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Mandla J Radebe

Johannesburg based Communication strategist

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Johannesburg South South Africa

Mandla J. Radebe is an experienced corporate communication practitioner who has worked in the field of media and communication for over a decade in various sectors which include Financial Services, ICT, Government and Higher Education. He joined the Auditor-General of South Africa as Head of Communication in 2013 from Absa where he held various positions including heading the communication function for the Retail Banking, Communication Manager: Retail Distribution, which included Face-to-Face, Digital Channels and the Contact Centres.

Mandla has also been Chief Director: Media Liaison for the Gauteng Department of Economic Development. He has also worked for Telkom SA Limited as Manager: Employee & Business Communications and for Wits University as Media Relations Officer.

He holds a PhD in Media Studies, MA and BA (Hons) in Journalism & Media Studies from Wits University as well as B.Sc. degree in Computer and Information Technology from Vista University, Soweto.

Business Address

300 Middel St, Pretoria, South Africa, 0181

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Business Executive | Communication, Brand and Stakeholder Management | Auditor-General South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa | May 2013 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Responsible for reputation management of the organisation. This includes media relations, public relations, brand management, stakeholder management, internal communication, CSR/CSI, production and language services.

Previous Position(s)

Communication head | Retail Banking | Absa Bank Limited
Johannesburg, South Africa | October 2010 - April 2013

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Drive and manage internal and external communication activities for the Retail Bank which included business units such as (Retail Distribution, Channel Management, Sales & Service, Face-to-Face Channels (Branch Network), Digital Channels, Private Bank and the Call Centres.

Chief Director: Media Relations | Department of Economic Development and Community Safety | Gauteng Provincial Government
Johannesburg, South Africa | May 2008 - September 2010

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Ensure effective and efficient communication and media relations services for the MEC (Provincial minister) and the department. Also speak on behalf of the MEC and department on all public and media events.

Manager: Employee & Business Communications | Corporate Communication | Telkom SA Limited
Pretoria, South Africa | August 2005 - May 2008

ICT and Telecommunications

Managed all business and employee engagement communication.

Media Relations Officer | Marketing and communication | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2003 - August 2005

Academia, Education and Training

Coordination of the University's supply of stories to the media and responding to media queries. Monitoring the media for breaking news that warrant experts response, developed and produced media plan for the University, and managed and developed stories for the internal newsletters (staff and students).

Educational history


Veritas Senior Secondary, Soweto, South Africa (1992)


University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2012 - July 2017

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Media Studies

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2004 - June 2006

Masters degree - Journalism & Media Studies

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2002 - December 2002

BA Honours degree - Journalism & Media Studies

Vista University

Soweto, South Africa | January 1998 - December 2001

BSc degree - Computer and Information Technology & Statistics

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