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Olwethu Mlanzeli

Nickname: 'Lolly'

Communications and Research Specialist

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in East London South Africa

Aiming to pioneer Sustainable Communication strategies in South Africa.

Contact details

Business Address

Mowbray, Cape Town, South Africa

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Research Analyst:Best Practices | Best Practices | Frost & Sullivan
Cape Town, South Africa | July 2017 - present

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Previous Position(s)

Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation Intern | Office of Research Integrity | University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa | April 2017 - June 2017


Committee Servicing
Data Administration and Management
Research Support Services
Skills Development
Events coordination and management.

Public Relations Manager (Contract based) | Communications and Marketing | silulo ulutho technologies
East London, South Africa | April 2016 - August 2016

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Event Coordination.
Compiling Press releases.
Media Liaising.
Compiling concept documents and setting up meetings with companies and government departments for sponsorships.
Compiling content for flyers and other marketing material.
Compiling company profiles for clients.
Creating content for the company website.
Corporate Branding.
Communication/Strategic Planning.
Social Media and website editing.

Freelance Reporter | Township Times/iLanga Lethu Comunity Newspaper/WSU
East London, South Africa | April 2014 - January 2015

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Gather news stories
Write story articles
Work with and supervise interns
sub-edit news stories for print

Interim Head of News | Mdantsane Fm
East London, South Africa | December 2013 - March 2014

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Gather news stories
Compile radio package stories
Proof-read stories for news bulletins
Compile news bulletin stories
Liaise with other departments in the radio station.
Edit news stories for bulletins.
Work together with reporters to ensure full functionality of news room.

Reporter/Social Media admin | Mdantsane Fm
East London, South Africa | May 2013 - December 2013

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Gather news stories
Edit news stories for bulletins
Update social media
Read News
Host a weekly sports show under the station's News Department

Trainee Public Relations and Marketing Assistant | Zoom Zoom Media
East London, South Africa | April 2013 - May 2014

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Negotiating advertising rates with local media for our clients
Shadow the COO
Act as a sales promoter when needed

Current Affairs Host | TUT FM
Pretoria, South Africa | January 2012 - March 2012

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Gather and package stories for current affairs show.
Co-host the current affairs show Live@12.
Read news stories.

Blogger/Reprter | TUT Journexpress
Pretoria, South Africa | September 2012 - November 2012

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce

Gather, compile and package news stories for online media. (TUT practical work experience)

Reporter/Writer (Student Journalist) | Caxton Community Newspapers | Rekord Noweto
Pretoria, South Africa | June 2012 - September 2012

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Gather and write news articles as part of practical work experience.

Sales Promoter | Brite Ideas Promotions
East London, South Africa | July 2009 - January 2010

Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations

Promote different products and promos for companies.

Educational history


Cambridge High School, East London, South Africa (2009)


Walter Sisulu Univeristy

East London, South Africa | January 2014 - January 2015

B-Tech - Journalism

Tshwane University of Technology

Pretoria, South Africa | January 2011 - December 2013

National Diploma - Journalism


Shortlist and nomination

Nominee for the Penny Lebyane TUT Female Journalist of the Year Award | 2011

Media Personality Penny Lebyane awards 1st year female students at the Tshwane University of Technology for exceptional academic performance.

media exposure

I'solezwe Newspaper | 2016

Mentioned as the Public Relations Manager and Spokesperson for Silulo Ulutho Technologies on the I'solezwe website.

Journexpress Website | 2012

Was a Student Journalist for the Tshwane University of Technology and wrote a number of articles for their news website called 'Journexpress.'

Daily Sun | 2008

Volunteered at the local police station and the Daily Sun covered it as a story.

Other Achievements



Egg Basket

Co-Founder, March 2015 - present

Egg basket is an agricultural initiative founded in 2015. It is an egg farming business based in the Eastern Cape.

Rotary International

Exchange Student, February 2010 - January 2011


Mdantsane Business Youth Leaders

Administrator, September 2016 - present

Mdantsane Business Youth Leaders is a business peer support group which started in support with the Buffulo City Metro Municipality's Youth Development Centre as well as Hand in Hand Southern Africa.

Rotary International

Interact/Interact Board Member, January 2005 - December 2009

Other Activities

Digital Writing

Online Journalist, September 2012 - December 2012

Worked as an online student journalist for Journexpress, a news website created and compiled by students from the Tshwane University of Technology's Journalism Department.

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