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Meet the new custodian of the SAASTA brand, Gao Tiro
His new position comprises a varied portfolio that includes writing, marketing, branding and public relations.
Gao holds a Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies and a Professional Certificate in Government Communications and Marketing, both from the University of the Witwatersrand. His academic background together with his experience in the mainstream media has served to lay strong foundations for his current challenges. His skills range from copywriting, editing and proofreading to project management, marketing and event management.
Describing himself as a "news junkie", Gao's career has taken him from business reporting at The New Age, Sunday Times, Tribute, City Press, Sunday World and News24 to Senior Sub-Editor at Business Day, where he worked before joining SAASTA. He also gained valuable experience as a communication specialist at Bojanala Platinum Municipality in North West, where his responsibilities included internal and external communication, and as the owner and manager of GTANDA Consulting, where he gained business development and management experience.
Asked why he decided to join SAASTA, Gao says he has always been interested in corporate communication. "I believe it represents a natural progression in my professional career," he explains. "I have worked in the space before and have always considered it an alternative to journalism."
GetSETgo caught up with Gao to find out more about his current challenges and the things in life that excite him most:
Q: Tell us about your job at SAASTA
Q: What did you do before joining SAASTA?
Q: Where did you grow up?
Q: What are your future plans?
Q: What is your favourite dish?
Q: Your favourite holiday destination?
Q: What excites you most about life?
Q: Tell us about your family:
Q: Hobbies? Pets?