Africa: Jabulani Sikhakhane Appointed Editor of the Conversation Africa


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jabulani Sikhakhane as Editor of The Conversation Africa (TC Africa). He takes over the reins from Caroline Southey, who will assume the role of Founding Editor, shifting her focus to the site’s future sustainability. She will also deputise for the editor in his absence.

Jabulani is a highly respected financial journalist and columnist. He has also worked for National Treasury and the South African Reserve Bank. As deputy editor and editor of economic and business coverage at The Conversation Africa he has played a leading role in establishing the site as a respected and trustworthy media player on the continent. He has been particularly instrumental in steering its orientation towards East and West Africa while consolidating its position in Southern Africa.

The appointment speaks to our confidence in the next stage of The Conversation Africa’s development. As chairman of the board it has been a pleasure to oversee a smooth transition that is testament to the quality, maturity and depth of leadership that’s brought The Conversation Africa this far.

TC Africa is part of the global Conversation family of eight sites based in Australia, Canada, France, Indonesia, New Zealand, Spain and US. The Conversation started in Australia with the simple idea of using journalistic skills to make the expertise of academics easily accessible to the public. This has successfully pioneered a new model of journalism in which academics are the authors. To ensure their expertise reaches as wide an audience as possible they are aided by journalists who apply their editing skills to ensure complex issues are conveyed in easily-understood formats.