Connie Molusi has been appointed chairperson of Telkom Media, one of 17 companies applying to the Independent Communications Authority of SA (ICASA) for a commercial satellite and cable broadcasting licence. Telkom Media is developing a set of digital media businesses, which include pay-TV services via satellite and IPTV platforms, as well as a range of online content and ISP services.
Telkom Media CEO, Mandla Ngcobo, says: “We believe that Connie Molusi’s experience leading one of the country’s largest media organisations, Johncom, makes him a brilliant candidate for the position, and we are very excited to have him on board.”
Molusi was the first black person to lead a major media company in South Africa. He began his career as a journalist in the late 1980s, working for various national publications, including the South African Press Association (SAPA).
He then joined government and stayed in the public sector from 1995 to 2000, also working in the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) office in the Office of the President. Later he joined the communications department as ministerial adviser and thereafter general manager of Support Services.
In November 2000, Molusi joined Johnnic Communications as director of Media, moving on to become CEO of Publishing in April 2001 and group chief executive in March 2003. Molusi, who has a BJourn from Rhodes University and an MA from Notredame University in the US, also served as the president of Print Media South Africa and chairperson of the Newspaper Association.