Contributors

Prof Liz Gunner

Prof Liz Gunner

Liz Gunner is visiting Research Professor in the School of Languages, University of Johannesburg. She is the author of Radio Soundings: South Africa and the Black Modern (2019). Some of her previous books include the co-edited Radio in Africa: Publics, cultures, communities (2011) and Power, Marginality and African Oral Literature (with Graham Furniss) (2008).

Tashreeq Truebody

Tashreeq Truebody

Tashreeq Truebody is a Central Executive Committee member of the NCRF and the chairperson of the Western Cape hub. He has worked in community radio for over a decade and currently serve as the Station Manager for Radio 786 in Cape Town.

Patrick Cairns

Patrick Cairns

Patrick Cairns is one of South Africa's most respected commentators on the investment industry. He also covers economics issues and business news.

Neil Cole

Neil Cole

Neil joined the anti-apartheid movement in the early '80s. His involvement in student, youth and church organisations in the '80s and '90s developed in him a strong sense of equality and justice. He joined the department of Land Affairs soon after the first democratic elections and later joined the National Treasury. He currently serves as the head of a regional organisation that provides capacity building to African governments in the area of budgeting, public debt and value for money in...

Fairuz Mullagee

Fairuz Mullagee

Fairuz Mullagee is a researcher and coordinator of the Social Law Project at the UWC, South Africa. She has about thirty years of extensive research and management experience that includes policy design and analysis, program delivery and monitoring and evaluation for improving efficiency. She has worked with a number of government departments, parastatals, and NPOs including the Constitutional Assembly where she served as the Submissions Secretary in the process of drafting the first...

Tlamelo Mothudi

Tlamelo Mothudi

Tlamelo Mothudi is a Health Researcher with the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM).

Haroon Aziz

Haroon Aziz

Haroon Aziz's primary discipline is quantum physics. His secondary discipline is history and biography. He has created the new literary genre of neuro-biography. He has written twenty published and unpublished books, which receive regular citations in academic journals.

Asikelelwe Pezisa

Asikelelwe Pezisa

Asikelelwe Pezisa is a third year Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies student at Rhodes University, double majoring in English language and linguistics as well as Journalism and media studies. She is interested in the evolution of media and its impact on humanity.

Melathisi Ncityana

Melathisi Ncityana

Melathisi Ncityana grew up in the small town of Engqushwa and eBhayi in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. He studied at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and later at Rhodes University. He is currently doing his Masters in History at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Ebrahim Harvey

Ebrahim Harvey

Ebrahim Harvey is a political writer, analyst and author.

Riana McArthur

Riana McArthur

Riana McArthur is an HPCSA registered research psychologist with more than 10 years’ experience in market research in various industries, specialising in quantitative as well as qualitative research methodologies. Riana is fortunate to have lived and worked in many countries. Although the majority of her clients are in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) she has a passion for social research, and has completed two Masters theses, one in Research Psychology and the other in Philosophy. At...

Lee-Ann Persse

Lee-Ann Persse

Lee-Ann Persse is a South African rower who competed at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics.

Anakwa Dwamena

Anakwa Dwamena

Anakwa Dwamena is a books editor at Africa is a Country, and a member of the New Yorker magazine’s editorial staff. Originally from Ghana, his reporting and cultural criticism work focuses on African politics, the lives of black immigrants around the world and soccer.

Prof. Jane Duncan

Prof. Jane Duncan

Prof. Jane Duncan is Head of Department of Journalism, Film and Television at the University of Johannesburg, and a former Executive Director of the Freedom of Expression Institute.

Derek Carelse

Derek Carelse

Derek Carelse is an ex advertising art director and company marketing director who now devotes his time mentoring the Next Generation & helping startups and social enterprises to thrive.

Gabriel Vieira

Gabriel Vieira

Gabriel Vieira is a Trinidad and Tobago-born second year student at the University of Cape Town. He is the Print News editor of UCT’s student-run Newspaper, Varsity News.

Arron Moos

Arron Moos

Arron Moos is a 22 year old photographer and multimedia graduate based in Cape Town, South Africa. Having grown up in Johannesburg, his transition to the coast was more than a call for change, it was a call to retrace his roots to the Mother City and his Coloured culture. Where his undergraduate film and media studies have been centered around notions of identity, voice, and culture, his photographic work is diverse in content and subject matter. His initial introduction to photography was as...

Thuthukani Ndlovu

Thuthukani Ndlovu

Thuthukani Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean spoken word artist at the University of the Free State and also works as the Vrystaat Literature Festival  assistant coordinator. He is the founder and creative director of The Radioactive Blog, a platform that has promoted and continues to promote a number of creatives from the continent and around the world. Thuthukani has performed in Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Zambia, Malawi & South Africa. He also hosts poetry workshops (in Bloemfontein) with the aim of...

Kelly-Eve Koopman

Kelly-Eve Koopman

Kelly-Eve Koopman is a writer and multidisciplinary creative from South Africa.

Rasmus Bitsch

Rasmus Bitsch

Rasmus Bitsch is a journalist and head producer of Sound Africa.

Kunu Matima

Kunu Matima

Born and bred in Soweto, Johannesburg in South Africa. Kunu Matima, was exiled after the 1976 Soweto Students Uprising and now resides in New York. He is a Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Scientist, Drug Developer, US Civil Rights Expert and an author.

Banathi Mgqoboka

Banathi Mgqoboka

Banathi Mgqoboka has written numerous consumer, solutions, community, health, human interest and arts focused news and feature articles, published for Media24‘s Cape Town community newspaper titles. He’s generally always keen to work on thought-provoking, socially conscious & critically informative journalistic and creative pieces through the mediums of print, television/film and digital media. In 2017, he became the first South African journalism student to be shortlisted for the Best...

Jeff Conroy-Krutz

Jeff Conroy-Krutz

Jeff Conroy-Krutz is an associate professor of political science and a core faculty member of the African Studies Center at Michigan State University. He has a PhD in political science from Columbia University and is editor of the Afrobarometer Working Papers Series. Dr. Conroy-Krutz's research focuses on how media and access to political information in sub-Saharan Africa affect relationships between groups, tolerance, violence, citizenship, and voting behavior. He has conducted research on...

Martina Della Togna

Martina Della Togna

Martina Della Togna has over 24 years of experience as a producer of award-winning feature documentary films with South African filmmakers and visual artists. Martina Della Togna has successfully led strategic communications campaigns for South African Provincial and national government departments, is a founding member of some of South Africa’s first community radio and television stations; as well as a published author on sustainability of the community media sector. Her five-year service as...

Paula Fray

Paula Fray

Paula Fray has worked in media for more than three decades as a journalist, editor, trainer and media manager. Paula was the first female editor of the Saturday Star newspaper in South Africa. She is currently the managing director of the pan-African media training organisation frayintermedia, which she founded in 2005. The organisation has trained journalists, media leaders, civil society organisations, government officials and corporate leaders during its decade-long existence. She is a...

Tanya Doherty

Tanya Doherty

Tanya Doherty is a chief specialist scientist with a focus on maternal and child health research including prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, infant feeding, multi-country child survival evaluations and community health workers. Tanya is an Extraordinary Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape and Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand.

Michael Abrahams

Michael Abrahams

Michael Abrahams has been an activist since 1976 when he started working as a student in civic organisations and various trade union organisations in the Western Cape, East London and Gauteng.

Richard Pithouse

Richard Pithouse

Richard Pithouse is from Durban and is the editor-in-chief of New Frame. He has been writing for newspapers in South Africa for more than 20 years and is also an academic.

Frans Viljoen

Frans Viljoen

Frans Viljoen is the Director and Professor of the International Human Rights Law, Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria. His research area is international human rights law, with a focus on the African regional human rights system. Frans has published widely on international human rights law, including International human rights law in Africa (Oxford University Press, 2012). He is editor-in-chief of the African Human Rights Law Journal and the Global Campus Human Rights...

Vik Sohonie

Vik Sohonie

Vik Sohonie is the founder Ostinato Records, a Grammy-nominated label focusing on music from Africa's past.

Len Kalane

Len Kalane

Len Kalane is a former City Press editor and was executive director at RCP Media, incorporating Rapport-City Press. He joined City Press in 1983, from the Sowetan. Kalane started his journalism career at The World and Post newspapers, both banned by the South African apartheid government in 1977 and 1982 respectively. Kalane also helped found Kaya FM, one of the first post-democracy privately-owned radio stations in South Africa, and was on the MNet board of directors until 2001. He has also...

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Michael Brown is currently a third year BA student based in Cape Town. He spends most of his time following sport, or reading about current events taking place around the globe.

Marthinus Stander Conradie

Marthinus Stander Conradie

Marthinus Stander Conradie holds a PhD in inferential pragmatics from the University of the Free State (South Africa), where he is currently employed at the Department of English. His research interests emanate from Foucauldian discourse analysis and its application to everyday political argumentation, the construction of race and racism as well as whiteness. His publications include analyses of South African students’ online discussions of personal experiences of racial discrimination and...

Keith Gottschalk

Keith Gottschalk

Keith Gottschalk is a political scientist from the University of the Western Cape.

Manala Botolo

Manala Botolo

Manala Botolo is the assistant manager of communications and public education at the Film and Publication Board. She holds a diploma in Public Relations and numerous post graduate qualifications in Communications, Branding and Leadership.

Tatum De Jongh

Tatum De Jongh

Tatum De Jongh is a student at the University of Cape Town majoring in Media and Writing, Politics and Governance and English Literature.

Paolo Israel

Paolo Israel

Paolo Israel is Associate Professor of the Department of History at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. He is the author of In Step with the Times: Mapiko Masquerades of Mozambique.

Mojalefa Mokhosi

Mojalefa Mokhosi

Mojalefa Mokhosi is a mechanical engineering graduate from Goldfields College. He is a philosopher, activist and a member of Activate! Change Drivers.

Adriaan van Klinken

Adriaan van Klinken

Adriaan van Klinken is an Associate Professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds.

Percy Zvomuya

Percy Zvomuya

Percy Zvomuya is a writer and critic who has written for numerous publications, including Chimurenga, the Mail & Guardian, Moto in Zimbabwe, the Sunday Times and the London Review of Books blog. He is a co-founder of Johannesburg-based writing collective The Con and, in 2014, was one of the judges for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

Siza Mtimkulu

Siza Mtimkulu

Siza Mtimkulu is an accomplished writer and editor. She is currently the managing director at Legacy Foundation, a non-profit organization that publishes foundation phase books about the history of South Africa, with a focus on liberation struggle icons. Recently, the foundation launched Madiba Colouring Book, a children’s book about the life story of South Africa’s first democratic President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, in partnership with Department of Basic Education. The colouring book...

Len Maseko

Len Maseko

Len Maseko is a veteran journalist with a history of working in the media industry spanning four decades. A product of the Open School of Arts, he is a former member of the Soweto Students Representative Council which spearheaded the 1976 Soweto uprisings. He was part of a group of Soweto students who dumped Bantu education and Afrikaans in 1977 to study through correspondence O-Levels and A-Levels through the British Council and University of London. He began his journalism career at the...

Alexandra Parker

Alexandra Parker

Researcher of urban & cultural studies, Gauteng City-Region Observatory. Alexandra Parker’s research explores the intersections of people, their cultures and identities, and urban and suburban environments. Her current research is diverse and examines the roles of motherhood identity, graffiti, streets as public spaces and school feeder zones in shaping the Gauteng city-region. Exploring personal identities, cultural practices and social experiences offers alternative insights into the...

Otosirieze obi-young

Otosirieze obi-young

Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of...

Madala Thepa

Madala Thepa

Madala Thepa is a freelance writer based between two towns - Mahikeng, NW and Johannesburg. He has been a freelance writer for a range of publications including New African magazine, Mail&Guardian, Sunday Independent, The Star and Forbes Africa magazine.

Willow Berridge

Willow Berridge

Willow Berridge is a lecturer in History at Newcastle University

Sandile Memela

Sandile Memela

Sandile Memela is a journalist, writer, cultural critic and public servant. He writes in his personal capacity.

Tami Jackson

Tami Jackson

Tami Jackson is the Former Deputy Chairperson at DASO-UCT and was part of the 2017/18 UCT Student Representative Council. She is currently pursuing an internship at the Western Cape Provincial Legislature and will continue her studies in Politics and Economics next year.

Professor Leila Patel

Professor Leila Patel

Professor Leila Patel is the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Welfare and Social Development based at the CSDA, University of Johannesburg. She receives funding from the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation for her Chair in Welfare and Social Development.

Zukiswa Kota

Zukiswa Kota

Zukiswa Kota is the Head of the Monitoring and Advocacy Programme at the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape. She is also the lead coordinator of a civil society coalition working to promote budget transparency, IMALI YETHU. The coalition is working alongside the South African National Treasury to develop an online budget data portal, www.vulekamali.gov.za

Simphiwe Yana

Simphiwe Yana

Simphiwe Yana hails from Gansbaai in the Western Cape. He is a freelance writer and a law student at the University of the Free State. He runs a multimedia blog called Afrika Revolt.

Leonard Gentle

Leonard Gentle

Leonard Gentle is an ex-trade unionist assisting the SAMRC with research translation.

Glenda Gray

Glenda Gray

Glenda Gray is the President of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). Professor Gray is a qualified paediatrician and co-founder of the internationally-recognised Perinatal HIV Research Unit in Soweto. Prior to her appointment at the SAMRC, she was the Executive Director of the Perinatal HIV Research Unit, an affiliate of Wits University. She has received South Africa’s highest honour - the Order of Mapungubwe - for her pioneering research.

Jane Dutton

Jane Dutton

Jane Dutton is a South African broadcast journalist who began her career with the SABC before spending time on air with BBC World, CNN, CNBC and Al Jazeera. She returned to South Africa in 2018 after 25 years abroad and is the host of eNCA’s news talk show Tonight with Jane Dutton.

Esteri Msindo

Esteri Msindo

Esteri Msindo is a Human Settlements Researcher. She did both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Rhodes University and is currently a doctoral student in the sociology department.  Her passion is to see socio-economic rights being realised by the less advantaged members of the community.

Tshepang Mokgatla

Tshepang Mokgatla

Tshepang Mokgatla is a Wits Business School graduate who is currently a success coach, mentor and youth development practitioner.

Busisiwe Mokwena

Busisiwe Mokwena

Busisiwe Mokwena is a multiple-award winning journalist who has spent almost a decade of her life in sport journalism on a journey that has brought both personal fulfilment and professional success. Although she is versatile – having covered athletics, netball and road running – Busisiwe’s first love is football.

Rod Crompton

Rod Crompton

Dr Rod Crompton (Non-Executive Director) is the Director of the Energy Leadership Centre at Wits Business School, South Africa. Previously he ran Crompton Consulting specialising in energy, economic regulation and industrial policy using his experience acquired over nearly 40 years in the energy and chemical fields in various African countries. He was a full-time board member at the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) for 11 years. Prior to that he was Deputy Director General at...

Baster Mohale

Baster Mohale

Baster Mohale is currently a Young Professional under Research, Policy and Advocacy  Unit at the  Film and Publication Board. He holds an honours degree in psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Lynette Kamineth

Lynette Kamineth

Lynette Kamineth has been a communications professional for the past 24 years. In her current position as the Communications and Public Education Manager at the Film and Publication Board, she uses her expertise to highlight the work being done by the organisation to protect the children of South Africa from exposure to potentially harmful content.

Muhammed Haron

Muhammed Haron

Muhammed Haron is a Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Botswana’s Theology & Religious Studies Department. He is also an Associate Researcher at the University of Stellenbosch. Haron is editor of the University of Cape Town’s Annual Review of Islam in Africa (ARIA) and the Editor-in-Chief of Duke University’s Research Africa Reviews (RA Reviews). Haron compiled the award winning text: South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: An Annotated Bibliography (New York:...

Hassan Khan Yousafza

Hassan Khan Yousafza

Hassan Khan Yousafzai, is passionate about Digital Marketing. Along with educational backgrounds in Software Engineering he is bridging gaps between marketing and development department. At Techvando, he has been consulting brands all over Pakistan to gain online traffic and profitable leads.

Modidima Mannya

Modidima Mannya

Modidima Mannya is an admitted and practising Advocate and a former public servant who served as a Legal Adviser to a Minister and Premier and a former Head of the Departments of Agriculture (Kwa Zulu Natal) Education Eastern Cape Province. He holds the degrees B.Iuris (University of the North) and LLB (University of Pretoria).

Azarrah Karrim

Azarrah Karrim

Azarrah is a multimedia journalist with a background in investigative journalism. She was a junior investigative journalist with the Wits Justice Project, focusing on human rights abuses in prisons and court system delays. Her interest lie in criminal justice, politics and current affairs.

Elsabé Brits

Elsabé Brits

Elsabé Brits is an award-winning South African journalist and author. She was specialist science reporter at the Afrikaans daily, Die Burger, for 17 years, and now writes for Netwerk24. She lives in Cape Town.

Willie Chinyamurindi

Willie Chinyamurindi

Prof Willie Tafadzwa Chinyamurindi is an NRF Rated Researcher (Y2) and an Associate Professor within the Department of Business Management at the University of Fort Hare. He also serves as the Research Niche Area Leader within the Faculty of Management and Commerce at the same university. His research interests broadly are within human capital development, career management and the use of qualitative methodology within the management sciences. Willie is also an avid user of technology within...

Musawenkosi Ama Xaba

Musawenkosi Ama Xaba

Musawenkosi Ama Xaba is a seven year old from Johannesburg. She is passionate about life. When asked what she loves about life, she responded philosophically saying: "I love that I am alive." When she is not attending school, she is involved in all sorts of extra-murals including athletics, choral music and recitals and writing. She aspires to write a book of her own, for children next year.

Sefatsa Qopane

Sefatsa Qopane

Sefatsa Qopane occupies his time working in the spheres of personality and the psychology of difference – both are subjects for which he holds a great penchant. He is also an associate of The Narrative Enneagram (TNE) institute. Sefatsa lives in Pietermaritzburg.

Chikezie E. Uzuegbunam

Chikezie E. Uzuegbunam

Chikezie E. Uzuegbunam is currently completing his PhD in Media Studies in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at University of Cape Town. He is a teaching assistant in the same department and has published journal articles and book chapters in the field of youth studies and new media. He also writes for both legacy and online media in South Africa and Nigeria.

Anele Gcwabe

Anele Gcwabe

Anele Gcwabe is the Media and Partnerships officer at Activate! Change Drivers. She has a media and communications degree from Nelson Mandela University and an Honours Degree in isiXhosa from the University of Fort Hare. Anele is passionate about the development of African languages and would love to live in a world where indigenous African languages hold the same status as western languages. She is a self-proclaimed historian and an avid believer in expressing oneself in their own mother...

Judith February

Judith February

Judith February describes herself as a ‘governance specialist, lapsed lawyer, columnist, lover of words, latte drinker, fellow traveler, Classicist & cricket fan’. She is based at the Institute for Security Studies and is also a Visiting Fellow at the WITS School of Governance. Prior to that she was executive director of the HSRC’s Democracy and Governance unit and also head of IDASA’s South African governance programme for nine years. February is a regular columnist for Daily Maverick,...

Rekgotsofetse Chikane

Rekgotsofetse Chikane

Rekgotsofetse Chikane (known as Kgotsi ) is a graduate of the University of Oxford, having completed his Master in Public Policy degree in 2017, a Mandela-Rhodes Scholar (2015), one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans (2016) and the former national president of InkuluFreeheld, non-partisan, youth organisation focused on deepening democracy and enhancing social cohesion. He is adept at navigating a variety of South Africa’s socially complex spaces, often as the resident...

Katlego Daniel Boikanyo

Katlego Daniel Boikanyo

Katlego Daniel Boikanyo is a final year law student at North-West University. He is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. He was a supplementary instructor for the Family Law module (2016) and also for Law of Criminal Procedure (2017). He served in the Law Student Chapter as an Academic Affairs Officer. He is now offering tutorial lessons to first-year students in the law module 'Family Law'.

Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando

Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando

Sr. Prof. Agnes Lucy Lando is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Daystar University, Kenya. She obtained her PhD in Social Communication from The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. She holds MA in Human and Intercultural Communication and BA in Audiovisual Productions. In October 2016, Lando became the first African elected Board Member-at-Large of International Communication Association (ICA). Lando has publications in Communication Ethics, Higher Education in...

Yipeng Xi

Yipeng Xi

Yipeng Xi is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication and New Media, National University of Singapore. His research focuses on digital culture and digital activism in authoritarian regimes. Currently, his work on citizen engagement, public opinion and collective movement has appeared in several Chinese-language and English journals.

Linda Zwane

Linda Zwane

Linda Zwane holds a degree in Marketing & Communication, and is an honours student at the University of Johannesburg. Her current study is on the perceptions of the South African Reality Television show Date My Family and how the show is perceived on Twitter. She is very passionate about broadcast media and how it impacts the world around her. Linda works as a Research Analyst, and her television career started as a media planner for the South African free-to-air channel e.tv and the news...

Jeff Phiko Velelo

Jeff Phiko Velelo

Jeff Phiko Velelo is an agricultural economist at the Mpumalanga Economic Development Agency (MEGA), Anglican priest and amateur historian, and a councillor to the heir of Maphasa's chieftaincy. His ancestors were amaTshatshu.

Anne Mager

Anne Mager

Anne Mager is Emerita Professor of Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town, and the author of Gender and the Making of a South African Bantustan: a social history of the Ciskei (1995) and Beer, Sociability and Masculinity in South Africa (2012). She grew up on the land from which the amaTshatshu were forcibly removed in 1852 following the eighth frontier war.  

Mosa Leteane

Mosa Leteane

Mosa Leteane is a Law graduate from the University of the Free State who is currently pursuing a Masters in International Studies at Monash South Africa. As a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, she is passionate about education, leadership and law. Her research is aimed at understanding the recent transitional justice developments in the country and the implications that has for an established democracy.

George Orwel

George Orwel

George Orwel is currently a PhD candidate in art theory, philosophy and aesthetics at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts in Portland, Me. His research is on new phenomenology, with special focus on ambiance. Specifically, he probes the poetics and aesthetics of space, theorizing a symmetrically structured human body and a relational philosophy of beings and their spaces, or sculptural experiences in atmospheric contexts, outside of museums. He has written essays on...

Prof Francis Petersen

Prof Francis Petersen

Prof Francis William Petersen is the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State since 1 April 2017. He has formerly been Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town; Dean: Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Cape Town; Executive Head: Strategy at Anglo American Platinum; Executive Vice-President: Research and Development at Mintek; and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula University of...

Tlotliso Innocent May

Tlotliso Innocent May

Tlotliso Innocent May is a member of the ACTIVATE! Change Drivers network,. Tlotliso is a #BlackYouthActivist and is focusing his attention on reforming black men. He is the founder of a youth empowerment organisation, Tsowa Darkie.

Ryan Ravens

Ryan Ravens

Ryan Ravens is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, a business leadership organisation representing top-tier corporate business in the Cape Town city region. He currently holds three degrees including an MBA from the University of Cape Town (UCT), in addition to numerous globally recognised professional certifications such as CIPM: PMBOK and PRINCE2. Ryan, a life-long entrepreneur, owned and managed a successful management consultancy for a number of years before he was approached by FIFA in 2006...

Prince Charles

Prince Charles

Prince Charles is a politics and sociology graduate, a strong civic nationalist and a youth activist. He is based in the Eastern Cape.

K. C. Cole

K. C. Cole

K. C. Cole, a longtime science writer for the Los Angeles Times, is a Professor Emerita at USC’s Annenberg School for Journalism. Cole’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Smithsonian, the Columbia Journalism Review, Newsweek, Esquire, Ms., The Washington Post, and many other publications. She won an EMMA (Exceptional Merit in Media Award) from the National Women’s Political Caucus for her LA Times op ed: "Why Does CEO Mean White Male?" (2013). Her work was...

Lwazi Nongauza

Lwazi Nongauza

Lwazi Nongauza is a seasoned multimedia content producer and Public Relations expert. As a digital media entrepreneur, he is currently heading Africa’s business news website, Africa Best Businesses, which he founded in 2015. With a proven track record in local and international media, his experience in broadcasting, print and new media has led Lwazi to working for a number of African based global media houses.

Melissa Tandiwe Myambo

Melissa Tandiwe Myambo

Melissa Tandiwe Myambo is Research Associate at the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa and an Honorary Research Fellow at Wits City Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand. She was a 2017 Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study Writing Fellow. In 2016, she was the recipient of a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Award to conduct research in India where she was affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi. She has also been a Visiting...

Lesego Linda Plank

Lesego Linda Plank

Lesego is a University of Johannesburg graduate. Her research interests include gender, race, the black family, and the black middle class. She is a proud Sowetan and an aspiring young black academic. She has enjoyed travel and study opportunities in Brazil and the United States. Lesego has developed a passion for public speaking, where she motivates young black students in High Schools around Soweto. She believes that it is possible for black children like her to make it.

Mphutlane wa Bofelo

Mphutlane wa Bofelo

Mphutlane wa Bofelo is a South African poet, essayist, social critic and cultural worker and a facilitator of Worker-Education and Popular Education. Bofelo’s socio-political activism began in the 1980s when he joined the Azanian Students’ Movement until he was charged and given a one-year prison sentence in 1987. He has since become one of the most prolific writers, theorists and activists of the broader Black Consciousness Movement. Mphutlane is also a former Deputy-President and...

Liza Mfana

Liza Mfana

Liza Mfana is an activist, an advocate for liberatory pedagogy, a fighter, but most importantly a lover of humanity, a lover of life and a lover of peace. He strongly believes that the youth are the key in ensuring this country has a positive future. Liza is a young man from the rural Eastern Cape. He was born in East London, but was raised in Centani and Butterworth. He spent his high school years in Molteno High School where he matriculated in 2014. He went on to study at the University of...

Laurie Less

Laurie Less

Laurie Less is currently employed as the Shared Services executive at the Film and Publication Board, the content regulator and agency of the Department of Communications. She was previously employed as the Executive manager at Wits university Clear-AA a specialist M&E centre and in various government agencies. She has over 12 years experience as an Executive and has held strategic leadership roles over the past 16 years in various highly complex organizations. In the development sector she...

Oupa Makhalemele

Oupa Makhalemele

Oupa Makhalemele works in the Research, Policy and Advocacy Unit at the Film and Publication Board. He has published widely on transitional justice, local government and youth and identity in South Africa.

Henning Melber

Henning Melber

Henning Melber is an Extraordinary Professor in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria.

Reinhart Kössler

Reinhart Kössler

Reinhart Kössler is a professor in Political Science at Freiburg University.

Action Setaka

Action Setaka

Action Setaka is a Social Engineer who has extensive leadership experience. Some of his achievements include being commissioner of youth during the last sitting of the National Youth Parliament. He is ambassador of the the African Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation commission. He is also a facilitator for the Northern Cape Department of Education. Action is the founding member of an education consortium and he represented South African youth at the Center for Development and...

Musawenkosi Cabe

Musawenkosi Cabe

Musawenkosi Cabe is from Pietermaritzburg. His areas of interest involve bottom-up social mobilization, social movements, and unions, football, social justice, spatial justice, and constitutionalism.

Connor Foley

Connor Foley

Connor Foley is a journalism and international relations student who believes journalists play a vital role in society. His interests include politics, music and the environment. After Cape Town, he plans to return home to Adelaide to finish his university degree.

Alrick Sangster

Alrick Sangster

Alrick is a qualified Financial Advisor, Commercial Banker, Small Business Mentor, Risk Specialist and Financial Commentator. After 27 years of corporate life, his long walk to freedom has landed him in the role of sole director and franchise principal of ZAR Financial Engineering (Pty) Ltd where his quest is helping ordinary South Africans establish a better relationship with their own money by keeping things simple, demystifying financial jargon and using layman’s terms to establish...

Mashele Mokgadi

Mashele Mokgadi

Mashele Mokgadi is a media student at the University of Venda.

Clémentine Poggi

Clémentine Poggi

Clementine is a third year student in English literature and Communication Science. Fond of writing, she wishes to bring awareness on significant matters through her words.

Sinenhlanhla Ngwenya

Sinenhlanhla Ngwenya

Sinenhlanhla Ngwenya was born in Pietermaritzburg and grew up in Vryheid, a small town in Northern Kwazulu Natal. She is a second year journalism student at the University of Johannesburg and is a reported for The Open Journal, a student led publication in Johannesburg. She is a sports journalist and currently branching out into investigative journalism. 

Mbalenhle Buthelezi

Mbalenhle Buthelezi

Mbali is a Master's student at Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies. Her research focus lies within the field of mobile media, particularly its dynamics in relation to social capital and development within rural communities. She has worked in the realm of advocacy for access to information and the realisation of socio-economic rights in the Eastern Cape's NGO sector.

Sam Mathe

Sam Mathe

Sam Mathe is a South African journalist, writer and publisher. He was educated at Kwamanala High in Mpumalanga and Wits University in Johannesburg. His journalism career started in 1994 at the now defunct PACE magazine. He then joined Drum and later Sunday Sun as a senior writer. Since then his articles have been published in various South African media titles including True Love, City Press, Rapport, Mail & Guardian, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent and Afropolitan – which he edited for three...

Staff Writer

Staff Writer

The Journalist is committed to multimedia offerings that will challenge us to delve more deeply into the complex facets of our reality. We don’t only tell you what happened. We help you understand why. The Journalist is an independent, not for profit organisation working with the academic community and a range of credible online entities to make knowledge more accessible to the wider public.

Professor Maldonado-Torres

Professor Maldonado-Torres

Professor Maldonado-Torres is an Associate Professor at the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Comparative Literature Program. His first book, Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity, examined the bases of modernity/coloniality in terms of a paradigm of war through the work of Enrique Dussel, Frantz Fanon, and Enmanuel Levinas. In 2011, the Universidad de la Tierra in Chiapas, México, collected some of his essays on decolonial theory in a book entitled La...

Glenda Nevill

Glenda Nevill

Glenda Nevill is the editor of The Media Online and The Media magazine. She is a journalist, writer and communicator with 30 years experience. She worked for the Sunday Times in various roles for nine years, including entertainment editor, foreign correspondent in London and deputy news editor. She edited The Big Issue magazine for six years, before leaving to take up a position as the launch editor of The Property Magazine. She worked at HWB Communications, where she was an account executive,...

Lindokuhle Ntuli

Lindokuhle Ntuli

Lindokuhle Ntuli is a lawyer with a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) (UFS), Master of Laws (LLM) in Private Law and Human Rights (UCT), and currently pursuing a second master’s Degree in Mineral Law. He is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar and was recently awarded a Schwarzman Scholarship to study in China towards a master’s degree in Economics and Business. He is an active and accomplished leader who has grasped opportunities to develop his leadership skills both locally and globally. He has a fine grasp...

Emily Bagg

Emily Bagg

Emily Bagg is in her final year of study towards a BA in English and Communications. She enjoys reading and writing and hopes to one day work in the field of publishing.

Brent Poggenpoel

Brent Poggenpoel

Brent Poggenpoel is studying towards a BA in Psychology and English literature at Varsity College, Cape Town. He was born in Cape Town, on the Cape Flats and enjoys writing short stories.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa is a South African politician and, since 15 February 2018, the fifth and current President of South Africa. He followed the resignation of Jacob Zuma, having taken office following a vote of the National Assembly on 15 February 2018. Previously an anti-apartheid activist, trade union leader, and businessman, he served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 2014 to 2018. He was elected President of the African National Congress (ANC) at the ANC National Conference...

Thato Rossouw

Thato Rossouw

Thato Rossouw is a literature and art blogger currently studying Art History and Philosophy at the University of the Free State. His work has appeared in a number of publications including The Sunday Times, Culture Review and Africanah.com. He was recently published in the youth anthology #Can’tStopReading and is currently working on his first book "Funda Community College: A History".

Dr Stephen Greenberg

Dr Stephen Greenberg

Dr Stephen Greenberg has been doing research with the ACB since 2004, before joining the organisation part-time in 2013 and then full-time from 2017. He has a PhD from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University, with an MA from Wits University. Dr Greenberg has more than 20 years of research and policy analysis experience in South and Southern Africa, including in seed, food, agriculture, biodiversity, corporate power, and agro-food systems. He also provides direct support...

Thulebona Mdladla

Thulebona Mdladla

Thulebona Mdladla holds an Honours Degree in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. His interests include new media technologies and the digital sphere. He enjoys sports, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Saliem Fakir

Saliem Fakir

Saliem Fakir is the Head of the Policy & Futures Unit at the World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa. The unit’s work is focused on identifying ways to manage a transition to an inclusive and equitable low-carbon economy. In 2007-2008, Saliem was a senior lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Planning and an associate Director for the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy at Stellenbosch University where he taught a course on renewable energy policy and financing of...

Gaopalelwe Mathiba

Gaopalelwe Mathiba

Gaopalelwe Mathiba is a final year LLB student at the North-West University and a potential LLM candidate in 2019. Gaopalelwe tweets at @GaoMathiba.

Ellen Davies

Ellen Davies

Ellen Davies is the Project Manager of Extractives Industry at the World Wide Fund for Nature. Apart from extractives, her portfolio of work includes nuclear energy and interrogating the relationship between environmental and socio-economic sustainability in South Africa. Ellen has a Bachelor of Social Science, Bachelor of Law and Honours in Economics. She is currently completing her Master’s degree in economics at the University of Witwatersrand.

Vister Masungulo Maswangany

Vister Masungulo Maswangany

Vister Masungulo Maswanganye is from Basani, located outside Giyani in Limpopo. He is currently a third year journalism student at the University of Venda.

Petunia Mpoza

Petunia Mpoza

Petunia Mpoza is a researcher, commentator and political analyst. Her work experience includes both public and private sectors. She is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar who is passionate about youth, community, sports and skills development as well as education and career guidance. She specialised in International Relations, Media and Communications. She is politically conscious and has served in various socio-political structures, including advisory boards. Her interests include, leadership and...

Dougie Oakes

Dougie Oakes

Dougie Oakes is in his fourth decade as a journalist and writer, having written extensively in South Africa for the then Argus Printing and Publishing Company and Independent Media. He has specialised in sport politics, and features and leader writing. He was also commissioned by Reader's Digest to conceptualise, edit and, to a large extent, write a book on South African History. The Illustrated History of South Africa - the Real Story sold almost a quarter-of-a-million copies in South Africa...

Suzette Lucille Nxumalo-Mafuna

Suzette Lucille Nxumalo-Mafuna

Suzette Lucille Nxumalo-Mafuna is a fulltime Gender and Women’s Study Course student at York University in Toronto. She resides in Toronto, Canada where she has been a citizen since 2007. She was born and raised in Phefeni, Orlando West and initially studied to be a nurse but abandoned nursing following acceptance for training at the Argus Cadet course in Johannesburg. Following this she got a job in late 1975 at the now defunct World newspaper’s women’s department where she covered fashion...

Elna Boesak

Elna Boesak

Elna Boesak’s career as South African journalist, researcher, debate moderator, forum facilitator and public speaker spans more than thirty years. Her work as media worker includes radio and television programme hosting, documentary production and feature writing. In her research, in-depth investigations and lectures Boesak prioritises perspectives, narratives, experiences and developments that are hidden in the cracks of public attention. She has in the past shed light on challenging social...

Heather Robertson

Heather Robertson

Heather Robertson is a writer and editor who has over two decades experience in print, broadcast and digital media. Her passion is storytelling across platforms. She is currently the sole owner and director of Change Routes Communications and is the former editor in chief of The Herald and Weekend Post. She was Deputy Editor at The Sunday Times and Elle Magazine and features editor at Tribute magazine and The Sunday World.

Surprise Netshioswi

Surprise Netshioswi

Surprise Netshioswi 23 is from Mangondi, which is located outside Thohoyandou in the Limpopo province. He is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from the University of Venda and is currently an honours student in film studies at the University of Pretoria. He also holds a certificate in Electrical Engineering.

Precious Mamotingoe Lesupi

Precious Mamotingoe Lesupi

Born in the Free State, Precious Mamotingoe Lesupi is an aspiring journalist, activist and rape victim-survivor. She is a journalism student at the University of the Free State and a reporter for the campus newspaper, Irawa. She has worked with Next Chapter, The South African Federation for Mental Health and The African Umbrella for Mental Health Society based in Botswana as a mental health activist. She is also a poet, freelance writer and photographer.

Professor William M. LeoGrande

Professor William M. LeoGrande

Professor LeoGrande specializes in Comparative Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy. He has written widely in the field of Latin American politics and U.S. policy toward Latin America, with a particular emphasis on Cuba and Central America. Most recently he is coauthor of "Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana" (University of North Carolina Press, 2015). His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, New York Times,...

Ran Greenstein

Ran Greenstein

Ran Greenstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nurene Jassiem

Nurene Jassiem

Nurene is a media and communications professional who cut her teeth as a journalist at the tender age of 15 at a local community radio station. Since graduating from the then Peninsula Technikon (now Cape Peninsula University of Technology) in 2004, she has worked in both mainstream and community newspapers where she covered a range of stories from housing protests and entertainment reviews to outbreak of the xenophobia attacks in Cape Town in 2008. She is passionate about community issues and...

Tanya Lupuwana

Tanya Lupuwana

Tanya Lupuwana is an aspiring journalist and filmmaker. Born in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape and raised in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, 22 year-old Tanya has always had a passion for the media industry. She studied journalism at the University of The Free State (UFS), and was awarded her degree in 2017. Thereafter she worked in radio as a journalist and a presenter. Tanya iscurrently doing a BA Honours degree in Film and Visual Media at UFS, working on a research thesis on the sexual...

Nthabiseng Mokoena

Nthabiseng Mokoena

Nthabiseng Mokoena was born in the Vaal Triangle. She is currently studying Media and Journalism at the University of the Free State with hopes of developing as an English Literature Academic while waiting for the next Game of Thrones book.

Shirley Brooks

Shirley Brooks

Shirley Brooks hails from Durban and attended university in Pietermaritzburg, where she grew to political consciousness during the late apartheid period. After leaving the country to study at Queen's University in Canada, she returned to South Africa in the early 1990s just prior to the first democratic elections, and now has over twenty years' experience teaching and researching in South African universities. A social and historical geographer by training, her career has taken her to very...

Dr David Patrick

Dr David Patrick

Dr David Patrick is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Studies Group, University of the Free State. Originally from Scotland, he received his PhD in History from the University of Sheffield in 2013, and his research interests focus on media framing of international events. His latest book is Reporting Genocide: Media, Mass Violence & Human Rights (2018), and he is currently researching newspaper coverage of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Mncedi Magade

Mncedi Magade

Mncedi “Eddie” Magade is a content developer, media and social entrepreneur. He is studying towards a Masters of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University. He is a Journalism Lecturer at Walter Sisulu University in East London.

Tristan Görgens

Tristan Görgens

Tristan Görgens is the acting director for human development in the Policy and Strategy Unit, Department of the Premier, Western Cape Government. He is responsible for driving crossdepartmental policy making, such as the recently completed Food and Nutrition Security Strategic Framework, and the facilitation of strategic, transversal planning and decision-making structures across the province. The focus of this work is to improve collaborations between departments and other stakeholders so...

Patience Labane

Patience Labane

Patience Labane is a student at the University of the Free State.

Lesley Green

Lesley Green

Lesley Green is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Deputy Director of Environmental Humanities South at the University of Cape Town.

Francis Nyamnjoh

Francis Nyamnjoh

Francis B. Nyamnjoh is Professor of Social Anthropology, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, which he joined in 2009 from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), Dakar, Senegal. He has researched and taught sociology, anthropology and communication studies at universities in Cameroon and Botswana. He is a rated Professor and Researcher by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF); a Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Science since...

Dionne van Reenen

Dionne van Reenen

Dionne van Reenen is a Researcher for the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice and Chair of the Language Policy Review Committee at the University of the Free State.

Steven Friedman

Steven Friedman

Steven Friedman is Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy at Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg. He is a political scientist who has specialized in the study of democracy. He researched and wrote widely on the South African transition to democracy both before and after the elections of 1994 and has, over the past decade, largely written on the relationship between democracy on the one hand, social inequality and economic growth on the other. In particular, he has...

Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi

Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi

Geraldine J Fraser-Moleketi is chairman of Council of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA); former Special Envoy on Gender of the African Development Bank; former Director of Global Democratic Governance Practice of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Former Minister of Public Service and Administration.

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies. Before assuming this office on May 1, 2015, he served the university as Professor of Economic History, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Undergraduate Studies, and Principal of its Cave Hill Campus in Barbados for thirteen years (2002-15). Sir Hilary has had a distinguished career as an academic, international thought leader, United Nations committee official, and global public activist in the field of social...

Bongani Madondo

Bongani Madondo

Bongani Madondo is an essayist and multiple award winning features, profiles and culture writer whose work has appeared in the Sunday Times, New Yorker, New York Times, Marie Claire, Rolling Stone and La Internazionale. The author of three critically acclaimed books, he writes mostly on poetry, photography and power in society. He is an Associate Researcher at Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research.

Clemencia Rodriguez

Clemencia Rodriguez

Clemencia Rodríguez is Professor in the Department of Media Studies and Production at Temple University (US). In her book titled Fissures in the Mediascape: An International Study of Citizens’ Media (2001), Rodríguez developed her ”citizens’ media theory”, a ground-breaking approach to understanding the role of community/alternative media in our societies. Currently she continues to explore how people living in the shadow of armed groups use community radio, television, video, digital...

Nick Couldry

Nick Couldry

Nick Couldry is Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory in the Department of Media and communications at LSE. As a sociologist of media and culture, he approaches media and communications from the perspective of the symbolic power that has been historically concentrated in media institutions. He is interested in how media and communications institutions and infrastructures contribute to various types of order (social, political, cultural, economic, ethical). His work has drawn on,...

Nosipho Xakani

Nosipho Xakani

Nosipho Xakani was born and raised in Bloemfontein. She is a first generation student doing her third year at the University of the Free State (UFS). She started in 2015 and majored in Political Science and Communication Science before changing to an LLB program. She is a member of Hand 2 hand, BLAsc, SAWLAsc. She recently joined Enactus UFS where she serves on the PIPC project assisting high school pupils to tackle social issues in their communities through entrepreneurial skills and...

Tshiamo Malatji

Tshiamo Malatji

Tshiamo is the Chief Editor of IRAWA, the official student newspaper of the University of the Free State. He previously interned at Africa Check and hosted the CUT Parliament current affairs talk show on CUT FM. He is also a freelance writer, poet and university debater.

Simamkele Dlakavu

Simamkele Dlakavu

Simamkele Dlakavu is a Fallist and has recently completed her Master’s in African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). She has been an active participant in student movements calling for an intersectional decolonial reality in SA, and reflects on those experiences in her chapter in Rioting & Writing: Diaries of the Wits Fallists (SWOP Institute, 2017). She is former Media and Communications Manager for Oxfam South Africa and has also worked as a human rights television...

Gama Mutemeri

Gama Mutemeri

Gama Mutemeri left journalism to train as a griot. This is his story this month.

Rumbi Goredema Görgens

Rumbi Goredema Görgens

Rumbi is a Zimbabwean-born South African-based feminist author. Her writing has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, Vela Magazine, and on FeministsSA.com and MyFirstTimeSA.com. She has worked with various South African civil society organisations, including Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. In her spare time, Rumbi enjoys blogging, watching mind-numbing reality TV, and, occasionally, tweeting.

Henry Mitchell

Henry Mitchell

Henry Mitchell is an Oxford and Edinburgh Universities scholar, whose undergraduate degree in History and Economics was “In Search for Greener Pastures: Immigration from Malawi, 1930-1960", while his MSc in African Studies, Centre for African Studies in Edinburgh University focused on “Independent Africans: Malawian Migration to South Africa, 1916-1960”, and now his PhD thesis is aptly on Malawian born pioneer Clements Kadalie and the Industrial Commercial and Workers Union (ICU).

The UFS Student Safety Forum

The UFS Student Safety Forum

The UFS Student Safety Forum is a student-led safety initiative seeking to solve womxn and LGBTQIA+ issues at the University of the Free State, focusing on safety. This includes assault, whether physical or not, perception of safety, inclusivity of various spaces of the university and the culture of the university. This issue does also intersect on the basis of race, disability and nationality and the forum advocates for all groups facing safety issues.

Molefeng Isaac Riba

Molefeng Isaac Riba

Molefeng Isaac Riba is currently a Masters Candidate in Communication Studies at the University of Limpopo and is doing Foucauldian research on mental illness conceptualisations. He also lectures undergraduate and honours courses at the University of Limpopo.

Margaret Nyamushamba

Margaret Nyamushamba

Margaret Nyamushamba is a ONE Campaign Research Coordinator. Her work focuses on policy research in the areas of agriculture, gender, education and health. In 2011, Margaret was instrumental in coordinating the establishment of a Disability Forum in Andover, Hampshire when she lived in the United Kingdom. She holds a Bachelor of Law Honours from the University of Zimbabwe and an MA in Human Rights Practice from the University of Roehampton in England.

Mia Swart

Mia Swart

Prof. Mia Swart coordinates and teaches the LLM programme in international law at the University of Johannesburg. Mia previously worked as Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in London and as Assistant Professor of Public International law and Global Justice at Leiden University, from which she earned her Ph.D in 2006. Under the supervision of Professor John Dugard and funded by Huygens and Mandela scholarships, she completed a thesis on the topic of Judicial Lawmaking at...

Sarah Malotane Henkeman

Sarah Malotane Henkeman

Dr Sarah Henkeman is an independent conflict and social justice researcher and practitioner. Prior to, during and after the end of apartheid, she worked for public interest, human rights, community safety and conflict resolution organisations while studying part and full-time over several years. She is a trans-disciplinary practitioner/scholar with a research focus on invisible and visible aspects of violence (i.e. symbolic-structural-psychological-physical violence). She partners with...

Gwen Ansell

Gwen Ansell

Writer Gwen Ansell, author of Soweto Blues, is an associate of the Gordon Institute for Business Science, University of Pretoria, where she lectures on writing skills for the Doctoral Programme and edits selected academic and practitioner publications. In 2008 she was Louis Armstrong Visiting Professor at the Columbia University Center for Jazz Studies in New York.

David Everatt

David Everatt

Professor David Everatt, Head of School of the School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, has over 20 years of experience in applied socio-economic and development research, political and governance reform, designing and implementing monitoring systems, and programme evaluation. He has managed and/or participated in over 300 development projects, primarily in Africa. He was responsible for path-breaking research into youth marginalisation and out-of-school youth in South Africa in...

Lesedi Ntuli

Lesedi Ntuli

Lesedi Ntuli is a journalism honours graduate from Rhodes University. Her main area of interest is the construction and reception of representations of femininities and masculinities in media texts, and how these representations function within contemporary society.

Nkosinathi Biko

Nkosinathi Biko

Nkosinathi Biko is currently the Executive Trustee of the Steve Biko Foundation, he is its founder, chairing the Foundation for the first five years. A former Chief Executive Officer he remains a member of the Board of Trustees. Nkosinathi graduated from the University of Cape Town where he pursued a Bachelor of Social Science (Economics) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management. He studied Property Development and Finance through the University of the Witwatersrand.

Sunny Singh

Sunny Singh

Sunny Singh was one of the accused in the "Little Rivonia trial." He served his sentence on Robben Island from 1964 to 1974.

Lihle Ngcobozi

Lihle Ngcobozi

Lihle Ngcobozi is a PhD candidate in the African School of Languages department at Rhodes University.

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Paul Tiyambe Zeleza

Dr. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza is the Vice Chancellor (President) of the United States International University-Africa, Nairobi, Kenya, a position he assumed on January 1, 2016. Prior to joining USIA-A, he was Vice President of Academic Affairs at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA. Previously he was Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts and President’s Professor of History and African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Zeleza’s academic work has crossed traditional...

Lwando Xaso

Lwando Xaso

Lwando Xaso obtained her LLB at the University of Johannesburg in 2005. In 2006, she started her articles and practised at Norton Rose Fulbright until 2009. In 2009 she pursued an LLM in constitutional and administrative law at the University of Cape Town where she also worked as a researcher. In 2011 she had the privilege of clerking at the Constitutional Court for Justice Edwin Cameron. In 2012 she was awarded the Franklin Thomas Fellowship by the Constitutional Court Trust to study at the...

Michelle Galloway

Michelle Galloway

Michelle Galloway is a freelance writer, editor, proofreader and media and communications consultant with over 20 years of experience in the science, health and academic editing field. Highlights in her career include working as Communication Manager for the South African AIDS Vaccine Initiative, as Managing Editor of the AIDS Bulletin (which she co-founded) for the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and as Communications Manager and M&E Officer for Strategic Evaluation...

Olutobi Akingbade

Olutobi Akingbade

Olutobi Akingbade is a doctoral research student at Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies. His research focus lies within the broad field of health journalism and communication with interest in the dynamics underpinning the outbreak of communicable and non-communicable diseases and the role of the mass media during such outbreaks on the African continent.

Franz Krüger

Franz Krüger

Franz Krüger is Adjunct Professor of Journalism and Director of the Wits Radio Academy. He is also the ombud for the Mail & Guardian, a member of the SA Press Appeals Panel and the editor of www.journalism.co.za. He is a journalist of some 25 years’ experience, having worked in print and broadcasting in South Africa, Namibia and the United Kingdom, at media groups ranging from the BBC and The Guardian to East London’s Daily Dispatch and the Windhoek Advertiser. He was Founding Group Editor...

Thabo Twala

Thabo Twala

Thabo Twala is a journalism student at the University of the Free State. He worked for Irawa student newspaper in 2016 and reported during student fee protests. He is originally from Gauteng.

Professor Ahmed Bawa

Professor Ahmed Bawa

Professor Bawa is the Chief Executive Officer of Universities South Africa. Previous positions include terms as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Knowledge Production and Partnerships) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Principal of the Durban Campus of the same university and Vice-Principal of the Pietermaritzburg Campus. By virtue of his Vice-Chancellorship, Professor Bawa was a member of the Board of Directors of the former Higher Education South Africa (HESA) – now renamed Universities SA...

Zekulunge Bobotyana

Zekulunge Bobotyana

Zekulunge Bobotyana is from Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape. He is a first year student at the University of the Free State and is an aspiring journalist and poet.

Lumumba Mthembu

Lumumba Mthembu

Lumumba is from Soweto. He is a second year PhD candidate and his major research interest is contemporary South African literature. His PhD project aims to explore literary portrayals of the South African campus with the intention of plotting the trajectory towards the revolutionary atmosphere, which currently pervades most South African universities. His supervisor is Dr Deborah Seddon and he is the recipient of an Andrew Melllon Foundation bursary for 2016. He was recently awarded his MA...

Liza du Plessis

Liza du Plessis

Liza lives in Durban, a sub-tropical city in South Africa. She considers herself an artist and mentor in Contemporary Documentary Photography.

Tsholofelo Motswenyane

Tsholofelo Motswenyane

Tsholofelo Motswenyane is from Klerksdorp in the North West and grew up in Kimberley and Bloemfontein. She is a journalism student at the University of the Free State and aspires to be a television and radio personality.

Nwabisa Faith Timeni

Nwabisa Faith Timeni

Nwabisa Faith Timeni hails from Kimberley in the Northern Cape and is a second year journalism student at the University of the Free State. She is passionate about writing.

Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies

Steve G writes about world news, finance, marketing, technology, business and covers product reviews for global firms. Stephen has written for digital agencies, e-zines and maintains a passion for updating a number of his own blogs. Writer by day, reader by night, Stephen enjoys being aware of world events and affairs and is passionate about related topics.

Mehita Iqani

Mehita Iqani

Mehita Iqani is Associate Professor in Media Studies at Wits. Her research explores the links between consumer culture and the media in the global south. She is a co-host of The Academic Citizen podcast.

Jill Honeybush

Jill Honeybush

Jill Honeybush is an artist, Cultural and Creative industries Communications Specialist, healer and activist who lives and works between //Hui !Gaeb and other spaces in the country, continent and globe on fascinating projects of interest.

Brenda Leonard

Brenda Leonard

Brenda Leonard is the managing director of Bush Radio, Africa’s oldest community radio station project based in Cape Town, South Africa. The idea of Bush Radio started in the 1980s when community activists and alternative media producers came together to explore ways in which grassroots media could be used for social upliftment and as an alternative voice to the media available under apartheid.

Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu

Chika Ezeanya-Esiobu

A researcher, teacher,  fiction and non-fiction writer, and a public intellectual, Chika holds a Ph.D. in African Development and Policy Studies from Howard University in Washington D.C. and is presently a Senior Lecturer in the University of Rwanda. At the core of Chika’s research interests is the multidisciplinary exploration of indigenous knowledge, homegrown, and grassroots based approaches to the sustainable advancement of Sub-Saharan Africa. Chika is also interested in education as a...

Johnbosco Nwogbo

Johnbosco Nwogbo

Johnbosco Nwogbo is studying toward a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Sussex, England. He is interested in ideas that would improve the material lives of impoverished peoples, which is why he is drawn to the idea of the Universal Basic Income. He is also interested in the influence of money (or economic means) in democracies, and decries the virtual absence of any serious engagement with such influence in most mainstream philosophical theories of democracy, from Rawls through Wiredu, to...

Lauren Pillay

Lauren Pillay

Lauren Pillay is a third year journalism student at the University of Johannesburg. She believes that sharing stories can help educate the populace about current and historical events, helping them make decisions pertaining to the democracy we enjoy today.

Joel Netshitenzhe

Joel Netshitenzhe

Joel Netshitenzhe has a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Financial Economics and a post-graduate diploma in Economic Principles from the University of London, and a diploma in Political Science from the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow. He is a Member of the Boards of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Nedbank Group and Life Healthcare Group; and a Champion within Programme Pioneer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Life College Association. He is a member of...

Ziyanda Mzimvubu

Ziyanda Mzimvubu

Ziyanda Mzimvubu is a third year Journalism student at Rhodes University. She has worked at Mthata Express and Unitra Community Radio station (UCRFM). Her drive for storytelling is fueled by her search for truth.

Samkele Naomi Myeni

Samkele Naomi Myeni

Samkele Naomi Myeni is a third year Politics and Journalism student at Rhodes University. She has written for The Zululand Observer, The Sunday World and The Young Independent. Samkele is from Randburg, Johannesburg.

Michael Shakib Bhatch

Michael Shakib Bhatch

Michael Shakib Bhatch Lectures English and is a PhD Candidate in Afrofuturism and African Studies at the University of the Western Cape.

Juliane Hoss

Juliane Hoss

Juliane Hoss holds a masters in psychology and was an elective student at the University of Pretoria. She has lead research projects in the field of community psychology with a focus on the experience of multiple forms of violence. She is also the founder of Bridging Gaps e.V., a non-profit organisation that aims to overcome societal inequalities in Germany and South Africa. She is a scholar of the German National Merit Foundation, currently pursuing her second masters at the Department of...

Jane Berg

Jane Berg

Jane is a freelance photographer and writer currently working in the Garden Route South Africa. She completed a Bachelor of Journalism degree at The University Currently Known as Rhodes (UCKAR). She is interested in stories about activism and social justice but also enjoys covering the arts. Follow her work on Instagram or on Twitter.

Redge Nkosi

Redge Nkosi

Redge Nkosi is the Founder & Executive Director of Firstsource Money and Public Banking of South Africa. He has previously worked for both central government and private sector. His intellectual focus is in Macroeconomics, Money & Banking & Development Economics.

Thato Mocumi

Thato Mocumi

Thato Mocumi is a Public Relations and Communications graduate from the University of Johannesburg and is currently employed at the PR firm Sheila Afari, based in Johannesburg, where she is working with a number of clients. She is passionate about PR and the media industry.

Dr Yabome Gilpin-Jackson

Dr Yabome Gilpin-Jackson

Dr Yabome Gilpin-Jackson is a social scientist, consultant, academic, writer, and curator of African identity and leadership stories. She is Lead Editor for the We Will Lead Africa project, an edited volume about everyday African leadership supporting the progress of the continent that will be published in 2017. She has presented on and taught about African Leadership: Now and for the Future. This work is published in the book that resulted from the 3rd biennial Kwame Nkrumah International...

Zamansele Nsele

Zamansele Nsele

Zamansele Nsele is a lecturer in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.

Konanani Grace Mudau

Konanani Grace Mudau

Konanani Mudau was born and raised in Johannesburg. She is a second year Journalism student at the University of Johannesburg and has found her voice through the art of writing. Koni blogs to hone her writing skills. She draws inspiration from ordinary life, and occasionally her Pastor, to touch the lives of people and is passionate about social justice.

Zayaan Khan

Zayaan Khan

Zayaan Khan works in understanding nuances in the Food System by navigating food from an interdisciplinary perspective. She runs Food Civic which looks at Food through the lens of Art, specifically to find ways to share stories, both of struggle and solutions. She coordinates the Slow Food Youth Network South Africa.

Justin Buchler

Justin Buchler

Justin Buchler studies elections, political parties and Congress. He has written extensively on the nature of competitive elections and their place in democracy. His 2011 book, Hiring and Firing Public Officials: Rethinking the Purpose of Elections (Oxford University Press), argues that competitive elections are paradoxically unhealthy for democracy because they are not analogous to competitive markets. Rather, they are poor ways of hiring and firing people. Tossing a coin to decide whether or...

Tshepiso Mabula

Tshepiso Mabula

Tshepiso Mabula's passion is human interest stories. She aims to use the medium of photography to tell the stories of ordinary people, in their own language, through the medium of photography. She is a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Johannesburg.

William Gumede

William Gumede

William Gumede is Associate Professor at the School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand. He is chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation. He is also the author of a number of no.1 bestsellers including his most recent book Restless Nation: Making Sense of Troubled Times (Tafelberg)

Sanya Osha

Sanya Osha

Sanya Osha is an author residing in Pretoria, South Africa. His most recent publications include, the novels, An Underground Colony of Summer Bees (2012), and On a Sad Weather-Beaten Couch (2015), the volume of poetry, A Troubadour’s Thread (2013), and the work of scholarship, African Postcolonial Modernity: Informal Subjectivities and the Democratic Consensus (2014). He works at the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria.

Kenneth Maine

Kenneth Maine

Kenneth Maine is a Research Psychologist working in the military and conducts research on various issues within the military. He obtained his MA in Research Psychology from the North-West University (NWU) and has currently commenced with a Doctoral Degree at NWU. His interest is in the influence of African spirituality, social environment, injustice and discrimination on psychological well-being, illness and motivation. He is a trained stage actor and dabbles in African drumming and African...

Mosibudi Mangena

Mosibudi Mangena

Mosibudi Mangena enrolled at the University of Zululand (Ngoye) in 1970 for a BSc degree, was elected to the SRC, and became active in the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO). He discontinued his studies and moved back to Pretoria where he became active in the local branch of SASO, PRESO. In December 1972, he was elected as the first National Organiser of the Black People’s Convention at its inaugural Congress. In 1973, he was detained under the notorious Section 6 of the Terrorism Act...

Ebrahim Rasool

Ebrahim Rasool

Ebrahim Rasool is the former South African Ambassador to the USA. He is a scholar in Residence at Georgetown University and founder of the World for All Foundation

Brian Kamanzi

Brian Kamanzi

Brian Kamanzi is a Cape Town-based writer and electrical engineering Masters student at the University of Cape Town. He describes himself as committed to the social upliftment of his fellow people. He is a budding Pan-Africanist eager to make contributions to the movement and form cross-cultural connections with others in the struggle. Follow his blog or check him out on Twitter.

Taryn Isaacs De Vega

Taryn Isaacs De Vega

Taryn Isaacs De Vega is completing her PhD on Media Accountability Mechanisms at the University of South Africa (UNISA), whilst working at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Taryn is also a researcher for the Media Policy and Democracy Project, a collaborative research project between universities of South Africa and represents the emerging scholars on the executive of the South African Communications Association. Taryn believes deeply in the power of Higher Education to...

Athambile Masola

Athambile Masola

Athambile Masola is a Mandela-Rhodes Scholar, who graduated with a Masters in Education. She has taught English in Cape Town and Johannesburg high schools. She is currently working on a PhD on Noni Jabavu's memoirs while working at the University of Pretoria's Education Faculty. She writes about issues such as education, feminism and politics. Her work has appeared in SABLE Literary magazine, Prufrock, Sunday Independent, Mail and Guardian, The Huffington Post and Al Jazeera. Athambile is...

Lauren Hermanus

Lauren Hermanus

Lauren is a sustainable development specialist and Strategic Director of the Massive Small Collective, focused on urban resilience, energy innovation and equity. Her experience is in policy, strategy and programme development in both the public and private sectors. She applies Complexity Thinking to development challenges, in her approaches to understanding and addressing societal problems.

Samukelisiwe Maseko

Samukelisiwe Maseko

Samukelisiwe Maseko is from Newcastle, KwaZulu Natal. She is a performer, actress and forms part of interdisciplinary arts collective called 'Is This a Protest?'. She is completing an honours degree in Drama & Theatre Studies. She is an Open Forum resident.

Alex Lubet

Alex Lubet

Alex Lubet, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music and Adjunct Professor of American Studies, joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1979. He is a composer, performer, and author whose specialties include music and text for theatre, dance, and improvisation ensembles, and works on Jewish subjects. His compositions have received over 300 performances on six continents. A charter member of the University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers, he is the only School...

Govin Reddy

Govin Reddy

Govin Reddy is a media executive who has held several senior positions in South Africa and overseas. He was CEO of SABC Radio, CEO of the Mail & Guardian newspaper, Director of the Media Leadership Institute at Rhodes University, Head of the English Service of Inter Press Service in Rome and President of the London-based Commonwealth Broadcasting Association. From 2006 to 2009 Reddy was based in Mumbai as India Manager of Brand South Africa. In this capacity he was instrumental in setting up...

Laurianne Lingbondo

Laurianne Lingbondo

Laurianne Lingbondo is a first year journalism student at the University of Johannesburg. She is unapologetically black and on a mission to change African minds and narratives.

Gertrude Fester

Gertrude Fester

Professor Gertrude Fester is a feminist activist, educator, poet and writer from South Africa, who is a former Member of Parliament, and a Commissioner of the Gender Commission. A long time activist, she spent time in solitary confinement for her political work during the 1980’s struggle against apartheid.

Thabang Mojalefa Masiu

Thabang Mojalefa Masiu

Thabang Mojalefa Masiu is a journalism student at the University of the Free State and has a passion for music and writing. He was born in Hartswater, Northern Cape.

Leroy Seletse

Leroy Seletse

Leroy Seletse is currently studying a BA in Corporate and Marketing Communication at the University of the Free State. He is passionate about about photojournalism and has aspirations of one day being published on the front cover of The Sunday Times as well as international publications including The New York Times. He was born and raised in Rustenburg, in the North West Province.

Abenathi Gqomo

Abenathi Gqomo

Abenathi Gqomo is a third year Journalism and Media studies student at the university currently known as Rhodes and is passionate about telling untold stories. She specialises in radio, and does isiXhosa as her second major. She is also a budding photographer.

Sam Van Heerden

Sam Van Heerden

Sam van Heerden is a Rhodes University student currently majoring in Politics, Philosophy, and Journalism. Her other interests include photography, analysis and thinking big thoughts. She also spends an undue amount of time voicing her opinion on social media.

Palesa Mlambo

Palesa Mlambo

Palesa Mlambo is an aspiring journalist, news anchor and freelance writer at Auzweke magazine. She is a journalism student at the University of Johannesburg.

Barbara Boswell

Barbara Boswell

Dr Barbara Boswell is a senior lecturer at the School of Literature, Language and Media at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her field of specialisation is representations of gender, race and sexuality in South African literature and black feminist literary criticism. She has previously worked as a project officer for the Young Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Leadership Project at the University of Cape Town, and as a lecturer in Gender Studies at UCT. She has also taught...

Ntombizikhona Valela

Ntombizikhona Valela

Ntombizikhona Valela is an MA candidate at the university currently known as Rhodes.

Frikkie Kapp

Frikkie Kapp

Frikkie Kapp has been a photographer for the past 14 years. He lectures photography, often holding short courses and workshops. He specialises in sports photography and is based in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Sanele Ntshingana

Sanele Ntshingana

Sanele Ntshingana is a full-honors students in African Languages at the university currently known as Rhodes (UCKAR). He did his undergrad degree at UCKAR and majored in Television Journalism & Media Studies as well as Politics and International Relations.

Dr Khotso Mokhele

Dr Khotso Mokhele

Dr Khotso Mokhele was appointed as Chancellor of the UFS on 4 June 2010. He was awarded a BSc Agriculture from Fort Hare University, and continued his studies at the University of California Davis on the prestigious Fulbright-Hays Scholarship Programme, completing his MSc (Food Science) and PhD (Microbiology). He was subsequently a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Maryland, USA) and the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). Dr Mokhele is the...

Jason Olivier

Jason Olivier

Jason Olivier is a Journalism student at the University Currently Known as Rhodes (UCKAR). He is an avid reader, writer and commentator on topical social issues and aims to make a difference in the lives of the oppressed through his writing.

Desmond Victor Daniels

Desmond Victor Daniels

Desmond Victor Daniels is a registered social worker and is currently supervising fourth year social work students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He holds an Honours degree in African political studies (UCT) and a Masters degree in Public Administration from UWCs School of Government. He completed non-degree courses at the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Welfare Law, Political Science, African Politics and State Sovereignty. He has lectured extensively and is an experienced...

Stephen Pettitt

Stephen Pettitt

Stephen Pettitt was born in Johannesburg in 1996. After matriculating from Dainfern College in 2014, he began his Bachelor of Journalism at Rhodes University in 2015 and immediately joined Grocott’s Mail Sport and Rhodes Music Radio. His passion for sport was evident from a young age and the decision to pursue a career in journalism grew from a desire to be part of the professional sports scene. He is currently a tutor in the Grocott’s Mail Sport section, writes copy for both the digital and...

Lisa Vetton

Lisa Vetton

Lisa Vetten is affiliated to the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) at the University of the Witwatersrand. She holds a master's degree in political studies (cum laude) obtained from the same university where she is also a PhD candidate at present. A long time activist for women's rights in the non-profit sector, she has helped draft policy in this area for government departments, as well as appeared as an expert witness in cases involving violence against women. Her...

Irma Liberty

Irma Liberty

Irma Liberty was born in Cape Town and schooled at Livingstone High School, Claremont in Cape Town. She completed her BA Honours in English Literature and Social Anthropology at King's College, Cambridge in 1979 and returned to Cape Town at the end of 1979. She worked as a journalist at the Cape Herald in 1980 and spent one year as an assistant on a project in African history at the South African Committee for Higher Education (SACHED).  She worked as a librarian for five years and as an...

Ebba Boye

Ebba Boye

Ebba Boye (29) is a Norwegian-American and is currently doing her Masters in economics at the New School.

Phumeza Mgxashe

Phumeza Mgxashe

Phumeza Mgxashe is a marketing and communications professional and over the last 17 years, have worked in various roles in both the private and public sector. She is passionate about brand and employee communications in particular, and has a solid record of rallying team members to simultaneously meet customer needs while achieving organizational objectives. She has worked in the nature conservation, heritage, tourism and the corporate sectors. She has also taken the opportunity to write for...

Itumeleng Modisane

Itumeleng Modisane

Itumeleng Modisane’s passion for journalism started in 2006 when he started reading and writing a lot. He has since then chased the dream of being a journalist. He compiled the memory book for a workshop named the "Westonaria Organisation Workshop" held by the Seriti Institute. He wants to further his studies and become a professional journalist. Itumeleng resides in Bekkersdal, a township in the west of Johannesburg. He completed his matric in 2012 at Kgothalang Senior Secondary school.

Steven Karataglidis

Steven Karataglidis

Prof Steven Karataglidis joined the department of Physics at the University of Johannesburg on April 1, 2010. His expertise lies in both Nuclear Structure and Reaction Theory, and the overlap between them, and works with colleagues around the world, both in theory and experiment, to gain a better understanding of that still most elusive of creatures: the atomic nucleus. He heads the Nuclear Structure and Reactions Group. Prof Karataglidis obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne...

Peter Vale

Peter Vale

Peter Vale is Professor of Humanities and is the Director of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS), a joint initiative of the University of Johannesburg and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Emma Gates Pottinger

Emma Gates Pottinger

Emma is a final year student completing her Bachelor of Social Sciences triple majoring in gender studies, economics and international relations at the University of Cape Town. She was a member of the South African National Debating Team and is now the director of the Thethani Debating League, a student-run development agency that does debating training in under-resourced schools in Cape Town.

Daniel de Kadt

Daniel de Kadt

Daniel de Kadt is a PhD candidate in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studies political behaviour, political and economic development, and experimental and quantitative methodology. His primary research interest is micro-level political processes in Southern African democracies, focusing on voting behaviour, electoral politics, political psychology, and the interplay between elections and behaviour. Check out his website, and his twitter account.

Neela Hoosain

Neela Hoosain

Neela Hoosain grew up in East London and was an activist in her school days, working within the student, youth, civic and trade union organisations. She was a representative in One City Talks in Port Elizabeth and a delegate to the Local Government Negotiating Forum. Neela Served as advisor in CODESA in the working group on Constitutional Principles and Constitution-Making Body and Processes. She also served as Member of the inaugural Provincial Legislature (Eastern Cape) and served as MEC for...

Pierre Heistein

Pierre Heistein

Pierre Heistein has six years experience in economic advisory, specialising in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a recognised columnist in South Africa and is regularly present on South African radio and television to discuss ways that policy and people can challenge the status quo. He is also the co-founder of The 12.01 Project – a documentary filmmaking company that focuses on up-scaling solutions to social and environmental problems. Pierre’s primary focus of interest is the development of systems...

Gaby Ndongo Nkolo

Gaby Ndongo Nkolo

Gaby Ngongo Nkolo is a journalism student at the University of Johannesburg.

Lerato Selepe

Lerato Selepe

Lerato Selepe was born in QwaQwa, Free State. He matriculated in 2013 from Molapo Secondary School and move to Johannesburg to pursue his studies in BA Journalism at the University of Johannesburg in 2014. In mid-2014 he became part of Entice Media and Communication as a volunteer, writing for a community newspaper called Soweto Today.

Xiletelo Mabasa

Xiletelo Mabasa

Xiletelo Mabasa is a journalism student who loves everything from politics to fashion. Xiletelo is a proud Tsonga girl who grew up in the town of Malamulele, Limpopo. She finished twelve years of schooling at Khanyisa Education Centre in Giyani in 2014. She is currently pursuing a degree in Journalism at the University of Johannesburg. Xiletelo wants to make her mark in the blogosphere by running her own news blog – The Hashtag Revolutionary. She is a tutor and hopes to one day work as a...

Magnificent Mndebele

Magnificent Mndebele

Magnificent Mndebele grew up in a dusty village called Thokozane in Mpumalanga and is the founder and Managing Editor of The Open Journal which works with students at the University of Johannesburg and champions “authentic storytelling”. Magnificent focuses on investigative journalism and specialises in politics and societal issues affecting the most vulnerable citizens. He is a freelance journalist and photographer.

Tammy Fray

Tammy Fray

Tammy was born in East London in October 1996. Lived in the UK for three years from 2003-2006 then returned to East London to complete primary and secondary education. Now lives in Bloemfontein where she is currently a 2nd year Media Studies and Journalism student.

Danzel Rademan

Danzel Rademan

Danzel Rademan is a Media Studies and Journalism graduate from the University of the Free State.

Indra de Lanerolle

Indra de Lanerolle

Runs the Network Society Lab at the Journalism and Media, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. His research concerns Internet access, use and development and the Internet's social, political and economic effects, in South Africa and the continent. Indra is a television producer and journalist and was a Senior Producer at the BBC on Newsnight and Panorama. He studied Artificial Intelligence and was a user of APRANET, the precursor to the Internet. A list of his publications are available...

Teni Ntoi

Teni Ntoi

Teni is an aspirant marxist economist.

Salim Vally

Salim Vally

Salim Vally is the director of the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, an associate professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg and a visiting professor at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He was employed by Wits University for 12 years after a 10 year period in the trade union movement. He joined the University of Johannesburg in late 2009. He studied at the universities of York, Witwatersrand and UKZN and has been a visiting lecturer at Columbia,...

Enver Motala

Enver Motala

Enver Motala is a researcher in Social Sciences at the University of Fort Hare.

Leigh-Ann Naidoo

Leigh-Ann Naidoo

Leigh-Ann Naidoo is currently a PHD student in the School of Education at Wits University. Her work is on the role of education in building political movements and her masters focused on the formation of the black consciousness movement and its relation to education. She is currently looking at questions related to the formation of black intellectuals. She is a co-convener of the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (www.jwtc.org.za) and was previously an Olympic beach volleyball...

Mondli Hlatshwayo

Mondli Hlatshwayo

Mondli Hlatshwayo is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg. Previously he worked for Khanya College, a Johannesburg-based NGO, as an educator and researcher. He is a former community activist who helped link the Social Movement Indaba membership, and he worked with Numsa on its 'struggle expo' of movement networking last year. His areas of research include post-schooling, adult and youth education, workers’ education,...

Rasigan Maharajh

Rasigan Maharajh

Professor Rasigan Maharajh, is an activist scholar who is primarily based in South Africa. In 2004, he was the founding Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation which is located at the Tshwane University of Technology.

Zolisa Marawu

Zolisa Marawu

Zolisa Marawu is currently doing comparative research in Socially Engaged Scholarship as part of a broader Civic Agency and Engaged Scholarship programme based at the Centre for Integrated Post School Education & Training at NMMU. I am also curator of the Social Bioscope (Bio meaning life, Scope meaning a look at), a visual media based critical discussion platform for interdisciplinary dialogue.

Patrick Pillay

Patrick Pillay

Patrick Pillay has enjoyed a diverse career and academic background and the evolution remains a work in progress. Following a long record of service within the Banking and Financial Services sector, mainly in Commercial Banking Management, including work as a Credit Specialist, Patrick established a Business Development Consultancy, Reference Point Consulting. Throughout what remains mainly a career in commerce, Patrick pursued a path within the Humanities, through part-time studies in...

Nosipho Mngomezulu

Nosipho Mngomezulu

Nosipho holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University Currently Known as Rhodes University. Nosipho has taught “Community Engaged Learning” at the University Currently known as Rhodes University; “Communication for Social Change” at MICA (India); “Introduction to Critical Race Theory” at the Stanford Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town and Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town as well as the University of the Witwatersrand. Nosipho's claim to fame is once being a...

Sinethemba Ntombela

Sinethemba Ntombela

Sinethemba Ntombela commonly known as S’ne was born in Pietermaritzburg on 20 May 1994. She is a final year BA Journalism student at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), studying a three year course starting from 2014 to 2016. S’ne is a sports enthusiast, she enjoys engaging with other people with relevance to any topic at hand and highly opinionated thus has a primary goal of becoming a writer. She is voluntarily writing for an organisation called “The Journalist”.

Peter Volmink

Peter Volmink

Peter grew up in Belgravia Estate, Athlone  on the Cape Flats where he attended Alexander Sinton High School. After matriculating, he obtained a BA.LLB degree from UCT. After serving articles with a firm of attorneys he obtained an LLM degree in administrative law from Duke Law School, in the US. He worked previously at the Community Law Centre (now the Dullah Omar Institute) at the University of the Western Cape and practised at the Cape Bar before joining the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the...

Mvuzo Ponono

Mvuzo Ponono

Mvuzo Ponono is a Xhosa man from the Eastern Cape, now based at the University of the Free State. His research interests include audience, and postcolonial studies. His MA examined the influence of a township family context on the interpretation of a health education television programme. His current PhD research is an ethnographic study on the interpretation of mainstream news by township youth. He will continue conducting research focused on townships until practical application of theory...

Adam Habib

Adam Habib

Professor Adam Habib is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand, and has served in this position from June 2013. He is an academic, an activist, an administrator, and a renowned political media commentator and columnist. A Professor of Political Science, Habib has more than 30 years of academic, research, institutional and administration expertise. His experience spans five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams....

Ebrahim Patel

Ebrahim Patel

Minister Ebrahim Patel studied at the University of the Western Cape and University of Cape Town. He has been heavily involved in labour-government issues as he was the Chief Negotiator on the Labour Relations Act of 1995 and the acting President of the South African Labour Research Institute (as of 2014). He was Chief Negotiator for the National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Industry (2002) and the National Textile Bargaining Council (2003). He has served as the Minister of Economic...

Glenda Daniels

Glenda Daniels

Dr Glenda Daniels has been a journalist in the print industry for over two decades having worked for most of the big print media companies, starting off her career as a trainee in 1990 at the then Weekly Mail. Prior to that she was an anti-apartheid activist and student leader serving in the executive of the Black Student Society at Wits University in the late 1980s. Her last stint in the newsroom was at the Mail & Guardian, as amaBhungane’s first advocacy co-ordinator in 2011-2012. She served...

Youlendree Appasamy

Youlendree Appasamy

Youlendree Appasamy is a feminist killjoy with bell hooks and Junot Diaz as her intellectual parents. She's a recent Politics and International Relations graduate from the university currently known as Rhodes, although her ambitions lay in the world of writing, reading and journalism. She's written for Grocott's Mail in Grahamstown, Ja (online magazine) and interned at The Mercury in Durban, The Lowvelder in Mpumalanga, The Sowetan in Johannesburg and is currently working at the Mail &...

Mikaela Nhondo Erskog

Mikaela Nhondo Erskog

Mikaela Nhondo Erskog is a ‘South Africanised’ Zimbabwean-Swede. She holds a BA and a joint Honours degree in History and Politics from the university currently known as Rhodes (UCKAR). She is currently reading towards her Masters in History and is a fellow of the Unit for Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU). Her research interests involve rethinking intellectual traditions in recent SA History by looking at the politics of Black Women thinkers, their struggles for intellectual Being and...

Richard Sambrook

Richard Sambrook

Richard Sambrook is Director of the Centre for Journalism and Professor at Cardiff University. He spent 30 years as a journalist in BBC News including 10 years on the board of management as Director of Sport, Director of News and Director of Global News. He was also Global Vice Chairman of Edelman - where he was a consultant on media to numerous global organisations.

Kenichi Serino

Kenichi Serino

Kenichi Serino is a journalist and media trainer living in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been a community reporter, a wire hack and a web editor. His first photo was published in his community paper in the village of Vanderbilt, Michigan, before he was a teenager. His much less precocious adult journalism career began with student journalism at Wits Vuvuzela in 2006. He later became a journalist at the South African Press Association where he covered refugees, migration, politics and...

Lebogang Mokoena

Lebogang Mokoena

Lebogang is a humanitarian at heart, a self-driven female skater, with a dream to living life probing and crafting words with ink. She graduated with honours in Journalism at UJ. The first degree she pursued was a BA in Communication Science from the University of South Africa (UNISA), with African Politics as her second major. Some of the other things she has done is tutoring second year journalism applied students at UJ in 2015. Lebogang has devoted her time volunteering at NGO’s such as...

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe

Herbert Ekwe-Ekwe is a Professor of history and politics and Director of the centre for Cross-Cultural Studies, Dakar. He specialises on the state and on genocide and wars in Africa in the post-1966 epoch, beginning with the Igbo genocide, 29 May 1966-12 January 1970, the foundational and most gruesome genocide of post-(European)conquest Africa. Among his books are Longest genocide - since 29 May 1966 (forthcoming, 2016), Readings from Reading: Essays on African Politics, Genocide,...

Grieve Chelwa

Grieve Chelwa

Grieve Chelwa recently completed his PhD in economics at the University of Cape Town, where he focused on the economics of tobacco control in South Africa, Uganda and Zambia. Previously, Grieve was a researcher at the Centre for Financial Regulation and Inclusion in Cape Town, where he worked on public policy issues in the Southern African region. Grieve also worked as a Management Associate for Citibank in their Africa Division, based in Johannesburg. Grieve obtained his Masters degree in...

Duduzile Zwane

Duduzile Zwane

Duduzile Zwane is currently a lecturer at the University of the Free State. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

Naledi Nomalanga Mkhize

Naledi Nomalanga Mkhize

Nomalanga Mkhize is a historian based at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. She currently holds an NIHSS Sam Moyo Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rhodes University.

Aaisha Dadi Patel

Aaisha Dadi Patel

Aaisha is completing her masters degree in media studies at Wits University. Her research interests include gender and representations of Muslim women in the media.

Mashupye Herbert Maserumule

Mashupye Herbert Maserumule

[intro]Professor of Public Affairs, Tshwane University of Technology[/intro] With twenty(20) years of teaching experience in different universities in South Africa, Maserumule is an experienced researcher. His areas of research interest include, among others, the Historiography, Ontology and Epistemology of Public Administration, Developmental State, Politics of Transition, Pan-African Thought and Philosophy of Governance.

Palesa Manaleng

Palesa Manaleng

Palesa studied journalism at Tshwane University of Technology. While studying she was a journalism cadet at the Witbank News. She interned at the Citizen Newspaper in 2011, she worked as a sub-editor at the Citizen Newspaper (2011-2013). She left and went to intern at the Wits Justice Project (2013-2014) and Clickmaths as a Zulu maths translator. Worked at eNCA (2014) as a junior online writer, she spent the rest of 2014 in hospital recovering after a cycling accident that has left her...

Anel Gerber

Anel Gerber

Anel Gerber (18) is from Port Elizabeth and currently a first year Physiotherapy student at the University of the Free State. She enjoys doing sports, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie

Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie

Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie is an international development consultant and writer who splits his time between the UK and Sierra Leone. Of part Sierra Leonean and Nigerian heritage, he returned to Sierra Leone early 2015 to support the country's response to the Ebola crisis and undertakes projects across Africa and in OECD countries.

Hlonipha Mokoena

Hlonipha Mokoena

Hlonipha Mokoena received her Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town in 2005. She is currently an associate professor and researcher at WiSER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She recently published a book, titled Magema Fuze: The Making of a Kholwa Intellectual, which is about Magema Magwaza Fuze, the first Zulu-speaker to publish a book in the language.

Himal Ramji

Himal Ramji

Himal Ramji is reading towards an MA on transformation in the South African history curriculum. He is originally from Durban but braving the icy Atlantic in Cape Town.

Werner Fitzgerald Smith

Werner Fitzgerald Smith

Werner Fitzgerald Smith grew up in a little lost town of De Aar in the Northern Cape, as the third generation of his family living in this town. He lived by the following words: “Mentality no.1 get out of here alive.” Primary school was spent behind books he was too young to read and playing all kinds of fantasy games. With high school came the love for music and everything music related. This lead to the discovery of his love for writing and the obsession that changed his life began. The rest...

Lihlumelo Toyana

Lihlumelo Toyana

Lihlumelo Toyana was born in Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape. Toyana is current doing a Master’s degree in Cultural Studies under at UFS. Her research project will be looking at photographic representation of Poor Whites in the Colonial South Africa, Apartheid South Africa and Post-Apartheid South. Toyana view’s herself as a documentary photographer and visual activist. In her photographs, she explores the challenges that arise where people’s lives are caught between the past and the present...

Ayanda Ngena

Ayanda Ngena

Ayanda Ngena was born and bred in Bloemfontein. She is a media studies and journalism student. She makes and sells her own fashion accessories. She is trying out blogging to see if she can make writing her thing. She is also a poet and performer.

Dirk Meerkotter

Dirk Meerkotter

Dirk Meerkotter is a designer and some time writer for The Big Issue magazine. He also works as web developer for The Journalist and dabbles in film and music.

Andy Mkosi

Andy Mkosi

Andy is a Cape Town based artist, who studied photography and is the eldest of two children. Mkosi is co- founder of an arts company called Jam That Session.

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer who tweets @sisonkemsimang

Sabata-mpho Mokae

Sabata-mpho Mokae

Sabata-mpho Mokae writes in English and Setswana (a southern African language). He is the author of a biography The Story of Sol T Plaatje, a youth novella Dikeledi and a poetry collection Escaping Trauma. His debut novel, Ga Ke Modisa won the M-Net Literary Award for Best Novel in Setswana as well as the M-Net Film Award in 2013. He also won the South African Literary Award in 2011. The same novel, Ga Ke Modisa, was subsequently prescribed at the North West University and the Central...

Ainehi Edoro

Ainehi Edoro

Ainehi Edoro is the editor of Brittle Paper, a literary blog for fans of African literature. She is a doctoral student at Duke University where she studies African and British novels. Her doctoral dissertation is a study of Africa’s formal contributions to the novel. She was born in Akure, Nigeria, grew up in Benin City and currently lives in Chicago.

Andrea Lewis

Andrea Lewis

Andrea Lewis was born and raised in Johannesburg. In 2004, she obtained an undergraduate degree (BA) in History of Art at the University College of London. After that, she acquired a Master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. From 2006 to 2007 she worked at the South African Jewish Museum in Cape Town as a researcher and assistant curator, assisting with their art exhibitions, which included Irma Stern: Journey to the Interior and When Cape Art was Coffee with Joe. Andrea...

René van der Berg

René van der Berg

René van der Berg (for the moment) lives in the Mother City and works at Stellenbosch University. As a former journalist at various newspapers she learnt that the best positive change you can make to society is to be the positive yourself. She is not coloured, black, white or other (for statistical purposes). She is South African.

Chelsea Geach

Chelsea Geach

Chelsea Geach is a journalist for Independent News and Media. She runs the Cape Town mobile journalism studio where she and two interns produce multimedia content for www.iol.co.za. Independent’s MOJO programme was the first in South Africa, founded and run by Viasen Soobramoney. You can pick her brain here: @ChelseaGeach Or here: chelsea.geach@inl.co.za

John Matisonn

John Matisonn

John Matisonn began political reporting at the Rand Daily Mail in 1974, and received a prison sentence for refusing to divulge his source in a report about the South African Watergate scandal known as Muldergate. A foreign correspondent in Washington for the Rand Daily Mail and back in Johannesburg for National Public Radio, he has been published in the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post and The Observer. After four years as a broadcast regulator in the Mandela administration and...

Dr Yaj Chetty

Dr Yaj Chetty

Dr Yaj Chetty is a general practitioner living in Cape Town, a civil society activist in the fields of new economic thinking and monetary reform. One of the early members of the former economics think-tank SANE (South African New Economics Network) founded by the late economist Margaret Legum and the late Art Rouwkens De Lange.

Yusuf Omar

Yusuf Omar

Yusuf Omar won the Editor’s Choice Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for pioneeringMOJO stories in 2015. He’s the Mobile Journalism lead at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA), incubating 12 Mobile Journalism 'Bootcamp' interns. After five years of mobile journalism on the African continent, Omar engages in live TV debates, radio interviews and writes on how selfie sticks and smartphones are transforming the future of TV newsrooms. Most recently, he produced South Africa’s first two virtual reality...

Kay-Dee Mashile

Kay-Dee Mashile

Khotso Dineo (Kay-Dee) Mashile was born in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. She grew up in many parts of the country, to which she attributes her cultural diversity. Her most steady home is a beautiful village called Nkwinyamahembhe (Lillydale). Kay-Dee's graduated with a Bachelor in Social Work (with honours) and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Africa Studies. She is also the Founder and Managing Director of Perfect Love Publications and Perfect Love Youth. Perfect Love Publications is an...

Alison Flood

Alison Flood

Alison Flood is a writer on guardian.co.uk/books and former news editor of the Bookseller.

Erica Dibela

Erica Dibela

Erica Dibela is a first year BA (Communication Science) student at UFS. She is from Knysna a small town in the Western Cape. She loves reading and wants to write for a living. She is the sports editor at the University of the Free State's varsity newspaper (Irawa) and wants to pursue a career in journalism.

Andricia Hinckermann

Andricia Hinckermann

Andricia Hinckemann is Miss Earth South Africa, 2nd Runner-Up. She is currently completing her final year LLB – Law degree at the University of the Free State. Raised in Welkom, she completed high school at St Andrews school Welkom. Andricia has always seen the need to develop herself holistically by striving for excellence in various areas of her life. She has served actively on numerous leadership programmes at the University and served on the Student Representative Council (SRC). This has...

Shannon Ebrahim

Shannon Ebrahim

Shannon Ebrahim is the Foreign Editor for Independent Media.

JC Van der Merwe

JC Van der Merwe

JC Van der Merwe is the Deputy-Director of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice where he runs the Transformation Desk. 

Shaeera Kalla

Shaeera Kalla

Shaeera Kalla is the former president of the Students Representative Council at Wits University.

Prof. Colin Chasi

Prof. Colin Chasi

Prof. Colin Chasi is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of the Free State.

Dan Moshenberg

Dan Moshenberg

Dan Moshenberg directs Women In and Beyond the Global; and is Associate Professor in Women's Studies at the George Washington University, in Washington, DC. With Shereen Essof, he edited Searching for South Africa: The New Calculus of Dignity (Unisa Press, 2013)

Subethra Pather

Subethra Pather

Subethra Pather is an Academic Development Lecturer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

Billie Adwoa McTernan

Billie Adwoa McTernan

Billie Adwoa McTernan is a writer and editor. She covers cultural and political affairs across Africa, with a particular focus on Ghana and west Africa.

Prof. Pierre De Vos

Prof. Pierre De Vos

Pierre de Vos is the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance in the Department of Public Law at the University of Cape Town. De Vos studied at the University of Stellenbosch, Columbia University (New York), and the University of Western Cape, where he held a professorship. He has published widely in academic journals on issues of constitutional law, on topics that include the right to housing, marriage equality and citizenship rights, and political parties and democracy. He...

Gasant Abarder

Gasant Abarder

Gasant Abarder is editor of the Cape Argus, his second tenure in charge of the newspaper. Previously Abarder was also the editor of the Cape Times and has extensive broadcasting experience, having worked for eNCA, the SABC and Eyewitness News.   Abarder has also served as deputy chairman of the SA National Editor's Forum as well as in the capacity as Western Cape regional chairman. In 2013, he was included in the Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans Publication.   Abarder is married to...

Nombuso Joyful Ndlanzi

Nombuso Joyful Ndlanzi

Nombuso Joyful Ndlanzi is a third year Media Studies and Journalism student at the University of the Free State. She comes from a town called Colenso in mid KwaZulu Natal. Nombuso loves sports, travelling, writing and talking. She describes journalism as her passion.

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of the New School. He is the founder and editor of Africa is a Country.

Tessa Ndlovu Muller

Tessa Ndlovu Muller

Tessa Muller is the Author of the Poetry Collection, Dedications of Colour. She is also a mother, poet, inspirational speaker and philanthropist and is currently employed at the University of the Free State. She is the Founder and Managing Director of the NGO, PropheTezz Youth Foundation, which focuses amongst others on the Hlompa Project (distribution of sanitary towels to two local school and random girls in her community with a need for this necessity), the Little Feet Project (distribution...

Trevor Shaku

Trevor Shaku

Trevor "Malope" Shaku is a 22-year-old student in Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of the Free State. He is the National Secretary of the Socialist Youth Movement and the spokesperson of the Workers and Students Forum at the UFS.

Mongane Wally Serote

Mongane Wally Serote

Mongane Wally Serote is a healer, poet and writer. He was a Fulbright Scholar and received a fine arts degree from Columbia University in 1979. He was not allowed to return to South Africa and he began a life in exile, living in Botswana and London, where he was involved in the Medu Art Ensemble. He has been awarded the Presidential Order of Ikhamanga in Silver. In 1993, he won the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. In 2004, he received the Pablo Neruda award from the Chilean government. He...

Mangaliso Ngcobo

Mangaliso Ngcobo

Mangaliso Ngcobo is 15-year-old boy in Grade 9 at St John’s College, Johannesburg. He is an avid reader who enjoys art and writing. He is part of a project called Youth Arts Massive which is a Gauteng initiative run and organised by the young people themselves. It involves visual arts, music and dance. They are preparing for an exhibition in 2016. He used to play football but has now has shifted his sporting attention to skate boarding which he does religiously. He is in his school debating...

Khehla Chepape Makgato

Khehla Chepape Makgato

Khehla Chepape Makgato is an independent artist based at Assemblage Studios, and a freelance arts writer, contributing regular reviews for ART AFRICA magazine’s online and digital platforms. Chepape is the founder and creative director at Samanthole Creative Projects and Workshop founded in 2010, which aims to provide art skills, encourage reading of poetry and literature and motivate the youth in rural communities of Limpopo and South Africa at large.

Zemdena Zemzana Abebe

Zemdena Zemzana Abebe

Zemdena Abebe is an opinionated Political Science and International Relations graduate who has been actively engaged in women rights issues. Currently, volunteering for African Union –Academy Of African Languages headquartered in Bamako, Mali and hailing from Addis Ababa. As a Pan-Africanist womanist she has a strong commitment to amplify the voice of women in all arenas. . Being an ardent believer in being part of the change and a revolutionary warrior: her activism and voluntarism started in...

Daniel F M Strauss

Daniel F M Strauss

Since obtaining his PhD in philosophy at the University of Amsterdam in 1973, Danie Strauss taught at the University of the Free State where he was appointed head of the Department of Philosophy. In 1994 he became the Director of the Dooyeweerd Centre in Ancaster, Canada. As General Editor, he initiated the translation and publication of the Collected Works of Herman Dooyeweerd in English (16 volumes are published and a total of 25 is envisaged). After his return to South Africa he was Dean of...

Amba Mpoke-Bigg

Amba Mpoke-Bigg

Amba Mpoke-Bigg is the Communications and Fundraising Specialist at the African Women’s Development Fund (www.awdf.org). Amba has worked for the Associated Press and served as West Africa Bureau Chief for Dow Jones Newswires and as a media consultant to UNICEF and UNAIDS in Ghana. She is passionate about telling the women's story.

Josephine Opar

Josephine Opar

Josephine Opar is a Kenyan-born freelance journalist who has written for The Guardian UK, The Christian Science Monitor, Indiewire and the Urban Perspective (UP) Magazine since graduating in 2013 with a Journalism degree from the United States International University-Africa. Some of the topics she covered as a staff writer at UP Magazine include the flawed legal aid system in Kenya, and how some organisations such as the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Kenya) are educating women about their...

Audryana Yaholnitsky

Audryana Yaholnitsky

Audryana Yaholnitsky was born and bred in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Having been born to an interracial couple, like an aeroplane attached to two precious wings, two precious homes are attached to her (Lesotho and Canada). She received academic awards in English at St. Stephen’s Diocesan High School where she attended and most recently a certificate for excellent academic achievement in English from the University of the Free State. Her greatest achievement in sport was being the netball...

Bishop Mark MacDonald

Bishop Mark MacDonald

Bishop MacDonald was born on Jan. 15, 1954, the son of Blake and Sue Nell MacDonald. He holds a B.A. in religious studies and psychology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn., an M.A. in divinity from Wycliffe College, and did post-graduate work at Luther-Northwestern Theological Seminary in Minneapolis. He is the board chair for Church Innovations, Inc., and a third order Franciscan. Bishop MacDonald and his wife Virginia have three children.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is a United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UN Women. Previously she was a South African politician who was Deputy President of South Africa from 2005 to 2008.

Mpho Sephelane

Mpho Sephelane

Mpho turned 19 this year in March and Visual Art has been her passion since she could hold a pencil. A supportive family helped with her journey. At first, her aim was to try to draw objects as they were; trying to make them look as realistic as possible. As time passed, her interest grew more into the symbolic and vocal aspects of her drawings. Her Grade 11 teacher, Mr Varun Khandare, encouraged her in her quest to take photos and she went forth, using her mom’s Blackberry. She applied the...

Warren Ludski

Warren Ludski

Warren Ludski is a former Cape Town journalist who now lives in Canberra, Australia. He worked for The Cape Post for five years from 1967 until it was shut down in 1972, and from 1973 to 1986 for the Cape Herald. Both publications targeted the black communities of the Cape Flats. Although he reported on everything from crime, courts and human interest through to politics, it was entertainment reporting that was a constant throughout his journalistic career in Cape Town.  He covered the music...

Simamkele Dlakavu

Simamkele Dlakavu

Simamkele Dlakavu, story-teller and social activist, works as a human rights television producer on one of South Africa's most popular current affairs shows, The Big Debate. She also works for international broadcasters like the BBC. Simamkele has been a youth activist since the age of 15. She recently co-founded a social enterprise called Sakha Ingomso Lethu, that means "we are building our tomorrow". Through her work, Simamkele has represented young people in various youth summits around the...

Aisha Ali Haji

Aisha Ali Haji

Aisha is a writer currently employed as a copywriter in Advertising. She is also enrolled at the University of Nairobi studying for a degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She has a strong interest in using social media as a platform to highlight, talk about and champion women’s rights issues. She believes that it gives a space for women who would otherwise be silenced to voice their issues and allows build communities with each other. She uses twitter extensively, under the handle, @bintiM,...

Roger Williamson

Roger Williamson

From 1999 to 2010, Dr Roger Williamson organised nearly 80 sustainable development conferences at Wilton Park, the UK government's specialist international centre for policy dialogue. He has also worked at senior level within Christian Aid, the Church of England and other organisations, including being head-hunted as the first Director of the Life and Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, where he specialised on religion and conflict. He is currently undertaking research on urban poverty and the...

Mpho Matsitle

Mpho Matsitle

Mpho Matsitle writes and thinks in music - the only language he understands - and believes that everything must be subjected to the unforgiving scrutiny of black radical thought. He fancies himself an immortal black existentialist and a libertine. He claims he’s just a collection of ideas and passions - all mind and soul - and thus does not recognise his body nor take any responsibility for the actions thereof. Which would explain his devotion to thought and art, and somewhat neglected...

Ebrahim Ebrahim

Ebrahim Ebrahim

Ebrahim joined the liberation movement as a youth activist in 1952, and participated in the Congress of the People Campaign, that drew up and adopted the Freedom Charter in 1955. He was active in all the campaigns of the 1950s, and after the banning of the ANC in 1960, Ebrahim joined its armed wing, Umkhonto We Sizwe in 1961. He was arrested in 1963 and charged under the sabotage act with 18 other accused in the Pietermaritzburg Sabotage Trial.  He was sentenced to 15 years on Robben Island. ...

Ntando PZ Mbatha

Ntando PZ Mbatha

Ntando PZ Mbatha was born and bred in Ladysmith/Emnambithi, a town in Northern KwaZulu Natal. She holds a Master’s degree in History and currently works as a heritage coordinator for the Department of Sport Arts Culture and Recreation. Ntando is very passionate about issues surrounding women and have since started a blog titled – A voice to the voiceless – http://nthandz09.wordpress.com. She writes in her spare time and continue to do academic work. In addition, she has also started...

Subry Govender

Subry Govender

Subry Govender has been a journalist for over 40 years. He was detained, harassed, banned, under house-arrested and denied a passport during the struggles against apartheid and white minority rule in the 1970s and 1980s. He spent the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s fighting for justice in South Africa and started working for the SABC in 1994. Subry is now working as foreign correspondent for Radio Deutsche Welle and initiating the launch of Southside FM Radio, a cultural radio station for South-Indian...

Mary-Anne Gontsana

Mary-Anne Gontsana

Mary-Anne Gontsana was born and bred in Cape Town and lives in Montevideo. She has been a reporter for the online news website GroundUp since the start of 2012. She studied journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She has had work experience at the Cape Times, Cape Town TV and as a community journalist for the health TV show Siyayinqoba Beat It! She reports on social justice issues in Cape Flats communities

Itumeleng J. Lehupela

Itumeleng J. Lehupela

Itumeleng J. Lehupela is a recent I.T graduate from the University of the Free State and is pursuing a career in Bioinformatics. He is an aesthete and declares music to be his first true love, and is inspired by stories of triumphant underdogs. He is an easy going introvert that loves a dry joke or two, and has watched Ocean's 11 an alarming number of times.

Angela de Jesus

Angela de Jesus

Angela de Jesus is currently based in Bloemfontein (South Africa) as the art curator at the University of the Free State (UFS). She is the director of the Johannes Stegmann and Centenary art galleries and is responsible for the UFS permanent art collection.

Dr Ricardo Peach

Dr Ricardo Peach

Dr Ricardo Peach is the Director of the Vrystaat Kunstefees/Arts Festival/Tsa-Botjhaba, a multi-artform arts festival in Mangaung, South Africa. In his independent role he developed and is the Director of the Program for Innovation in Artform Development at the Vrystaat Arts Festival and University of the Free State, and assisted as a Festival Partner Consultant for the Australian SituateArt in Festivals initiative (2013-2014). Ricardo was born in Mpumalanga, South Africa and moved with his...

Anathi Nyadu

Anathi Nyadu

Anathi is a third year journalism student at the University of the Free State. He was born in the Eastern Cape and grew up in Northern Cape. He is interested in politics, history art and literature. He is an aspirant poet and short story writer who believes that books and stories will change this world. He writes for online platforms such as Y-not Culture, Fundza Literacy Trust and various other online platforms.

Jorge Luis Sierra

Jorge Luis Sierra

Jorge Luis Sierra is an International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) Knight Fellow working on digital security and safety. He previously spent time in Panama and Mexico for four years, developing digital tools to map crime, corruption and attacks on journalists and bloggers. Sierra was an award-winning Mexican investigative reporter and editor, writing on Latino issues and a range of conflict-related topics such as drug trafficking, organised crime, counter insurgency and gangs. Sierra studied...

Willy Nel

Willy Nel

Dr Willy Nel serves as lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of the Free State and as research associate of the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice. He does the usual academic drill, like teaching, research and writing papers but long ago realised that some academics cannot only seek peer recognition because there are such vast academic citizenship tasks at hand. He is chairpersonship of the Institutional Forum is one such academic citizenship expression.

Cameron Duodu

Cameron Duodu

Born and educated in Ghana, Cameron Duodu started work on a general purpose magazine called New Nation in Ghana, then moved to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, where he became editor of radio news. He returned to the magazine world as editor of the Ghana edition of the famous pan-African magazine, Drum. He later edited the biggest-selling newspaper in Ghana, the Daily Graphic.

Prof Paul Maylam

Prof Paul Maylam

Professor Paul Maylam is Head of the Department of History at Rhodes University. He was conferred with the title of Distinguished Professor in 2012 at the University. For some years now, he has worked in the field of South African urban history with a focus in apartheid. Previously, he has co-edited a book on the history of Durban and written a number of seminal articles on urban segregation in South Africa. His recent work includes a book tracing the history and historiography of racism,...

Olorato Mongale

Olorato Mongale

Olorato Mongale is a Journalism and English student at Rhodes University, she loves to write and film stories about artists around the country.

Basil Appollis

Basil Appollis

Basil Appollis is a renowned Theatre & TV drama Director, Actor, Writer and Singer. Karin Kortje, Idol of Note is his foray into Directing for the documentary film genre. A UCT and Mauritz Binger Film Institute graduate, his work has garnered many theatrical recognitions including… The Vita, Fleur Du Cap, Kanna and Fiesta Awards.

Prof Millie Rivera

Prof Millie Rivera

Prof. Milagros (Millie) Rivera is the new head of the Department of Communication Science at the University of Free State in South Africa. She has taught in universities in the U.S.A., Chile, Singapore and South Africa; and has presented her research in more than 20 countries. She lectures and conducts research in the areas of new media and development and has coached entrepreneurs in personal transformation and self-mastery.

Ace Moloi

Ace Moloi

Ace Moloi is a graduate from the University of the Free State currently working at the Johannesburg Roads Agency (SOC) Ltd as Trainee: Marketing and Communications. He is the editor of Young Minds Magazine, a former founding editor of Student Leverage Magazine as well as a former IRAWA Post news editor. In his student years he was actively involved in student leadership, such as being the Research & Education Coordinator for Students for Law and Social Justice as well as being the RC: Prime of...

Ntombizethu Mfeka

Ntombizethu Mfeka

Ntombizethu Mfeka is from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. She was born on 27 September 1996. She believes that in order to achieve success you must be the best you can be. She is chairperson of first years of Roosmaryn and a radio presenter of Kovsie FM.

Nothando Hlophe

Nothando Hlophe

Nothando Hlophe is an outspoken final year BA (Communication Science): Media Studies and Journalism student. She is a writer, blogger, poet and current news reporter at KovsieTV. She is a lover of life, and believer in a predetermined destiny. She possesses the most unforgettable contagious laugh. 

Niamh Walsh-Vorster

Niamh Walsh-Vorster

Niamh Walsh-Vorster is a recent Rhodes University graduate with a degree in Photojournalism and Anthropology. Most of her time is spent on a bus exploring South Africa, or tucked into bed with a novel.

Saleem Badat

Saleem Badat

Since August 2014, Mr. Badat has served as program director, International Higher Education and Strategic Projects program, at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. His portfolio includes the South Africa program and international grantmaking in higher education. Mr. Badat has served as the director of the Education Policy Unit at the University of the Western Cape, as the first head of the Council on Higher Education, which advises the South African Minister of Higher Education and Training, and...

Bhakta Sipho

Bhakta Sipho

Bhakta Sipho is the Public Relations Person of the Bloemfontein branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness whose aim is to spread the teachings of spiritual life and Yoga Practice as found in the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. He is originally from Welkom and currently resides at the Bhakti Yoga Centre in Bloemfontein. He studied N.DIP Human Resources Management at the Central University of Technology (Main Campus). He is a Yoga instructor, student of the Vedic literatures, poet,...

Rhodé Snyman

Rhodé Snyman

Rhodé Snyman is CEO of Kunste Onbeperk, the not-for-profit company that presents the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival and Klein Karoo Klassique in Oudtshoorn. The company also presents training and skills transfer programmes in its Klein Karoo Arts Academy. Rhodé is a skilled arts administrator, and recipient of a Western Cape Government Arts and Culture Award and a Kanna Award for outstanding service to the arts industry. Rhodé was born in Oudtshoorn and completed a BA Communications degree...

Hein Willemse

Hein Willemse

Hein Willemse is Professor of Literature, Department of Afrikaans, University of Pretoria. During the 1980s and 1990s he was a stringer for South and Vrye Weekblad. He contributed to New Era and Mayibuye and served on the editorial committees of Ons Leer Mekaar and Die Suid-Afrikaan. Profesor Willemse is currently the editor-in-chief of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, the longest surviving African literary journal (established in 1936) and has published widely on Afrikaans literature and Afrikaans...

Argwings Odera

Argwings Odera

Argwings Odera is a Freelance Investigative Journalist based in Nairobi Kenya. In recent times his life was threatened because of his critical coverage of a dam project in western Kenya. A local resident himself, Odera saw many faults in the Sondu Miriu Dam project that the mainstream media had missed. "The project at that stage was a white elephant, and the locals were going to get stuck with the environmental consequences. They wanted to divert the river for a 17-kilometer stretch, but...

Smangaliso Ngwenya

Smangaliso Ngwenya

Smanga danced, acted and recited his way through school, jumping at every opportunity to be on stage. Now, he has geared his focus towards appreciating artists and entertainers through journalism.

Judy Sikuza

Judy Sikuza

Judy Vatiswa Sikuza is a social transformation practitioner specialising in facilitation, leadership, diversity, and coaching. She has a proclivity for initiatives that seek to truly transform society in a sustainable manner. She works at the individual, group and systemic levels. Her approach is creative, participative and flexible. She works as an External Consultant for the Mandela Rhodes Foundation, focusing on organisational development, strategic priorities and leadership. She has...

Shaun Johnson

Shaun Johnson

Shaun Johnson, 54, is founding Chief Executive of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation in Cape Town, which is dedicated to building leadership excellence in Africa. He also served as Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.   Shaun was associated with Nelson Mandela for 23 years. A renowned anti-apartheid journalist, he wrote the feasibility study for the New Nation newspaper in 1981, and was one of the early members of the Weekly Mail team (now the Mail & Guardian). He was...

Nozipho Mthembu

Nozipho Mthembu

Nozipho Mthembu is a freelance visual artist who aims to express creatively the essence of a moment with her camera. “When I look at something through the eye of a lens, I'm sharing an experience with the hope that something whether it's a feeling or an emotion, a memory or story is brought to light. My intention is to engage my audience as if they were there too,” she says. She has taken up photography to “showcase life from a different perceptive”. Her motto is simple: “Learning is for life...

Prof Njabulo Ndebele

Prof Njabulo Ndebele

Professor Njabulo Ndebele is Chairman of The Nelson Mandela Foundation, and The Mandela Rhodes Foundation. He holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver; Honorary Doctorates from Cambridge University, Michigan University, University of Denver, University College London, Soka University, Wesleyan University, Free University of Amsterdam, the University of the Witwatersrand, and was inaugurated as the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg in November 2012. He served two...

Phiwe Mathe

Phiwe Mathe

Phiwe Mathe has extensive and varied leadership experience gained at the University of Free State (UFS) covering multiple portfolios including SRC President (2013/2014), Residence Committee (RC) Chairman, RC Finance, Mentorship and executive member in multiple student associations/clubs. He participated as a panelist at prestigious events organised by the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, in the Anti-Racism Network in Higher Education (ARNHE) and the British Council. He has extensive social...

Tracey Saunders

Tracey Saunders

Tracey Saunders is a reader and theatre lover who writes and balances books to support her reading and theatre habits. She is a social activist with a specific interest in gender violence. She believes that words on pages and stages have the power to heal lives and change the world.

Jackie Sunde

Jackie Sunde

Jackie Sunde is a researcher and member of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), an international organisation working with small-scale fishing communities.

Tony Ndlovu

Tony Ndlovu

Tony Ndlovu was born in Kimberley, and now lives in Bloemfontein. He is a BA communication student, who also majors in Philosophy. He has lived in many places including Vryburg and Midrand. He has a keen interest in religious philosophy and is an avid reader of Islamic scholars. He dreams one day of becoming a journalist and writer. He is currently writing his first novel Arcade Games.

Candice Mama

Candice Mama

Candice Mama aged 23 is a self proclaimed happiness activist studying communication science at UNISA. She was born and raised in Johannesburg and her love for people has drawn her into the fields of journalism and public speaking. Her aim is to tackle inequality one heart at a time.

Chelsea Haith

Chelsea Haith

Chelsea Haith, a Postgrad student at the university currently known as Rhodes (UCKAR), is interested in determining whether writing is actually a viable career option and spends her days trying to convince herself that it is. She is a student of literature, freelances as a journalist, and works as the Media Officer at the Gender Action Project. When she's not writing, she's thinking about writing.

Thabang Moselane

Thabang Moselane

Thabang Moselane grew up in a small town called Christiana in the North West. At the age of six, he moved to Bloemfontein where he schooled until Grade 10. He then moved to Pretoria where he completed high school. He started a campaign at high school (Elmar College) with a group of friends called Students Today Leaders Tomorrow (STLT) which aimed to help fellow learners with personal and academic problems. Thabang wanted to inspire confidence in his fellow learners and make them realise that...

Prof. Mary Kay Blakely

Prof. Mary Kay Blakely

Prof. Blakely is an associate professor of magazine journalism and also teaches a graduate seminar, Literature of Journalism. She is the author of the critically acclaimed books, Wake Me When It’s Over, American Mom and Red, White and Oh So Blue. Her essays on social and political issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, LIFE, Vogue and other US publications. Her work has been collected in 14 writing anthologies and published in Australia, Great Britain,...

Zola Valashiya

Zola Valashiya

Zola Valashiya is an avid debater, writer and a 2015 Mandela-Rhodes Scholar completing his Masters degree in Law at the University of the Free State. He is a Brightest Young Minds (BYM) alumni; the former South African National Universities Debate Championships (SANUDC) Vice- Chairperson; the former World Universities Debate Championships (WUDC) Secretary-general; the Co-winner of the 2012 Google Zeitgeist Young Minds Award; and Founder-Director of Debate.Afrika – A voluntary association that...

Mansoor Jaffer

Mansoor Jaffer

Mansoor Jaffer's adult life has revolved around political activism, journalism and cultural work. He started his working career as a court reporter at the Cape Argus in 1980. The deep injustice of apartheid and its increasing brutality drew him into political activism. In 1983, he took up employment with Grassroots, an anti-apartheid newspaper. During his five year stint at the paper, he moved to Oudtshoorn for six months where he helped to establish an Afrikaans paper based on the Grassroots...

Patric Tariq Mellet

Patric Tariq Mellet

Patric Tariq Mellet is Director Immigration at OR Tambo International Airport and a history and heritage activist specialising in migration, Cape slavery and indigene heritage studies and national liberation studies. Rooted in District Six, Woodstock and Salt River he joined the SA Congress of Trade Unions when he started working at the age of 15. He has been a lifelong activist since and spent many years in exile. He is a qualified lithographic printer and a qualified mechanical engineering...

Ismail Lagardien

Ismail Lagardien

Ismail Lagardien is former Executive Dean of Business and Economics Sciences at Nelson Mandela University, and has worked in the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and in the secretariat of the National Planning Commission in South Africa's Presidency. He was educated at the London School of Economics, and has a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He worked as a journalist between 1980 and 1995. He is from Eldorado Park, and currently...

Barbara Maregele

Barbara Maregele

Barbara Maregele is 23-years-old and lives in Cape Town in the Western Cape. She graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Cput) with a Diploma in Journalism in April 2013. She completed her Bachelor in Technology (Btech) in journalism at Cput in April 2014. Barbara has worked as an intern and freelance reporter for three years at the Cape Times newspaper. As one of the youngest reporters at the time, her articles frequently appeared on the front pages of not only the Cape...

Masixole Feni

Masixole Feni

Masixole Feni was born in Cape Town. He grew up in an orphanage home, Sakhumzi, where he was introduced to photography. He didn't finish matric, but since dropping out of high school, he has fallen in love with the photography. He was trained informally by a photography society called the Icon Image School of photography. Since then he has freelanced for the Cape Times, Cape Argus, Big Issue, AP, AFP and others. Currently he is GroundUp's staff photographer.

Janet Love

Janet Love

Janet Love serves as a Commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on a part-time basis and is the National Director of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC).   Having been involved as an anti-apartheid activist from1974, Janet was involved in the negotiations for a settlement in South Africa from the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA), through the Multi-Party Process to the establishment of the Transitional Executive Council (TEC). She served as an ANC Member...

Constance Bekker

Constance Bekker

I was born in Pretoria the 31st of March 1993. Raised in the loving home of wonderful parents, Lourens and Connie. I always had an intense love for people and nature. Being the youngest of three daughters, I grew up quite curious about everything, hence the love for listening to peoples’ stories and achieving my undergraduate degree in Journalism. I am currently doing my Honours degree in Psychology at the University of the Free State and hoping to go much further in this field. I am a zealous...

Raymond Joseph

Raymond Joseph

Knight International Fellow Raymond Joseph is working with Code for South Africa to strengthen the storytelling and audience engagement of news through data journalism and civic innovation in South Africa as part of the International Center For Journalist’s Code for Africa data journalism initiative. He is also a journalism trainer and media consultant and has worked for mainstream, community and tabloids in senior editorial positions. He consults on start-ups and the editorial side of...

Catherine Kannemeyer

Catherine Kannemeyer

Catherine Kannemeyer holds an Applied Economics Masters from the University of Cape Town. She has worked for the Development Policy Research Unit as a policy researcher, and has lectured in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town for a number of years. Her interests include development economics, applied microeconometrics, measuring economic wellbeing, poverty, inequality, labour market dynamics, health, education, social protection and social transfers. Catherine joined the...

Albie Sachs

Albie Sachs

Albert Louis Sachs was born in Johannesburg in 1935. His career in human rights activism started in 1952 , when as a 17 year old second year law student at the University of Cape Town, he took part in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign. Three years later, he attended the Congress of the People at Kliptown where the Freedom Charter was adopted. He began his practice as an advocate at the Cape Bar when he was 21, and most of his work involved defending people charged under apartheid's racist...

Allaina Kilby

Allaina Kilby

PhD Research focuses on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and Political Citizenship. Much has been written by scholars and the media concerning the effect and role that hybrid satirical news programmes like The Daily Show play in the reporting of political news. Many scholars believe that the show practices a critical and informative style of journalism. Others however, argue that its cynical tone is responsible for increased feelings of apathy and civic disengagement towards the political...

Gabeba Baderoon

Gabeba Baderoon

Gabeba Baderoon received a doctorate in English from UCT, with a thesis on images of Islam in South African media, literature and art. She has published widely on the topic of representations of Islam, and has lectured at universities in South Africa, Europe and the US. With Louise Green, she is the co-editor of a manuscript on citizenship, religion and identity that considers the case of Islam in South Africa. Baderoon is also completing a monograph titled Slavery, Islam and Making Race and...

Valentino Ndaba

Valentino Ndaba

Valentino Ndaba is a Journalism graduate, a product of the University of the Free State. Born and bred in the slums of Durban, she developed a passion as an avid reader in primary school as an escape mechanism. As the years passed her best friend introduced her to writing through a Writers’ Club in Brookdale Secondary School. Interests in poetry, Feminism, Africa and politics form the core of her world view. She served as IRAWA Post's News Editor for the term 2013/2014 and as a writer for...

Louzanne Coetzee

Louzanne Coetzee

Louzanne Coetzee is outgoing, loves challenges and lives life to the full each day. Coetzee was born in Bloemfontein in 1993. She attended school in Worcester, a small town in the Boland, where she matriculated in 2011 as one of the top students in the province. She started her studies at the University of the Free State (UFS) in 2012. She is currently studying towards a BA Honours degree in Corporative Marketing Communication. The most important things in her life are her family, friends and...

Phindile Xaba

Phindile Xaba

She is a seasoned journalist and media practitioner across multiple platforms. She began her career in print media at age 17; and then moved on to explore the TV industry where she worked as a television production manager, scriptwriter, publicist, producer/director, language advisor/trainer and researcher, with some of her work being showcased on SABC, M-Net, Channel 4(UK). She holds a BA Honours in Journalism and Media studies (University of Witwatersrand) and is currently completing a...

Mandla Langa

Mandla Langa

Mandla Langa was born in Durban, grew up in KwaMashu and studied for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Fort Hare. After his release from 101 days in prison in 1976, he skipped bail, and went into exile in Botswana. In 1980 he won the Drum story contest for ‘The Dead Men Who Lost Their Bones’ and in 1991 he was awarded the Arts Council of Great Britain Bursary for creative writing, the first for a South African. His published works include Tenderness of Blood (1987), A Rainbow on a Paper...

Maria Phalime

Maria Phalime

Dr Maria Phalime is a medical doctor and award-winning author based in Cape Town. After qualifying in 1999, she practised medicine for four years before deciding to leave the profession. In 2012 Maria was the recipient of the inaugural City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award for her memoir, Postmortem – The Doctor Who Walked Away. In 2013 her novel for teens, Second Chances, was the English language category winner of the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards.

Professor Patrick Bond

Professor Patrick Bond

Patrick Bond is professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he directs the Centre for Civil Society. His research interests include political economy, environment, social policy, and geopolitics. From 1994-2002, he worked for the South African government, authoring or editing more than a dozen policy papers including the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) and the RDP White Paper. He has also taught at the University of the Witwatersrand Graduate School of Public and...

Kamo Dipico

Kamo Dipico

Kamo Dipico grew up in Kimberley and obtained her B A Degree in Media Studies at the University of the Free State (UFS). She is involved in the UFS Human Project that comprises student affairs as well as financial and residential management. She also works at the UFS Centre for Africa Studies. She aspires to write more stories about the experiences of individuals and communities.

Dave Mann

Dave Mann

Dave Mann grew up in Cape Town where he spent far too much of his high school career skipping class to skate, paint graffiti, sneak into music venues, and generally get up to no good. Now he spends most of his time writing about all of those things.

Janice Warman

Janice Warman

Janice Warman grew up in Cape Town and studied journalism at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. She has worked as a financial journalist for BBC Radio 4, the Financial Times, the Guardian, The Observer and The Spectator. Her books include The World Beneath (Walker Books) and Class of 79 (Jacana).

Sarah Kate Schäfer

Sarah Kate Schäfer

Sarah Schäfer is a freelance journalist, writer, photographer and occasional piano teacher based in Cape Town. After graduating from Rhodes University in 2009, she moved to Cape Town, and now finds it hard to leave the mountain for too long. She loves photographs that tell stories and spending time getting to know her subject. Documentary photography and reportage is her first love. But she has expanded her range of photography over the past few years and also shoots food and portraits for...

Prof. Ylva Rodny-Gumede

Prof. Ylva Rodny-Gumede

Ylva Rodny-Gumede is Professor in the Department of Journalism, Film and Television at the University of Johannesburg. Ylva is a former journalist and her current research includes investigating journalism practices in the post-colony, the transformation of communications and media studies curriculum, including the broader transformation of higher education in South Africa.

Tonderai Chiyindiko

Tonderai Chiyindiko

Tonderai Chiyindiko is an aspiring writer, actor, director and arts aficionado. Originally from Zimbabwe, he has worked for a number of arts and culture concerns in Zimbabwe as well as in South Africa where he is currently based.

Dylan Valley

Dylan Valley

Dylan Valley is an award winning filmmaker and writer who sees film as a tool for social change and awareness. But he still has a sense of humour.

Israel Gwinyai Mawoyo

Israel Gwinyai Mawoyo

Israel Gwinyai Mawoyo is a Zimbabwean who migrated to South Africa in pursuit of higher education. He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Human and Societal Dynamics) degree and an Honors degree in Sociology as well as a Certificate in Project Management. Currently he is busy with his Masters in Gender Studies. All these qualifications were obtained through the University of the Free State. Israel is passionate about photography and he aspires to tell stories of the individuals, communities...

Guy Berger

Guy Berger

Guy Berger is UNESCO’s director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, based in Paris. Between 1994 and 2011, he was head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, South Africa. He has been awarded the Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity from the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF), and the Allan Kirkland Soga Lifetime Achiever award.

Kaizer Nyatsumba

Kaizer Nyatsumba

A former newspaper Editor and Political Analyst, Kaizer Nyatsumba is a Senior Business Executive in Johannesburg and the author of Incomplete Without My Brother, Adonis.

Jimi Matthews

Jimi Matthews

Veteran journalist Jimi Matthews is currently the acting Group Executive for News at the SABC. He was the founding Head-of-News at eTV and was also a senior producer for Reuters. As a documentary stills photographer he has had a number of one man shows internationally. His documentary films have been shown on a number of foreign television channels and at film festivals. Widely published as a writer, mainly on cultural issues, Matthews continues to follow his passion for black and white stills...

Ongeziwe Babane

Ongeziwe Babane

Ongeziwe Babane is a final year Language Practice student, school of communication sciences at Central University of Technology (CUT) in the Free State. She grew up on the banks of Tsitsa river at Qumbu in the Eastern Cape. In 2012 she worked at Umtata Fever Publications, a community newspaper, now known as Express News, as a Journalist intern. The following year she volunteered at Qumbu magistrate’s court as an intern court...

Thapelo Mokoatsi

Thapelo Mokoatsi

Thapelo Mokoatsi grew up in the small cattle farming town of Hoopstad in the Free State. He studied BA Honours in Africa Studies at the Centre for Africa Studies at the University of the Free State. He recently completed his Africa Studies Masters’ research on the topic: “Caught Between a Ballot and a Bullet: Case-study of Post-Colonial Politics of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau”. He is currently a PhD Candidate in History at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, where he now lives.

Tseliso Monaheng

Tseliso Monaheng

Photographer Tseliso Monaheng (@nemesisinc) is currently writing and editing a series on South African hip hop.

Kwanele Sosibo

Kwanele Sosibo

Kwanele Sosibo (@kwanelesosibo) worked at Independent Newspapers from 2000 to 2003 and studied journalism at Durban's ML Sultan Technikon. He joined the Mail & Guardian team in 2005 working as a reporter and later, a researcher. He was the inaugural Eugene Saldanha Fellow in 2011 and is one of the founding members of The Con

Willemien Marais

Willemien Marais

Willemien Marais is a journalist and an academic. After working as a journalist, sub-editor and columnist in radio and print she joined the University of the Free State as a journalism lecturer. She is currently conducting research for a PhD that focuses on the work of 'Drum Generation' journalist Nat Nakasa. Willemien is passionate about community journalism as she believes this often neglected field holds the key to change and development. She finds joy in the boundlessness of outer space,...

Prof Jonathan Jansen

Prof Jonathan Jansen

Professor Jonathan Jansen is the former Vice-Chancellor of the UFS and currently a resident Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Professor Jansen is the author of Knowledge in the Blood (Stanford University Press, 2009) and the upcoming book, As of fire: the end of the South African university? (Tafelberg, 2017) He is the new President of the South African Academy of Science and President of the South African Institute of Race Relations.

Lerato Lelia

Lerato Lelia

Lerato Lelia is a young writer who has recently embarked on a career as a journalist. She studied journalism at Rhodes University in Grahamstown. Lerato says she is: “Enthusiastic about life and learning and always in the midst of some sort of adventure in the quest to know more. Looking forward to being an author in my own right and contributing to the growth of South African literature and journalism. I enjoy reading books, writing poetry and listening to music… all genres are welcome if...

Dr Sophia Kisting

Dr Sophia Kisting

Dr Sophia Kisting is an Occupational Medicine Specialist and former Director of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). She works towards reducing the risk of work-related ill-health and promotes improved national and international health and safety standards. Her areas of particular interest include the occupational health and safety of women workers, how best to ensure social protection in the context of work-related ill-health and how to nurture and strengthen a preventive health and...

Dr Nompumelelo H Obokoh

Dr Nompumelelo H Obokoh

Dr Nompumelelo Obokoh, is the Chief Executive Officer at AfricaBio, a non-profit organisation that promotes research as well as the use of Biotechnology and its products, in South Africa and the rest of the continent. She is a Plant Molecular Biologist with a PhD degree from the University of Cambridge, Magdalene College, MSc degree in Plant Biotechnology, BSc (Hons) degree in Microbiology from the University of Pretoria, BSc degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of...

Makate Maieane

Makate Maieane

Born and raised in the Lesotho. Grew up in the dusty streets of Ha-Mabote. The son of a Mathematics and Chemistry teacher and an Attorney. A BA Media Studies and Journalism 3rd Year student at the University of the Free State (UFS). A student leader who is very much active and passionate about leadership. It all started at a very young age. Recently he was appointed the President of the Lesotho Students Association, UFS and RC 1st Years at House Tswelopele. A part-time writer, a sucker for...

Bonang “Choxx” Mochochoko

Bonang “Choxx” Mochochoko

I am a passionate young man who holds the belief that knowledge is the potential power that secures the sovereignty of a nation and the future of its citizens. An individual is able to positively influence, inspire and impact the world through the knowledge that is embedded in them. It is my intent to pursue this knowledge through academic and scientific research and thus contribute to nation building and the world as a whole. I am currently undertaking my M Sc degree (1st year) in...

Amohelang Keneuoe Kosene

Amohelang Keneuoe Kosene

Amohelang Keneuoe Kosene is my name. I am a young Mosotho female who was born and bred in Lesotho, Maseru... Khubetsoana. I’m in my third year of study at the University of the Free State. Governance and Political Transformation are my majors. I spend my free time reading, watching basketball and hanging out with friends. I also love meeting and making friends with people from different cultural backgrounds. My aspirations lie within the international scope because the world is turning into...

Lerato Molisana

Lerato Molisana

Lerato Molisana was born and bred in the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.  She is a B Sc Mathematical Statistics student at the University of the Free State (UFS) who has been active in student media since 2012, when she joined the campus newspaper IRAWA Post as a journalist. She’s currently a freelance writer for Student Leverage Magazine, an on-line publication run by UFS students. Her appetite for student activism was sparked at the Inaugural National Student Summit held at the University in...

Tim Knight

Tim Knight

Tim Knight is an Emmy and Sigma Delta Chi award winning journalist who’s worked for the Natal Mercury, the Rand Daily Mail, United Press International, Zambia TV, ABC, NBC and PBS. For ten years he was executive producer and lead trainer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s TV Journalism Training Department. Knight has trained thousands of professional broadcast journalists in hundreds of workshops in a dozen countries. In 2008 he executive produced, co-directed wrote and narrated the...

Lewis Nkosi

Lewis Nkosi

Lewis Nkosi was born in Chesterville, Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal and was educated at local schools before enrolling at M. L. Sultan Technical College in Durban. Nkosi began his writing career at the publication Ilanga lase Natal in Durban. In 1956, he joined other African writers on the staff of Drum Magazine, founded in 1951. In his book Home and Exile and Other Selections (1965), Nkosi describes the Drum staff as "the new African[s] cut adrift from the tribal reserve - urbanised, eager,...

Mcebisi Ndletyana

Mcebisi Ndletyana

Mcebisi Ndletyana is the head of Political Economy Faculty at Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA). Before joining MISTRA, Dr Ndletyana held research positions at various institutions including the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) in Pretoria, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) at Doornfontein and at the Steve Biko Foundation in Braamfontein. Dr Ndletyana has also held lecturing positions at the Marrymount College (New York) and the City University of New York’s Hunter...

Palesa Morei

Palesa Morei

Palesa Morei is a third year BA Media and Journalism student at the University of the Free State. She grew up in Phokeng, 14.9km outside Rustenburg, in the North West. Her recent work is with the UFS campus newspaper IRAWA Post. She started there as a journalist and is currently layout editor. Her association with the project, Activate Leadership, helps her to connect with her community and gain a sense of skill and self-awareness to better her networks and reshape society. In 2011, Palesa was...

Mogamad Allie

Mogamad Allie

Mogamad Allie is a freelance journalist based in Cape Town.  For the past 18 years he has provided radio and digital media coverage of sports, news, current affairs and other matters of interest for the BBC’s world service. He has also been part of the teams that covered the 1996 as well as 2000 Olympic Games, the Africa Cup of Nations since 1994 and the Fifa World Cup since 1998.

Sumaya Hisham

Sumaya Hisham

Sumaya Hisham is a freelance photojournalist who works for the international media, including Thomson Reuters. She is based in Cape Town In honour of Women's Month, The Dean of St George's Cathedral, the Very Rev Michael Weeder, offered her the opportunity of exhibiting her work. The exhibition, TUTU A man at prayer, a man at work and a man at rest, will be on display at the Cathedral for the month of August.

Eugene Paramoer

Eugene Paramoer

Eugene Paramoer describes himself as a kino artist, cultural activist and story process facilitator... Last year, he completed his masters degree in media studies and film, with the New School University in New York City. As part of his study program, Paramoer worked with film and media activists in the bronx and in Chiapas Mexico, to complete an essay film and research process, that explores the ways in which cinema and media can be used as tools of social transformation for historically...

Mathatha Tsedu

Mathatha Tsedu

Patron of the Journalist, veteran journalist Mathatha Tsedu, was recently appointed the Executive director of the SA National Editors Forum (SANEF). He is the former editor of City Press. Previous positions held include the Editor of the Sunday Times, deputy Chief Editor of SABC News, deputy Editor of The Star and the Sunday Independent. Tsedu serves on the boards of the Council for the Advancement of the SA Constitution and the African Media Initiative (AMI). He was also project director for...

Moegsien Williams

Moegsien Williams

Patron of The Journalist Moegsien Williams is a consummate newspaperman. Starting as a cadet at the Cape Argus in 1977, he has risen through the ranks to the position of editor of The Cape Times, the Pretoria News, The Star, the Saturday Star and the New Age. He is presently editor-in-chief of the 24-hour TV channel, ANN7. He had the privilege of working as night editor at the Sowetan and then Managing Editor under the illustrious editorship of Aggrey Klaaste. He has been consistently...

Linda Fekisi

Linda Fekisi

Linda Fekisi holds a MA degree in Communication Science. She is the former Kau Kauru student editor and she is currently based at the UFS where she lectures journalism and communication. Her research interests are media studies, journalism, social media and contemporary history.

Antjie Krog

Antjie Krog

Antjie Krog is a poet, journalist, academic and writer currently lecturing at the University of the Western Cape. Her first employment was as a journalist at Die Burger (1974). She lectured at Mphohadi Training College for Black Teachers in Kroonstad and Brentpark High School during the eighties. In 1993 she became editor of Die Suid-Afrikaan, then political reporter for SABC radio in Parliament, heading the SABC’s reporting team the following year on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission....

Keabetswe Magano

Keabetswe Magano

Keabetswe Magano, BA, Communication Science Honours Graduate (University of Free State), LLB student at Wits University. She is the former editor-in-chief of IRAWA Post (2012/2013), the official student newspaper at the UFS and a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. In addition, she serves on the Student Representative council (SRC) under the portfolio of Student Media Council. She is planning to pursue an Honours degree in Journalism. Since 2011, Kea has been doing volunteer...

Sibusiso Tshabalala

Sibusiso Tshabalala

Sibusiso grew up in Sebokeng, a township near the two industrial Vaal Triangle towns, Vereeniging and Vanderbjilpark. He spent his adolescent years in the small gold mining town of Welkom before pursuing his tertiary studies at the University of the Free State. Sibusiso’s writing has appeared in the Daily Maverick, the City Press and allAfrica.com. He is also a contributor to the popular media commentary and culture blog, Africa is a Country as well as the Mail & Guardian’s opinion platform,...

Maureen Forbes

Maureen Forbes

After many years in the corporate world Maureen worked for a range of NGO’s, mainly in Johannesburg. When she was the Office & Admin Manager at the Land and Agriculture Policy Centre (LAPC) -- responsible for Land Reform, Monitoring and Evaluation -- she worked closely with Minister Derek Hanekom in the Government’s department of Land & Agriculture. During the transition process in the 90‘s Maureen became a key fund administrator when foreign donors had to reroute their support through the...

Shepi Mati

Shepi Mati

Shepi Mati is a multimedia content producer, trainer and researcher with extensive experience in community media in Southern Africa. For eleven years he worked as a producer and then manager of Democracy Radio, an in-house production and training project at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA). He led a team of producers and trainers producing a weekly current affairs programme and providing training to a network of 65 community radio station partners nationwide. He has worked...

Zubeida Jaffer

Zubeida Jaffer

Zubeida Jaffer is an award-winning South African journalist and author. She is based at the University of the Free State as Writer-in-Residence, tasked with reshaping the journalism curriculum. Her work has earned her numerous local and international awards. These include the Muslim Views Achiever Award as well as the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri in the USA. She is also the first woman in Africa to have won the coveted foreign journalist...

Sylvia Vollenhoven

Sylvia Vollenhoven

A writer, award-winning journalist, playwright and filmmaker. In 2019 appointed the University of Johannesburg’s first ever Professor of Practice. Commissioned by the Volksoperahuis of Amsterdam to write Krotoa Eva van de Kaap, a play that premiered in the Netherlands to standing ovations before touring South Africa. Her seminal dance drama about Khoisan identity, The Keeper of the Kumm (based on the novel of the same name), opened on the main programme at the National Arts Festival (NAF). A...

Leila Dougan

Leila Dougan

Leila Dougan lives in Cape Town and works as a journalist and photographer for Daily Maverick. .

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