Yolisa Phahle appointed to head M-Net SA

MultiChoice has appointed Yolisa Phahle as the first female black chief executive of M-Net South Africa. MultiChoice South Africa group chief executive Imtiaz Patel said: “We are delighted to appoint a person of Yolisa’s calibre to such a key position. She is a rare talent and has proven herself to be a dynamic and extremely capable all-round broadcasting executive.” Patel added that she had been “at the forefront of local content development, which has led to more diverse growth in the viewership base”. Phahle’s appointment had followed a decision to focus the M-Net business on three core African markets – South Africa, west Africa and east Africa – where the channel would focus on target markets, Patel said. Phahle will assume her new position on April 1. She moves from her post as the director for local interest channels at M-Net. She joined the group in 2005 as general manager of Channel O. – Staff Writer