About Us

The Intsika team has a combined media and agricultural experience of more than ten years’ with an on-the-ground understanding of the developing farming needs in South Africa. Our team members consists of agricultural experts, communication and agricultural media practitioners who all share a passion for developmental issues. Some of the team members:

Malixole Gwatyu

Gwatyu is a former editor of Farming SA and parliamentary reporter for Landbouweekblad (a leading agricultural publication in South Africa). He has more than 15 years of media experience, most of which are in the agricultural sector. He completed several local and international media courses, including a 1-year media management course from the University of Stellenbosch and National Diploma in Languages. He is also a former international editor of the Dutch development agency, Solidaridad. Gwatyu is an alumni of the Oklahoma State University (US) fellowship programme on agricultural education, communication and leadership. He is member of the Agricultural Writers’ Association of South Africa. Email: malixole@agrimediasa.org

Malerato Sekha

Communication and media specialist with 17 years’ experience in broadcast journalism and Government Communications. A social entrepreneur with a primary interests in reputation management, media and stakeholder relations as well as the marketing and brand positioning of SMME’s and non-profit organisations (NPO’s). Sekha worked at The Office of the President (Thabo Mbeki) as part of the public and media relations machinery handling Presidential domestic and international schedules – a role she continued at South African Revenue Service (SARS) at a departmental level over a period of five years.

Petunia Thulo

Thulo has a degree in B.A. Communications and Honors degree in Journalism. She is currently completing her Masters degree in Management and Development from the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. The focus study in her Masters degree is around Corporate Social Responsibility in the Mining sector. Thulo has worked in the newsrooms for some of the Media24 Community Newspapers both in the North West Province as well as in the Western Cape Province.


Masinyana has a Master of Arts Degree in Linguistics from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and also completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Linguistics with distinction at UCT. His thesis was titled: The (Re-)Birth of a Nation: Code-Alternation, Code-Switching, Borrowing, & Micro-historical Encounters in SMS by First-language Xhosa speakers. In 2005 he also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media Production (UCT). Masinyana has also been granted various scholarships and awards in his career, among these three from the National Research Fund Scholarship (NRF) and a Humanities Dean’s Merit List award.