Mondli Makhanya

Editor, Sunday Times

Mondli Makhanya, who has been the editor of Sunday Times since 2004, has had his share of controversy over the past few years. There was his looming arrest in 2007 over the use of former health minister Manto Tshabalala- Msimang's medical file for a Sunday Times article that alleged that she was an alcoholic and kleptomaniac. Then the firing of columnist David Bullard and a series of front-page articles were later called into question � one resulted in an apology ordered by the Press Ombudsman. The former editor of the Mail & Guardian started out as a journalist for the Weekly Mail in 1990 as a business writer and has since been deputy news editor of The Star and an associate editor of Sunday World. Although the newspaperman's colleagues around the world are facing a shrinking industry, Makhanya remains upbeat. "Technological advances have changed the nature of journalism,� he says. "We just have to adjust to the nature of the way people are consuming news. In South Africa we are not doing badly in terms of representing advances, but we are behind in terms of how many South Africans are connected.� � Eamon Allan

Lunch spot: The Grillhouse, Rosebank, Johannesburg