Snuki appointed SABC news MD

2004-04-16 22:09

Johannesburg - Ministry of Labour spokesperson Snuki Zikalala has been appointed as managing director of SABC news and current affairs, SABC spokesperson Paul Setsetse said on Friday.

Setsetse said Zikalala would be responsible for the strategic leadership, focus and operational direction of news and current affairs at the national broadcaster.

"Zikalala's appointment was announced by the group CEO, Mr Matlare, following the recommendations of a joint SABC board and management interview panel and follows on an extensive search process," said Setsetse.

Zikalala obtained a BA Honours in industrial sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an MA and PhD, both in journalism, from Sofia University, Bulgaria.

Setsetse said: "In a journalism career spanning over 25 years, Dr Zikalala has held various posts in print, radio and television, and in the case of broadcasting has introduced many electronic innovations, including news on mobile phones and the internet."

Zikalala has won several awards including Sanlam's Best Economics Journalist; the South African Medial Association's Best Medical Reporter and government's Communicator of the Year award.