MICHELLE MASHIANE

Founder & CEO

Michelle Mashiane is an entrepreneur who launched the eMalahleni-based publication in 2004. It is now operating in its tenth year of success. The founder and owner of Coal City News/CNI was born and raised in Witbank and completed her tertiary education at Nkangala FET College where she got her Diploma in Business Management.

Following her calling of making a difference in print media, Mashiane decided to do what she was always passionate about: publishing. With no funds and only a dream, she started a newspaper in eMalahleni going door to door attracting advertisers to buy in her dream by placing adverts. Mashiane formed the publication in 2004, and after ten years of success yet another bigger vision was to introduce the Community Newspaper Initiative (CNI) in 2011. Mashiane’s first initiative (Coal City News) was also voted
the best company ran by young people at the eMalahleni Mayor’s Awards, which took place in Witbank on the 29 November 2008. The award was handed to Mashiane as the Best Young Entrepreneur.

Mashiane is the first black female publisher in the district and stands as the first one in the province to initiate such an initiative as CNI. She also sits on the advisory board of The State Owned Entities Communicators.

RACHEL GITARI

Media Marketing Strategist & New Business

Michelle Mashiane is an entrepreneur who launched the eMalahleni-based publication in 2004. It is now operating in its tenth year of success. The founder and owner of Coal City News/CNI was born and raised in Witbank and completed her tertiary education at Nkangala FET College where she got her Diploma in Business Management.

Following her calling of making a difference in print media, Mashiane decided to do what she was always passionate about: publishing. With no funds and only a dream, she started a newspaper in eMalahleni going door to door attracting advertisers to buy in her dream by placing adverts. Mashiane formed the publication in 2004, and after ten years of success yet another bigger vision was to introduce the Community Newspaper Initiative (CNI) in 2011. Mashiane’s first initiative (Coal City News) was also voted
the best company ran by young people at the eMalahleni Mayor’s Awards, which took place in Witbank on the 29 November 2008. The award was handed to Mashiane as the Best Young Entrepreneur.

Mashiane is the first black female publisher in the district and stands as the first one in the province to initiate such an initiative as CNI. She also sits on the advisory board of The State Owned Entities Communicators.

PHALANE MOTALE

Content and Editorial Director

Phalane Motale is a former award-winning editor and highly-respected journalist with over 20 years’ experience in the print media. He was a senior journalist for Pretoria News, City Press, The Star and Sunday World and later became the founding editor of Sunday Sun from 2001 to 2008.

Motale has studied at various institutions, including the then Argus School of Journalism, the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, the Tshwane University of Technology, Wits University, University of South Africa and the University of Pretoria. He is currently studying towards a LLB degree. He was also the Head of Communications, Marketing and Events at the then Nokeng Tsa Taemane Local Municipality between 2008 and 2011 before joining the City of Tshwane as a media liaison expert until October 2012.

He joined Njabzen Media as a Consultant in August 2013 and is currently editor of the My Capital City magazine – the official magazine of the City of Tshwane. Having been a newspaper columnist and editor, and social and political radio analyst of note for many years, he has very strong media contacts and still works very closely with editors and publishers to develop newsworthy angles and stories on behalf of Njabzen Media clients.