Seasoned journalist, Mazwi Xaba, is the new editor of the powerhouse Zulu language daily newspaper, Isolezwe.
Although Xaba’s appointment was effective from April 1, he has been at the helm of the Durban-based title for the past four months. With close to 20 years experience in journalism, Xaba not a new kid on the block. He is well known for his refreshing youthful approach coupled with a seemingly unflappable style.
“I have been part of Isolezwe since its launch in April 2002 and was also in the mix in the conceptual stages of the newspaper, giving input in a variety of spheres,” says Xaba. “I started off as chief sub but my role rapidly grew as we discovered that the work of producing a daily newspaper, managing staff and liaising with the outside world required more than one person.”
Xaba was officially appointed deputy editor, which involved him heading the title’s Sunday edition, Isolezwe ngeSonto, launched just three years ago but already making its mark in terms of growing circulation and readership figures.
“What’s exciting is that I take over at a time when we are celebrating Isolezwe ngeSonto’s 3rd birthday and later this month we’ll celebrate Isolezwe’s 9th anniversary!”
Always interested in writing and the social upheavals and political violence in South Africa in the 1980s influenced him towards journalism as a career. He trained
at the Argus School of Journalism and joined the Daily News as a general reporter in 1992. Xaba, married with three children, jogs to keep fit and enjoys going to the golf practice range.