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Thandi Dineo Xaba

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Thandi Dineo Xaba

Nickname: 'Apple'

Senior Communications Officer: New Media&Copywrite


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Harrismith South Africa

A Senior Communications Officer for New Media and Copywriter at the Gauteng Provincial Treasury.

Prior, I worked as a Content Writer and Community Manager at a digital marketing agency in Johannesburg.

Before joining the agency, I was a Journalist at Forbes Woman Africa. I am also poet, part-time blogger and aspiring author.

Prior to my move to Johannesburg in 2016, I was an Acting Editor of the lifestyle magazine, Get It, which proved to be a great learning and dynamic experience.

There after I was promoted to Assistant Editor of a new community newspaper that had been launched at Central Media Group, but chose my new role as a journalist at Forbes Woman Africa instead.

In 2015, I was awarded the regional 2015 Vodacom Editor's Choice Journalist of the Year award.

I strive to make a positive impact through my work and, while doing that, learn as much as I can.

I am friendly, optimistic and enjoy hanging out with close friends and family.

My interest lies in social upliftment, human rights, travel and stories of Africa.

Contact details

thandixaba50@gmail.com


Web presence

Business Address

75 Fox St, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2107


Professional details

Current Position(s)

Senior Communications Officer: New Media and Copywrite | Government | Gauteng Provincial Treasury
Johannesburg, South Africa | December 2017 - present

Government, Public Administration and Defence


Previous Position(s)

Content Writer and Community Manager | Social and Online Media | FGX Studios
Johannesburg, South Africa | March 2017 - November 2017

Online Media, Internet and E-Commerce


Assistant Editor of Voice newspaper and Journalist | Central Media Group (OFM, Bloemfontein Courant)
Bloemfontein, South Africa | May 2016 - June 2016

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Daily pitch story ideas, research and write short, informative news bulletin, sometimes properly edit attached a sound-bite.
Write informative and engaging stories for our local newspaper Bloemfontein Courant.
Assist correspondent for Voice with her stories
Post local news and information of Bloemfontein Courant's website.
Compile 3 minute features about relevant news, topics, issues and the likes.


Stand-In Editor for Get It Magazine | Central Media Group (Caxton)
Bloemfontein, South Africa | January 2016 - June 2016

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

- Plan and outline the month's issue
- Contact the possible personalities and other interviewees we would like to feature in that month's issue
- Plan and over-see photoshoots and the likes
- Interview and write the articles to be featured in the issue
- Draw the rough flat-plan of the magazine
- Attend socials and likewise events for pictures, networking etc
- Liaise with the sales team for clients who wish to have advertorial in the magazine
- Interact with the lay-out artist regarding pictures and the lay-out
- Maintain the social media pages of the product
- Run and over-see campaigns, competitions and the likes


Journalist | Media/Journalism | Forbes Woman Africa
Sandton, South Africa | July 2016 - February 2017

Publishing, Printing and Print Media


Reporter/News reader/Journalist | Qwa Qwa Radio
Qwa Qwa, South Africa | April 2013 - March 2014

Broadcast Media, Multimedia and Film

Report and write comprehensive stories on events and occasions that would be of interest to the public, especially the community.

Compile and read English news bulletins every weekend.

Educational history

Secondary

General Smuts High School, Vereeniging, South Africa (2007)

Tertiary

University of South Africa

Bloemfontein, South Africa | 2016 - present

International Relations and Diplomacy - Politics and International Relations

University of Free State

Bleomfontein, South Africa | November 2013 - December 2013

Basic Bursary Recipient – Basic Journalism Studies - Community Journalism

Varsity College

Pretoria, South Africa | January 2009 - December 2010

Journalism - Journalism and Media

Achievements

Awards

media exposure

Transnet Young Entrepreneurs Conference and Expo | 2015

I was invited to be part of the panel to discuss the role of media, especially print media for young business people.

CUT FM | 2016

One hour long interview about my work so far, my background and everything that I am involved in.

Academic Achievements

Study bursary | 2010

Awarded study bursary for 2010 based on outstanding academic results

Top performing student in Dip. Journalism class | 2009

Other Achievements

Awarded first prize for annual short-story writing competition | 2005

Awarded first prize for annual short-story writing competition organised at our local town library, two years consecutively.

Blogging and New Media facilitator | 2014

Facilitated a presentation on Blogging and New Media at the MDDA (Media and Diversity Development Agency) Media Literacy and Culture of reading summit for high school going teenagers and educators in Thohoyandou

Motivational Speaker | 2015

Invited to motivate school-leavers at Sasamala High School in my community. A young person myself, this was a very important opportunity because the youth are the future for our country.

Activities

Memberships

Enactus University of Free State

Business Advisory Board, January 2016 - present

community

CANSA along with Semi finalist for Mrs South Africa 2016 Lize Nieuwoudt

MC for "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful", April 2016 - April 2016

In raising funds for Lize Nieuwoudt Schwarzkopf Professional Mrs SA Semi-finalist 2016, CANSA partnered with her and presented this wonderful morning. I was asked to MC the event.

CANSA along with Semi finalist for Mrs South Africa 2016 Lize Nieuwoudt

MC for "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful", April 2016 - April 2016

In raising funds for Lize Nieuwoudt Schwarzkopf Professional Mrs SA Semi-finalist 2016, CANSA partnered with her and presented this wonderful morning. I was asked to MC the event.

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