Tommy Sithole
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BornTommy Ganda Sithole
Known forBeing first Black Editor of The Chronicle

Tommy Sithole is a journalist, business executive, pilot, flight instructor and sports administrator. He is the current chairman of the Zimpapers board. Sithole is most known for having been the first African editor of the The Chronicle in 1983.

He was appointed to the chairmanship of Zimpapers in August 2019, replacing Delma Lupepe.

Since the 80s Sithole served as Editor of The Chronicle, The Herald, Editor-in-Chief of Zimpapers and Business Development Director.

Career

Journalism

In 1983 Sithole was appointed the editor of The Chronicle, becoming the first black person to assume the position. He was later appointed the editor of The Herald, replacing Farai Munyuki who had moved to Zimbabwe Inter-Africa News Agency (ZIANA). Sithole was replaced at The Chronicle by Geoff Nyarota.

As editor the Herald, Sithole was considered a staunch Zanu PDF supporter. [1]

Sithole held the Herald Editor position until early 1998 when he was removed through a "promotion" to the position of Director of Business Projects at Zimpapers.

In January 1998 there were protests and riots against the government, which were preceded by unrest, strikes, and demonstrations in 1997. The Herald had become critical of government policy and also published independent reports on issues such as police brutality in quelling demonstrations, government's mismanagement of the economy, and the wastage of public funds. On 20 and 21 January 1998 there were sharp editorial comments following violent food price riots. The editorials accused the government of scapegoating the problem by blaming ZCTU and white people for the unrest. They also accused the government of inaction of not being "truly concerned" with "what might be potentially the most serious problem our country has faced to date" [1]

Sithole lost his job soon after.

Sports Administration

In 1982, The Government of Zimbabwe applied and was granted authority by the IOC to dissolve the ZOC Board and appoint the Tommy Sithole led executive to address the racial representation in the national associations.

Sithole worked for the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was responsible for relations with governments, international organisations, education and culture, environment, development and humanitarian activities.

He also represented the international sports community at the United Nations as Director and Deputy Representative at IOC Observer Mission to the United Nations in New York.

He also served three 4-year terms as Secretary General of the Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa (Anoca) since 2013.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 James Curran, Myung-Jin Park, The Media and the State in ZImbabwe,De-Westernizing Media Studies, page 145