Since 1994 Kate has been involved in media and development issues, working in the unions, NGOs, government and industry. In December 2000 she was seconded to advise the Minister of Provincial and Local Government on communication strategies for local government. In 2008 she then shifted to focus specifically on broadcasting policy issues and founded the “Save our SABC” Coalition to campaign for a functional, independent public broadcaster. For this work she was awarded a UNESCO World Press Freedom fellowship in 2012. In 2017 she was awarded her PhD degree from the University of the Witwatersrand focusing on public service broadcasting, media diversity and South Africa’s challenging digital terrestrial broadcasting migration. On 1 March 2018 Kate was appointed executive director of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF).
Katekani began her career in 2015, when she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of Johannesburg. In 2016 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Politics and International Relations, focusing on the role of social media during protests and how it is shaping the South African political landscape. She was then appointed in April 2017, as an Intern in the Office of the Minister of Transport. During her tenure in the public service she gained exposure to the media industry, while being mentored by the Media Liaison Officer. On 1 May 2018 she was appointed to the position of Office Administrator of the South African National Editors’ Forum.