Me­dia boss with ‘ink in his veins’ to re­tire

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TONY HOWARD, In­de­pen­dent Me­dia’s deputy ex­ec­u­tive chair­man who has worked in the com­pany for nearly half a cen­tury, bade farewell to his Cape Town col­leagues yes­ter­day.

Ed­i­tors, friends and col­leagues past and present at­tended a trib­ute lun­cheon at the Mount Nel­son Ho­tel. He re­tires be­fore the end of the year af­ter 45 years in the busi­ness.

Howard started work­ing for In­de­pen­dent Me­dia, then known as the Ar­gus Print­ing and Pub­lish­ing Com­pany, in 1970 as an ac­coun­tant.

Over the years he worked in var­i­ous posts and ca­pac­i­ties, in­clud­ing fi­nan­cial di­rec­tor and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer.

He at­trib­uted much of his suc­cess to the men­tors on whom he had mod­elled him­self.

“What’s so nice about this busi­ness

Mama Taxi

is work­ing with the peo­ple. I was lucky to have ex­cel­lent tu­tors who un­stint­ingly shared their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences,” he said.

Ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of In­de­pen­dent Me­dia Dr Iqbal Survé said Howard had worked to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the me­dia in­dus­try.

“He is one of those rare peo­ple in the me­dia in­dus­try who are gen­uinely com­mit­ted to its growth and de­vel­op­ment. That fa­mous say­ing of hav­ing ink in his veins def­i­nitely ap­plies to him.

“Tony has been a won­der­ful col­league and friend, a man of great wis­dom and in­tegrity and he has em­braced the change that oc­curred fol­low­ing the own­er­ship by Sekun­jalo, with ac­cep­tance and sup­port.”

An In­de­pen­dent Me­dia state­ment wished Howard well in his re­tire­ment and said his legacy would live on at the com­pany. TIDES High to­day . .11.24am, 11.59pm To­mor­row . . .12.21am, mid­night Low to­day . . . . .5.06am, 5.53pm To­mor­row . . . . .6.09am, 6.47pm Spring tides . . . . . . . . . . .Nov 25

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SUN/MOON Sunrise to­day . . . . . . . . . .5.31am Sun­set to­day . . . . . . . . .7.33pm Moon rises to­day . . . . . .2.38pm Moon sets to­mor­row . . . .2.20am

PIC­TURE: IAN LANDS­BERG

GOOD­BYE: In­de­pen­dent News­pa­pers ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Dr Iqbal Survé con­grat­u­lates deputy ex­ec­u­tive chair­man of In­de­pen­dent News­pa­pers Tony Howard on his im­mi­nent re­tire­ment. With them are Dee Howard and Mada­gas­car Con­sul-Gen­eral Barry Rafa­tro­laza.

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