Murphy has a career spanning the worlds of student activism,
trade unionism, work in the non-governmental sector, politics,
the public sector, conservation and the corporate sector.
After his release from Robben Island in 1982, he began his working
life as a Trade Unionist with the General and Allied Workers Union.
He went on to work as the Publicity Secretary of the United Democratic
Front and from 1989 to 1994 he worked for PG Bison Ltd as Manager
responsible for Transition Affairs and later Corporate Social
In 1994 Murphy was appointed the first Provincial Secretary of then
PWV Region in terms of the Interim Constitution, charged among other
things with establishing the first Provincial Legislature of what became
the Gauteng Province.
Always seeking fresh challenges, Murphy was then later in 1994 appointed
as the first CEO and Chairman of the Financial and Fiscal Commission
established in terms of the Constitution. He was tasked to make
recommendations to Parliament regarding the equitable sharing of
nationally collected revenue between national, provincial and local
government. He remained in that post until 2004 when he joined the
Presidency as Head of Communications, a role he played until 2006
when he joined Kagiso Media.
Murphy has served in various board capacities, both in the non-governmental
and private sectors. In 2009, Murphy became Chairman of the Board of
Urban Brew Studios.
Omar started his career in commercial radio in 1990 as a bottom-feeder,
when no one was listening. He then freelanced on television and produced
shows and anchored others on SAfm. In 1996 he returned to East Coast
Radio to programme the station, rising to CEO in 1998 at age 32.
His vision was to turn East Coast Radio into the first radio station
that defied the comfortable CIW (Coloured, Indian, White)
classification of media. In 1999, ECR became the first regional
station in South Africa to reach a million listeners and an equal
mix between the race groups. In 2004 he became Kagiso Media’s
Executive Director: Broadcasting.
Omar has a post graduate qualification in Education with Drama and
Literature majors and has trained at the Deutche Welle Akademie in
Bonn, Germany, at Georgetown University in Washington DC and at
The Harvard Business School in Boston.
Omar was a judge at the European Radio Awards in Barcelona in 2007,
has been published in Europe, the US, India and South Africa and has
spoken at various international media conferences. He has trained
broadcast managers in Vietnam, Thailand and India.
John Kani is an actor, director, and playwright internationally recognized for his
work in theatre and films. He is renowned for his 1974/1975 Tony Award-winning
performances in The Island and Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, which he co-wrote with Athol
Fugard and Winston Ntshona.
He is the recipient of numerous awards for his plays and performances, some of which
include an AA life Vita Award for his role in My Children My Africa, a Fleur De Cap Award
for his play, Nothing But the Truth, an Evening Standard nomination for The Island
performed in London, and an Olivier Award for My Children My Africa. He performed
The Island to packed audiences in London, Paris, Stockholm, Montreal and New York.
He has directed several commercials, one of which won an M-Net Plum Award and
another a CLIO award in New York. He has received various awards for his
contribution to arts and culture in South Africa, some of which include:
- Avante Hall of Fame Award from the South African Film, Television and Advertising Industry
- Merit Award from the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce
- Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellowship Award
- Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Durban Westville
- Honorary Doctorate of Literature from Rhodes Rhodes University, Grahamstown
- Hiroshima Foundation Award for Peace in Stockholm
- The African Renaissance Merit Award by The South African Film and Television Industry
- Titan of The Century Award by Tribute Magazine’s Black Business Forum
- Leadership and Service Award from South African Breweries
- Order Of Ikhamanga from the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Thabo Mbeki, in 2005.
John is executive trustee of the Market Theatre Foundation, founder and director of the Market
Theatre Laboratory and chairman of the National Arts Council of SA.
Danie Ferreira is an entrepreneur and a multi award-winning producer
with a wealth of experience in the South African and African television market.
As founder member of the company, he is also responsible for the strategic and
creative direction of the company. He is widely recognised as having been,
for the two past decades, at the forefront of South African television.
Danie received a BA Communication from Rand Afrikaans University in 1987.
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Mzimkulu "Mzi" Malunga
Mzimkulu (Mzi) Malunga has over 25 years experience in media, both in print and TV.
He is the CEO of Urban Brew Studios and is a member of the Kagiso Executive Committee.
He was the MD of BDFM and Summit TV, and was on the board of the Newspaper Association of South Africa (NASA),
Inet Bridge and BDFM and is a former director of Business Day Nigeria.
Mzi is a former journalist and has written for numerous publications such as Sowetan,
Weekly Mail (now Mail & Guardian) etc. He was the business editor of the Sowetan,
the current affairs editor of the Financial Mail and managing editor of Business Day.
He is also the chairperson of a networking forum: D Group Corporate Forum and is a Trustee of Brand SA.
Mzi is a fellow of the CIS and had proudly completed a world economic systems scholarship in London
between 1990 and 1991 , his key focus in the programme was with the World Bank, IMF and African Development
Bank. Mzi’s academic qualification includes a diploma in journalism and an Executive MBA through the
University of Cape Town.