Mandla Langa


Mandla Langa (born 31 March 1950) was chairperson of MultiChoice South Africa from 2007 to 2010 and chairperson of Icasa from 1999 to 2005. Mandla has participated in various arts programmes and conferences throughout Africa. In 1980 he won a DRUM magazine story contest for his piece entitled The Dead Men Who Lost Their Bones and in 1991 he was awarded the Arts Council of Great Britain Bursary for creative writing. In 2007 he received South Africa’s National Order of Ikhamanga (Silver) for literary, journalistic and cultural achievements and in 2009, a Living Legends Award from the eThekwini municipality. A number of his works have been published. He’s been editor-at-large of Leadership magazine, programme director for television at the SABC and his fourth novel, The Lost Colours of the Chameleon, has won the 2009 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize – Africa region. His directorships include Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), the Foundation for Global Dialogue (FGD), the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ), the Rhodes University School for Economic Journalism, Koketso Holdings (Proprietary) Limited, Nation’s Trust, Phuthuma Nathi Investments Limited, Phuthuma Nathi Investments 2 Limited and South African Screenwriters’ Laboratory.

Clarissa Mack


Clarissa Mack (born 11 March 1968) is MIH’s group executive for regulatory and policy affairs. She graduated with an LL.B from the University of Cape Town and soon after completed a master’s degree in law at Georgetown University in Washington, DC (USA). After completing her legal articles at Cheadle, Thompson & Haysom attorneys, she joined M-Net and later MultiChoice. She’s a director of M-Net, SuperSport and other companies in the wider MultiChoice group. Clarissa was intimately involved in the launch of the current Phuthuma Nathi schemes.

Herman Wessels

Herman Wessels (73) has the qualifications of BCom, CTA and CA(SA) and was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. from 1972 to 2005. He currently serves as a director of Keeromstraat 30 Beleggings and Naspers Beleggings, WWF South Africa, Peace Parks Foundation, Trencor, Swiss Re Life and Health Africa and Just Retirement South Africa, and as a trustee of the Media24 Retirement Fund.