Matthew Buckland, digital pioneer and SAMIP Advisory Committee member, passes away

It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of Matthew Buckland, a member of our Advisory Committee and Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) Entrepreneur-in-Residence, after battling illness.

Professionally, Matt was a genuine pioneer in digital media in South Africa and across the continent. He led the Mail & Guardian’s digital platform in the early 2000s, ensuring that it became Africa’s leading news site. After leaving M&G, he became a digital entrepreneur, founding the highly successful agency Creative Spark.

Matt’s accomplishments in digital media in South Africa led him to being asked to serve on the Advisory Committee of the South Africa Media Innovation Program, where he would share his business acumen with the next generation of media companies transforming the country.

After leaving Creative Spark, he joined MDIF as Entrepreneur-in-Residence, where he was able to share his expertise beyond South Africa, advising and consulting media companies across the world from Indonesia to Peru, and running workshops and trainings from Berlin to Yangon.

Personally, we shall greatly miss Matthew’s warmth, energy, and passion, and would like to pay tribute to a wonderfully able and supportive colleague.

Our thoughts are with Matt’s family at this difficult time.