Joe Thloloe is a respected South African journalist and current Press Ombudsman. Thloloe is a former chairman of the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF), deputy chairman of the Southern African Editors' Forum (SAEF) and president of the Union of Black Journalists and Media Workers Association of South Africa. Thloloe has worked as a journalist for over 50 years, including publications such as The World, Rand Daily Mail, Golden City Post and Drum magazine, and is a former deputy editor of Sowetan. He was also editor in chief of both SABC News and e.tv News. In 1988, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He has also been honoured with various other awards, including the Alan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achiever at the eighth annual Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards in May 2009.