PRINTING SA has announced that Mvuleni (Steve) Thobela will take over the position of Deputy CEO from 1 January 2014. Thobela is Director of Print Production at the University of South Africa (Unisa). 

Thobela started his career as a typographer, and was Regional Chairman of the Media Workers Association of South Africa. He worked in the print production departments of the Pretoria News, Perskor, the Sowetan and The Newspaper Printing Company before becoming Operations Manager of Independent Newspapers Cape. 

Thobela holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is studying for his MBA. For the last four and half years, he has served as the Founding General Manager of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation based in Cape Town. He joined Unisa in January 2009.

He also holds a Christian Ministry Diploma, and founded and pastored the Grace Berean Church Soshanguve, the Grace Berean Church Montana in Cape Town and the Grace Berean Church Tshepisong in Krugersdorp. 

I am humbled to be appointed to this position and it is a great honour. On the same note, I am delighted to have been granted this opportunity to make a contribution to the printing industry in the broader context. I am conscious of the vital role the printing industry plays in the economy of our country and I hope that together with my colleagues at PRINTING SA, whom I have so much regard for, we will play a significant role in steering the industry in the right direction. Id like to see the printing trade regain its rightful position in the list of desirable careers and I would like to see jobs being created, said Thobela.

The Management Committee and Board of PRINTING SA is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Thobela as the Deputy CEO with effect from 1 January 2013. While the organisation has made great strides in respect of relationship building, internally and externally under the current leadership, no organisation can safely face the future being reliant on one person. Mr Thobela brings with him a new set of skills and experience which the organisation can use for the benefit of the industry and members, said Patrick Lacy, CEO, PRINTING SA.