Thabo Mooke

Thabo Mooke was born in South Africa in 1950. His journalism experience spans more than three decades. He worked for The Mail in Mafikeng both as a reporter and bureau chief. He joined the now defunct Bop-TV and later promoted to Head of News. He moved to Mamelodi, his birthplace and started the first Black owned newspaper, Mamelodi News and in 2003, he launched another community newspaper, Sosh Times. Editing the publication, Mooke was also responsible for designing an in-house training programme for journalism interns and school leavers aspiring to become journalists. Some of the school leavers would later join publications such as Sowetan. In 2010, the Media Diversity Development Agency (MDDA) entrusted Thabo Mooke to mentor other community newspapers including Masilonyana News, at Theunissen in the Free State and Phetoho News at Ficksburg in the Free State. He still provides practical training to journalism students from private colleges around Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology, Soshanguve campus. In 1977, he published his poems, including, ‘The thought of dying’ in the literary magazine, Staff Rider, that was banned by the authorities. In 2014, he published his poems in the free international literature and arts magazine, The Blotter and contributes to online literary magazines. Long after he started working as a journalist, Thabo Mooke obtained a diploma in Television Scriptwriting followed by another one in journalism. In 2006, he obtained a certificate on Essentials of Newspaper Management from the Sol Plaatjie Institute for Media Leadership, Rhodes University and recently a certificate in creative writing. His debut e-Book, Sins of Fathers and Mothers, is in publication stages and he is writing his second novel. Thabo Mooke is married, has two children, and lives in Lichtenburg.

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