Tim Modise

Tim Modise is a South African journalist, broadcaster, public speaker and philanthropist. Boasting over thirty five years in broadcast media and journalism, Modise has worked for various radio and TV stations of the SABC, M-Net, Primedia, BBC & PowerFM. He currently hosts his own current affairs show on eNCA called ‘The Modise Network‘.

As a professional public speaker, Tim discusses the politics of South Africa and has moderated or facilitated a variety of conferences and major corporate events including Cape Town Jazz, the Mandela 85 Birthday Ubuntu Awards and the Loerie Awards.

He obtained an Advanced Management Diploma (AMP) from Henley Business School, a Marketing Certificate from UNISA and a Financial Management Diploma from Damelin.

Although grounded in the music formatted stations for 5 years of his early broadcasting career, the veteran journalist transitioned to the talk format when he introduced public education talk in 1988. He later introduced politically-oriented talk. His personal highlight was being a panelist on the Mandela/De Klerk debate which was broadcast to a global audience of 800 million. He has interviewed all South African Presidents since 1990.

Tim Modise has also worked as a political analyst for a number of finance house, a columnist for City Press newspaper and was appointed the founding chairman of Proudly South African by President Thabo Mbeki. He briefly worked as Chief Communications Officer of 2010 World Cup and later became CEO of Sizwe IT, a technology company.

He has started a digital publication – Modise.net – to promote entrepreneurship within the South African economy.

The highlights of Tim Modise’s career include:

  • the introduction of talk format at the SABC in the late 1980s
  • working with the Sowetan newspaper on the ‘Nation Building Project’
  • interviews with numerous leaders in the lead up to 1994 elections; including Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Mangosuthu Buthelezi the late Joe Slovo and Chris Hani.
  • participating in the first Presidential debate in 1994 of Dr Klerk/ Mandela with a global audience of 800 million
  • he hosted co-productions with the US National Public Radio and the BBC.
  • interviewing former French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Namibian President Nujoma, Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Grutlantd and Irish Prime Minister Mary Robertson.
  • being the Founding Chairman of the Proudly SA Campaign
  • being Communications Chief (2007-2008) of the 2010 World Cup.
  • being CEO of IT Company Sizwe Africa for 4 years.
  • having covered all national elections since 1994 on both TV & Radio
  • have been a former Board member of Open Society Foundation, Love Life Campaign, Garankuwa Forum for Excellence and
  • currently on the boards of Dr Motsuenyane Foundation, Sefako Makgatho University and Dr George Mukhari Hospital.

His awards and achievements in Broadcast Media include:

  • SABC Broadcaster of the Year 1991
  • Inaugural Reconciliation Award from Institute of Justice and Reconciliation conferred by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
  • Communicator of the Year- Tshwane University of Technology.
  • Rotary Club Paul Harris Award for Community Service.
    Agisanang Primary School renamed the Tim Modise Primary School
  • GQ Magazine TV Personality of the Year.
  • Jaime Brunet International Human Rights- University of Navarro, Pamplona Spain.
  • being inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame 2011