Who is Super Mandiwanzira?
Supa Collins Mandiwanzira is a Zimbabwean politician and journalist who served as the Minister of Information Communication Technology (2014-2017) and then Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe from November 2017 to September 2018.
Supa Collins Mandiwanzira is a Zimbabwean politician and journalist who served as the Minister of Information Communication Technology (2014-2017) and then Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe from November 2017 to September 2018. His earlier portfolio had been merged with cybersecurity. He is a member of the Zanu-PF political party. He was the founder of the ZiFM Stereo radio station, and the online ZiTV station.
Mandiwanzira was born on 18 September 1972 in the Sakubva suburb of Mutare, Manicaland Province. He married his wife, Ruth, in 1998 and they have three children: Yamikani(18), Tayamika(12) and Mufudzi(7).
Mandiwanzira started his journalism career by working for his local newspaper, The Manica Post. After attending journalism school at Harare Polytechnic, he worked for The Herald in Harare, primarily covering financial matters. Subsequently he worked for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) for five years as a business and financial reporter. He then completed a Masters Degree in International Journalism at the City University of London. Whilst in London, he worked for the BBC and Reuters financial Television, as well as becoming the London correspondent of Summit Television, then a new business news channel based in South Africa jointly owned by the Financial Times from London and Times Media Ltd of South Africa.
Mandiwanzira was the managing director of the Africa Business Communications until 2002 when he became chief executive officer of Mighty Movies, following the purchase of the company from its original shareholders. He then worked for SABC, South Africa's State broadcaster, as the Zimbabwe Correspondent. Mandiwanzira joined the Al Jazeera English news channel as Zimbabwe correspondent. He left Al Jazeera to concentrate his business interests which included Civil Construction, Mining, Property Development,cinemas, radio and television production, and newspapers.
In the 2013 elections, he won a National Assembly seat on the ZANU-PF ticket for Nyanga South, and was appointed to serve as the Deputy Minister of Media, Information and Publicity (aka Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services). In 2014 he became the Minister of Information Communication Technology, and after the reorganization in November 2017, he became the Minister of Information Communication Technology and Cyber Security.
He appeared on the BBC's HARDtalk television program on 13 May 2014, defending the Zimbabwean government's policies.
The former SABC and Aljazeera Zimbabwe correspondent has also recently launched ZiTV online through his Mighty Movies company.
In July 2018, he won re-election to his Nyanga South assembly seat. In September 2018 he was replaced as Minister Of ICT and Cyber Security by Kazembe Kazembe.
In November 2018 he was arrested on charges of corruption