Meet the people who have the passion and courage to do whatever it takes to discover, write, and deliver the truth through the newspaper and other media channels.
Hailing from the north of Mozambique, Erik is highly passionate about his responsibility to work for his country. The inspiration to create @Verdade came from the realization that most people in Mozambique lacked access to quality information. He believed informing them about their government, country and the world was the first step toward engaging them as active participants in transforming the country. He is one of the most vocal advocates of anti-poverty activism in Africa today.
Erik Charas is also Founder and CEO of Charas LDA, a company that invests in Mozambican entrepreneurs. He has an engineering degree from the University of Cape Town, and over 10 years experience in the private and public sectors in Southern Africa. Among other accolades, Erik was voted a Hero of Africa in 2005 by media group MSN, named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2006, and served as an Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Initiative Fellow in 2007. He chairs several boards of companies and non-profit organizations in Mozambique and other countries.
Adérito Caldeira has a solid background in the media and advertising industries. With only a high school education, he started his career at the national TV station, TVM. Adérito spent 10 years at TVM where he flourished and eventually became a producer. His growing interests in TV and media led him to a one-year study in Spain at IORTV. After leaving TVM, he worked for two publicity and advertising agencies in Mozambique from 2003 to 2007, which were his last stops before jumping into the untested but inspiring waters of Jornal @Verdade in 2008.
Emildo Sambo was born in Maputo, Mozambique. He is part of the Jornal @Verdade since 2012 and he is journalist since 2006. He started his career in Canal de Moçambique (actually Canalmoz), where he worked until 2012. He was a collaborator of Jornal ZAMBEZE. He attended the School of Journalism (2006-2008) and the High School of Jornlismo (2009-2012).
Hélder Xavier is a reporter for @Verdade, since 2009. Graduated in Journalism at Eduardo Mondlane University, he has special interest in investigative journalism, citizen participation in the media and the democratization of access to information. He attended the Citizen Media Summit 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, organized by Global Voices; the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by Transparency International, and the Power Reporting – The African Investigative Journalism Conference, organized by Wits University.
Originally from Tete, Mozambique, Nuno is responsible for graphics and design, as well the compilation of each issue of @Verdade. He started out in web development in Portugal in the late 1990s and taught himself graphic design when he returned to Mozambique.
Director of Distribution
Sérgio brings 18 years of postal distribution experience to @Verdade and was pivotal in structuring its distribution channel. He manages a fleet of tuk-tuks, the weekly subscriber distribution in the city center, and the weekly mass distribution and delivery to provincial distributors.