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    Look who’s talking: Five things about Ramaphosa’s NEW spokesperson

    President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office has announced the appointment of Vincent Magwenya as his new spokesperson. Magwenya formally replaces Khusela Diko, who was forced to step away from office in the wake of a PPE corruption scandal involving her now late husband Thandisizwe Diko.

    Diko took a leave of absence in July 2020 from Ramaphosa’s office, pending the SIU’s investigation into a R125 million contract awarded to her husband’s company Royal Bhaca Projects. She has since returned to the Presidency, but took on another role. Tyson Seale, who has been working in the Presidency, took over as Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, in an acting capacity.

    In a statement, the Presidency says Magwenya’s appointment is effective from 1 June 2022.

    YOU CAN ALSO READ: Khusela Diko reinstated but NOT returning as Presidency spokesperson

    MEET PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA’S NEW SPOKESPERSON

    Here are some interesting things to know about the new spokesperson for President Cyril Ramaphosa, Vincent Magwenya:

    • Magwenya boasts extensive experience in government communication, public relations, stakeholder management and broadcasting.
    • Ramaphosa isn’t the first South African head of state he is working for – he was also a spokesperson for Jacob Zuma, between 2009-2010.
    • He was CEO of the PR agency Magna Carta from 2013 to 2016, before establishing Conversations Media and Communications, where he has served as CEO
    • Magwenya also served as Director of Communications for Standard Bank Africa and Director of Group Stakeholder Relations Management for Standard Bank Group.
    • He began his career as a broadcast journalist and worked for a number of international news outlets, including Reuters Television, Worldwide Television News (now known as Associated Press Television News), the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

    Ramaphosa has welcomed Magwenya to his team and also thanked Seale for taking on the role after Diko’s departure.

    “I am pleased to welcome Vincent Magwenya to the Presidency team. His experience, insight and capabilities will strengthen our efforts to effectively communicate the work of the Presidency as we undertake the work of recovery and rebuilding.I wish to express my gratitude to Tyrone Seale for having acted in the position of spokesperson to the President since July 2020. His capable manner and dedication to the task has been widely acknowledged and is much appreciated,”

    President Cyril Ramaphosa

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