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Ellis Mnyandu

Founder and CEO, Candid Media

Ellis Mnyandu is the founder and CEO of South African-based content marketing company Candid Media, which encompasses content development, radio and video.

Previously, Ellis Mnyandu served as editor of Business Report, South Africa’s largest financial newspaper, beginning in January 2011. He had been the newspaper’s deputy editor since May 2010.

Formerly, Mr. Mnyandu was a senior correspondent for Reuters in New York, where he led a team of reporters covering Wall Street and U.S. news. He reported on the Enron accounting scandal, the 9/11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the election of Barack Obama as U.S. President and the global financial crisis of 2007-09.

Before heading to the Unites States, he was a correspondent in the Johannesburg bureau of Reuters, covering economics, business and politics. He also oversaw a team of freelance reporters who reported from several Southern African countries, including Mozambique and Swaziland.

He also worked as a Reuters deputy parliamentary correspondent based in Cape Town, where he covered the political and financial spectrum of the South African legislative process and the transition from Nelson Mandela to Thabo Mbeki’s presidency.

Mr. Mnyandu began his journalism career in Durban, where he worked on a freelance basis for SABC radio and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

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Articles by Ellis Mnyandu

Madonsela’s Leadership: A Ray of Hope in Turbulent South Africa

Thuli Madonsela is one of those people in South Africa whose leadership bears the hallmarks of Mandela’s exceptional ethos.

October 14, 2016

From Employee to Self-Employed

Large organizations stifle creativity: Why we need parameters (not rules) to operate within (not under).

April 24, 2016

South Africa’s Road To Economic Wilderness

The sacking of the finance minister for trying to turn things around does not bode well.

December 14, 2015

South Africa: Is This What We Want the World To See?

South Africa’s socio-economic strains are becoming untenable.

October 23, 2015

South Africa: Cry, the Beloved Country

What took South Africa from 1994 to 2014 will not take it to 2034.

November 20, 2014

An American “Reset” for Africa?

Africa no longer needs the U.S. as a benefactor. It wants a relationship based on mutual interests.

August 6, 2014

Nigeria: An Incentive for South Africa

Bigger GDPs for other countries in Africa are not a zero-sum game.

April 17, 2014

Nelson Mandela: Humanity’s Standard-Bearer

For a long time, Mandela's name was merely worth a whisper. Yet what he stood for now reverberates across the world, loud and clear.

December 16, 2013