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Women are a force to be reckoned with at the Market Theatre Foundation with the appointment of Zingisa Jemsana as the first Chief Operations Officer

The Market Theatre Foundation is pleased to announce that after a ten month search for the right candidate to fill the position, Zingisa Jemsana was the successful candidate for the job!

Zingisa Jemsana joins a top tier and all black senior management under the under the leadership of Tshiamo Mokgadi, Chief Executive Officer and Mlungisi Mkhayiphe, Chief Financial Officer.

The Chief Operations Officer will provide direction and will be responsible for the managing of the daily operations with regards to the delivery of the organisations mandate, in accordance with the Strategic plan and Annual Performance Plan for the foundation and its various departments.

Zingisa comes with valuable experience in community-based programme management with specific emphasis on managing facilities. She is an accomplished leader with over fifteen years’ experience in both public and private sector. She is an MBA Candidate at Wits Business School; and holds qualifications in Psychology. Her work in government was in departments of Sport; Arts; Culture and Recreation for provincial and local government and she has great understanding of legislation and policies relating to these sectors. Appointing the first COO for the organisation was part of our commitment to strengthening our leadership teams at the Market Theatre Foundation” said Tshiamo Mokgadi – CEO of MTF.

I join the MTF at a time where the industry was re-opening after the restriction that came with the Covid-19 pandemic, so there is a huge responsibility on our part in reshaping how we drive audiences back to the theatre, but also providing access and creating opportunities for professionals in the arts, through training and creating work opportunities. I look forward to being part of the team that’s responsible for reimaging how we grow our business for the benefit of future generations” said an excited Zingisa Jemsana

The Market Theatre Foundation is also on an extensive hunt to fill the Artistic Director position in the next few months – watch the space for exciting new developments.

For further information, interviews and images, contact:

Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or and Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741 or