Jovial Rantao is the Group Ombudsman for Independent Media. He was the founding editor of the African Independent. He was also previously editor of The Sunday Independent, The Sunday Tribune and deputy editor of The Star. Before these appointments, he held numerous positions including executive editor, news editor, political editor and political as well as labour correspondent. He is the current chair of The African Editors Forum and former chair the Southern African Editor’s Forum and the South African National Editor’s Forum. Jovial has also co-authored the book The Life and Times of Thabo Mbeki, published in 1999.