Board of directors

Rachel Jafta   Peter Goldhawk   Ashoek Adhikaris

Rachel Jafta (54), MEcon and PhD, is a professor in economics at Stellenbosch University (SU). She joined Naspers as a director in 2003 and was appointed a director of Media24 in 2007. She is a member of the South African Economic Society, director of Econex, chair of the Cape Town Carnival Trust and a member of the management committee of the Bureau for Economic Research at SU. She is a member of the human resources and remuneration committee of Media24 and chair of the nomination committee of Media24. She was appointed chair of the Media24 board in April 2013. In 2015 she was appointed to the international advisory board of Fondação Dom Cabral Business School, Brazil.

Peter Goldhawk (69) is a chartered accountant and a retired partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. He is now a director of Goldhawk Corporate Advisory. He was responsible for the development and management of the Phuthuma and Phuthuma Futhi BEE schemes implemented in M-Net and SuperSport in the late 1990s and has been integrally involved in the launch of the current MultiChoice and Media24 BEE schemes through Phuthuma Nathi and Welkom Yizani respectively. He is a non-executive director of Right to Care NPC and a trustee of The Sports Trust. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Issuer Regulatory Advisory Committee of the JSE and a director of the Directorate of Market Abuse of the Financial Services Board.

Ashoek Adhikari (52) is the general manager responsible for legal services at Media24. He is an attorney by profession and, after having practised law for ten years he moved into the public sector, where he held various positions in the provincial administration of the Western Cape. Before moving to Media24, he was the chief operating officer in the Office of the Premier. He is currently chair of the audit committee of the Attorneys Fidelity Fund and deputy chair of the Isandla Institute, and he serves on the boards of Accelerate Cape Town and the Economic Development Partnership for the Western Cape.
Jo-Ann Held

Jo-Ann Held (34) obtained a BComLaw degree at Stellenbosch University. Jo-Ann is a media entrepreneur who, among others, produced and presented her own prime-time television show. She is a celebrity advocate for Unicef. She also has several enterprises and is a director of Partnership Investments, a company with interests in media, mining and property. She also serves on the Western Cape board of Ubuntu Botho (part of Sanlam), the advisory board of the Stellenbosch University Business School and the board of M&C Saatchi Abel