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Ms Tando Ntunja

Lecturer in Media Studies (specialising in Mobile Media)


Tando Ntunja is a digital content specialist and journalist with training in radio production as well. She started off her media career in 2008 as a radio journalist in isiXhosa and English at SABC News's Bhisho office in the Eastern Cape. This was after a stint as a Social Development Researcher at government watchdog, the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), based at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

Tando had the privilege of reading for her Masters at New York University (NYU) on a Fulbright International Student Scholarship between 2011 - 2012. During her time in New York, she worked on a collaborative class project during the 2012 US election with The Guardian US. She also spent a summer working at Russell Simmons' pop-culture news startup, Global Grind.

Her return to South Africa brought her back to SABC News but on the digital side as a Digital News Producer in the Auckland Park, Johannesburg. It wasn't long before Primedia mentioned wanting to start up a digital content division at Radio 702 and CapeTalk: Tando was part of an inaugural digital content production team in 2013, working with influential media personality brands such as John Robbie, Redi Tlhabi and Stephen Grootes from Primedia's Sandton base. She also assisted with training digital content staff and managing a digital content diary between the Sandton and Cape Town offices of these talk radio stations.

Tando has recently moved from Johannesburg after a stint as a multimedia production trainer at the Market Photo Workshop - a photography institute part of the iconic Market Theatre family in Newtown.

Tando holds a Master of Arts from the NYU Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute's Studio 20 program (Web Innovation Journalism) and a Bachelor of Journalism specialising in Radio from Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies, Grahamstown.

Her research interests are in the inclusion of indigenous languages in the digital space, mobile media as a means of production and information dissemination, user-audience interactions in the digital space along with growing interests in development finance and development economics.

Tando is from Butterworth in the former Transkei region of the Eastern Cape.


Contact details

tando.ntunja@uct.ac.za

(021) 650 4853

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