Independent Media, the owner of renowned titles such as The Star, Isolezwe, and Cape Times, has implemented significant changes to both its news and management structures. The reshuffling includes the appointment of a new editor-in-chief for its newspaper division, a change in the acting CEO role, and the return of Iqbal Survé as the executive chairperson.

Iqbal Survé, previously serving in a non-executive chair role at the group since August 2022, will now resume his position as the executive chairperson. This move is expected to bring a fresh perspective and strategic guidance to the media conglomerate.

According to internal correspondence shared with the staff this week, Takudzwa Hove, who had been the CEO since August 2022, is stepping down to pursue an MBA at the UCT Graduate School of Business. Hove, known for overseeing significant staff retrenchments last year due to declining advertising and circulation figures, will continue his role within the broader Sekunjalo Group. In his stead, Mohamed Hoosain, the current CFO, has been appointed as the acting CEO.

Adri Senekal de Wet has been named the new editor-in-chief of Independent Newspapers, succeeding Aziz Hartley, who retired in December. Senekal de Wet, formerly the editor of Business Report, will also take on the role of executive editor on the Independent Media board. The media house has also confirmed Philippa Larkin as the acting editor of Business Report.

In response to these changes, Iqbal Survé highlighted the company’s commitment to a dynamic leadership approach, stating that Sekunjalo has consistently rotated its executives to expose them and the businesses to new philosophies and ideation. This, he emphasized, is part of their design thinking approach to business.

These strategic changes within Independent Media aim to position the company for growth and adaptability in an ever-evolving media industry. The appointments reflect a mix of experienced leaders and fresh perspectives, signaling a commitment to innovation and resilience in the face of industry challenges and declining advertising.