The Board of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) has appointed Zukiswa Potye as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Potye holds a Postgraduate Diploma and a Master of Commerce Degree in Project Management from Cranefield College; a Management Advancement Programme (MAP) from Wits University; certificates in applied risk management from Unisa and in Business and Life Coaching.
Potye’s work experience spans more than 27 years in both the private but mostly public sector. Previous to joining the Government Communications (GCIS), she was a Programme Coordinator at the National Electricity Regulator (now NERSA), and a Director for Monitoring and Evaluation at Blue IQ.
Ndivhuho Norman Munzhelele, Chairperson of the MDDA Board commented on the appointment, ‘Potye was selected from a pool of some 65 applicants, based on, amongst others, her knowledge of and strategic vision for the community media sector; her commitment to good governance, fairness and transparency; and her ability to engage with people and create lasting partnerships aligned to the mandate of the MDDA.’
Potye took over as Acting CEO following a period of considerable turbulence at the Agency. In this role, she commenced the process of stabilising the agency, as well as introducing a number of important initiatives, critical to the sustainability of the MDDA and the community media sector. These included a grant funding policy for the effective and transparent selection of media projects for MDDA support.
In addition, she implemented a proactive strategy to lobby potential and past MDDA funders for support of the agency’s work, as well as sought out partnerships with sector stakeholders to pool together resources for the survival of the sector.
‘Potye is therefore tasked with continuing her work in turning the entity around and bringing the much-needed stability to the agency. Together with her Executive team, her immediate priority is to build a coherent and high performing team, equipped to provide meaningful leadership to a community media sector that is facing an exciting but also potentially disruptive environment, brought about by the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution,’ concluded Munzhelele.