Mpumelelo Mkhabela

Deputy Editor, Sunday Independent

Mpumelelo Mkhabela has a defi ned "political agenda�.
He is a member of the new generation of journalists
who believe that a thriving democracy needs strong
newspapers and a very strong reading culture across the
population, even in this digital age.
It is unsurprising to fi nd that this bibliophile started out
as a university library assistant before cutting his teeth as
a serious journalist with City Press. As senior political writer
for the Sunday Times, Mkhabela focused on his fi rst love
� political analysis.
The subject takes up most of his time as he works to
complete his MA in international politics while helping to
steer the content and direction of the Sunday Independent.
This 32-year-old from Komatipoort relishes the
challenges of his job as he seeks to fulfi l his quest to
diversify the South African media space, particularly the
crucial Sunday market. � Cat Pritchard

Lunch spot: Sophia's, Rosebank, Johannesburg