Professor Tawana Kupe speaking to  Karima Brown. Picture: ALIX CARMICHELE.
Professor Tawana Kupe speaking to Karima Brown. Picture: ALIX CARMICHELE.

INDEPENDENT Media said on Friday that its chief content officer, Karima Brown, had resigned.

In a statement on the group’s news website, IOL, the company said Brown had decided to vacate her position at Independent Media due to personal reasons.

Independent Media owns The Star, Pretoria News, The Cape Times and the Sunday Independent, among many other titles.

Brown has previously worked at the SABC and Business Day, where she was political editor. She also worked as deputy editor at the New Age before walking out, along with several colleagues, following a disagreement with the publication’s owners — the Gupta family — on the eve of the newspaper’s launch.

Executive chairman of Independent Media Iqbal Survé expressed "deep regret" about Brown’s departure, saying that she remained a close friend, confidante and "dear comrade". He also thanked her for the role she played in the acquisition of Independent Media by the Sekunjalo-led consortium.

"I am forever grateful to Karima for her immense contribution to our vision and the transformation of the media in this country. Independent Media will always be a home for her," said Survé.

In the same statement, Brown thanked Survé for the opportunity "to help shape the transformation agenda in the media, and for all the lessons learnt".

"I support Dr Survé on our insistence as black professionals that we deserve to tell our stories on our own terms and in our own words in the South African media. A multiplicity of narratives is not just possible but critical to the media transformation agenda," she said.