For over a decade, Tumi Makgabo has been one of the most recognisable South African broadcasters both at home and internationally through her work and the global news network CNN International.
As an anchor for several years at CNN International’s headquarters in Atlanta, Tumi co-produced and hosted the network’s award winning program, Inside Africa. During the past decade, Tumi has had the privilege of discussing the state of Africa with many prominent world leaders such as former South African President Thabo Mbeki; former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan; former South African President, Nelson Mandela; former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu; U.S. President, George W. Bush; former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, former U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell; Tibetan spiritual Leader, the Dalai Lama as well as renowned stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Martina Navratilova, Miriam Makeba and others.
In 2005 Tumi decided to base her self back in Johannesburg where she was appointed International Affairs and Communications Manager and spokesperson for the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.
In addition to her World Cup post, Tumi launched her own production company, producing and hosting her own talk show, ‘Talk with Tumi Makgabo’, for M-Net in 2006.
Her years of experience in broadcasting have also made Tumi a much sought after speaker and commentator on broadcasting and media issues both in Africa and internationally.
In 2008 she left the World Cup post to focus on new TV projects and to continue her international speaking and hosting work. She is also very committed to supporting the media development and skills transfer projects which she believes will make the world of difference to the environment in which African talent is hewn.
In recognition of her work in broadcasting, Tumi has received a number of awards including the prestigious Eagle Award, a Rapport City Press Prestige Award, a DuPont Award as well as the African People’s Intercontinental Broadcaster of the Year Award.
Tumi has served on a number of advisory panels including for the European Commission as well as the African Union. Tumi also holds several board positions including, until recently, as one of the Directors of the African Women’s Development Fund, a not for-profit organization geared towards the uplifting and empowerment of women across the continent.
In March 2008 her wider commitment to development was recognised when she was Nominated as one of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders.
Tumi & Co. - Tumi & Co. - produced ‘Talk with Tumi Makgabo’ in 2006 for the South African pay TV entertainment channel M-Net. This 13-part weekly series which Tumi also hosted brought viewers in touch with with South African and global newsmakers. Tumi & Co. recently produced a special project on behalf of the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership and several more TV projects are currently in development."