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Editor of The Young Independents (TYI), Saajida Francis. Photo by Cindy Waxa.

It is a great honour to have been appointed the Editor of The Young Independents. I am incredibly overwhelmed at the magnanimity of this opportunity.

As a black, female millennial who has always been intrigued by the evolution of the digital sphere, I see this as an opportunity to experiment and to enhance the South African millennial experience through The Young Independents.

The Young Independents will proudly provide an authentic, unapologetic and real narrative to young South Africans who seek an honest and accurate Mediatic perspective.

What is truly exciting about this opportunity is realising that South Africa’s population is largely made up of young people; those who are below the age of 35 years constitute about 66% percent of the total population.

The Young Independents will be an active agent in guiding their digital experience through solutions-based journalism.

With a talented team of phenomenal individuals, The Young Independents is truly destined for great success, and I am humbled and sincerely grateful to be a part of this journey.