Award winning journalist Gugulethu Mhlungu, popularly known as Gugs, is the newly appointed editor of Careers Magazine.
“Gugs was a right fit for the magazine given her passion and understanding of the youth coupled with her vast media experience,” said Nkokheli Lindazwe, Careers Magazine’s general manager.
One of the country’s leading young voices in South African public discourse, Mhlungu, has always lended her voice to issues that affect young people including economic inclusion, gender-based violence, unemployment, climate change and politics.
“Careers Magazine presented an exciting opportunity for me to continue to drive the narrative of young people’s welfare. Often young people are spoken down to, spoken about but almost never consulted on matters that involve them. Young people are the majority and I hope we can make Careers an indispensable resource for us by us,” said the multi-media journalist who was until recently the deputy editor of Bona magazine and before then a host of a week-daily morning news programme and former talk radio presenter.
Mhlungu holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Media Studies and Anthropology from Rhodes University as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Media Management.
At 21 she was the youngest station manager in South African broadcast history when she was made the station manager of Rhodes Music Radio.
Part of her career has included being a City Press Lifestyle editor, a National Arts Festival/Business Art SA award winning writer and working with YouthLab, a platform for young South Africans to become active participants in all spheres of civic life.
Her first issue as editor is the December issue on shelf from 27 November 2020 at Clicks, Woolworths, and Spar.
“The December issue is a real treat and I’m delighted that we have international star Moonchild Sanelly on the cover. She has had an incredible few years and it seemed right to celebrate one of SA’s brightest stars and a role model for how far authenticity can get you. We also celebrate Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng who made history through her appointment as the first Black, first African and first woman United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health.
“We also help readers start making investments with what little money they have and popular media personality Maps Maponyane shares what his first year in the food business has been. The issue is a celebration, shining some light to an otherwise difficult year, and I hope it will inspire and console,” Mhlungu said.
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