THINGS ABOUT NYATSUMBA
CAREER Nyatsumba started his career as a junior reporter at newspaper, earning about R1 200 a month. “I became a journalist because I loved to write,” he says. After 15 years as a journalist, editor and political commentator, Nyatsumba moved into the corporate sector, working in marketing and corporate communications for companies including Anglo American, CocaCola South Africa and Sasol.
“The transition from media to the corporate world was not as difficult as people might think. It was, however, a challenge to change peoples’ view of me. To change people from seeing me as Kaizer the political commentator, to Kaizer the corporate person.”
MANAGEMENT STYLE He describes his style as mostly consultative, depending on the situation.
“Some people believe if they shout at everyone they get things done. Others believe you have to be nice all the time and overly understanding, but it does not work this way,” he explains.
For Nyatsumba, the specific situation will determine his management style. “One consistent I do believe should be present, no matter what the situation, is fairness.”
WHAT KEEPS HIM CONNECTED Although a public figure, Nyatsumba is nevertheless a private person. He does not tweet or have a Facebook account. “Whenever I have felt strongly enough to take a view on any matter, I have done so in public, mostly through opinion pieces in the media.”
Nyatsumba also has his own website that captures his personal musings and opinions on issues close to his heart.
WORK-LIFE BALANCE Nyatsumba is the proud father of four children – a son and daughter who are both lawyers, and two teenage girls in school. Even though he loves to spend time with his family, he admits it is difficult to find the time.
“I try my best to attend netball games or drama recitals, but dinner time is our family time. We always have dinner and talk about our day.”
Once all his work for the day is done, he turns off his cellphone. “If there is an emergency people can always contact me on my landline, but the cellphone gets switched off at home.”
FAVOURITE PASTIME: Nyatsumba reads everything he can get his hands on and has time for. He plays golf and goes to the gym over weekends to stay healthy. “I have never smoked or drank in my life. Keeping healthy is important for my motivation,” he says.