It’s no small task to steer The Sowetan, a historic title anchored in brave journalism. After a wave of upset and a consequent reshuffling of editorial ranks, Avusa chose Mpumelelo Mkhabela to maintain the paper’s position and to drive its prestige forward. Mkhabela proved his editorial integrity, deep sense of civic journalism and understanding of the synergy between print and digital media as editor of The Daily Dispatch. Before that, he garnered respect through his shrewd political analysis and in-depth exposés at City Press and the Sunday Times, and as deputy editor of The Sunday Independent. Unafraid to ask the tough questions or put controversial issues on the front page, he is driven “by the pursuit of truth — however inconvenient”. He believes the media have a duty to contribute to building society by being the voice of reason. It is for this reason, among many, that Mkhabela stands at the helm of a new age at The Sowetan.
— Lu Larche