Piet Rampedi's bio, age, resignation letter, interview, qualifications, contacts

Piet Rampedi's bio, age, resignation letter, interview, qualifications, contacts

Piet Rampedi has carved a name for himself as one of the best investigative journalists in South Africa. Even though some of his publications are controversial, he has gone on to win several awards. He started trending on social media after his exclusive report about a woman giving birth to 10 children went viral. Currently, Rampedi sits as the editor of Pretoria News.

Piet Rampedi
Pretoria News editor Piet. Photo: @Piet Rampedi (modified by author)
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Piet Rampedi is the founder of Mohlakamotala Media and is privileged to have worked for various media organisations. Some of them include eTV, SABC, Sunday Times, The Star, and City Press. On the 5th of November, 2018, Rampedi joined Capricorn FM and began to host the Capricorn FM Talk after taking over from Thabiso Kotane. Details about Piet Rampedi newspaper, career, and other vital information are discussed in the following paragraphs.

Piet Rampedi biography summary

  • Full name: Piet Rampedi
  • Nationality: South African
  • Profession: Investigative journalist and editor
  • Employer: Pretoria News

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Early life and career

Rampedi is an award-winning investigative journalist. Details about Piet Rampedi age, childhood days and parents are unknown. Nevertheless, as one of the respected journalists in the country, he has more than 19 years of mainstream journalism experience.

Moreover, he served as an assistant editor at the Sunday Independent before taking over as the editor of Pretoria News. He once bagged the CNN African Journalist of the Year and City Press Journalist of the Year Awards. Also, on two occasions, he was the recipient of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award.

Following Piet Rampedi's latest news as the new Pretoria News editor, Dr Iqbal Survé, Executive Chairman of Independent Media and Chairman of the Sekunjalo Group, shared how enthused the organisation is to have Piet join them. In his words, Dr Iqbal said:

Piet is a courageous journalist who boldly and truthfully reports the news that needs to be told. We have watched his development through the Group and have been enthused by his progress and his adherence to journalism’s highest tenets. We look forward to his editorial leadership at Pretoria News.

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Piet poses with a sunglass. Photo: @Piet Rampedi
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Piet Rampedi qualifications

The Pretoria News editor has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of South Africa (UNISA). At some point, he was reportedly studying to have an honours degree in Political Science.

Jacques Pauw and Piet Rampedi feud

Sometime in early 2020, there was a feud between Jacques Pauw and Piet Rampedi. Jacques demanded an apology and the retraction of a post that Rampedi shared on Facebook and Twitter to accuse him of racism and child molestation. Jacques and his organisation employed the service of a lawyer to address the matter legally. In his response, Piet said:

I have received a ‘cease & desist’ lawyer’s letter from [Pauw], who demands a retraction & apology. I will NEVER be intimidated by a racist liar like Jacques Pauw, who thinks the world revolves around him. I’m consulting a lawyer with a view to defending the situation in court.

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On Piet Rampedi's Twitter handle, he reportedly labelled Pauw a “racist liar.” He also asked him to “clear serious allegations that he molested young boys in Mozambique on SABC assignment in early 2000.”

Piet Rampedi resignation letter

In 2016, the former Sunday Times staff member tendered his resignation letter following the retraction of a publication on the so-called SARS “rogue unit.” To him, he believed that it was a plot to silence him and his colleagues. As contained in his letter, he stated that he took the bold step, among other things, because:

What I consider to be unethical conduct by the Sunday Times editors and/or Times Media Group in entering into an underhanded deal with Ivan Pillay, Johann Loggerenberg, representatives of Minister Pravin Gordhan and other former SARS officials that my colleagues and I have been investigating for past two years for their alleged roles in the setting up and running of the rogue unit.

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Rampedi noted that he and Wa Afrika publicly challenged Siqoko’s apology, which was issued for less than a good motive. However, they had to dismiss it because they considered it baseless and commercially and politically motivated. He believed that Sunday Times must have struck a deal with members of the SARS rogue unit for the organisation to have acted the way they did.

Piet Rampedi
Rampedi chilling. Photo: @Piet Rampedi
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In Thabo Mdluli's interview with Piet Rampedi later, the former Capricorn FM host was asked series of questions regarding the findings of the South African president Cyril Ramaphosa’s allegedly leaked emails. When Piet Rampedi later commented on the interview-turned-debate, he wrote on his Twitter handle that:

Thabo seemed irritated, interjected non stop, made inaccurate statements about #RamaphosaLeaks & assumed our story was not factual until proven otherwise

There was also a conversation between Morio Senyane and Piet Rampedi on Power FM two months ago, although on a different matter. The two media gurus discussed Sunday morning’s headlines and also analysed the week's highlights.

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Contact details

For details on how to contact the Pretoria News editor, including Piet Rampedi email address, it best to go through the company, Independent Media (Pty) Ltd, he works for. Details of the Pretoria office, where he serves, are given below:

  • Location: 216 Madiba street Pretoria 0002
  • P.O.Box 439, Pretoria, 0001
  • Phone: +27 (0) 12 300 2000
  • Website: independentmedia.co.za

Piet Rampedi is a force to reckon with in South Africa's media industry. Although he has faced several backlashes based on some of his reports, he currently enjoys his career as the editor of Pretoria News.

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