Mzwanele Manyi hopes to rehabilitate the image of the company he has bought from the Gupta family and turn it into a serious player in South Africa's media landscape.
The family announced on Monday that it had sold Infinity Media, which houses The New Age newspaper and ANN7 TV station, to the 54-year-old former government and cabinet spokesman, for R450-million.
It did not take long for the newly minted media mogul, whose purchase of its assets is being financed by the Gupta family, to move into his new office on the first floor of the firm's headquarters in Midrand. The office, in the corner of the daily newspaper's newsroom, used to belong to Atul, the second-eldest Gupta brother.
There's something clinical about its ambience, which is accentuated by its unadorned grey and white walls. Perhaps the only sign that it is the boss's office is the white bar-fridge at the corner, stocked with soft drinks and bottled water.
This is where we meet the new owner of the media stable that has become synonymous with partisan politics since its establishment almost seven years ago.