Peter Mann is a founder of Meropa Communications (www.meropa.co.za) and has been CEO since 1989. He worked for most of South Africa's major newspapers as journalist for 15 years before that. He is a member of the South African Press Council appeals panel; and a trustee of literacy NGO READ. Tel +27 (0)11 506 7300, email , follow @petermann, and connect on LinkedIn.
Peter Mann has been chief executive of Meropa Communications (www.meropa.co.za) since 1989 and is a founder of the business.
Mann became a journalist in 1973 and worked for most of South Africa's major newspapers, including the Rand Daily Mail, The Natal Mercury and The Star. He was political correspondent of the Sunday Tribune for five years, deputy news editor and political editor of then Argus South African Newspapers in London, and news editor of The Star, responsible for all news coverage in the country's largest newsroom during the '86/87 states of emergency. He rose to be a senior assistant editor and night editor of The Star and ran the Argus Cadet course for two years.
He is a member of appeals panel of the South African Press Council; and a trustee of literacy NGO READ.
Contact Peter on tel +27 (0)11 506 7300, email , follow @petermann on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.
[Peter Mann] The other day I was asked whether PR practitioners now have more power than ad agency bosses. Brian Berkman who was writing for Advantage magazine kindly told me I could disagree if I wished (I do) and he gave me 200 words in which to do so.
[Peter Mann] As President Jacob Zuma surveys the rash of headlines and news stories today lampooning him for blaming apartheid's long-deceased architect, Hendrik Verwoerd, for the current crisis in education in Limpopo; he has only himself to blame. His Verwoerd gaffe on Redi Thlabi's show destroys his credibility.
[Peter Mann] Luminaries from the public relations industry gathered in Johannesburg on Sunday, 25 March 2012, to celebrate the annual PRISM Awards. Meropa Communications was not among them and - once again - we did not win any awards. You see, I don't believe PR agencies should win awards.