John Battersby was appointed UK Country Manager of the International Marketing Council of South Africa in January 2004 following a career in South African and international journalism. He was editor-in-chief of the Sunday Independent in Johannesburg from 1996-2001. He served as the New York Times southern Africa correspondent from 1987-89 and as the Christian Science Monitor’s correspondent in the region from 1989-94. From 1994-96 he was the Monitor’s Middle East correspondent based in Jerusalem.
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