The station says that the appointment has followed a very thorough and rigorous recruitment process, which was led by the nominations committee of the board that ensured clear governance standards were upheld.

Furthermore, the transparent process was also in line and in accordance with policies, adds the station. The board considered demonstrable experience pertaining to radio and media industry knowledge, expertise in the industry, leadership and culture fit as some of the priority focus areas during the selection process.

Mtyali has 27 years' worth of experience in radio management, most of which was at senior and executive levels within the SABC group. She currently holds dual roles as station manager for Metro FM and acting general manager for SABC (radio). Prior to that, she held roles of station manager for Radio 2000, Motsweding FM and acting station manager for Thobela FM.

Other roles earlier on in her career included being a programme manager and executive producer for SABC.

"I am honoured to be joining the Kaya 959 family as the managing director. My appreciation goes to the board of directors, management, staff and all Kaya 959 listeners. I look forward to adding value in driving the growth of our market share and financial sustainability. My focus will also be on the Kaya 959 values and its culture as strong pillars of our growth strategy," says Mtyali. 

"We are thrilled to have Mtyali join the Kaya 959 family; she brings a wealth of experience in the media industry having held various management and executive roles in a number of radio stations," says Neliswa Booi, Kaya 959's non-executive director.

"Having completed the strategy renewal process, Kaya 959 is on its growth trajectory focusing strongly on its customers, its people, governance, leadership and our culture as some of the key drivers of our journey. Mtyali has a proven track record in nurturing, which ultimately builds strong teams who thrive in delivering good results for the organisations," adds Booi.

"Her passion for transformation, inclusivity and her impeccable relevant experience resonated strongly with the board, thus making her a natural fit for our growing radio station," Booi says.

The board would like to thank Colleen Louw who has played a key role in stabilising the station as acting managing director since October 2020. 

On behalf of the Kaya 959 board of directors, all shareholders, management, staff and all partners, the station has welcomed Mtyali to the Kaya 959 family and wish her well in her new role.

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