaining comments, especially because so valid!

  • CDS - 2011-05-31 20:56

    You see, this paper is an ANC aligned paper. If they're not gonna write anything bad about their partner (the ANC) then they have nothing to write about.

  • Nam - 2011-05-31 21:15

    The waste of money by Zuma, as representative of the African Union, on his two visits to Gaddafi, could have been a scoop for the New Age. Gupta, Zuma and Pahad.....what an alliance of the devil !!!

  • Pillos - 2011-05-31 21:32

    Oooh, this should blow up tomorrow. I think they've over extended themselves with the provincial coverage- content is a bit ragged at times. There is potential however, as it's still early days. No need for hate. We're all independent thinkers aren't we??....with a few internet trolls thrown in no doubt...

  • Sprokie - 2011-05-31 21:34

    What is the "new age"? never heard of it..

  • Deset Rat - 2011-05-31 21:35

    The New Age is aging rapidly, won't be long for its funeral.

  • dotty_01 - 2011-06-01 06:52

    anything that is even remotely linked to the ANC is troubled. these wonderful people who we have to entrust with our lives are absolute tits. admittedly they were quite good at fighting the apartheid regime, but anything that requires western-style sophistication is simply too delicate for them. they should stick to tribal-style fighting and killing - they try to hard to do what the white man does - they are not built for it....

      Pearson - 2011-06-01 08:52

      "admittedly they were quite good at fighting the apartheid regime" WHAT? In the whole history of military endeavour there was never a "military" organisation that performed as poorly as the ANC (Umkhonto Wesizwe) Blundering fools and incompetents (today's government, so nothing has changed) The ANC did not bring down Apatheid. The collapse of the Soviet Union ended Apartheid

  • - 2011-06-01 07:28

    Good riddance.

  • thulani.msimang - 2011-06-01 09:26

    The newspaper has defied all expectations. The predections flowing from the This Day project which was an umitigated disaster were that by this time the New Age would be history by now. Well done New Age. The paper will help add to the reportage in this country and not get one style of writing from The Star or Busswaxday. We are tired of the same writers and the same papers. Long live New Age.

      Mike - 2011-06-01 12:06

      Will you have the guts to admit that you wre wrong when it fold/implodes?

      Nico - 2011-06-01 20:30

      Didn't you read my comment on top? WE sell nothing of this newspaper in store. Even if I put it at the best place to sell. All the other papers are sold out everyday but NO New Age. I have a store that have a MAT (moving annual tunover) of R12 million per year.

  • DandyLion - 2011-06-01 09:54

    What a crappy paper! Rather read the Daily Sun - at least the articles there, though not newsworthy, are entertaining!

  • Mike - 2011-06-01 12:04

    Does this paper carry any advertising? Or is it just Shaik's smalls adv about his next tee-off time at the golf club!

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