Just over a week ago TVwithThinus broke the news that Monde Twala will likely say goodbye to e.tv soon.
Monde Twala, an accomplished and well-liked TV executive was the managing director for e.tv channels division and is now leaving to join a "multinational media company".
"It basically leaves Marlon Davids in charge," said a source, speaking on condition of anonymity. Marlon Davids has been e.tv's general manager for content, strategy and planning for the past year and a half.
Monde Twala's e.tv exit is a huge blow for the broadcaster and adds to the top management changes at eMedia Investments with Patrick Conroy that is the new managing director of the OpenView HD satellite TV platform from today and prof. Anton Harber heading up eNCA (DStv 403) as editor-in-chief.
The last few years Monde Twala has been overseeing a growing slate of channels, popular local soaps and a collection of steadily expanding local programming that strongly resonates with viewers and made e.tv a strong competitor to the SABC in the local TV content space.
The experienced Monde Twala joined e.tv from the SABC and was first the executive producer for the channel's soaps Backstage and Rhythm City, its now defunct breakfast show Morning Edition and eSibobo, before becoming group head for e.tv's channels in 2009 and then getting the managing director title in 2014.
e.tv says a search for a replacement will start immediately.
"Monde's charismatic and nurturing personality along with his knowledge has played an integral role in the growth of e.tv and across the group," says Mark Rosin, eMedia Investment's group chief operating officer.
"I've spend 16 extremely happy and fulfilling years at e.tv," says Monde Twala. "I have experienced many highlights of my career here and close collaboration with many talented colleagues, production partners and stakeholders in and around the business," says Monde Twala.