Winning over critics and influencing people.
24 April 2017 13:09 (South Africa)
Aalia Cassim

Aalia is an Economist and Researcher based at the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. She holds a Masters degree in Development Economics from the School of African and Oriental Studies (University of London). Her focus has been on on labour markets, economic regulation, education and industrial organization. In her spare time, she is an aspiring social entrepreneur in the creative sector.

Adam Habib

Adam Habib is the current Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) inJohannesburg, South Africa. See his Wikipedia profile here.

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Adi Eyal

Adi Eyal (@soapsudtycoon) is a data geek working towards creating an open data movement in South Africa. He came over from the data dark-side, collecting personal data for nefarious purposes. He now believes the data can be used to encourage public discourse in a country with an historically disengaged citizenry. He is a co-founder of the Open Data and Democracy Initiative, an organiser of HacksHackers Cape Town and a member of the Open Knowledge Foundation Cape Town chapter.

Adoné Kitching

Adoné Kitching is a policy researcher in the Urban Land Programme at Isandla Institute, a public interest think-tank focused on fostering just, equitable and democratic urban settlements. Adoné currently coordinates a project that facilitates engagement between practitioners in the field of participatory informal settlement upgrading. The project aims to strengthen the practice of participatory upgrading in South Africa through knowledge sharing, collaboration and partnership.

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Alan Hudson

Alan Hudson is the policy director for transparency and accountability at ONE. He leads the organization’s efforts to empower people with the information they need to hold their governments to account, so that resources are used effectively to fight poverty and preventable diseases, rather than squandered and lost to corruption. Prior to joining ONE in 2011, Alan worked for the U.K.’s Department for International Development, the Overseas Development Institute, the U.K. Parliament and the University of Cambridge, where he also completed his Ph.D. on globalization and sovereignty.

Alan Knott-Craig

Alan Knott-Craig is a successful entrepreneur and best-selling author, chairman of HeroTel, a wireless broadband provider, and founder of Project Isizwe, an NGO rolling out free WiFi in poor communities. Originally from Pretoria, he studied at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formerly UPE) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002 and has subsequently invested or funded 21 companies in the tech industry.

Alan was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. Forbes listed him as one of the top 10 young African millionaires to watch. He was also included in “100 Choiseul Africa", a list of top 100 young African business leaders in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and nominated as the 2015 ICT Personality of the Year by ITWeb. He is also a founding shareholder of Daily Maverick.

Alan Storey

Alan Storey is an ordained Methodist minister serving through the Central Methodist Mission in Cape Town.  Alan believes: To take the whole bible literally is an absurdity; Jesus would much rather be taken seriously than worshiped; The division of the world into “saved” and "un-saved” is hate speech; The holy land is not a place to visit but every place to value; There are around 7.2 billion chosen people in the world;  The day will come when all guns will be turned into ploughshares (Alan is chairperson of Gun Free South Africa); the Church must ask the Queer community for forgiveness for its bigotry and exclusion as a matter of urgency; Inequality is a weapon of mass destruction.  Alan has a Honours degree in theology and a Masters degree of Philosophy of Applied Ethics in economics.

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Alan Wallis

A law graduate from the University of Cape Town and University of Michigan and former clerk at the Constitutional Court, Alan Wallis is a human rights lawyer. Inspired by the law’s unique ability to find itself in the most unlikely, yet appropriate, settings, Alan coordinates the Open Society Foundation for South Africa’s Research and Advocacy Unit.

Alex Eliseev

Dubbed a "troublemaker" for his investigative work, Alex Eliseev is also an award-winning hard news journalist who has reported from Haiti, Japan and Libya. Currently an Eyewitness News reporter, he's worked for South Africa's top newspapers, including The Star and Sunday Times. To quench the thirst of his soul, he writes human-interest features. He also collects shirts with birds on them. 

Alison Tilley

Alison Tilley is the head of advocacy and special projects at the Open Democracy Advice Centre.

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Alison Tilley & Katherine Prudente

Katherine Prudente and Alison Tilley from the Open Democracy Advice Centre, affiliated to the Right to Know Campaign.

Alistair Mackay

Alistair’s career has taken turns through branding, politics and social media – but he left before the trolling made him lose all hope for humanity. Having failed at the Gen Y slashie thing, he decided to just do what he loves full time: writing and content strategy. He’s based in Cape Town, and can be found at @almackay on twitter.

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Alita Steenkamp

Alita Steenkamp is a freelance journalist who lives with husband De Wet Potgieter in Centurion. Besides writing articles for a variety of Afrikaans magazines, Alita also has written the autobiographies of Hestrie Cloete Els, My pyn, my glorie, Mathys Roets, Steeds Mathys and Loui Fish, Walking in my Choos.  She currently is the guest coordinater for Rian van Heerden’s talk show on kykNET, Rian.

Ami Kapilevich

Ami Kapilevich has been a freelance journalist, stable hand, carpenter, yacht bilge cleaner, magazine editor, content manager and is now the Business Development Director at New Media Publishing. He recently invented and created the popular Vodacom Rugby Stats app. He dropped out of Wits law school before doing an MA in Creative Writing under the supervision of JM Coetzee and then, much later, received an Old Mutual Gold Medal for his MBA at UCT's Graduate School of Business. He has two sons, likes to surf and play poker, and is currently stuck on page 723 of Gravity's Rainbow.

Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar

Andrew Ihsaan Gasnolar was born in Cape Town and raised by his determined mother, grandparents, aunt and the rest of his maternal family. He is an admitted attorney (formerly of the corporate hue), with recent exposure in the public sector, and is currently working on transport and infrastructure projects. He is a Mandela Washington Fellow, a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, and a WEF Global Shaper. He had a brief stint in the contemporary party politic environment working for Mamphela Ramphele as Agang CEO and chief-of-staff; he found the experience a deeply educational one.

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Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller is a poet and freelance writer. He is also a founder of Unity Design, a socially orientated arts space operating in Newtown, Johannesburg.
Andrew Plastow

Andrew Plastow has officially been a marketer and smous of consumer goods for over 18 years, though as the son of an immigrant supermarket manager he has been working in stores since the beginning of high school. In 2010 he returned to SA after 3 years in Nairobi running the world’s largest consumer goods company’s East African business.

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Andy Rice

Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Angela Mudukuti

Angela Mudukuti is the International Criminal Justice Lawyer at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC). At SALC Angela is involved in advocacy around international criminal justice issues and strategic litigation. Prior to joining SALC, Angela worked for the immediate Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She also worked at the International Institute for Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences under the supervision of Prof Cherif Bassiouni in Italy, conducting research and a legal analysis into human rights violations in Libya during and after the revolution. Prior to that, Angela worked  in private practice as lawyer assisting with civil and criminal matters. Angela has an L.LB and an LLM in Transitional Justice, International Criminal Law and Anti-Corruption and Money Laundering.

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Anita Powell

Anita Powell is very happy to be a Johannesburg-based journalist. But she also has travelled around in search of a good story: to Iraq, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Congo and to the great nation-state of Texas. She's in London walking the streets and covering the Games - specifically, her favorite sport of all time: boxing.

Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. See her Wikipedia profile.

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Ant Sims

Ant thinks of the world and the people who live in it as a bear with a sore paw. She has a stick, covered in thorns and she’s poking the bear. When she’s not doing that, she’s watching cricket and longing for the days of the boring, boring Arsenal.

Anthea Jeffery

Dr Anthea Jeffery holds law degrees from Wits, Cambridge, and London universities. Since 1990, she has worked for the South African Institute of Race Relations, where she is Head of Special Research. She is the author of ten books, including Business and Affirmative Action; The Truth about the Truth Commission; People’s War: New Light on the Struggle for South Africa; and Chasing the Rainbow: South Africa’s Move from Mandela to Zuma.

Anthony Posner

Anthony Posner hails from North London but is now living in North Johannesburg. As a result, has lost contact with his mates at University College School and Warwick University.

Set up Max Gorilla Movement at the end of the second millenium and combines audacious art interventions with freedom of expression activism. Likes many different breeds of animals but is unfortunately extremely allergic to most of them. Currently, undergoing a single tooth implant in Bramley which is proving to be quite costly and has decided to write for the Daily Maverick in order to pay for it.

Antje Schuhmann

Antje Schuhmann holds a PhD in Postcolonial Studies (University of Munich, Germany) and works as a Senior Lecturer in the Political Studies Department at Witwatersrand University.

The intersections of power with body politics and historic legacies within today’s systems of violence and domination are one of the main foci of her intellectual and activist work. How do gender, race, sexuality, and class manifest in everyday experiences and politics of representation? How are the ways we memorize past violence subverting or reinforcing contemporary forms of oppression? She is active in international feminist and anti-racist and anti-fascist networks and initiatives, has produced film and audio features, and is published widely internationally.

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Antoinette Muller

Antoinette thinks of the world and the people who live in it as a bear with a sore paw. She has a stick covered in thorns and she’s poking the bear. When she’s not doing that, she’s watching cricket and longing for the days of the boring, boring Arsenal.

Anton Cartwright

Anton Cartwright is the green economy Mistra Urban Futures Researcher at the African Centre Cities. Previoulsy he convened the City of Cape Town's climate change think tank. His work focuses on the application of economics to Africa's urban transition, environmental degradation and poverty alleviation and the implication of these issues for the discipline of economics itself. He holds two post graduate degrees in Environmental Change and Management and Economics for Development from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is an associate of the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He has completed assignments for the World Bank, The European Union, The Food and Agriculture Organization, DfID, WWF, IIED the Fairtrade Foundation and a range of local and international companies, NGOs and government departments. He is also a founding Director of the not for profit organization Promoting Access to Carbon Equity (PACE) and chairman of the board of iKhaya le Themba, an aftercare centre for children in Imizamo Yethu.

Anton Crone
Anton Crone is CEO of Safarious. He is the former editor of Africa Geographic online magazine and as a journalist focuses on  conservation, culture and travel in  Africa. 

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Anton Harber

Anton Harber is the Caxton Professor of Journalism at Wits University and chair of the Freedom of Expression Institute.  He was a founding editor of the Mail & Guardian and an executive director of Kagiso Media. He co-edited the first two editions of The A–Z of South African Politics (Penguin, 1994/5), What is Left Unsaid: Reporting the South African HIV Epidemic (Jacana, 2010) and Troublemakers: The best of SA’s investigative journalism (Jacana, 2010). He was executive producer of the television series, Ordinary People and Hard Copy. Harber’s book Diepsloot was published by Jonathan Ball in May 2011.

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Antony Altbeker

Antony Altbeker worked for the Minister of Safety and Security and the National Treasury between 1994 and 2001, focusing on issues relating to crime and policing and on the criminal justice system. Since 2001, Antony has worked as a lecturer in public policy at a graduate school of the University of the Witwatersrand and has been a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Institute for Security Studies. He is the author of three books, The Dirty Work of Democracy: A Year on the Streets with the SAPS (2005), A Country at War with Itself: South Africa's Crisis of Crime (2007) and Fruit of a Poisoned Tree: A True Story of Murder and the Miscarriage of Justice (2010). 

Ari Seirlis

Ari Seirlis is the CEO of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA). He is a strong lobbyists and advocate for human rights for people with disabilities. He serves on the executive of the South African disability Alliance. QASA has been leading the disability sector in the call for the exemption of details for people with disabilities. QASA is the owner of Rolling Inspiration magazine, a lifestyle publication for people with mobility impairments. He serves on the board of the health & welfare seta and advisers many government departments on disability policy and legislation

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Ariane Nevin

Ariane completed a BA in Politics, Philosophy and History, and a postgraduate LLB at UCT. During her time at UCT, Ariane took a keen interest in student activism and community outreach, and was an active member of Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ). Wishing to following her passion for public interest law and advocacy, Ariane joined SECTION27 in 2013 as one of the SLSJ Fellows, where she works on cases related to basic education.

Arthur Lenk

Arthur Lenk began his assignment as Ambassador of Israel to South Africa, Lesotho, Mauritius and Swaziland in early August 2013.

Previously he served as the Director of the Department of International Law at Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has played an active role in representing Israel before international organizations such as the UN Human Rights Council. He also worked as a staff member on the UN Secretary General's Panel of Inquiry on the 31 May 2010 Flotilla Incident.

From 2005 - 2009, Mr. Lenk served as Israel's Ambassador to Azerbaijan. During that period, political, strategic and economic relations between the two countries grew dramatically including growth of Israeli exports from $5 million in 2005 to $264 million in 2009. Israel massively increased its oil import from Caspian Sea to Israel. He has also served in diplomatic postings in New Delhi, India and Los Angeles.

Mr. Lenk was born in the United States (New Jersey) and made aliyah to Israel in 1983. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (LL.B. and LL.M. degrees) and is a member of the bar in Israel and New York.

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Ashley Dowds

Ashley is Durban-born actor and presenter, living in Joburg. He is probably better known for his initial gig as a continuity presenter on SABC3, which was followed by the Travel show Going Nowhere Slowly (on which his first book piggy-backed: Red Car Diaries.) He is also a stage and TV actor, and a commercial voice artist.

Aubrey Masango

Aubrey Masango was born in Mamelodi, east of Pretoria. Educated at St Johns College in Johannesburg and later went  to the University of Pretoria to study to be a teacher. He was bored.

He decided to get out of the corporate rat-race in 2009 because he did not like the person he was becoming in the BEE scene, seeing it as pretentious and unsustainable.

These days, Aubrey is a talk show host on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape talk. His  regular show “Talk with Aubrey” is on a Sunday evening at 23h00 to Monday morning at 01h00.

Ayabonga Cawe

Ayabonga Cawe is an economist by training, and aside from a short stint as a researcher at a government agency, he has never been a disciple of market doctrine. He speaks and writes on history, political economy and public policy. A pan Africanist, he earns his keep in the development sector as a project manager, but is often found in watering holes of the city, camera in hand holding court with other restless youth of different persuasions.

Ayo Ajayi

Before joining the Gates Foundation as the Director of the Africa Team, Dr. Ajayi was for six years Vice President for International Development at PATH where he led strategy development and implementation for all PATH country programs, with offices located in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. He managed professional staff at PATH’s international headquarters as well as in the countries where PATH works. 

Dr. Ajayi worked for 16 years with the Population Council, serving as regional director for sub-Saharan Africa.  Previously, he was Africa regional vice president for Pathfinder International, served as a government health officer in Nigeria, and taught at Boston University School of Public Health.  Dr. Ajayi has served on numerous occasions as technical advisor and program evaluator for the US Agency for International Development, the World Health Organization, and several other United Nations agencies and private foundations. Dr. Ajayi is a founding board member of the Burkitt’s Lymphoma Fund for Africa, and serves on the boards of Ibis Reproductive Health and the Positive Action for Children Fund.

Dr. Ajayi earned his MD from the University Of Ibadan Medical School in Nigeria.  He received an MPH and a distinguished alumnus award from Boston University School of Public Health with an emphasis on Health Systems, and he completed a postgraduate certificate program in Family Planning Impact Evaluation at the London University School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Babatunde Fagbayibo

Babatunde Fagbayibo is an associate professor of law at the University of South Africa.

Baleka Mbete

Baleka Mbete is Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa. See her full profile here.


Bantu Holomisa is a South African Member of Parliament and President of the United Democratic Movement. See his Wikipedia profile HERE.

Barry Bateman

Barry Bateman is the Pretoria Correspondent at Eyewitness News and is responsible for a wide range of beats in the capital city. When he's not in court he's at a crime scene, or covering the latest briefing from one of the government departments and addressing municipal matters. Barry joined EWN in mid 2010 after a five year stint at the Pretoria News. He jumped the print ship just in time to broadcast the Fifa World Cup.

Basetsane Kaunda

Basetsane Kaunda, 16, is a Grade 10 pupil at Alasang High School in Katlehong.

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Basil van Rooyen

Basil van Rooyen has spent a lifetime in the book industry, the first half working for multi-national publishing companies and the second running his own companies, focusing on non-fiction and educational books. He has been chair of PASA (the South African Publishing Association) a couple of times and his book Get Your Book Published in 30 (Relatively) Easy Steps: A Hands-on Guide for South African Authors was published in a fourth version by Penguin last year. These days he runs his book publishing from Plettenberg Bay although the company offices are in Johannesburg.

Ben Cashdan

Ben Cashdan is a filmmaker and television producer based in Johannesburg. He produces South Africa's town hall discussion programme "The Big Debate".  Previously he was an economic advisor in the Mandela Presidency.

Ben Cousins

Professor Ben Cousins holds a DST/NRF Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape.

Ben Turok

Ben Turok is a former anti-apartheid activist, Economics Professor, former South African member of parliament and a member of the African National Congress. See his Wikipedia profile

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Blade Nzimande

Dr Blade Nzimande is the Minister of Higher Education and Training. See his Wikipedia profile.

Bob Skinstad

With one of the most recognisable faces in international rugby, Bob Skinstad has joined forces with Seartec (a division of the listed Seardel Group) as Executive Director reposnisble for marketing and new business development.

He is involved in other charitable projects, including the Put Foot Foundation, that provides shoes to thousands of needy young school children.

Bob is part of the broadcast team at SuperSport and in great demand as a keynote speaker and master of ceremonies at corporate functions and conferences.

Read more: Bob Skinstad (Wikipedia)

Bongani Mbindwane

Bo Mbindwane is a business executive with experience in mining and other sectors. He has past experience in public administration and is an indepedent mining analyst. On twitter: @mbindwane

Bonginkosi Madikizela

Bonginkosi Madikizela acting leader of the DA Western Cape and Human Settlements MEC in the province

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Boniswa Pezisa

Boniswa Pezisa is the Chairperson of The Loerie Awards.

Braam Hanekom

Braam Hanekom, the quintessential rebel is a member of the interim leadership of the ANC Youth League, as well as the leadership of the Young Communist League, and Friends of Cuba (Western Cape). He is also a coordinator at Food Allied Workers Union, and the founder of aptly-named refugee rights group PASSOP.

Braam Malherbe

Braam Malherbe is an extreme adventurer, extreme conservationist, youth developer, TV Presenter and author of the best selling book, The Great Run

Braam Malherbe has achieved two world-firsts by running the entire length of the Great Wall of China, a distance of 4218kms, at a pace of a marathon a day for 98 days, as well running as the entire coastline of South Africa, a distance of over 3,200kms. (The expeditions raised over R2.5 million for Operation Smile)

Braam subsequently competed in the 768km unassisted Scott/Amundsen Centenary race ski-race to the South Pole with his friend Peter van Kets in December 2011.

As a dedicated conservationist, Braam co-founded the Table Mountain National Park’s Volunteer Firefighting Unit, and he is an Honorary Ranger for SANParks. As an Ambassador for MyPlanet he was instrumental in starting the EWT Rhino fund which raises an average of over R100,000 every month towards conservation.

He is also a director of The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa (IFAISA), working on conservation and environmental issues.

Brad Cibane

Brad Cibane is a Franklin Thomas Fellow and an LLM Candidate at Harvard Law School.

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Branko Brkic

Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

Recent columns:

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Brendah Nyakudya

Brendah works for a management consultancy during the day, you know, one of those companies that no-one really knows what they do. Before she defected and went uber-corporate she worked for UpperCase Media and the Mail & Guardian and now does her writing on a freelance basis. She has dreams of being the change Zimbabwe needs. And did we mention she is female? Black female?

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Brendan Love

Brendan Love is Chairman of a Swiss-based group engaged in the precious metals and natural resources industries. A passionate Afro-optimist. A lover of fine art, history, politics and the free market. He divides his time between Johannesburg, South Africa and Geneva, Switzerland.

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Brett Morris

Brett stumbled into a career as an advertising copywriter while fleeing a career in law. After 8 years in the business he was appointed Executive Creative Director of Draftfcb, the largest advertising agency in South Africa. Under his leadership, Draftfcb won more awards than ever before in its 80-year history, including South Africa’s first ever Cannes Grand Prix in 2006. After a two-year sojourn he rejoined Draftfcb as Chief Creative Officer for South Africa in 2009. In 2011, Draftfcb Johannesburg won both Financial Mail’s and Finweek’s Agency of the Year and The Sunday Times Branding Agency of the Year in 2012. But it’s all basically an elaborate ruse to support his writing habit.

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 writing online at

Brian Watermeyer

Dr Brian Watermeyer is a clinical psychologist and a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stellenbosch University. He was first editor of Disability and social change: A South African agenda (HSRC Press, 2006), and his book Towards a contextual psychology of disablism was published by Routledge, London, in July 2012.

Brij Maharaj

Brij Maharaj is a professor of geography at UKZN who believes (perhaps naively!) that a fair, just, non-racial and non-sexist society is still possible in South Africa.

Brooks Marmon

Brooks Marmon is an Accountability Architect in Liberia and Washington DC with the Accountability Lab, working to empower youth with knowledge and tools to ensure that governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens. He holds BA and MA degrees in History from Clark University. Previously, he supported international higher education partnerships at the American Council on Education and assisted with the implementation of an Africa workshop series directed by the American Political Science Association. He studied abroad in Namibia, volunteered with a Liberian refugee youth club in Ghana, and served with the Peace Corps in Niger. Brooks founded the first blog covering African policy events in Washington DC and tweets @AfricaInDC.

Bruce Baigrie

Bruce Baigrie is a committee member of Open Shuhada Street, a South African organisation campaigning for human rights in Palestine and Israel. He has previously served as chairperson for the UCT Palestine Solidarity Forum. He is currently completing his Master degree in Conservation Biology at UCT.

Buddy Naidu

Buddy Naidu is a journalist and media strategist and consultant specialising in crisis and reputation management, corporate communications and business rehabilitation.

He is an award-winning journalist and former newspaper executive, having worked at the Sunday Times for 14 years. A television and print journalist for just under twenty years, he has worked as a general, education, entertainment, political, business and investigative journalist. His work has taken him around the world including countries such as Britain, Holland, France, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, the United States, Tanzania, Mozambique and Namibia.

Busani Ngcaweni

Busani Ngcaweni is Deputy Director-General & Head of the Private Office of the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. He is also editor of books such as The Future we Chose (AISA) and Liberation Diaries (Jacana Media) and co-editor of the forthcoming book Nelson Mandela and Decolonial Ethics of Liberation and Servant Leadership (Africa World Press). 

Camalita Naicker

Camalita Naicker is  a PHD Student at UHURU (the Unit for Humanities at the University currently known at Rhodes University).

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Cameron Arendse

Cameron Arendse (@cameronarendse) was born in Cape Town in 1987 and matriculated from Rocklands Senior Secondary. After high school he attended the University of Cape Town graduating with a Bachelor of Social Science with majors in Politics, Industrial Sociology and Social Anthropology. At UCT he became President of UCT RAG, the student fundraising arm to SHAWCO where he led the organization to raise R1.3 million during his tenure. In a mission to find himself, he worked in fashion often traveling around Southern Africa producing high level fashion events. As a surprise, his travels opened him up to the current state of our nation, that's when he joined the DA working as Media Officer in Parliament. He is currently Spokesperson to DA Leader Helen Zille

Cameron Dugmore

Cameron Dugmore is African National Congress MPL in the Western Cape Legislature.

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Carien du Plessis

Jill of all trades but really, mistress of none, Carien loved her job as political journalist so much that she decided to get married to it. For now, in any case. She’s a party animal and you’ll often find her at gatherings of the ANC, SACP, Cosatu, and the DA, amongst others. Loving children greatly, she also runs after the ANC Youth League a lot of the time. More often though, you’ll find her just running aimlessly, and she has earned herself the title of Comrade by partaking in the annual jog between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

After spending her student days at political rallies, campus newspapers, and in lecture halls, and after an extended overseas working holiday, Carien started newspaper reporting in 2003, pissing off (the issue of female dogs apply here) and even pleasing some of her subjects. Then the age of enlightenment dawned on her, too, and in 2011 she crossed the floor to work for the Daily Maverick full-time.

Her ultimate ambition in life is to become a travelling chocolate writer of international fame.


Caroline James is a freedom of expression lawyer at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) in Johannesburg.

Castro Ngobese
Castro Ngobese is the National Spokesperson of Numsa.
Cat Pritchard

Cat Pritchard is a writer, yogi, surfer and organ donor who learnt to tell tall tales from a short height.
She visited Rhodes University for four years and Joburg for seven. She considers her worldview and life experiences all the better for it. Travelling and art buying are her two greatest indulgences and her writing sometimes pays for one of these. She lives in Cape Town with her cat Gilmour – a bog standard story for a 30-something in the mother city.

Charles Siboto

Charles Siboto is a junior editor at NB Publishers. He divides his attention between the two imprints, Human & Rousseau and Tafelberg. 

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons is a veteran journalist, who anchors the award-winning The Midday Report on TalkRadio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He also presents a morning business report on Radio Algoa and edits the quarterly magazine, Directorship, for the IoDSA.

Chris Gilmour

Scottish-South African investment analyst Chris Gilmour has had a varied career in the financial world. After leaving Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in 1982, he came to SA, where he worked as an investment analyst for the dear departed Max Pollak & Freemantle, at the time one of the largest and most prestigious stockbroking firms on the JSE. During the next sixteen years he worked for many other stockbroking firms, latterly with Merrill Lynch. He has also worked on the buy side, as an institutional investment manager in Cape Town. Prior to joining Absa Investments in August 2007, he worked as an honest journalist with Financial Mail for over four years. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Chemistry and a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Studies, both from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. There is no truth to the rumour that he is a rabid Scottish Nationalist, just waiting for the call to return to Scotia in the wake of a majority vote for Scottish Independence in any forthcoming referendum.

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Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison is a postgraduate economics student, a high school maths teacher, and an unrepentant nerd who calls it as he sees it. A vocal champion of rural development and education, Chris founded the Igqangi Project in 2009. Igqangi assembles teams of volunteer postgraduate tutors who run extra lesson workshops at rural Eastern Cape schools during the school holidays. During the term times, Chris can be found in Cape Town, where he researches renewable energy and pines for Pondoland.

Chris Nenzani

Chris Nenzani is President of Cricket South Africa

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Chris Vick

Chris Vick has been active in media and politics for the past 25 years.  He runs Black, a communications consultancy, and recently hosted the PowerHour on PowerFM98.7. His email address is, and on Twitter he is @chrisvick3.

Chris Whelan

Chris is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, a business think tank and catalyst focussed on growing

a robust, sustainable & inclusive regional economy. Chris has extensive skills & experience as a

management consultant & is a qualified futurist. He has worked both locally & globally in the areas

of strategic thinking, strategy development & business transformation. Prior to returning to SA to

lead Accelerate Cape Town, Chris was the CKO for EY Knowledge in Asia Pacific.

Chris specializes in the use of systems thinking, scenario planning and foresight development in

performance improvement. He spends his time on leadership development, business relationship

building & advocacy in the focus areas of Africa, innovation & entrepreneurship, connectedness &

talent attraction & retention.

Christina Nomdo

Christina Nomdo is the Executive Director of Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (RAPCAN). She has also worked in the Children’s Budget Unit of IDASA. Christina is a PHD candidate in the Public Law Department of the University of Cape Town with a keen interest in the concepts of children’s rights and adolescent sexuality.

Christine Olivier

Christine Olivier is the 1st Deputy President of Numsa and Industrial chairperson of global Women Committee. She previously served as Numsa Local Chairperson in Atlantis, Regional Chairperson of Numsa in the Western Cape, Cosatu Provincial Treasurer in the Western Cape and SACP Central Committee (CC) member.

Christopher Clark

Christopher Clark is a British journalist and wanderer based in South Africa. He writes for a range of local and international publications on travel, conservation and international affairs and has twice been featured among South Africa’s best writers and thought leaders by The Big Issue magazine.

Clare Ballard

Clare Ballard is an attorney and head of the Penal Reform Programme at Lawyers for Human Rights. Prior to LHR Clare was at Community Law Centre, UWC, where she spent several years researching in the fields of penology and constitutional. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town (BA, LLB) and of Cornell University (LLM). She is also a former clerk of the Constitutional Court.

Co-Pierre Georg

Co-Pierre Georg is a Senior Lecturer at the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management at the University of Cape Town and a Policy Associate at Economic Research Southern Africa. His research is highly interdisciplinary and Co-Pierre has worked with physicists, biologists, mathematicians, and economists and consulted with a number of central banks around the world. He is a very frequent traveller and held visiting positions at Oxford, Princeton, and Columbia Business School. During the day he works on his research on financial stability, regulation, and complex systems analysis. At night, he enjoys reading, thinking, and writing about politics. He writes in his private capacity.

Colin Bell

You could say Colin Bell made his own luck – instead of going into the expected world of finance after completing his economics degree at Wits University in 1977, he landed his first job as a safari guide in Botswana. In those days a cold beer came out of a wet long sock, tied to the side mirror of his Land Rover and cooled while hanging in the breeze. That was as good as it got.  In 1983 Colin co-founded Wilderness Safaris with one of the best guides in Southern Africa, Chris McIntyre. The two of them ploughed all their enthusiasm, energies and limited savings (and one second-hand Land Rover) into creating what became one of the most successful specialist safari companies in Africa. Over the decades it grew to manage camps and lodges across seven countries and employed more than 2,500 people. Many of these lodges gained their "bush cred" through partnerships with local communities: it was through those negotiations and relationships that Colin started to learn – by trial and error – what worked sustainably and what did not.  Back then there were no blueprints to follow or copy – creating safari partnerships with communities was breaking new ground. He sold his shares in Wilderness in 2005 and went on to co-found Great Plains a year later. Colin is now completely independent and this freedom has allowed him to immerse himself in the Africa's Finest book project without any vested interests where they profile the good, the bad and the ugly of the tourism and wildlife industries ( Colin's operations have successfully re-introduced rhino into the wilds of Botswana and pioneered sustainable partnerships with rural communities in Namibia that ensure that rhino thrive outside of protected areas.

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Craig Kelly

Craig Kelly is a film maker and digital media entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Africa Media Management, a pan African content distribution and broadcast consulting company. He also founded and runs The AfricaXP Channel, Africa’s newest multinational entertainment television channel.

Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa is Deputy President of South Africa and co-chair of the South African National AIDS Council. See his Wikipedia biography here

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Dain Peters

Dain Peters is a qualified musician, Clinical psychologist and Jungian analyst. He serves on the executives of the SAPC (The South African Psychoanalytic Confederation) and SAAJA (South African Association of Jungian Analysts).

In Cape Town, where he runs a private Psychotherapy practice, he is regularly contracted to support, develop programmes and train local NGOs. Previously he managed the Midlands office of Sinani (Kwazulu-Natal Programme for Survivors of Violence), an NGO addressing the multiple consequences of socio-political violence. He is committed to supporting the LGBTI community and has collaborated with Triangle Project for over 10 years.

Dale T. McKinley

Dale T. McKinley is an independent writer, researcher and lecturer based in Johannesburg. He is a long-time political activist and has been involved in social movement, community and political struggles for over three decades. He holds a PhD. in Political Economy/African Studies, occasionally lectures at university level and gives regular talks/inputs to a wide variety of organisations. He is the author of three books, has written numerous book chapters, research reports, journal/magazine and press articles on various aspects of South African and international political, social and economic issues/struggles and is a regular media contributor.


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Dan Brotman

Dan Brotman is the Media & Diplomatic Liaison at the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape Council). He is a native of Boston and a graduate of the University of Oregon. He is the first non-South African ever to be appointed to this position. You can follow him on Twitter at @DGBrotman or learn more about the Board of Deputies by “liking” “Cape Jewish Board of Deputies” on Facebook.

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David Bass

David Bass is a Senior Information Officer in the Press and Media Team at the AU/UN IST, a United Nations contracted capability that provides Strategic Communications support to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) Prior to joining the AU/UN IST David was a communications adviser to the British Foreign Office, the office of the British Prime Minister David Cameron at No.10 and NATO Headquarters in Brussels during the Libyan Civil War. He studied Law at Durham University.

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David Bruce

David Bruce is a Johannesburg based independent researcher and writer working in the fields of policing, crime and criminal justice. From 1996 to 2011 he worked in the Criminal Justice Programme at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR). He has a Masters in Management (Public and Development Management) from the School of Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand (2000). He has written extensively on policing issues including on questions of police reform, control of the use of force and police accountability and oversight.

David Carel

David Carel is currently a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He researches South African social policy with a focus on basic education and the social grant system.

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David Gemmell

David grew up in the Free State, where his father worked on the gold mines. He has variously been a barman, labourer, truck driver, roughneck, trader, project manager and is now a full time writer.

He has had a column in Business Day and the now demised Weekender. David has an unusual talent for making people open up to him, which he later turns into a gripping read. He gained nationwide fame after he completed the biography of Joost van der Westhuizen, Joost: The Man in the Mirror. He has recently completed a biography on Father Stan Brennan, Colour Blind Faith.

David Hallowes

David Hallowes is a researcher at environmental justice NGO, groundWork. He writes the annual groundWork Report on the state of environmental justice.

David Holdcroft

David Holdcroft SJ is a masters graduate in theology and a qualified humanities teacher. After teaching for around four years, he helped set up a number of houses for homeless people in Australia. After joining the Jesuit order, he was ordained as a priest and has since directed works for refugees in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Malawi and South Africa. He is regional director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Southern Africa, based in Johannesburg. 

David Ka-Ndyalvan

David Ka-Ndyalvan is an ANC member at Akaso Branch

David Kaplan

Professor David Kaplan, BA BComm, (UCT) MA (Kent) DPhil (Sussex) is Professor Emeritus: Business Government Relations, Department of Economics UCT.

He was Chief economist of the Department of Trade and Industry; 2000-2003. Chief Economist (part-time), Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Provincial Government of the Western Cape, 2004-2011.

He has also served as a Member of the Presidential Commission to Investigate the Development of a Comprehensive Labour Market Policy and on the National Advisory Council on Innovation (NACI).

He is currently a board member of the Technology Innovation Agency and the Global Network for Economics of Learning, Innovation, and Competence Building Systems (GLOBELICS).


David Lewis is executive director of Corruption Watch.

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Deborah Ewing

Deborah Ewing is a Durban-based writer, researcher and facilitator. Her work focuses on the links between HIV/AIDS, gender, identity and marginalisation, interests arising from a long history in the children’s rights sector. Deborah writes books for children on a range of social issues, coordinates research for the sexual and reproductive health rights programme of the AIDS Foundation of South Africa and is co-pilot of the new regional learning platform. She holds a BA Hons in Politics and Theology from Bristol University. 

Deborah Seddon

Dr Deborah Seddon holds degrees from UCKAR and Cambridge University. She is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department, a British Academy Newton Advanced Fellow, and a member of GenAct; the poetry collective, the Cycle of Knowledge; and the UCKAR Concerned Staff.

Deep Fried Man

Deep Fried Man is a musical comedian. No, seriously. That's what he does full-time, for a living. He gets on stage and sings funny songs about a variety of things, but mainly South Africa, sex and social media. Deep Fried Man is as surprised as you that being a musical comedian is something that can be done as a career.

Sometimes Deep Fried Man wins awards, like Best Newcomer at the 2011 Comics Choice Awards or a Standard Bank Ovation Award for his debut one-man show Deeply Fried. Sometimes he goes viral on YouTube, like with An Idiot's Guide to Singing the South African National Anthem, a collaboration with fellow comedian Gareth Woods. Sometimes he spends every waking minute on Twitter (Follow him @DeepFriedMan). He is also a writer, currently for The Daily Maverick, which you probably realised since that's where you're reading his bio, and for Meme Burn. He apologises in advance for all the people he's going to offend.

Dennis Webster

Dennis Webster is a researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI). He is completing a masters in social anthropology.

Denver Webb

Dr Denver Webb is the Acting CEO of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s (NMMU) Trust, the fundraising arm of the university, which raises funding for financially needy students. He is also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Arts at NMMU.

Dex Kotze

Businessman, conservation activist, fundraiser for rhino conservation. Involved in raising global awareness for the plight of Africa's wildlife, especially endangered species of rhinos, elephants and lions, using social media platforms to educate against use of ivory and rhino horn in markets in Asia.

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Diane Coetzer

Diane Coetzer is the South African correspondent for Billboard Magazine and its online platforms - and has been writing about South African music and the South African music business in various publications for more than 15 years.

Dick Forslund & Jeff Rudin

Dick Forslund is senior economist and Jeff Rudin is a research associate at Alternative Information and Development Centre.

Dinga Sikwebu

Dinga Sikwebu is a coordinator of the United Front. He has been in involved with the labour movement since 1980 and has served as the head of Numsa’s head of education for two decades.

Dominique Herman

Dominique edits books and writes for local publications. She grew up in Cape Town and left the country to study journalism at New York University. After nine years in the US, UK and Spain, she returned to SA in late 2004 and started a few months later as a senior writer at the Cape Times. She has written part of a travel guide on southern England that was published in the US in 2001 within the Frommer's guides franchise; was one of the writers on the Platter's wine guide 2009 edition; and a compilation of photographs and interviews with high-profile South Africans she put together, entitled Perfect Weekend, was published locally the same year.

Don Pinnock

Don Pinnock is an associate of Southern Write, a group of top travel and natural history writers and photographers in Africa. He’ s a former editor of Getaway magazine in Cape Town, South Africa He has been an electronic engineer, lecturer in journalism and criminology, consultant to the Mandela government, a professional yachtsman, explorer, travel writer, photographer and a cable-car operator on the Rock of Gibraltar. His present passion is the impact of humans on planetary processes.


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Donald Paul

Donald Paul is a freelance writer and editor. He has no children but still thinks those that do should have the benefit of being able to leave them a good, clean and safe world to live in. He lives in Cape Town but still only thinks of the mountain in the lower case (9pt courier font, for those who like details). He has a bakkie, a bicycle, two cats and books—some with pictures. His last steady job was editor of The Big Issue South Africa for three years.

Doron Isaacs

Doron Isaacs is Deputy General Secretary of Equal Education. Follow him on Twitter @doronisaacs.

Duduzile Mkhize

Duduzile Mkhize is a Founder of Awoke Media, an NPO that  seeks to tell the stories of marginalised communities and equip them with with skills for democratic participation through social media training. Duduzile has also been one of the producers  of The Big Debate for a while. 

Dustin Kramer

Dustin Kramer is the Deputy General Secretary of the Social Justice Coalition, a mass-based social movement from Khayelitsha. You can find him on Twitter here: @Dustin_Kramer 

Ebrahim Fakir

Ebrahim Fakir works at the Electoral Institute for the Sustainability of Democracy in Africa (EISA) which he joined in February 2009. He was previously analyst at the Centre for Policy Studies in Johannesburg (2003-2009) and also worked at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA) [1998-2003] in both Pretoria and Cape Town. He was a Draper Hills Summer Fellow at the Centre for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University in 2011. He is also an advisory council member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC). When not writing or thinking about politics and governance he dresses well. He was recognised for this by GQ magazine in 2009, and again in 2013.

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Brad Cibane is a Franklin Thomas Fellow and an LLM Candidate at the Harvard Law School. Ebrahim Fakir was Ruth First Fellow for 2014 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and is head of the Political Parties and Parliamentary Programme at EISA. He serves on the Advisory Council of the Council for the Advancement of South Africa’s Constitution (CASAC).

Eddy Maloka

Prof Eddy Maloka is CEO of African Peer Review Mechanism.

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Ejaz Khan

Ejaz Khan is an award-winning content producer at Radio Islam, avid Liverpool supporter, and sometimes tweets in his sleep. Interact with him on Twitter: @ejaz_k

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Ela Bhatt & Desmond Tutu

Ela Bhatt founded the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), now one of India’s biggest trade unions with more than 1.2 million members. Desmond Tutu is archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. They are members of The Elders, a group of independent leaders working for peace, justice and human rights. In 2011, The Elders founded Girls Not Brides, a global partnership of 200 organisations working to end child marriage all over the world.

Elan Burman

Elan Burman received his BCom in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town. He holds an MA from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, where he specialized in fundraising and pluralism. He is currently an MSIS candidate at Northwestern University. Elan works in financial resource development for the non-profit sector.

Elias Isaac

Elias Isaac has worked for over 18 years on humanitarian and development programmes in Angola, focussing on the areas of democracy, governance and human rights. He is currently the Angola Country Director for the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), which is funded by the American billonaire philanthropist, George Soros and aims to promote open and tolerant democracies in the region – a particularly hard task in Angola. Previously he has worked for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the Department of Humanitarian Assistance, Social Studies and Projects of the Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola. Elias holds a Masters Degree in Theology from the Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis and a Diploma in Theology from Makerere University, Uganda.

Elisha Kunene

Elisha Kunene is a young man who after five years at UKZN is still trying to wrap his head around how much bigger Durban is than his hometown, Estcourt. Elisha spends far too much of his time teaching school children how to debate and working in student body organisations. In what time he has remaining he studies towards his law degree at Howard College, people-watches at malls and mourns the failure of his rap career. He is hoping to get better at writing soon.

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Emma Fergus

Emma Fergus is a senior lecturer in the Commercial Law Department of the University of Cape Town and an admitted attorney of the Western Cape High Court. Her primary research interests include labour law and corporate governance, as well as workplace discrimination law. She is also an active member of the Institute of Development and Labour Law. Her qualifications include a BPsych, LLB and PhD.

Emma Powell

Emma Louise Powell holds a cum laude Honours degree in Political Science and is currently working towards her Masters Degree in International Relations at the University of Cape Town. Emma works for local government and is a women's legal rights researcher in her spare time. She writes for the Daily Maverick in her personal capacity and reserves the right to change her mind without notice or explanation.

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Erik Doxtader

Erik Doxtader is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town and Professor of Rhetoric at the University of South Carolina in the United States. He has published numerous books and essays on transitional justice, the dynamics of reconciliation, and the discourse of human rights. His recent books include In the Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation and With Faith in the Works of Words: The Beginnings of Reconciliation in South Africa. Currently, he is completing a book, entitled The Barbarism of Transitional Justice, and undertaking a collaborative three-year project, supported by the Australian Research Council, on resistance to reconciliation in Australia, South Africa, and Northern Ireland. He lives in Columbia, South Carolina, and Cape Town, South Africa.

Esmaré Weideman

Esmaré Weideman is the chief executive officer of Media24. A journalist and editor for some 25 years, she was the editor-in-chief of Media24’s flagship weekly news and entertainment magazines Huisgenoot, YOU and DRUM before being appointed CEO more than four years ago. She has written extensively about labour, business, current affairs and politics on some of South Africa’s most influential newspapers and magazines. She holds a degree in commerce and an honours degree in journalism from Stellenbosch University.

Eve Dmochowska

Eve Dmochowska spends all her time pretending to be working, while she clicks from website to website, trying to make sense of the mayhem that is the online world. She's been doing this for 15 years, so she really knows how to do it well. In between the clicks, and just for more fun, she is the founder of, and helps online startups and their entrepreneurial founders get to market. When not playing, she works on her own online ventures, and consults to the big boys who end up paying her bills.

Faith Muthambi

Faith Muthambi is Minister of Public Service and Administration. She is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Muthambi is also a member of the Black Lawyers Association and the South African Women Lawyers Association. She was also Whip of the Portfolio Committee on Communications and served in the Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Now serving South Africa as the Minister of Communications.

Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa

Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa is chairman of the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) and an ordained Catholic priest. He was detained for four months after the 1976 student uprisings and subsequently banned for five years by the apartheid government.

Mkhatshwa served as general-secretary of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference during the 1980s and played a key role in the formation of the National Education Crisis Committee and the United Democratic Front, where he was appointed as patron.

He also played a crucial role in the establishment of the New Age newspaper in the late 1980s. He headed the Institute for Contextual Theology, which pioneered understanding of liberation theology in South Africa, from 1988 until 1994, when he was elected an ANC MP. In 1996 became the Deputy Minister of Education, a post he held until 1999. In 2000 he was elected Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane.

Mkhatshwa holds an MA in philosophy and theology from the University of Leuven in Belgium, and three honorary doctorates in philosophy.

Fatima Seedat

Dr Fatima Seedat holds a PhD in Islamic Law from McGill University, and has recently been appointed as Lecturer and Coordinator in the Gender, Religion and Heath Program at UKZN.

Felicity Kunene

Felicity Kunene was the Secretary of the SRC at the University of the Free State between 2005 and 2006. She was also a leader of the South African Student Congress (SASCO) during the same period.

Femke Brandt

Dr. Femke Brandt is a post-doctoral fellow in the NRF Research Chair on Land Reform and Democracy in South Africa at the Centre for African Studies (CAS) at the University of Cape Town. Dr Brandt is a social scientist doing research on the lives of farm workers, and transformation of social relations in the commercial farming landscape of the Eastern Cape.  

Fezisa Mdibi

Fezisa Mdibi is a poet, writer and recording artist of rhythm and poetry. Her work has been published in the London Guardian, Drum, The Times, True Love, Destiny, Real, Rhodes University's Thinking Africa and the Mail & Guardian, with poetry translated and published in Turkish. As a writer and activist, she has appeared on numerous television and radio shows hosted by, SABC 3, Kaya FM, SA FM and Power FM.

Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya

Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya is the Editor of The Mercury. He believes good intentions do not improve bad arguments nor bad intentions contaminate good arguments, so readers are free to make of his employment by the IMG what they will.

Francis Herd

Francis Herd is currently the face of SABC’s prime-time television business news and a commentator on SAfm. She began her career as a news reporter and anchor at Talk Radio 702, and she was involved in the launch of the country’s first independent 24 hour news channel, eNCA. Francis is passionate about ensuring that financial news goes well beyond the jargon and numbers, and is made relevant to a wide audience of people whose lives are profoundly affected by economic decisions. She has interviewed South Africa’s top policy makers and global and local business leaders. Francis holds an honours degree in Politics from Wits and an MBA at Gibs.

Francois Jurgens

Francois Jurgens is a PhD student in the Department of Private Law at UCT. He has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from UCT and BA(Hons) degrees in English literature and Philosophy from Rhodes University. He is currently working as a Teaching Assistant at UCT.

Frank Charnas

Frank Charnas is a senior intelligence analyst specialising in Sub-Saharan African affairs at a geopolitical risk consultancy based in the Middle East. 

Frans Cronje

Frans Cronjé is CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relation (IRR). Follow the IRR on Twitter @IRR_SouthAfrica.

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Frans Cronje & Georgina Alexander

Frans Cronje is deputy chief executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations.

Georgina Alexander is a researcher focusing on politics, government and assets and incomes.

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Frans Viljoen

Frans Viljoen is Professor of International Human Rights Law and Director of Centre for Human Rights at University of Pretoria.

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Fred Roed

Fred first started teaching people how to build their brands in the digital economy way back in 1998. Fred is currently the CEO of digital marketing agency World Wide Creative, with clients such as Honda, Old Mutual, Fancourt, Virgin, Exclusive Books and Ferrari, and is also the co-founder of The Heavy Chef Project, dedicated to demystifying digital marketing. Fred is obsessed with brand strategy and digital media - with side habits of pizza, Hawaiian shirts, movies, Danish beer and fine wine. Fred also happens to do a mean version of ‘Angie’ by the Rolling Stones at 3am in any randomly selected Korean karaoke joint (feel free to search for it on YouTube).

Gabriella Razzano

Gabriella Razzano (@jablet) is the Head of Legal Research at the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), Director of Policy and Strategy at Code for South Africa and the Chairperson of the African Platform on Access to Information Working Group. She loves justice, access to information, and yoga, in that order.

Gaelyn Scott

Gaelyn Scott is a director at ENSafrica and has 18 years' experience. She heads up the firm's intellectual property department. Gaelyn specialises in strategic brand management and the enforcement of intellectual property rights, both locally and internationally, with extensive experience in Africa. She is experienced in litigation and dispute resolution relating to intellectual property rights, including trade mark infringement, passing-off and unlawful competition matters, trade mark oppositions, copyright litigation, franchising and licensing disputes, corporate name and domain name objections and Advertising Standards Authority complaints. Gaelyn advises clients in relation to the management and enforcement of their intellectual property portfolios and manages several large worldwide trade mark portfolios. She provides legal services to several clients on a pro bono basis and is an adjudicator on the domain name dispute panel of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law. Gaelyn has been published widely in her field of expertise, both locally and internationally.

Gavin Hartford

Gavin Hartford has decades of organisational experience in the labour movement and was active in the ANC at branch level and as an Eastern Cape Regional Executive Committee member.

Geoff Davies

Bishop Geoff Davies, 'The Green Bishop', is the founder and honorary patron of the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute, and retired Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Umzumvubu.

Ghaleb Cachalia

Ghaleb Cachalia is a politician and is leader of the DA caucus in Ekurhuleni. He is a former strategy consultant and businessman, entrepreneur. He has served on the boards of listed and unlisted companies in South Africa, Africa and abroad. He writes in his personal capacity.

Gilad Isaacs

Gilad Isaacs is an independent economist, activist and political commentator. Gilad previously worked at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and was a founding member of the Social Justice Coalition (SJC). He holds an MA in political economy from New York University (NYU), and an MSc from SOAS, University of London, through which he is completing a PhD in economics. He is currently working at WITS. Tweets from: @giladisaacs.


GRANT TUNGAY is a lawyer by training, he left a career in law to join the jesuits. He recently specialised in human rights law. He did volunteer work at the SA Human Rights Commission and also worked as an intern for the Centre of Applied Legal Studies at WITS. He is currently working at the Jesuit Institute South Africa in the area of social justice and is interested in the overlap between law, social justice and spirituality.

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Greg Marinovich

Born in South Africa in 1962, Greg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and is co-author of The Bang Bang Club, a nonfiction book on South Africa’s transition to democracy. He has spent 25 years doing conflict, documentary and news photography around the globe. His photographs have appeared in top international publications such as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian of London, among others.  
He is chair of the World Press Master Class nominating committee for Africa, and was a World Press Photo judge in 1994 and 2005. In 2009 he was the recipient of the Nat Nakasa award for courageous journalism. Marinovich was Editor-In-Chief of the Twenty Ten project and responsible for managing over 100 African journalists’ work in all forms of media.
Currently, Editor-at-Large for IMaverick and Daily Maverick, doing freelance photography and making a film about the former militants in Thokoza township, South Africa, and writing a non-fiction book about an infamous murderer who just happened to be married to Marinovich’s mother.

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Greg Nicolson

Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

Gregory Solik

Gregory Solik is a political reform activist who specialises in constitutional and administrative law theory. He is currently coordinator of the My Vote Counts Campaign, which is demanding political party funding reform.

Griffin Shea

Griffin Shea is a journalist and writer. He worked for Agence France-Presse in Washington, Harare, Bangkok and Johannesburg. Last year he launched a series of eponymously titled travel apps for African cities at Now he’s working on a PhD at Wits to figure out how to sell more books through small booksellers in downtown Johannesburg.

Gugu Ndima

Gugu Ndima is an ANC member and activist.

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Gushwell Brooks

Gushwell F. Brooks is an LLB graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand. He did not go on to become an attorney, but much rather entered the corporate rat race. After slaving away for years, he found his new life as a talk show host for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk.

Gustav Swart

Gustav Swart lectures part-time in the Journalism Programme at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He promises to keep Game of Thrones references to a reasonable minimum.

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Guy Berger

Guy Berger is part of the School of Journalism and Media Studies, Rhodes University. A long-standing media activist and academic, he has written extensively on the self-regulation vs the media appeals tribunal debate.

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Guy Harris

Guy Harris was involved in the 1994 elections as a business observer in KZN. Since then he has also participated in many of the tripartite structures focusing on trade and industry.

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Hagen Engler

Hagen Engler is a writer, journalist, poet and blogger at He rose from small-town obscurity in Port Elizabeth to attain big-city anonymity in Johannesburg. En route he edited men's magazine FHM, where he admired bikinis, lit his farts and streaked around Randburg professionally. Today he types furtively in a darkened room, trying to look busy and avoid nappy duty.

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Hamilton Wende

Hamilton Wende is a freelance author, journalist, producer and fixer based in Johannesburg. He has worked all over Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan for most of the major international networks including CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and many others.  His latest novel House of War about a search for a lost city of Alexander the Great in northern Afghanistan is in its second printing with Penguin. The fixer in the novel is called 'Abdulov' and he was once in the KGB - a long time ago.

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Hans van de Groenendaal

Hans van de Groenendaal is Feature Editor of EngineerIT magazine

Heidi Swart

Heidi Swart is a freelance investigative journalist.

Herman Mashaba

Herman Mashaba is the executive mayor of Johannesburg. An entrepreneur, businessman and family man, Mashaba founded the famous company Black Like Me. His inspirational life story of overcoming formidable odds has captured the imagination of many South Africans. Born in near-poverty in GaRamotse in Hammanskraal, and raised by his sisters while his absent domestic-worker mother worked long hours, Herman sees his life’s purpose to help others find a ladder out of poverty.

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Herman Wasserman is professor of journalism and media Studies at Rhodes University. He has published widely on media in post-apartheid South Africa, most recently the book Tabloid Journalism in South Africa: True Story! He edits the journal Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies.

Sean Jacobs, a native of Cape Town, teaches media courses in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School, New York. He blogs at Africa is a Country.

Hilary Venables

Hilary Venables has worked as a beat reporter for the Cape Times, as a writer and producer for the BBC World Service in London, and as an advertising copywriter in South Africa and the Middle East.  She currently lives off-the-grid in a hamlet in the Western Cape where she grows vegetables, keeps hens and occasionally waves red flags at bulls.

Ian Michler

Ian Michler has spent the last 24 years working as a specialist guide, safari operator, photo-journalist and consultant across Africa, including a stint of 13 years based in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. His writing covers topics on conservation, wildlife management, ecotourism, and the environment in general, and he has been a regular contributor, columnist and blogger for Africa Geographic over the past two decades. Ian is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers and is the author and photographer of seven natural history and travel books on Africa. Prior to his life in the wilderness, he spent eight years practicing as a stockbroker in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He currently lives along the Garden Route where he runs Invent Africa, an inbound safari company that takes guests to 15 countries across Africa.

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Ian Ollis

Ian Ollis, Joined the DP in 1999 and worked as a volunteer before being elected to political office in 2005. He was elected MP for the Democratic Alliance in 2009 and promoted in 2010 to take the position of Shadow Labour Minister. He has formerly lectured at Wits University, founded a small real estate business and worked as a Christian Minister. He lives in Craighall Park and has no dogs!

Ian von Memerty

Ian von Memerty is a Zimbabwean-born South African entertainer, actor, singer, musician, writer, director and television presenter. See his full biography here.

Inge Abraham

Inge Abraham is a Dutch political scientist who previously worked as a journalist in China and The Netherlands. She moved to Cape Town in 2009 and works as a journalist and freelance correspondent.

Iqbal Survè

Dr Iqbal Survè is Executive Chairman of Independent Media. 

Iraj Abedian

Iraj Abedian, CE: Iraj holds a PhD in economics from Simon Fraser University, Canada. He was professor of economics at University of Cape Town (UCT) before joining Standard Bank as Group Chief Economist in 2000. He was extensively involved in economic and financial policy as well as institutional restructuring of South Africa’s public policy after 1994.

In 2005, he founded Pan-African Capital Holdings (Pty) Ltd. In addition to growing the company’s investment portfolio, Iraj was centrally involved in the conceptualisation and capital raising for a KZN Infrastructure Growth Fund (R1,5 billion), and the establishment of South Africa’s first environmental clean tech Fund (US$ 94 million fund), as well as the design and establishment of a housing finance fund called Housing Investment Partners (HiP). Within the Pan-African Capital group, he has helped establish two private equity funds, totalling R650 million.

Iraj currently serves as a non-executive director on the board of Munich Re of Africa and Capital Fund Properties Ltd. He maintains an active interest in public policy discourse (macroeconomic policy, mining policy and infrastructure finance) and is an extraordinary professor of economics at Graduate School of Business Sciences (GIBS) of University of Pretoria.

Over the past five years, he has also served as a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’i’s of South Africa- a not-for-profit religious body with focus on the promotion of spirituality within the society at large.

Ismail Lagardien

After an extended hiatus in academia and in a policy-making environment for two decades, Ismail Lagardien is back writing independently, again. His career as a journalist was forged over 14 years, from its early start at the Rand Daily Mail andSunday Express, to marginal involvement in the Weekly Mail, and finally, as the first political correspondent for Sowetan, until 1995. Over this extended period he also did regular work for the BBC World Service (Radio and Television), Reuters, the SundayTribune and The Star. For 10 Years, between 1985 and 1995, he was the Southern Africa Correspondent and a columnist for the New Straits Times of Malaysia. Ismail is from Eldorado Park, was educated at the London School of Economics, and holds a doctorate in International Political Economy. When writing about matters political economic, he proceeds from this: No-one rules without guilt, and good people can be bad, sometimes, in the same way that bad people can be good, sometimes. He can, also, take pictures.

Ivo Vegter

Ivo Vegter is a columnist and the author of Extreme Environment, a book on environmental exaggeration and how it harms emerging economies. He writes on this and many other matters, from the perspective of individual liberty and free markets. He is seldom wrong.

Ivor Chipkin

Ivor Chipkin is the Director and Founder of the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) in Johannesburg. PARI is South Africa’s leading research institute on the study of government and the State.

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J Brooks Spector

Spector settled in Johannesburg after a career as a US diplomat in Africa and East Asia. He has taught at the U. of the Witwatersrand, been a consultant for an international NGO, run a theatre, and been a commentator for South African and international print/broadcast/online media, in addition to writing for The Daily Maverick from day one. He says he learned everything he needs to know about politics from ‘Casablanca.’ Maybe he's cynical about some things, but a late Beethoven string quartet, John Coltrane’s music and a dish of Pad Thai will bring him close to tears.

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Jackie Dugard & Kathleen Hardy

Jackie Dugard is a human rights activist and scholar. She's currently a senior researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), which she co-founded in January 2010 and directed until December 2012.

Kathleen Hardy joined CALS in June 2011 as the attorney in the Rule of Law Programme. Prior to joining CALS she completed an internship at the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee’s Executive Directorate (CTED) in New York. Kathleen is a sessional lecturer at Wits where she lectures criminal law.

Jackie Shandu

Born and raised in Stanger, Jackie Shandu is part of the EFF KZN Provincial Command Team as head of Policy, Research and Political Education. He writes in his personal capacity.

Jackson Mthembu

Jackson Mthembu is head of the ANC Sub-Committee on Communications. Read his Wikipedia profile here.

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Jacques Rousseau

Rousseau is a voluntary exile from professional philosophy, where having to talk metaphysics eventually became unbearably irritating. He now spends his time trying to arrest the rapid decline in common sense exhibited by his species, both through teaching critical thinking and business ethics at the University of Cape Town, and through activities aimed at eliminating the influence of religious ideology in public policy.

When not being absurdly serious, he’s one of those left-wing sorts who enjoys red wine, and he is alleged to be able to cook a mean Bistecca Fiorentine.

James Cannon Boyce

James Cannon Boyce is a two time US Presidential Campaign Senior Advisor, MSNBC Democratic Strategist and top Huffington Post Blogger. James has recently opened on office of Common Sense in Cape Town. James is also the author of the soon-to-be-published book, "Floating" about his father's life and death in Burma.

James Grant

James Grant is a former Associate Professor of Law and currently Advocate of the High Court of SA. He is a specialist in criminal law. Degrees: B Proc LLB BA hons (psychology); PhD (law).

Jan F Mutton

Jan F. Mutton is a Research Associate in Foreign Policy and Human Rights, Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria.

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Jan Hofmeyr

Jan Hofmeyr heads the Policy and Analysis Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. He conducts and manages policy-orientated research and has a specific interest in the variables that affect social and economic inclusivity in transitional societies. He belongs to the Bertelsmann Foundation's group of international Transformation Thinkers and has collaborated on the Foundation's Transformation and Sustainable Governance Indices.

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Jane Duncan

Professor Jane Duncan is Highway Africa Chair of Media and the Information Society, School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University. Before joining Rhodes, she worked at the Freedom of Expression Institute, and was its executive director from 2001 to 2009. She has also worked at the Afrika Cultural Centre in Newtown and the Funda Centre in Soweto. An art historian by training, she has three post-graduate degrees, including a PhD from the Wits School of the Arts, and has published widely on media policy and freedom of expression issues. She tweets at @duncanjane.

Janice Winter

Janice Winter is a journalist and media scholar. She has a postgraduate degree in International Development from the University of Oxford, for which she was awarded a distinction for research on victims of political violence in Zimbabwe. She written for and edited magazines and book publications, and has conducted research for several international organisations. She is currently programme manager of the Axess Programme on Journalism and Democracy, which explores the relationship between the media and political power globally. Her book, The Dystopian Democracy: Media and Politics in South Africa, will be published in 2012.

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Jared Sacks

Jared Sacks is a founder of the Children of South Africa. Since 2007, he has been living in Cape Town working directly with communities supporting their efforts to build authentic grassroots social change. He has worked closely with a range of poor people's social movements. He is also the compiler of the anthology No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way.

Jarred Cinman

Jarred Cinman is a digital native – quite literally in that he is the MD of NATIVE VML, one of the most important new local ad agencies. He is also the Chair of the IAB South Africa, the industry body that seeks to drive digital forward.

In 2015 he will have been in the digital industry in South Africa for 20 years. Among his defining traits are that he is a troublemaker, a vegan, an anti-theist, a writer and a musician. He has lived in Johannesburg his whole life.

Jason Norwood-Young

Jason Norwood-Young is a journalist-turned-developer, and has tried with varying success to be both throughout his career. He advocates data journalism through his weekly Naked Data newsletter

Jay Naidoo

Jay Naidoo is founding General Secretary of Cosatu, former Minister in Mandela Government and former Chair of GAIN, a Global Foundation Fighting malnutrition in the World. You can also visit his Facebook Page or

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is an investigative journalist, author of four books and a visiting professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In 1995 he was a Fulbright Teacher at the Uthongathi School in Tongaat, South Africa, and in 2016 he taught an investigative journalism course at Wits University. His work has earned national and international recognition.

Jeff Radebe

Jeff Radebe is the ANC’s Head of Policy and Minister in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. See his Wikipedia profile.

Jeff Rudin

Jeff Rudin works at the Alternative Information & Development Centre (AIDC), having returned home in 1994 after spending the previous 28 years in England.  His other paid work since my return has been as a Parliamentary researcher for the ANC and as the National Research Officer for the South African Municipal Workers’ Union.

Jenny Durandt

Dr Jenny Durandt divides her time between general practice in Woodstock, tutoring Family Medicine at UCT Health Science Faculty, and unpaid work in a children's home in Khayelitsha.

Jeremy Cronin

Jeremy Cronin is a South African writer, author, and noted poet. A longtime activist in politics, Cronin is a member of the South African Communist Party and a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress.He presently serves as the South African Deputy Minister of Public Works. See his Wikipedia profile here.

Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn founded the popular China media website, and acts as editor and publisher. The site has tracked the changes in China's media and Internet on a daily basis since 2003 and also produces video interviews with people in culture and the media in China.  

Goldkorn produced the documentary film African Boots of Beijing. His writing has appeared in many Chinese and foreign publications including The Guardian, The New York Times, Life, and Cosmopolitan's China edition, covering a range of subjects from media regulation, Internet business, freedom of expression, the habits of young Chinese Internet users and Chinese consumer culture.

He is a regular speaker at English and Chinese language conferences and events.

Jeremy Seekings

Jeremy Seekings is professor of political studies and sociology at the university of cape Town. His most recent book is Poverty, Politics and Policy in South Africa (Jacana).

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Jesse Harber

Jesse Harber is a political economist, which is a bit like an economist might be if they always had to explain what it is that they do. He recently returned to South Africa after six years in England, Holland and Spain, where he studied public policy and tapas.

Jessica Greenstone

Jessica Greenstone is a WWF-SA Marine Fellow: UCT Marine Research Institute. Jessica joined the WWF South Africa Seafood Market Transformation team within the Marine Programme at the beginning of this year and heads up the organisations SASSI species assessment work as well as leading on the Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and Fishery Conservation Projects (FCPs) that WWF South Africa are involved in. Jessica completed an environmental law degree at the University of Michigan School of Law and, after practicing in the environmental law field in the US and Mozambique, she also completed an MSc at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in Conservation Biology.

Joel Modiri

Joel Modiri teaches jurisprudence at the University of Pretoria. He writes in his personal (and ideological) capacity.

Johann Redelinghuys

Johann Redelinghuys is a partner at Heidrick & Struggles the international leadership consulting business, which bought the firm Redelinghuys & Partners of which he was the founder. He has been deeply involved in career management and executive search all his life. He is the chairman of the South African company and now heads up its board practice working with chairmen and CEOs focussed on CEO succession, strategic leadership review and board evaluation.

John Clarke

John Clarke hopes to write the wrongs of the world, informed by his experience as a social worker and theologian, to actualise fundamental human rights and satisfy fundamental human needs.  He has lived in the urbanised concentration of Johannesburg, but has worked mainly in the rural reaches of the Wild Coast for the past decade.  From having paid a fortune in toll fees he believes he has earned the right to be critical of Sanral and other extractive institutions, and has not held back while supporting Sustaining the Wild Coast ( ), the Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute ( and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (, in various ways.  See his blog at  for past articles, his YouTube channel for films featuring his work,   and order his book The Promise of Justice on

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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 two as editorial director of the short-lived THISDAY newspaper, he became the United Nations’ Chairperson of the Electoral Media Commission in Afghanistan. He returned from a second tour in Afghanistan to write God, Spies and Lies, Finding South Africa’s future through its past, which has just been published.

John Mitchell

John Mitchell is just third-ever person to play for, captain and coach of the All Blacks. As a player, Mitchell played 134 matches for his province Waikato, captaining the team a record 86 times, and played six games for New Zealand on their 1993 tour of Great Britain, captaining the All Blacks in three tour matches.

He has coached all over the world and has winners medals for the Six Nations, Bledisloe Cup, Tri-Nations and Currie Cup competitions. Mitchell is now a regular member of the television pundit lineup on Supersport.

As recently appointed Director of Rugby at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Mitchell oversees the rugby coaching, fitness and medical staff on the UKZN campuses, as well as taking charge of the UKZN Impi team in the FNB Varsity Shield. He also runs the Powerade "coaching the coaches" programme for Schools and blogs on his website.

John Stephens

John Stephens' work as a Legal Researcher at SECTION27 focuses on human rights, the right to health and, more particularly, issues around tuberculosis

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John Stupart

John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

Jon Foster-Pedley

Jon Foster-Pedley is the Dean and director of Henley Business School South Africa, a school of Henley Business School UK.

Jonathan Deal

Jonathan Deal is founder and CEO of Treasure Karoo Action Group. He published Timeless Karoo in 2007 and is a member and past chairman of the Southern African Freelancers Association. Recipient in 2013, of the coveted Goldman Environmental Prize he is sought after as a speaker at international conferences and has been selected to present at Al Gore’s International Climate Leadership School in Johannesburg in March 2014.


Jonathan Whittall is head of Humanitarian Analysis for Medecins sans Frontieres / Doctors without Borders. He has worked for MSF in a number of different countries including Libya, Bahrain, Syria, South Sudan and Pakistan amongst others. Jonathan holds a PhD in Humanitarian Studies from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. Originally from South Africa, Jonathan is currently based in Beirut and can be found at @offyourrecord on twitter.

Jonis Ghedi Alasow

Jonis Ghedi Alasow is a Master's student in the department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes Universtiy. His research is on popular emancipatory politics with particular reference to farmworkers in the Western Cape.

Joseph Kraus

Joseph Kraus is Senior Policy Manager for Transparency and Accountability at ONE, a global advocacy organization committed to eradicating extreme poverty and preventable disease.

Judith February

Judith February is a governance specialist, columnist and lawyer. She  was previously executive director of the HSRC’s Democracy and Governance unit and also head of the Idasa’s South African Governance programme for 12 years.

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Judith February is based at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Prior to that she was executive director of the HSRC’s Democracy and Governance unit and also head of the Idasa’s South African Governance programme for 12 years.

Anthea Gardner is founder and managing partner of asset management business Cartesian Capital, where she manages listed equity and fixed income portfolios. 

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Judith February is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Security Studies and Jonathan Faull is an independent political and policy analyst based in Washington DC

Julian Brown

Julian Brown is a lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford, specialising in South African protest movements.

Julian Rademeyer

Julian Rademeyer is the editor of Africa Check, the only fact-checking website of its kind in Africa. He has been a journalist for the past twenty years. In another life he writes about rhino poaching, wildlife trafficking and organised crime. He is the author of the best-selling book, Killing for Profit - exposing the illegal rhino horn trade.

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Julie Cunningham

Julie Cunningham is Talk Radio 702's resident nation builder, a journalist and guest speaker. She's been a producer at most of South Africa and London's TV news organisations, but left before it became boring. When she's not building communities, or mentoring younger South Africans, she's talking to organisations and individuals about active citizenship and South Africa's future possibilities. She's dabbled in science and psychology and will talk to anybody about anything.

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Julie Reid

Dr Julie Reid is an academic and media analyst at the Department of Communication Science at the Unisa. She tweets about media issues regularly from @jbjreid and writes about media policy debates and the state of media freedom in South Africa. Julie is the Deputy President of the South African Communications Association (SACOMM), and an active member of the Right2Know campaign. She is involved in various media policy research projects, has published research in the field of media studies and edited a book on South African visual culture.

Julius Malema

Julius Malema is Commander-in-Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a South African political party which he founded in July 2013. See his Wikipedia profile

Justin McCarthy

Recovering Mad Man, occasional writer, wine enthusiast, coffee addict and unpredictable wildling, Justin is a lifelong student of behavioural economics, politics and the irrational human psyche. Commercially he focuses on the intersecting stacks of media, marketing and technology, particularly in the telecoms, consumer technology, retailing and media sectors. His opinions represent no organisations or interest groups and he receives no recompense save for namedropping. He also likes nuts. Follower discretion @justininza is advised. 

Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh

Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh is the Executive Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre. She is a veteran human rights lawyer who led the court application to have Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir arrested for war crimes in South Africa during the occasion of the Africa Union Summit. She previously headed the Refugee and Migrants Rights Programme at Lawyers for Human Rights.

Kaizer M. Nyatsumba

Educated in the USA, the UK and South Africa, Kaizer holds an MBA from the University of Hull (UK), a BA Honours in English from Georgetown University in Washington DC, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and an Advanced Management Programme Diploma from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He also holds a Leadership Development Program Diploma from Harvard University's Business School.

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Kalim Rajab

Kalim Rajab is a director of the New National Assurance Company, SA's largest empowered insurance company. He previously worked in the diamond industry, and was educated at UCT and Oxford. He writes in his personal capacity about SA, current events, film appreciation and culture. Catch him on twitter at @kalimrajab

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Karen Milford

Karen Milford is a doctor who has been working at state hospitals for the last six years. She's not a journalist and doesn't spend much time on social media. Her friends say she's opinionated and every now and then she strings a few sentences together to have her say.

Karen Williams

Karen Williams is a native of nowhere and a professional klipgooier. She's followed the Joseph Kony story for more than a decade, and over the past 20 years sightings of her have been reported in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Laos, Pakistan and anywhere else where you have to drink the wine because the water's too dangerous. Over the past decade she has mainly lived in Afghanistan and has also been hard at work to ensure that Burma develops its own class of klipgooiers.


Karl Cloete is the Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa. Photo by Netwerk24.

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Karl Gostner

Karl Gostner is Primedia Broadcasting’s General Manager in the Western Cape. In addition to this role he is a passionate member of the Lead SA leadership group.

Karyn Maughan

Karyn Maughan is a senior legal reporter at ENEWS and co-author of the best-selling Lolly Jackson biography. She started her career working at a mortuary and will happily spend her weekends reading autopsy reports. She also spends inordinate amounts of time in strip clubs.

Kate Janse van Rensburg & Sarah Bruchhausen

Kate Janse van Rensburg is currently a Politics Honours student at the university currently known as Rhodes. She has a Bachelor or Journalism degree, specialising in Photojournalism.

Sarah Bruchhausen is a Masters student in the History Department and UHURU (Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University) at the university currently known as Rhodes. 

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Kate Lefko-Everett

Kate Lefko-Everett is Senior Project Leader for the Reconciliation Barometer at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation. You can follow her on Twitter on @opinionkate and @SABarometer.

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Kate Tissington

Kate Tissington is a researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI).

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Kathy Malherbe

Kathy Malherbe graduated from the University of Stellenbosch with English as her major. She has been a freelance writer for 22 years specialising in investigative medical features, travel and motoring/lifestyle features. She has been regular contributor to Private Edition since its inception five years ago and her investigative medical feature on the history of apartheid in medicine was a finalist in the Discovery Health Investigative Journalism Awards. Her love of adrenalin rush extends into some of the controversial topics she covers, her love of getting away from it all (on or off road) on a motorbike (preferably a BMW) and a passion for skiing – fast.

When she writes she tries to leave out the words that people skip.

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Ken Borland

Ken Borland hails from the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal and was educated in the Midlands before going to Joburg in 2004. For a small fee, he'll write or talk about anything and has been a contributor for Reuters, SuperSport, the BBC, various other radio stations around the world, and Midi Olympique. He has covered rugby and cricket World Cups and, even though his own game is a disgrace, numerous golf tournaments. In fact, he took up writing when it became clear he was not going to be actually playing in the big stadiums, no matter how keen he was!

When he's not around a sports field somewhere, Ken is invariably in the bush, birdwatching, although the sea and its conchological riches also fascinate him. He is a keen follower of music and movies.
Kenneth Diole

Kenneth Diole is a Political Science and International Relations Graduate from the University of Pretoria, Youth Policy Member at the South African Institute for International Affairs, Director at a youth-led advocacy organisation, Innovation for Empowerment and Development (IFED) and Independent consultant and social commentator. 

Kerry Chance

Dr. Kerry Chance is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) New Faculty Fellow in the Anthropology Department at Harvard University.  She joined the Anthropology Department as a College Fellow in 2011 after receiving a Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago.  She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled "Living Politics" on governance and political mobilization in contemporary South Africa.  She has held research fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner Gren Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.  Her research interests include: Political Anthropology, African Studies, everyday material life, popular movements, economic liberalization, development, and new forms of politics, violence and governance.

Kevin Bloom

Kevin Bloom has written for a wide array of South African and international publications, including Granta, the UK Times and the Guardian, and is an Honorary Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa, having completed the fall residency of the International Writing Program in 2011. Kevin’s first book, Ways of Staying, won the 2010 South African Literary Award for literary journalism, and was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award. He is currently working on a book about a changing Africa.

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Khadija Patel

Khadija peddles words on street corners, in polite company she's known as a journalist. Words are her only defence against impending doom, old age and iniquity - spurring her interest in what language tells us about where we are from, what we are doing and where we are headed. Don't mind the headscarf, she don't need no liberation. 

Khanya Mtshali

Khanya Mtshali is a writer and journalist completing her MA in Cultural Reporting and Criticism at New York University. She has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Hons) from the University of Edinburgh. In addition to cultural criticism, she writes short fiction and poetry. Follow her on Twitter: @UncleKhanya

Khaye Nkwanyana

Khaye Nkwanyana is the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Higher Education and Training.

Khensani Masisi

Khensani Masisi is a second year student at Wits, studying a BA in psychology and sociology. She is the only child of  a single parent and went to St Stithians girls college.

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Khulekani Mathe

Khulekani Mathe joined the public service in 2007 as Senior Policy Analyst in the Policy Coordination and Advisory Services in the Presidency. He moved to the National Planning Commission Secretariat, as one of the sector experts in March 2010. He has been responsible for all education, health and social protection work in the National Planning Commission Secretariat. Currently he is Acting Head of the National Planning Commission Secretariat.

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Kiflu Hussain

Kiflu Hassain was born in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, in the 1960s. He was trained as a lawyer in Addis Ababa University, and worked at different state enterprises and corporations as an attorney until he landed up in a concentration camp in October 2005 on a farcical charge of corruption. After being denied bail for a full year, he was released in October 2006.

On top of being threatened by another round of incarceration, he found the outside world itself to be one big concentration camp, since fear and suspicion had descended on the land due to the brutal crackdown in July and November 2005 that saw the massacre of more than 200 civilians in Addis Ababa alone. Hence, he decided to flee the country, seeking asylum in Uganda in January 2007.

Kiflu has written articles for the English Reporter and the defunct Addis Zena newspaper in Ethiopia; and the Daily Monitor, Uganda Record, and New Vision in Uganda, among other publications.

Ethiopia, despite being the seat of the African Union had never produced a regime that allows even the minimum space for dialogue that other people in Africa enjoy so naturally. Thus Kiflu feels that ending up in Uganda is a blessing in disguise, as it affords him the opportunity to write.

At the same time, being a refugee has exposed him to the hypocrisy of the international community. Thus, he defines the term refugee as follows:

R - rooted out
E - exiled
F - frightened
U - unwelcome
G - globally shunned
E - expendable to capricious politics
E - eternally endangered

Whether you welcome him or not, his voice will be heard through his eclectic writings.

KNeo Mokgopa

KNeo Mokgopa is fourth year law student at the University of Cape Town on a NSFAS loan. He is the Editor of the African Union Chapter publication I Africx and an all-round creative practitioner. He contributes writings to various organisations from the international youth slam poetry festival Brave New Voices to the South African Badilisha Poetry.


Koketso Moeti is a mother, campaigner and avid blogger. She has a long background in civic activism and has over the years worked at the intersection of governance, communication and citizen action. Apart from that Koketso is also a liker of things; a lover of people and has no sense of humour. Also on Twitter at @Kmoeti

Kylie Thomas

Kylie Thomas is member of the Open Stellenbosch collective and a lecturer at Stellenbosch University. She is the author of Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality after apartheid and currently teaches and writes about violence during and after apartheid and about South African photography. She has also worked as a researcher with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. 

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Lance Claasen

Lance oversees the daily content of all the Talk shows on Kaya FM. In his spare time he has an alter ego called Chip Channing, who has a satirical "How to Guide on workplace politics" It would be easy to confuse Lance with his identical twin brother Larry Claasen, who writes for the Financial Mail. The best way to tell the difference is that Larry is left handed and Lance uses right hand.

Lara Stavridis

Lara Stavridis is an editor at Cape Town-based Clarity Editorial. She studied English and received her Honours degree in media theory and practice at the University of Cape Town.

Laura Freeman

Laura Freeman is a researcher and programme officer at the Safety & Violence Initiative at the University of Cape Town. She writes in her personal capacity.

Lauren Hutton

Lauren Hutton is an independent consultant with more than 10 years’ experience working on peace and security in Africa. She has worked for think tanks such as the Institute for Security Studies and the Netherlands Institute for International Relations (Clingendael), as well as operational agencies such as the Danish Refugee Council and Danish Demining Group.

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Lauren Royston is the Director of Research and Advocacy at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI), where Stuart Wilson is the Executive Director.



Lawson Naidoo is the Executive Secretary of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC). He writes in his personal capacity.

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Leanne Stillerman

Leanne completed an M.A. in clinical psychology at Wits, and has worked in a number of community settings. Currently, she works in private practice and in a hospital, and lectures at the South African College of Applied Psychology. Leanne is interested in issues which impact on the South African psyche, including trauma, the disruption of families, violence against women, and masculine identity in the South African context, and believes that psychoanalytic thinking can help us understand and address social realities.

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 it's 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 ( and was previously an Olympic beach volleyball player.

Lerato Lephatsa

Lerato “Che' Lephatsa is an English teacher and a blogger at

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Lev David

Lev David is a columnist and screenwriter living in Johannesburg. He doesn't look like a "Lev David" and can provide no satisfactory explanation for that. Also, he knows that you know that he's written this bio. In the third person. Why did the editor make him do that? Oh, screw it. He's a writer, that's all. He is on Twitter as @levdavid. Email him at

Lewis Pugh

Lewis Pugh is an ocean advocate and a pioneer swimmer. He frequently swims in vulnerable ecosystems to draw attention to their plight. Pugh was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. In 2010, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader and in 2013 the United Nations Environment Programme appointed him Patron of the Oceans.

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Liam Minné is the chairman of Open Shuhada Street. After dabbling in the dream sciences, he is now completing an LLB at the University of Cape Town

Bruce Baigrie has previously served as chairman of the UCT Palestine Solidarity Forum. He has a master’s degree in conservation biology from UCT.

Lihle Ngcobozi & Kate Janse van Rensburg

Lihle Ngcobozi is a first year Politics Masters student at the university currently known as Rhodes. 

Kate Janse van Rensburg is currently a Politics Honours student at the university currently known as Rhodes. She has a Bachelor or Journalism degree, specialising in Photojournalism.

Lindela ‘Mashumi’ Figlan

Lindela ‘Mashumi’ Figlan is a founder member of Abahlali baseMjondolo. He is currently the movement’s Vice-President and has also served in leadership positions in the movement’s committees in the Foreman Road and Kennedy Road settlements. He was born in J.B. Location in Flagstaff in the former Transkei. His father, a migrant worker on the mines, was a participant in the Pondo Revolt on Ngquza Hill in 1960. Lindela attended Walter Cingo Senior Secondary School and was the chairperson of Congress of South African Students (COSAS) at his school and the organisation’s regional secretary. He works as a security guard in Durban.


Lindi Dlamini

Lindi Dlamini is a lawyer, business executive and a member of Shukumani Bafazi, which is participating in the people’s march.

Lindiwe Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko is Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance. See her Wikipedia page here.

Lisa Kindervater

Lisa Kindervater has a Master's in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. She has been in Johannesburg since January 2014. She is currently working towards her PhD in Political Studies at Wits University.

Lisa Vetten

Lisa Vetten has worked in the field of violence against women for over two decades as a counsellor, para-legal, trainer and researcher. She is currently an honorary research associate at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER).

Loammi Wolf

Loammi Wolf is a constitutional law specialist who runs the initiative Democracy for Peace.

Louis Heyneman

Louis Heyneman obtained degrees in music and journalism at the University of Stellenbosch and furthered his postgraduate studies at the University of Missouri Columbia in America. After a career as a music journalist and magazine editor, he became director of the Oude Meester Foundation for the Performing Arts, In 2000, he took on the position of CEO of the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Louis Reynolds

Louis Reynolds is a retired Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Cape Town. His professional interests include neuromuscular disorders of children, paediatric pulmonology, paediatric intensive care, and community child health. He was a member of Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT, and served on the Board of the UCT’s Children’s Institute. He teaches on health & human rights, primary health care, and the health impacts of climate change at UCT and the University of the Western Cape.

He is involved in health and human rights advocacy with a focus on sustainability, vulnerability and the rights of the child. He is a founding member and current chair of the South African Chapter of the People’s Health Movement, a global network of civil society organisations campaigning for health as a fundamental human right.

Louise van der Merwe

A journalist by profession, Louise van der Merwe has worked towards a better dispensation for farmed animals in South Africa for the last 24 years. She is the representative in South Africa for the international NGO Compassion in World Farming; is the Editor of Animal Voice, a quarterly national magazine dedicated to creating awareness of the suffering of farmed animals and lobbying at every level for better welfare; and is the Managing Trustee of The Humane Education Trust which works in schools towards creating a sense of respect for all life.

Lubabalo Ntsholo

Lubabalo Ntsholo works as a Researcher for the EFF in the National Assembly. He previously worked as a strategist and project coordinator in both the land reform and biodiversity conservation sectors. He holds a masters degree in development studies from UCT, and a second masters in land and agrarian studies from UWC.

Lumko Mtimde

Lumko Mtimde is an ICT, media and broadcasting policy and regulatory expert and former CEO of Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA

Luzuko Buku

Luzuko Buku is a Secretary General of the South African Students Congress(SASCO). He is serving as a member of the Council on Higher Education( CHE), which is an independent statutory body charged with advising the Minister of Higher Education. He is currently a PHD candidate in Journalism and Media Studies in Rhodes University focusing on the sustainability of the SABC in a rapidly transforming and competitive digital era.

Magda Wierzycka

Sygnia CEO Magda Wierzycka is no stranger to challenging the status quo. The actuary and consumer advocate believes in forcing transparency in the financial services industry, one educated investor at a time. Her outspokenness has earned her a legion of online trolls and is reported to have “SA fund managers shaking in their boots”. She’s the only female CEO of a fintech company in Africa and loves all things future tech. She tweets from @Magda_Wierzycka.

Makashule Gana

Makashule Gana is the current Shadow Minister of Human Settlements for the Democratic Alliance. He also served as the Deputy Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance until 2014. Formerly leader of the DA Youth and currently a DA councillor in the City of Johannesburg, Gana holds a BSc degree and is currently registered for a Postgraduate Diploma in Management at the Wits Business School. Read his full profile here.

Mako Muzenda

Mako Muzenda is a Zimbabwean journalist, currently studying at Rhodes University. Her areas of interest include African youth, development and culture.

Malik Dechambenoit

Malik Dechambenoit is a political analyst and mediator, with extensive experience working with government agencies at the international, central and local levels in Africa. He is the co-founder of Gumbi, Dechambenoit & Associates a Johannesburg based specialist consultancy that advises global companies on doing business in Africa.

A Senior United Nations official, from 2001 to 2009, Malik participated in international peace-making efforts in Central and East Africa and served as Senior Advisor to former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania and Ketumile Masire of Botswana.

Malik holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a Masters in International Economy from the University of Warwick, UK.

He serves on the Guinea Advisory Panel of Rio Tinto, a global mining company, as well as on the board of the African Leadership Network, a community of influential leaders in Africa.

Mamphela Ramphele

Mamphela Ramphele is a Trustee of Nelson Mandela Foundation. See her Wikipedia bio here.

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Mandi Smallhorne

Mandi Smallhorne is a freelance journalist who writes about all kinds of damage, to our health, in our society and to the environment.

Mandla Lionel Isaacs

Mandla Lionel Isaacs is a public servant and former management consultant. A self-described Africanist intellectual, he is interested in politics and African renaissance. He completed a BA in Political Science at Howard University in Washington DC, and is an MA International Relations student at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a former Pan-African Universities Debating Champion. He blogs at, and tweets @lionofjozi

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Mandy de Waal

Mandy de Waal is a writer who reports on technology, corruption, science, the media and whatever else she finds interesting. She loves small stories and human narratives, and dislikes persistent evangelists, bad poetry and the insane logic that currently passes for political rhetoric. Back in journalism after spending time in the corridors of corporate greed, de Waal has written for Mail & Guardian, Noseweek, City Press, Rapport, MoneyWeb, Brandchannel (New York) and a number of other good titles. She now writes for The Daily Maverick because it’s the smart thing to do.

Manqoba Nxumalo

Manqoba Nxumalo is a senior investigative reporter for the Times of Swaziland, the country's only independent group of newspapers. He is also a Norway-based activist, with particular interest in issues of human rights and media freedom.

Marcela Guerrero Casas

Marcela Guerrero Casas is the co-founder and managing director of Open Streets Cape Town, an organisation committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant Mother City. She is passionate about cities, public space and, most importantly, people. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, she lived in the US for most of her adult life before moving to South Africa in 2006. She has a Masters in Public Administration and International Affairs from Syracuse University and has worked in policy and advocacy for almost 10 years. Marcela was recently added to the Mail & Guardian list of 200 Young South Africans.

Marelise van der Merwe

Marelise van der Merwe writes about anything and everything. After she studied, and then studied some more, and then studied a bit more, she spent some years writing, editing, researching and teaching, before becoming production editor at the Daily Maverick. After a couple more years keeping vampire hours in order to bring you each shiny new edition (you’re welcome) she ventured into the daylight to write features. She still blinks in the sunlight.

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Margie Orford

Margie Orford is the author of the Clare Hart crime series. The most recent title is Gallows Hill, published by Jonathan Ball.

Mariam Isa

Mariam Isa arrived in Johannesburg in 2000 after working for Reuters news agency in the Middle East, the UK, and Sweden, writing about topics ranging from war to oil, politics, and financial markets. Her stint in Stockholm made her long for a bit of chaos so she came to SA as the company’s chief financial correspondent. After seven years her bosses decided she’d had too much of a good thing so she had to resign to stay in the country, and joined Business Day as Economics Editor. She has been freelancing for the Sunday Times, the Financial Mail and Destiny magazine since 2014.


Marian Shinn is a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance (DA), and the Shadow Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services. See here Wikipedia profile.

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Mark Hennessy
After graduating from Wits University, Mark Hennessy spent ten years as a naval office before joining IBM South Africa in 1967, where, over a  period of 28 years including the time when it was ISM, he filled a variety of marketing and executive positions, culminating in that of Director of Strategy and Business Planning. 

After retiring from IBM he entered the travel industry and is currently a partner in a specialised tour company which operates in the USA, South America, Africa and South Asia.

Mark Heywood

Mark Heywood is Executive Director of SECTION27 and an Executive member of the Treatment Action Campaign.

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Marlise Richter

Marlise lives in Cape Town, is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player, a Guerrilla Gardener and a fan of Fast & Furious movies. She works within the Policy Development and Advocacy Unit at Sonke Gender Justice and focuses on the areas of decriminalisation of sex work, as well as prison reform. She aspires to - one day - write like Peter Singer, debate like Eusebius McKaiser, have the courage of Steve Biko, the hairstyle of Yo-landi Vi$$er and a vegan lifestyle like Carl Lewis.

Maryke Bailey

Maryke Bailey is a history teacher who is taking a hiatus from full-time teaching. She has been involved in various education-related projects, including some sessional lecturing and delivering professional development programmes.

Mateenah Hunter

Mateenah Hunter is a lawyer who works on policy and human rights issues for Sonke Gender Justice.

Matthew Buckland

Matthew Buckland is the former MD of the Mail & Guardian Online. He now runs his own digital agency Creative Spark and digital publishing operation Burn Media. Tweet him @matthewbuckland.

Matthew Partridge

Matthew Duke Partridge is a freelance art critic. He has written for the Financial Mail, the Mail & Guardian, The Sunday Times and Artthrob. He hails from Pietermaritzburg and when he's not looking at art he likes to listen to Steely Dan.

Max du Preez

Max du Preez is a South African author, columnist and documentary filmmaker and was the founding editor of Vrye Weekblad. See his Wikipedia profile here.

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Maximilian Pichulik

Max co-founded Africa’s first social enterprise incubator and set up an innovation hub for small businesses. In 2010, Max was selected as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans. Max is the Co-founder of Impact Amplifier, an incubator and consulting firm and leads the SA Regional Chapter for the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), part of the Aspen Institute in Washington DC. For kicks, Max spends a lot of his time on a surfboard, yoga mat, playing Ultimate Frisbee or reading Africa’s history.

Mcebisi Jonas

Mcebisi Jonas is a Member of Parliament and Deputy Finance Minister of the Government of South Africa since 2014. He has also been a Member of the Executive Council in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa under the Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masualle.

Melanie Boehi

Melanie Boehi has an MA in history from University of the Western Cape and is currently a PhD student in history at University of Basel. Her research is concerned with political histories of plants, gardening and museums in South Africa.

Melissa Fourie

Melissa Fourie is an attorney and executive director of the Centre for Environmental Rights.

Mic Smith

Mic Smith is a freelance environmental journalist from the Gold Coast in Australia. He also tutors journalism at Griffith University. He worked in newspapers in Vietnam for four years during which time he covered the poaching of Vietnam’s last rhino. Mic wrote two major features about consumer demand for rhino horn in Vietnam, one of which won an award from TRAFFIC. This year he was nominated in his home state of Queensland for a Clarion Award in the Freelance Media Category for 'Amid rhino poaching frenzy, dark days for South African society" which he researched in SA in February. It was published by the environmental news website Mongabay.

Micah Reddy

Micah Reddy is the national co-ordinator for media freedom and diversity at the Right2Know Campaign. He holds a Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and a BA from Wits, and until recently was managing editor at the Yemen Times in Sana’a. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and editor in Cairo and Jerusalem. @RedMicah.

Michael Clark & Kate Tissington

Michael Clark (@sparktheclark) is a legal researcher and Kate Tissington (@katetiss) is a senior researcher at SERI.

Michael Fridjhon

Michael Fridjhon is South Africa's most highly regarded international wine judge, the country's most widely consulted liquor industry authority, and one of South Africa's leading wine writers. Chairman of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show since its inception, he has judged in countless wine competitions around the world. Visiting Professor of Wine Business at the University of Cape Town, he has been an advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and is a recipient of the French Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole. Worldwide winner of the Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year award in 2012, he is the author, co-author or contributor to over 30 books and is a regular contributor to wine publications in the UK, France, Germany and China. He is the founder of , a site which specialises in scoring South Affrican wine and guiding consumers to excellent value for money and quality.

Michael Kahn

Michael Kahn is a policy analyst who was a member of the task team that drafted the 1993 ANC Policy Framework for Education and Training, and was adviser to Minister Kader Asmal over 1999-2002.

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Michael Neocosmos

Michael Neocosmos is currently Professor of Sociology at UNISA in Pretoria. He is the author of a number of academic books including a recent one on xenophobia in South Africa. He has taught at various universities on the African continent. During the 1980s, like hundreds of others, he did support work for the ANC. He is currently working on a book on popular politics in Africa for UKZN Press.

Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt is an experienced field reporter, with a reputation for producing unique and challenging copy, having worked for 19 years on some of South Africa's leading print titles including ThisDay and Sunday Times before going into journalism training in 2008. He has worked across Africa, Central and South America and elsewhere. He has an interest in extra-parliamentary politics, and conflict reporting in transitional societies. He is a non-fiction author, published in Germany (2008), the USA (2009, 2013), Brazil (2009), and Quebec (2012). He is currently working on six more books, including Drinking With Ghosts: the Aftermath of Apartheid's Dirty War (South Africa, 2014), and a multimedia project on massacre and memory, with Lebanese writer Rasha Salti. He founded the Professional Journalists' Association of South Africa (ProJourn), and The Ulu Club for Southern African Conflict Journalists. Currently the boss at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ), he continues to write for both the mainstream and alternative media.

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Michelle Solomon

Michelle Solomon is doing her Masters in journalism and media studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, where she also works as a freelance researcher and journalist. When she's not out sniffing for stories, she takes a particular interest in research about media ethics and self-regulation.

Mike Muller

Mike Muller is a registered professional engineer and a Visiting Adjunct Professor at Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management. In other lives, he was Director-General of Water Affairs and Forestry, founder trustee of the Mvula Trust and manager of water and sanitation programmes for the Mozambican Government where he ran a successful urban sanitation programme. He advises a range of national and international organisations on water and development and his old writing on health – the Baby Killer, Health of Nations, Tobacco and the Third World – still causes trouble.

Mlilo Mpondo

Mlilo Mpondo is a mother, a writer and a student of many things, waiting on a vocation decent and worthy enough to support these titles


Moegsien Williams is Editor-in-Chief of The New Age.

Mohamed Seedat

Professor Mohamed Seedat is Conference Chair: 6th International Conference on Community Psychology and Head of the Institute for Social and Health Sciences, University of South Africa. He is also Director of the Medical Research Council; University of South Africa Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit. 

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Moloto Mothapo

Moloto Mothapo is senior manager for media and communication at the ANC parliamentary caucus. Previously he worked as information officer, and also acted as spokesperson, for the Congress of SA Trade Unions. He holds a degree in journalism. This letter contains strictly his personal views.

Mondli Zondo

Mondli Zondo is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow and the Director of Parliamentary Research for the National Freedom Party in the Kwazulu-Natal Provincial Legislature. He writes in his personal capacity.

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Moulana Bham

Moulana Bham is the Secretary General of the Jamiatul Ulama South Africa and the Imam of one of the largest Muslim congregations in Gauteng at Hamidia Mosque in Newtown. Twitter: @EbrahimBham

Mpho Morolane

Mpho Morolane is EFF Students' Command President. He is a third year student in the college of Law where he is pursuing an LLB degree.

Mphumzi Maqungo

Mphumzi Maqungo works at General Motors (GM) in Port Elizabeth. He is a full-time Shopsteward at GM. He has been active in the structures of the ANCYL; ANC and SACP in the Eastern Cape. He has served in various positions in Numsa, such as Eastern Cape Regional Treasurer, Acting Regional Secretary and Deputy Regional Chairperson. He is currently National Treasurer of Numsa.

Muhammad Khalid Sayed

Muhammad Khalid Sayed is the Western Cape Provincial Chairperson of the ANC Youth League. He was a student activist, worked as a political affairs consultant, after which he worked as researcher for the ANC in the Western Cape Provincial Legislature. He holds a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Cape Town.

Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and pioneering the concepts of microcredit and microfinance. These loans are given to entrepreneurs too poor to qualify for traditional bank loans. In 2006, Yunus and the Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts through microcredit to create economic and social development from below". Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development. He is the recipient of multiple international and national honours including the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2010.In 2008, he was rated No. 2 in Foreign Policy magazine's list of the 'Top 100 Global Thinkers'. Other notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 1984,the World Food Prize, the International Simon Bolivar Prize, the Sydney Peace Prize in 1998 and the Seoul Peace Prize in 2006. Yunus also serves on the board of directors of the United Nations Foundation.

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Muhammad Zakaria

Muhammad Zakaria (@ArbstrakZak) completed his LLB at the University of KwaZulu Natal in 2012. He is currently one of the Students for Law and Social Justice/SECTION27 Fellows researching predominantly issues relating to access to public health care services as well as the rights of persons with disabilities. In his free time, he searches far and wide for an open mic to take a breath and flex his creative muscles.

Mzukisi Qobo

Mzukisi Qobo is Associate Professor at SARChI Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Johannesburg

N Kunene & J Stephens

Nomvelo Kunene is a third year law student at the University of Cape Town. She is a member and the Secretary General of Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ). She was an SLSJ Intern at SECTION27 for 2014, where her research focused on the criminalization of the transmission of HIV.

John Stephens is a legal researcher at SECTION27. His work focuses on human rights, the right to health and, more particularly, issues around tuberculosis. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Language from the University of North Carolina Asheville. He is licensed to practice law in the United States.

Naleli Morojele

Naleli Morojele is a feminist scholar and author. Her debut book is titled 'Women Political Leaders in Rwanda and South Africa: Narratives of Triumph and Loss'. Currently she is reading for her PhD in Political Science at the University of the Free State in the Office of Trauma, Forgiveness and Reconciliation Studies.

Nathan Geffen

Nathan Geffen is the editor of GroundUp and the former treasurer of the Treatment Action Campaign. Twitter: @nathangeffen

Navi Pillay

Navanethem "Navi" Pillay is a South African jurist who served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. See her Wikipedia profile here.

Nazmeera Moola

Nazmeera Moola is Co-Head of SA & Africa Fixed Income at Investec Asset Management

Ndivhuho Munzhelele

Ndivhuho Munzhelele is Acting Director General of the Department of Communications.

Neil Coleman

Neil Coleman is Strategies Co-ordinator in the COSATU Secretariat. Neil joined COSATU in 1989, as spokesperson and head of Communications; was appointed Co-ordinator of the COSATU Parliamentary Office in 1995; and to his current position in 2008. As Convenor of COSATU’s ‘Walking through the Doors’ project, he advises the COSATU Secretariat, in areas such as the economy, retirement funds, and the labour market. A labour and political activist since the late 1970’s, he was active in the UDF, and various community organisations from the 1980’s. From May-December 2009, COSATU seconded him as Special Advisor to the Minister of Economic Development, to provide policy and strategic advice. He has been responsible for extensive policy work on labour related and political issues, and represented COSATU in many structures and processes, locally and internationally.

Since 2015 he has been spokesperson for Labour, in the Wage Inequality Task Team at Nedlac negotiating the National Minimum Wage,on behalf of the three trade union Federations

Neil du Toit

Neil du Toit is studying a postgraduate LLB degree at Stellenbosch University. He holds an undergraduate BSc from UCT. He was the the chairperson of the Stellenbosch Debating Society in 2014 and 2015. He is a member of Open Stellenbosch.

Nejm Benessaiah

Nejm Benessaiah is a doctoral candidate in anthropology, specialising in power, religion and ecology in the North African region.

Nel Marais

After working as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the Institute for Strategic Studies, Nel Marais joined the South African Defence Force where he served as a Military Intelligence officer.

During the 1980s, he joined the South African National Intelligence Service, during which time he specialised in both political and economic intelligence issues. Nel was seconded to the Department of Constitutional Affairs where he served the negotiation process and structures with intelligence assessments.

In 1994 he became a member of the newly-formed South African Secret Service (SASS). In his capacity as Research and Analysis Manager, he interacted with numerous foreign intelligence services, political leaders and members of the South African government.

Nel resigned from government at the end of 2000 and established his own consultancy company called Thabiti. The company focuses on risk management, business intelligence, as well as business facilitation. He works closely with government officials and private business entities in Africa and other parts of the world.

Educational Qualifications: PhD [International Relations - University of Pretoria (UP)]; MA [Politics and Economics - UP] Cum Laude; BA Hons [Politics and Economics - UP] Cum Laude; B Admin [UP] Cum Laude.

Nel Marais & Jo Davies

After working as a researcher and lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the Institute for Strategic Studies, Nel Marais joined the South African Defence Force where he served as a Military Intelligence officer. During the 1980s, he joined the South African National Intelligence Service, during which time he specialised in both political and economic intelligence issues. Nel was seconded to the Department of Constitutional Affairs where he served the negotiation process and structures with intelligence assessments.

In 1994 he became a member of the newly-formed South African Secret Service (SASS). In his capacity as Research and Analysis Manager, he interacted with numerous foreign intelligence services, political leaders and members of the South African government. Nel resigned from government at the end of 2000 and established his own consultancy company called Thabiti. The company focuses on risk management, business intelligence, as well as business facilitation. He works closely with government officials and private business entities in Africa and other parts of the world.

Jo Davies started her career lecturing Afrikaans at the University of the Transkei and then moved to the Department of Arts and Culture where she worked as a language practitioner on a range of new legislation and policy documents.  In 1997 she was employed as an editor for the newly constituted South African Secret Service before joining the National Intelligence Agency as an analyst with a special focus on the SADC region.  She resigned from the NIA in 2003 to pursue a freelance career that has extended her focus to multiple risk related issues across the Continent.

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Nic Borain

Nic Borain is a political analyst, writer and garlic farmer. He advises financial market investors about South African politics and is currently top ranked in the Politics and Industrial relations category of the Financial Mail Analyst of the Year ranking.

Nic Haralambous

Nic Haralambous is the founder of, a style company based in Cape Town, South Africa.

Nic Muirhead

Nic Muirhead has been with Al Jazeera English since 2008, working on the network’s weekly media review show The Listening Post. Born and bred in South Africa, Muirhead’s editorial focus has been the evolving political and cultural debates across sub-Saharan Africa. With each report on The Listening Post, his aim has been to add nuance to the understanding of how media operates on the African continent – from the phenomenon of brown envelope journalism in Nigeria, to the work of cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro in South Africa, to the mainstream media’s coverage of the homosexuality debate in Uganda.

Nic Spaull

Nic Spaull is an education researcher in the Economics Department at Stellenbosch University. He can be followed on Twitter @NicSpaull and his research can be found on

Nicholas Taitz

Nicholas Taitz is a litigation attorney in Johannesburg, focussing on regulatory law. He is a director of the firm Knowles Husain Lindsay Inc, and holds the degrees of BA (Honours in Philosophy) LLB, all from Wits.

Nicholas Taitz

Nicholas Taitz has a BA (Honours Philosophy) and LLB from Wits, all cum laude.  He is partner at a law firm in Johannesburg, Knowles Husain Lindsay, and I specialise in administrative, regulatory and constitutional law litigation, as well as general commercial disputes.  He has an abiding interest in philosophical issues, mainly ethics, also passionate about animal rights and animal welfare.

Nick Beecroft

Nick Beecroft is Senior Market Analyst at Saxo Bank. An honours graduate in Physics from Oxford University, Nick has over 30 years of international trading experience within the financial industry, including senior Global Markets roles at Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank and Citibank. Nick publishes comments and analysis on global macro-economic and political developments and their implications for the financial markets, with a special focus on Forex, G7 interest rates and bond markets, including in-depth examination of Central Bank thinking and tactics. Nick is also Chairman of the Board of Saxo Capital Markets UK Limited , with responsibility for the development and performance of Saxo Bank's UK subsidiary and, in consultation with the CEO, its external relationships. Formerly a member of the Bank of England's Foreign Exchange Joint Standing Committee, Nick is a frequent guest on business channels such as CNBC and Bloomberg, and comments regularly on the markets in leading financial publications, including the Financial Times.

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Nicky Falkof

Nicky Falkof is a senior lecturer in the Media Studies department at Wits. She's recently returned to South Africa after almost 14 years of living mostly in the UK, during which time she was, variously, a journalist, author, student, semi-professional feminist, radio pundit and singer in a Yiddish reggae band. She tweets (infrequently) as @barbrastrident.

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Nicole Fritz

Nicole Fritz is a lawyer. She runs an NGO. In a perfect world, she’s do human rights work and wear haute couture. Right now she has to pass up on the haute couture. She likes to write and one day hopes to do more of it. Sadly, that too is unlikely to make her a much valued client of Karl Lagerfeld.

Nicolette Naylor

Nicolette Naylor is a South African human rights lawyer, who has specialized in International Human Rights. Today, she is the Regional Representative for the Ford Foundation, Office for Southern Africa, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has litigated landmark constitutional cases in South Africa that altered the law relating to sexual harassment in the workplace, child sexual abuse, rape and HIV/AIDS. She has also worked within the global human rights legal fraternity assisting in key litigation before the European Court of Human Rights and has argued the first women’s rights case before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. In 2007 she was appointed Program Officer for Human Rights at the Ford Foundation.  Over the years she has focused on issues of women’s rights, socio-economic rights and accountability and was responsible for developing initiatives to strengthen donor collaboration and South-South collaboration on issues of land and extractive industries.

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Nikki Stein

Nikki Stein, an attorney at SECTION27, is currently working on the right to basic education and the obligations of the government arising from that right. She obtained a BA (Law and Psychology) and an LLB from Wits University. She then went on to clerk for Justice Nkabinde at the Constitutional Court and completed her articles at Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys. In 2008/09 she obtained an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Virginia in the United States. She returned to Bowman Gilfillan in June 2009 and joined SECTION27 in September 2011.

Noel Kututwa

Noel Kututwa is Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s regional office in South Africa.


Nomatter Ndebele is a journalist at Section27. She has a background in financial journalism but quickly saw the light and is now a full time activist, blogger and tester of patience. She holds a degree from Wits University and is currently trying to figure it all out.


Nomboniso Gasa is a researcher and analyst on Gender, Politics, Land and Cultural Issues. (Photo by Marta Garrich)

Norma Craven

Norma Craven, Former Numsa Legal Officer, is now Head of the Office of Numsa’s Movement for Socialism and a Marxist.

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Nthabi Pooe

Nthabi Pooe is a research assistant at SECTION27. She graduated from the North West University in 2011 where she obtained her LLB degree. She joined SECTION27 in January 2012 as part of a fellowship programme with the Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ). Pooe works on cases related to the right to basic education, which includes work on sanitation in schools, provision of learner teacher support material in schools, school infrastructure and sexual violence in schools.

Ntombizikhona Valela

Ntombizikhona Valela is an MA student of the History department at Rhodes University. Her research interest is in intellectual history and legacy of Winnie Mandela Mandela. 

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Olivia Walton

Olivia Walton is a freelance writer and editor from Cape Town. After an internship at The Paris Review in New York, she is now giving life in Istanbul a try. Tear gas is to be avoided.

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane

Onkgopotse JJ Tabane is one of South Africa’s leading media and communications specialists, as well as a community activist and a business executive. He is currently the Chief Executive of Oresego Holdings an International Advisory Company. His most recent roles were Head of Communications for COPE [2008], Political Advisor to the COPE parliamentary Leader as well as a Corporate Affairs Executive at the JSE listed Altron. He is a member of the University of the Western Cape Council, where he is an appointee of the Minister of Higher Education after serving two terms on the council of the Northwest University. He is an Associate of the prestigious international Institute of Independent Business (IIB). He is a regular columnist for The Sunday Independent and Pretoria News. In 2011 he rejoined the ANC as an ordinary member. Tabane is a PHD Candidate in Media and Journalism Studies at WITS University.


An avid exponent of chaos theory (or so his employees claim) Oresti Patricios has long been on the cutting edge of the media and advertising industries. From a teenage entrepreneur pioneering wedding videos in the 1970’s to doing his social media MBA at GIBS when Twitter was barely a twit he has always driven his vision of dominating African media and brand intelligence.

Founding OrnicoGroup in 1984, Oresti now fronts an organisation of more than 100 dedicated individuals that services the top 300 local advertisers – either directly or through their agencies – and various other private and governmental clients. He is also chairman of SAMMA (SA Media monitoring and measurement association)

Opening offices in Nigeria in 2010 was a milestone - the first in a major African expansion plan for OrnicoGroup to standardize media and brand measurement taxonomies across the continent.

When not preaching his African vision Oresti can be found tweeting at his wife’s coffee shop.

Oscar van Heerden

Oscar van Heerden is a scholar of International Relations (IR), where he focuses on International Political Economy, with an emphasis on Africa, and SADC in particular. He completed his PhD and Masters studies at the University of Cambridge (UK). His undergraduate studies were at Turfloop and Wits. He is an active fellow of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflections (MISTRA) and is a trustee for the Kgalema Mothlante Foundation

Osiame Molefe

Osiame Molefe is a writer with a keen interest in the space where personal and societal ambitions intersect with technology, politics and economics. That intersect right now, in South Africa, has brought him to observing, researching and writing on racial and gender inequality, and how well, or poorly, dialogue around these issues takes place. His column deals with these and issues tangential. When he is not writing news, analysis and opinion, he reads speculative fiction and writes some, too. Rumour is he single-handedly keeps the South African sparkling wine industry afloat.
In a former life, he worked as a chartered accountant in New York, Bermuda and Johannesburg, but has since fled that industry in pursuit of a life less grey. He holds a bachelors degree in accountancy from Rhodes University, but don’t let that fool you into believing he has a head for numbers. He does not.

Oyama Mabandla

Oyama Mabandla holds BA in Political Science from University of California and Juris Doctor from Columbia University. He has served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of South African Airways (Pty) Ltd.; as General Counsel for South African Airways (Pty) Ltd. (SAA) and as the Chairman of Vodacom. He has also served as an advocate at the South African Bar and is an Executive Chairman of Langa Group, as well as former Member of the advisory board of JP Morgan.

He held several Directorships, including at Mvelaserve Ltd (November 2010 to November 2012), at Group Five Ltd (August 2011 to May 2013), as Independent Non-executive Director of Mvelaphanda Group Ltd. (2004 to 2012), at South African Airways (Pty) Ltd, as well as an Independent Non Executive Director of Mvelaphanda Resources Ltd. (March 2004 to April 2007.)

Paddy O’Halloran

Paddy O'Halloran is currently a master’s student in Political and International Studies at Rhodes University.  His research interrogates race and space through the politics of social movements.

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Patrick Bond

Patrick is senior professor of development studies and directs the University of KwaZulu-Natal Centre for Civil Society, and recently authored Politics of Climate Justice (UKZN Press, 2012) and edited Durban's Climate Gamble (Unisa Press, 2011). Other books include Elite Transition, Unsustainable South Africa, Looting Africa, Against Global Apartheid, Zimbabwe's Plunge and Talk Left Walk Right.

Patrick Craven

Patrick Craven is a former National Spokesperson of Cosatu and Numsa and a supporter of the Movement for Socialism, which aims to build a new revolutionary socialist workers’ party.

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Patrick Craven works for Numsa Movement for Socialism and Hlokoza Mdau is Numsa International Officer.

Patrick Gaspard

Prior to being appointed U.S. Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard served as the Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee, a position he held since 2011. Previously, he served as an Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Political Affairs from 2009 to 2011. Prior to that, he was the National Political Director for Obama for America. He served as the Executive Vice President and Political Director for the Service Employees International Union. In 2004, he served as the National Field Director for America Coming Together, and from 2003 to 2004, he was the National Deputy Field Director for Dean for America. From 1998 to 1999, he was the Chief of Staff for the New York City Council.Earlier in his career, Mr. Gaspard held a number of positions with the City of New York, including Special Assistant in the Office of the Manhattan Borough President and Special Assistant in the Office of Mayor Dinkins.

Patrick Pillay

Patrick Pillay has enjoyed a diverse career which journeyed through being a Laboratory Technician in a Chemical Factory, to a long and rewarding career within the Finance and Banking Sector, to private Business Development Consulting and now to being a full-time student [PhD] at University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Paul Berkowitz

Paul Berkowitz: studied economics, maths stats. Worked at Econometrix, FNB, Wits. Interested in South African politics, economics.

Paul Trewhela

Born in Johannesburg in 1941, Paul Trewhela worked in underground journalism with Ruth First and edited the underground journal of MK, Freedom Fighter, during the Rivonia Trial. He was a political prisoner in Pretoria and the Johannesburg Fort as a member of the Communist Party in 1964–1967, separating from the SACP while in prison. In exile in Britain he was co-editor with the late Baruch Hirson of Searchlight South Africa, banned in South Africa.


Paul-Michael Keichel is a Senior Associate Attorney at Schindlers Attorneys in Melrose Arch Johannesburg. He holds a BA (Law) and LLB from Rhodes University and his practice specialises mostly in commercial and general litigation. He is an aspiring writer, as well as reader of philosophy and popular science, in his free time. "PM" would like to see South Africa's Courts utilised more to achieve positive social change. He is a libertarian at heart.

Paulus Zulu

A social scientist by training, Professor Paulus Zulu holds qualifications in diagnostic radiography and marketing management. He obtained his PhD from the then University of Natal, publishing extensively in the fields of politics and sociology, both nationally and internationally. Since 1984, Zulu has written numerous chapters in books, including The Hefer Commission: An International Comparative Perspective issued in 2004 and Understanding the South African Political Culture published in 2012. In 2013, Zulu’s debut book, A Nation in Crisis: A Search for Morality, was released.

Zulu has served as chairperson of various boards, including the SABC, Centre for Policy Studies and McCord Hospital, to name a few. A member of the Board of the Human Sciences Research Council, Zulu has served as Director of the Maurice Webb Race Relations Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 2002. He has also been a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Vatican City Rome, since 1994.

Pearl Pillay

Pearl Pillay is a director at Youth Lab and is studying for her Masters degree in Political Studies at Wits University.

Peter Borchert

As a publisher, editor and writer Peter Borchert has a media career spanning more than four decades. He was the founder of Africa Geographic whose magazines were the focus of 20 years of his life before leaving the business in 2013. In 2014 Peter started a new venture – Talking about Africa, a digital media platform dedicated to the celebration of Africa’s wonders and the ongoing dialogue about the threats to their existence.

Peter Flack

Peter Hamilton Flack is a South African lawyer, businessman and hunter. See his Wikipedia profile here.

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Philip Frankel

Professor Philip Frankel is a mining consultant and the author of Between the Rainbows and the Rain: Marikana, Mining, Migration and the Crisis of Modern South Africa. See or contact the author directly at

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Philippa Garson

Philippa Garson is a freelance journalist and writer living in New York. She covers global development and humanitarian issues for IRIN and also writes about health, drug policy and organised crime. She started out long ago as a trainee reporter at Weekly Mail, where she worked as an investigative and political reporter and then editor of M&G's sister publication, The Teacher. After completing a Fellowship on HIV/AIDS and the Media at Wits Journalism School she moved with her family to New York, a city she loves and hates, depending on the day. She never stops missing home. 

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Phillip de Wet

De Wet is the deputy editor of The Daily Maverick.

Not having the imagination to even try anything other than journalism (or any medium other than words), he has spent all his adult life writing about what everybody else is doing. He has written about technology and telecommunications, business, politics, the property market, unusual medical conditions and, for a brief interlude, movies.

He has participated in the closing-down of one daily newspaper and two magazines, but implausibly claims that none of it was his fault.

Phindile Kunene

Phindile Kunene is a former leader of SASCO, the YCLSA in Gauteng and a member of the ANC and ANCYL in Gauteng.

Phumzile van Damme

Phumzile Van Damme is a National Spokesperson and Member of Parliament for the Democratic Alliance, the official opposition in South Africa. She was the former Head of Parliamentary Research and Communications for the Democratic Alliance (DA)

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Pierre de Vos

Pierre De Vos teaches Constitutional law at the University of Cape Town Law Faculty, where he serves as deputy dean and as the Claude Leon Foundation Chair in Constitutional Governance. He writes a regular blog, entitled 'Constitutionally Speaking', in which he attempts to mix one part righteous anger, one part cold legal reasoning and one part irreverence to help keep South Africans informed about Constitutional and other legal developments related to the democracy.

Pikkie Greeff

Pikkie Greeff joined SANDF in 1993 as law officer in prosecution and later Defence counsel. He was admitted as advocate to High Court in 1997. He started at SA National Defence Union (SANDU) in 1999 as chief legal advisor, and was appointed as SANDU National Secretary in 2008.

Pregs Govender

Pregs Govender is a feminist human rights activist, author and former Member of Parliament from South Africa. See her Wikipedia profile

Professor Balthazar

After much persuasion and a case of Tullamore Dew, the Daily Maverick is proud to welcome renowned academic and all-round intellectual good guy, Professor Balthazar, whose erudite insights will take us past headlines, deadlines and old pick-up lines.

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Ranjeni Munusamy

Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

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Ravindra Mistri

Ravindra Mistri is an investment portfolio analyst at Capital Eye Investments. He is also a retired auditor, injury prone sportsman, travelling philanthropist & struggling writer.

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Raymond Joseph

Raymond Joseph is a journalist, a journalism trainer and a media consultant. A media junkie, both old & new, he lives in Cape Town but works wherever the job takes him.

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Raymond Joseph & Adi Eyal

Raymond Joseph (@rayjoe) and Adi Eyal (@SoapSudTycoon) are members of HacksHackers Cape Town, part of a worldwide community of journalists (hacks) and coders (hackers) working together to bridge these two worlds, the techies exploring technologies to filter and visualize data, and for journalists to use technology to find and tell stories.

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Rebecca Davis

Rebecca Davis studied at Rhodes University and Oxford before working in lexicography at the Oxford English Dictionary. After deciding she’d rather make up words than define them, she returned to South Africa in 2011 to write for the Daily Maverick, which has been a magnificilious decision.  

Rebecca Mqamelo

Rebecca Mqamelo is an Mthatha-born South African who is fresh out of high school. She is a national debating champion, international public speaker and winner of the precocious title “Matric of the Year 2016”. While she awaits the start of the university year in San Francisco, she kills time by writing, jogging and blogging. Her idea of fun is learning Russian and German and watching Kazakh films.

Rebecca Peters

Rebecca Peters is an international expert on firearm regulation and violence prevention. A lawyer and journalist, in the 1990s she led the grassroots campaign in Australia which secured comprehensive reform of the gun laws and a 50% reduction in gun violence. She received the Australian Human Rights Medal for this work. She was Program Director at the at the Open Society Institute in New York (1998-2002), and the first Director of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) from 2002-2010. Since 2010 she has worked with the Surviving Gun Violence Project, and as a consultant to international organisations including the World Health Organisation, the World Bank and Amnesty international. Twitter @IANSAnetwork and @SGVProject

Refiloe Nt’sekhe

Refiloe Nt’sekhe is the DA National Spokesperson and Deputy Federal Chairperson. She also serves as Gauteng Social Development Shadow MEC. and is the constituency head for Kempton Park and Tembisa.  @refiloentsekhe

Rehad Desai

Rehad Desai is the author of Miners Shot Down, a film about the Marikana massacre. 


Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent informatiom for businesses and professionals. It combines industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to leading decision makers in the financial, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare, science and media markets.

Rev Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu

Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu is a Diepkloof, Soweto-born Catholic Cleric, writer, speaker and youth worker.

Lawrence holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy which he passed with distinction on and received the dean’s award for outstanding academic achievement in 2011.

Following his philosophical studies Lawrence was requested to continue his studies and training in London. He is currently finishing off his Bachelor Divinity Degree with the Heythrop College of the University of London while also doing a Sacred Baccalaureate running concurrently. This are set to end in June 2015.

Lawrence has worked in media starting at Radio Veritas as a presenter and seasoned contributor. He still contributes for a UK segment on Radio Veritas every Friday.

He was a field worker and youth facilitator in Soweto and around Johannesburg for the Catholic Youth Office. He worked in schools, prisons and as a youth developer and project leader, activist for youth issues, speaker and motivator. He joined the National Facilitation team of the South African Catholic Bishops Conference (Education for Life programme). During this time he travelled and worked extensively with young people all over South Africa and Swaziland.

As a writer he has contributed for several publications including The Thinker, The Southern Cross, The South African and others.

Rhulani Thembi Siweya

Rhulani Thembi Siweya is a Pan Africanist and writer. She is a member of the ANCYL NEC, founder of Africa Unmasked and an MBA student at MENCOSA. She is a former national treasurer of SASCO.


RICHARD CALLAND is one of South Africa's most incisive and independent political analysts. He is Director of the Democratic Governance & Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town and an Associate Professor in Public Law. A regular commentator in the press and on TV and radio and his column, 'Contretemps', in the Mail & Guardian is highly regarded for its original take on politics, based on an extensive range of contacts built up carefully over the years, from which he has drawn in his books ‘Anatomy of South Africa’ (2006) and ‘The Zuma Years’ (2013). His new book, Make or Break: How the next 3 years will shape South Africa’s next 30 Years, will be published by Zebra in September.

Richard Calland & Lawson Naidoo

When Richard Calland is not thinking about The Arsenal, who he has supported for 38 years, he teaches a bit of constitutional law at UCT and occasionally comments on politics. His most recent book - The Zuma Years: South Africa's Changing Face of Power - created a nice little fuss because of its claim that President Zuma doesn't read (the things he ought to). Naidoo and Calland run the famous Spin Doctors Cricket Club.

Lawson Naidoo, an Everton fan for over 40 years, has far too many friends who support The Arsenal. The location of the ANC London office in Islington, where he was based in the late 1980s, resulted in occasional visits to Highbury. Lawson is now with constitutional NGO, CASAC.

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Richard Pithouse

Richard Pithouse is from Durban and is currently teaching Political Theory and Urban Studies at Rhodes University in Grahamstown where, each year, he also runs a post-graduate workshop on Frantz Fanon. This year he will be helping to organise a conference on the work of V.Y. Mudimbe and will be a visiting professor at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Richard Poplak

Richard Poplak was born and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He trained as a filmmaker and fine artist at Montreal’s Concordia University and has produced and directed numerous short films, music videos and commercials. Now a full-time writer, Richard is a senior contributor at South Africa’s leading news site, Daily Maverick, and a frequent contributor to publications all over the world. He is a member of Deca Stories, the international long-form non-fiction collective.

His first book was the highly acclaimed Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa (Penguin, 2007); his follow-up was entitled The Sheikh’s Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop-Culture in the Muslim World (Soft Skull, 2010). Poplak has also written the experimental journalistic graphic novel Kenk: A Graphic Portrait (Pop Sandbox, 2010). His election coverage from South Africa’s 2014 election, written under the nom de plume Hannibal Elector, was collected as Until Julius Comes: Adventures in the Political Jungle (Tafelberg, 2014).  Ja, No, Man was longlisted for the Alan Paton Non-Fiction prize, shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Literary Award and voted one of the Top-10 books of 2007 by Now Magazine. Richard has won South Africa’s Media-24 Best Feature Writing Award and a National Magazine Award in Canada.

Since 2010, Poplak has been travelling across Africa, seeking out the catalysts and characters behind the continent’s 21stcentury metamorphosis. The coming book, co-authored with Kevin Bloom, is called The Shift

Richard Raber

Richard Raber is a Canadian-born activist currently based in New York City. Previously the Mail & Guardian’s Thought Leader platform as well as New Politics and others have featured his work. The author’s writing does not necessarily reflect the views of any organisation he is or has been affiliated with, and are also subject to change. Richard can be found on Twitter @RaberRichard. This September, he will become a master's degree candidate at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation based in Venice, Italy. Other works of his can be found at

Richard Raber & Francesco Fanti Rovetta

Richard Raber is a Canadian-born activist and Master’s degree candidate at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. His writing has previously been featured by platforms including Open Democracy New Politics, and Thought Leader. He can be found on Twitter as @RaberRichard.

Francesco Fanti Rovetta is a Graduate student in Philosophy at Ca’ Foscari of Venice. He is a contributor at La Chiave di Sophia. He can be found on Twitter as @FraFantiRovetta.

Richard Spoor

Richard Spoor is a public interest lawyer with a special interest in land reform and in the social, health and environmental impacts of mining, on workers and communities. He is a trustee and adviser to a number of land restitution trusts and communities.

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Rob Boffard

Rob Boffard is a freelance music and technology journalist. He's been writing, talking and thinking about his specialty, hip-hop music, for over ten years - and been trying to convince people of its awesomeness for about the same amount of time.

He has written for The Guardian, The Mail and Guardian, The Saturday Star, NME, Wired Magazine, Computer Music Magazine, Okayplayer, Beatnik and The Jewish Chronicle, among quite a few others. He writes a weekly column for The South African newspaper in London.

Rob is also a radio presenter and producer, hosting the popular 20/20 music show on Recharged Radio, where he tries to combine South African rap with music from elsewhere in as unobtrusive a manner as possible. Mostly, it works.

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Robyn Clark

A passionate maths teacher in a country where those skills are in desperate short supply, Robyn Clark teaches at a Sekolo sa Borokgo, a school for formerly disadvantaged children. She carving out a niche for herself as an expert on the use of technology and mobile technology in the classroom and is especially interested in the accessibility of quality Maths education. She is currently studying towards her MSc in mathematics education at the University of Witwatersrand.

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Robyn Lee Kriel

Born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Robyn Lee Kriel is a Senior East Africa Correspondent for eNews, based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Robyn began her career in broadcasting as a reporter for KWTX Television in Waco, Texas. She graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Musical Theatre.

She started with eNews in June, 2008. During her time in South Africa, Robyn has field-reported and anchored several large news events including the xenophobic attacks, the 2009 National Elections, the recall of President Thabo Mbeki by the ANC, the ongoing crisis in Zimbabwe, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In 2010, Robyn travelled to Afghanistan, where she spent a month embedded with U.S. Marines in Helmand Province, covering the Afghan parliamentary elections. Most recently, Robyn has spent time in Mogadishu, Somalia, reporting on the drought and civil war.

Robyn has been honoured with several awards for her coverage of Southern Africa. In 2008 she won an Edward R. Murrow award for in-depth series reporting, earned an Overseas Press Club honourable mention for reporting on the human condition, a David Burke Award for Bravery in Journalism by the Broadcasting Board of Governors and a Houston Press Club Award. In 2007 she won two Lonestar Emmy Awards. In 2005 and 2006 she earned first place finishes in the William Randolph Hearst National Championships, as well as a Society of Professional Journalists Award. Her reports aired on National Public Radio, CNN, ABC, BBC, Voice of America and Carte Blanche.


A dedicated wordsmith with a background in social sciences, learning and strategic consulting, Robyn opted out of corporate life recently to become a children’s rights activist.  As an adoptive mom to a beautiful daughter, she has a special interest in adoption advocacy, and she now uses her “many words” to educate about children’s issues and motivate for changes in policy. You can find her at

Rodger Voorhies

Rodger Voorhies is the director of the Financial Services for the Poor programme at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Ronak Gopaldas

Ronak Gopaldas is political economist in the financial sector in Johannesburg. He is passionate about emerging markets and is a self-described “Afro-optimist”. He is currently a fellow of the second youth class of the African Leadership Initiative. Ronakholds a BCom degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) with Business French as well as a BCom (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio management from the University of Cape Town.

Roy Jobson

Roy Jobson is a medical doctor specialist in clinical pharmacology. He is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology in the Faculty of Pharmacy at Rhodes University. His research over the last 8 years has focussed on misleading advertising of medicines in South Africa - with an emphasis on unregistered complementary and alternative medicines. He was appointed a Council member of the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa, as a community representative, by the Minister of Health in 2011. He is a member of the Neil Aggett Support Group, and an associate of the Khulumani Support Group. He believes that health professionals have a moral obligation to speak out against injustice wherever they come across it.

Rudolf Mastenbroek

Rudolf Mastenbroek lives in Johannesburg. He is a former student activist, and former civil servant.

Russell Pollitt

Russell Pollitt is a Jesuit Priest working on the staff of the Jesuit Institute – South Africa in Johannesburg. He majored in sociology and cultural-anthropology and also studied philosophy. He has a Master's Degree in Theology. He believes that faith and justice are two sides to one coin and therefore Christian life necessarily demands that we work with people who find themselves on the margins of the Church and society. When he is not contemplating life and the many serious issues believers face today he laces up his running shoes and hits the road, occasionally doing a marathon. Russell is on twitter - @rpollittsj

Ryan Brunette

Ryan Brunette is a researcher at the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI). In the South African public administration, he gets involved in studies of practices such as procurement, auditing and organisational development. More broadly, he researches the world history of state bureaucracy and its politics. Sometimes he talks about railways. Other times he writes auto-bios evasively.


Ryan Cummings (@pol_sec_analyst) is a Director of Africa-focused risk management company, Signal Risk (, and a co-founder of the My Travel Risk ( web-app.

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Ryland Fisher

Ryland Fisher has more than 30 years of experience in the media industry as an editor, journalist, columnist, author, senior manager and executive.
Among his media assignments were as Editor of the Cape Times and The New Age and as assistant editor at the Sunday Times.
Fisher is the author of Race (published 2007), a book dealing with some of the issues related to race and racism in post-apartheid South Africa. His first book, Making the Media Work for You (2002), provided insights into the media industry in South Africa.
He is executive chairperson of the Cape Town Festival, which he initiated while editor of the Cape Times in 1999 as part of the One City Many Cultures project. He also runs a consultancy focusing on media and social cohesion.

S'bu. Zikode

S'bu. Zikode is the former President of Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA. Prior this he was the President of Abahlali and a chairperson of the Kennedy Road Development Committee before becoming its president. He was born and raised in Estcourt by a single mother, who worked as a domestic worker.

In December 2009 Bishop Rubin Phillip conferred the Order of the Holy Nativity on him. He was the first non-Anglican to be honored in this way. In 2010 he was listed by the Mail and Guardian as one of 'two hundred young South Africans that you have to take to lunch. He has written a number of widely published articles on popular politics and the struggle for just cities.

As a result of his political work he has lost two jobs, been arrested and assaulted. In September 2009 S'bu's home and other leaders were looted and attacked by the armed mob associated with the ruling African National Congress. S'bu and other leaders were forced to hiding, after the Kennedy 12 were arrested and charged with serious crimes, including murder. The 12 were acquitted on the 18 July 2011 by the Durban Regional Court after the state failed to produce evidence before the court. S'bu continued to receive death threats from local ANC leaders and supporters. At the end 2013 S'bu was forced again into safe house following death threat to his family.

Sabelo Chalufu

Sabelo Chalufu is a Correctional Officer, based in Nelspruit.

Between 2008 and '09 he was a student at UJ, majoring in marketing and business management. He abandoned those studies halfway as a result of a number of reasons - chief among them being finances, or the lack thereof. He had been trying to get a business started - with little success and much frustration, culminating in him writing President Jacob Zuma an open letter in Mid 2011 in the City Press entitled "What more must I do to succeed?" It was in the latter part of that period - and, mostly owing to his many disappointments - where he realised that, as an outsider, one stands a snowball's chance in hell of "making it" in South Africa.

Sabelo started studying Law with UNISA in January 2013 – he is now in his second year. (In the latter part of 2013 he joined the Democratic Alliance and have been an ordinary member since.)

Saliem Fakir & Ellen Davies

Saliem Fakir is the head of WWF South Africa’s Living Planet Unit and Ellen Davies is a researcher at WWF South Africa.

Saliem Fakir & Manisha Gulati

Saliem Fakir is the Head of the Living Planet Unit at the World Wildlife Fund South Africa. Manisha Gulati is an Energy Economist with WWF South Africa.

Sally Hurt

Sally Hurt likes to overthink, and has collected several odd combinations of letters after her name to prove it. Among these are the LLB she obtained from the University of Cape Town and an LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights. She has also interned at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ East Africa Regional Office in Addis Ababa, where she developed mild addictions to two of Ethiopia’s national pastimes – macchiatos and running. She is currently completing her articles at the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town.

Sameer Dossani

Sameer Dossani is Global Advocacy Coordinator for ActionAid International, an organisation that works in solidarity with communities fighting poverty and inequality in more than 45 countries. He has previously served as Director of 50 Years Is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice and as Executive Director of the NGO Forum on the Asian Development Bank.

Sandile Nqose

Sandile Nqose is an anchor on the weekday eNews Direct bulletin.

Sanele Zondi

Sanele Zondi is an integrated marketing communications specialist, creative, digital media enthusiast, social entrepreneur, writer, business development manager and activist. He's born and bred in Durban, educated in Cape Town and currently residing in Johannesburg. He served in the National Executive Committee of South African Students Congress (SASCO), Young Communist League (YCL) provincial task team of the Western Cape, Provincial Executive Committee of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in Western Cape, and YCL Provincial Executive Committee of KZN.

Sarah Ball & Ronak Gopaldas

Sarah Ball is a development practitioner in the corporate sector in Johannesburg. She is also the Social Responsibility lecturer for the MBA programme at the Wits Business School. She has a MSc in Comparative and International Education from Oxford University and, prior to her returning to South Africa, worked at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.

Ronak Gopaldas is political economist in the financial sector in Johannesburg. He is passionate about emerging markets and is a self-described “Afro-optimist”. He is currently a fellow of the second youth class of the African Leadership Initiative. Ronakholds a BCom degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) with Business French as well as a BCom (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio management from the University of Cape Town.

Sarah Burton

Sarah Burton has been the Deputy Programme Director for Greenpeace International since March 2009. Sarah is an experienced Human Rights Lawyer and her first role at Greenpeace was as the UK office’s in-house lawyer. She later became Greenpeace UK’s Campaign Director where she was responsible for high level lobbying and advocacy with Government officials, Ministers and international business leaders. Before her current position Sarah was the Campaign Programme Director of Amnesty International and directed global campaigns, including against gender based violence, promotion of arms control and its Counter Terror with Justice Campaign.

Sasha Stevenson

Sasha Stevenson is an attorney at SECTION27. Her work areas include the right of access to health care services, the right of access to food, and children's rights to basic nutrition. Sasha obtained a BA (LLB) from Rhodes University and an LLM from the University of Cambridge. She has worked at the Constitutional Court for the late former Chief Justice, Justice Pius Langa, at Bowman Gilfillan Inc, and at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Sasha joined SECTION27 in October 2012.

Saul Musker

Saul Musker is a student, debater and writer living in Johannesburg. He is a winner of the Deon Hofmeyr Prize for Poetry, a national debating champion, and a coach of the South African national debating team. At present, he is drinking tea (wine, actually) and thinking of what to write next.

Scott Firsing

Dr Scott Firsing, an American and permanent resident of South Africa is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University, South Africa where he previously served as a Senior Lecturer and Head of the International Studies Department.
He is also a current research fellow at the Institute of Global Dialogue based at UNISA.

Scott's other current appointments include Director of the North American International School (NAIS) in Pretoria and Director of Public Engagement at the Aerospace Leadership Academy. The founder of the African NGO Young People in International Affairs, Scott is a former employee of the United Nations, Department for Disarmament Affairs, and a former Bradlow Fellow at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

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Scott Mathie

Scott Mathie is a ten-year veteran of professional rugby currently plying his trade for the EP Kings. He is a jock who, surprisingly, can read and write. This achievement in literacy establishes him as one of the leading minds in his field (excuse the pun). He plans to write a book entitled, ‘8 years of hurt’, documenting his struggle to obtain a University degree. He is indebted to all the young ladies who took notes for him over the years. Scott has written extensively for and the Manchester Evening News. He has represented the Bulls, Sharks, Leeds and Sale in his rugby career.

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Sean Muller

Sean Muller is currently a lecturer and PhD candidate in economics at the University of Cape Town, where he teaches history of economic thought and public sector economics to undergraduates. He has a Masters in Applied Economics from UCT and an MPhil Economics from Oxford. His PhD is on the use of randomized experiments to inform policy, focusing on issues relating to education. Among his other research interests are intergenerational mobility, causal inference and philosophy of economics. He has been writing opinion pieces on a wide range of South African issues, particularly relating to public policy, for over a decade.

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Sha'ista Goga

Sha'ista Goga is an economist and director at an economic consultancy. A Rhodes Scholar, she was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and Oxford. She has spent the last ten years working across the private and NGO sector. She is passionate about healthcare reform, improving educational outcomes and public policy.

Shaka Sisulu

Shaka Sisulu is a media analyst and a social media consultant. He is also a Tutu Fellow, a talk-show host with Kaya FM, a columnist with the City Press, Destiny Man and Bona, and a member of the ANC.


Award-winning writer and film-maker Sharon van Wyk was born in England but fell in love with Africa at an early age, spending large parts of her childhood in Kenya, South Africa and what is now Zimbabwe.

She began working in journalism in the early 1980s, with stints on newspapers and magazines in the UK before moving back to South Africa permanently in 1990, where she served a 10-year term at the Pretoria News before striking out as a freelancer, working regularly with the Mail & Guardian and Africa Geographic whilst contributing to a wide variety of newspapers, magazines, periodicals and digital platforms.

Sharon specialises in conservation and tourism and the inter-relationships between the two and is the recipient of a Siemens Profile Award for science writing and a Kudu Award for environmental journalism. A former tour operator, she also served as chairperson of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association’s Gauteng chapter.

Shaun Dlanjwa

Dlanjwa is a young entrepreneur and former Economic Freedom Fighters junior researcher at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. He writes in his personal capacity.

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Shaun Swingler

Shaun Swingler works as a freelance journalist and managing editor of Jungle Jim magazine. After receiving his degree in philosophy, Shaun served a brief stint in a claustrophobic corporate publishing house. After escaping, he chose to pursue a career writing about things that interested him. Among others, these have included the forensics industry, animal testing, and the South African porn industry.

Shuaib Manjra

Shuaib Manjra is a Consultant Medical Doctor specialising in Sports Medicine and Occupational Health. He is involved in a number of NGOs and sports organisations. He is married with three children and an avid sportsman. He writes to organise his own thoughts coherently

Sibusiso Tshabalala

Sibusiso’s interests lie in understanding how citizen-activism and innovation can help solve the challenges faced by a post-Apartheid city like Cape Town. He is always interested in learning more about the intersection between urbanism and politics. Sibusiso currently works for theCape Town Partnership.

Simamkele Dlakavu

Simamkele Dlakavu is a human rights television producer and runs a social enterprise aimed at developing rural and township youth in South Africa. She was included in the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South African's list of 2014.

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Simamkele Dlakavu is a human rights television producer and runs a social enterprise aimed at developing rural and township youth in South Africa. She was included in the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South African's list of 2014.

Ayabonga Cawe is a founder and chairman of Rethink Africa NPC, a youth-led policy research, advocacy and advisory organisation. He is also an Analyst at Dalberg Global Development Advisors, a global development strategy consulting and policy advisory firm

Simon Allison

Simon Allison covers Africa for the Daily Maverick, having cut his teeth reporting from Palestine, Somalia and revolutionary Egypt. He loves news and politics, the more convoluted the better. Despite his natural cynicism and occasionally despairing tone, he is an Afro-optimist, and can’t wait to witness and chronicle the continent’s swift development over the next few decades.

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Simon Apfel

Simon Apfel was born into obscurity, the son of a frozen peas importer and a washing machine. Even from a young age, he seemed destined for greatness, urinating on an electric wall panel, and short-circuiting an entire block of flats. His fame soon spread excrementally. As a teenager, Apfel was introduced to Joyce, Dostoyevsky and Michel Houllebeq, and his self-confidence took a knock from which it never quite recovered. Nevertheless, he gradually progressed from being a rough and raw talent to become the polished piece of costume jewellery currently on display. Apfel describes his writing style as “cinematic”. His favourite pastimes include scratchcards, pigeon-kicking and procreation. He also enjoys star-gazing, hair-raising, head-scratching and chin-wagging. Apfel is a flamingly religious Jew, is married to a mathematician, and is the proud progenitor of a pair of twin boys. He is also a Creative Director at Bay Moon Communications.

Simon Williamson

Simon Williamson was once in advertising before realising that trying to convince people to think differently was far more purposeful than getting them to buy stuff. He once wrote for TV websites before flittering around the world with the sole purpose of seeing more of it. Nowadays, he writes for GoTravel24 as a travel journalist, telling people where to take their holidays.

Simric Yarrow

Simric Yarrow was born (and given his, err, unique name, by his non-conformist parents) in the culturally independent state of Norfolk, known to the uninitiated as a flat county in the east of England. Being neither from the North or the South helped him develop a healthy disregard for the mainstream, but it still wasn't quite enough - so the new South Africa was a natural magnet for him. As an actor (at times) he often gets away with being taken for South African these days, which is as he generally prefers it. 'n Pom maak 'n plan, as no-one has said yet. Co-builder of a double-storey mud house on a suburban street, (Cape Town's "greenest B&B"), teacher, professional musician, and, when time allows, opinionated writer. More of his thoughts are at

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Sipho Hlongwane

Sipho Hlongwane is a writer and columnist for Daily Maverick. His other work interests also include motoring, music and technology, for which he has some awards. In a previous life, he drove forklift trucks, hosted radio shows, waited tables, and was once bitten by a large monitor lizard on his ankle. It hurt a lot. Arsenal Football Club is his only permanent obsession.

He appears in these pages as a political correspondent.

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Siviwe Gwarube

Hailing from the heart of rural Eastern Cape, Siviwe Gwarube is a Rhodes University graduate in Law, Politics and Philosophy. After 2 minutes of soul searching she decided to give a career in political communication a bash. She now is the DA Parliamentary Leader, Lindiwe Mazibuko's spokesperson.
When she is not being a gladiator in a pencil skirt and fighting to save democracy, she reads and makes a mean Mngqusho.

Siya Khumalo

Siya Khumalo writes about religion, politics and sex. He is currently working on a book. Follow on @SKhumalo1987 

Siyabulela Gebe

Siyabulela Gebe is a youth activist and a Chairperson of the Pan African Youth Dialogue, a continental youth forum, dedicated to achieving the African Renaissance.

Solomon Makgale

Solomon Makgale is currently head of corporate communications at the South African Police Service. He is a Rhodes University BA Journalism graduate, with majors in Economics and Political Studies. He also has a Management Development Programme qualification from UNISA. After graduating, he worked for various media organizations as a journalist prior to taking up employment at Airports Company South Africa, where he worked for eleven and half years. During that time, he held various positions within the Communications and Brand Management Division, including being head of Communications at O.R. Tambo International Airport, national spokesperson and Acting Group Executive.

Sonwabiso Ngcowa

Sonwabiso Ngcowa, author of In Search of Happiness, is from the township of Masiphumelele, Cape Town.

Sonya Schoeman

Sonya Schoeman has been in various media for over 15 years, as court reporter, council reporter, political reporter (very briefly), sub, copy editor, junior writer, senior writer, deputy editor and editor. She is now a struggling entrepreneur, at once excited and terrified at the process – terrified at how tempting it is to go to the office in one's pyjamas on any ordinary day, and excited by a world that seems to be finding a more fresh and true way of telling stories – she aims to be part of that. She loves travelling, and has an aversion for trending words such as 'flawsome'.

Stefanie Röhrs

Stefanie Röhrs has a doctorate in law from the University of Würzburg (Germany) and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Cape Town. Born and raised in Germany, Stefanie first came to South Africa in 2006 and, instead of staying for one year as planned, stayed in Cape Town for 6 years researching violence against women and access to health and justice services at an interdisciplinary research unit at the University of Cape Town. After a 3-year stay in Berlin, Stefanie returned to South Africa in 2015 and now works as a senior researcher at the Children’s Institute (University of Cape Town). She is interested in women’s and children’s rights with a focus on violence, sexual offences and sexual & reproductive rights.

Stephen Chan

Stephen Chan, OBE, is a professor of international relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Stephen Grootes

Grootes is the host of the Midday Report on 702 and Cape Talk, and the Senior Political Correspondent for Eyewitness News. He's been part of the political hack pack since before the Polokwane Tsunami, and covers politics in a slightly obsessive manner. Those who love him have recommended help for his politics addiction. He quotes Amy Winehouse.

Steven Boykey Sidley

Steven Boykey Sidley has divided his adult life between the USA and South Africa. He has meandered through careers as an animator, chief technology officer for a Fortune 500 company, jazz musician, software developer, video game designer, private equity investor and high technology entrepreneur. He currently lives in Johannesburg with his wife and two children. Entanglement, his first novel, was sparked by a whiskey-fuelled dinner party debate and Stepping Out is his second novel. Steven’s third novel, Imperfect Solo, released in February 2014. Entanglement was awarded the 2013 UJ Debut Prize and was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize. Stepping Out was shortlisted for the UJ Main Fiction Prize in 2014

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Steven Singleton

Educated at Oxford University, Steven worked British Council, Seoul, South Korea before returning to UK to complete his MBA at Durham University Business School. He moved to South Africa from Kenya in 2003. Since 2006 he has focused his attention on the emerging private health industry in Africa and is responsible for bringing forward the currently distressed 160-bed hospital project in Lusaka, Zambia with another 200-bed facility planned for Luanda, Angola.

Strato Copteros

Strato Copteros is a writer, speaker, communications consultant and drummer based in Cape Town. Before his recent move the mother city, he lived in Grahamstown where he lectured Media Law & Ethics at the RU School of Journalism and Media Studies. He is originally from Johannesburg where he worked as freelance writer and corporate communications consultant. Strato drums for the Fishwives, a project that he moved to Cape Town to pursue. He speaks and lectures on various topics – with a particular interest in the notion of public interest – and continues to write. He has a BA in International Relations & Law; and an LLB from Wits University.

Stuart Wilson

Stuart Wilson is the Executve Director at Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) - a public interest law centre based in Johannesburg - and a practicing advocate.

Styli Charalambous

With a high-school prize for best supporting actor in a one-act play and as captain of the chess team, Charalambous qualified to join the esteemed ranks of the Daily Maverick opinionistas.

He now resides in Cape Town, working in media and irritating the old guard of the South African rugby with some liberal thinking. 

Talia-Jade Magnes

A registered social worker, Talia-Jade Magnes has immersed herself among the migrant communities in Johannesburg. She is committed to the advocacy of human rights and to the protection of children.

Terry Bell

Investigative journalist, winner of Nat Nakasa award (2010) author, labour columnist, social activist and sometime teacher and broadcaster. Former 90-day detainee, founding principal of Somafco primary division, co-author of first ANC primary school curriculum (1980). Returned to South Africa (1991) after 27 years in exile.

Terry Crawford-Browne

Terry Crawford-Browne represented the Anglican Church during the 1996-1998 Parliamentary Defence Review, and in the public interest is the applicant in case 103/10 now before the Constitutional Court.

Terry-Jo Thorne

Terry-Jo Thorne is an entrepreneur in Cape Town with a background in social psychology and multicultural education. Her working, social & creative life are all informed in some manner by her immediate family, who tolerate & support this. Her recent projects include researching forced removals in Cape Town, as well as understanding the realities of being an entrepreneur in South Africa.

Thabo Shingange

Thabo Shingange is 3rd year Political Science and Philosophy student at University of Pretoria. He is acting University of Pretoria SRC President, one of the leaders of #FeesMustFall (University of Pretoria) and one of the leaders of #AfrikaansMustFall (University of Pretoria)

Thandiwe Matthews & Faraaz Mahomed

Thandiwe Matthews is an attorney and Senior Legal Officer at the South African Human Rights Commission. She completed her Masters in Development Studies at the International Institute for Social Studies, specialising in Human Rights, Development and Social Justice based at the Hague. She is interested largely in the intersection between law, development and the sociopolitical economy, and would like to see the dismantling of structures of power that prevent all people from living a life based on dignity, equality and justice.

Faraaz Mahomed is a Senior Researcher at the South African Human Rights Commission, and likes all the usual things: justice, peace, civility, freedom of thought and sarcasm

Thembani Mbadlanyana

Thembani Mbadlanyana is a published researcher and policy analysts based in Parliament, Cape Town. He worked for a number of leading think-tanks in South Africa, including Institute for Security Studies and Africa Institute of South Africa. He recently completed a Master of Public Affairs (MPA) at Paris Institute for Political Studies in France.

Thembinkosi Gcoyi

Thembinkosi Gcoyi is the Managing Director and Co-founder of Frontline Africa Consulting. He is a former South African Diplomat and has served as Economic Counsellor at the country’s Embassy in Beijing, China. He also runs a blog on his firm’s website - He may be contacted at

Thomas Coggin

Thomas Coggin is a lecturer in law at the University of the Witwatersrand. He writes in the areas of property law, legal geography, the right to the city, and constitutional rights and the city. He is an editor and founder of the blog

Tiara Walters

Tiara Walters is a journalist and non-fiction storyteller working out of Cape Town. She was raised by her actor / journalist parents in Joburg, and has deep roots in the Cape stretching back 11 generations. She has been writing, editing, television presenting and making radio programmes since 2001, and has been named the Environmental Journalist of the Year by South African National Parks. She was the first South African female journalist to oversummer in Antarctica with the South African National Antarctic Programme. Her special interests are science, wilderness, the cosmos, adventure and biography, and sharing her sense of wonder through the art of non-fiction narratives.

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Tim Cohen

Cohen is a business and political journalist and commentator of more years than he likes to admit. His freelance work has included contributions to the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, but he spent most of his life working for Business Day.

After a mid-life crisis that didn't include the traditional fast car, Cohen now divides his time between Johannesburg and a house situated almost exactly in the middle of nowhere in the Karoo.

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Tim Richman

Tim Richman is the director of Burnet Media, an independent publisher and publishing consultancy based in Cape Town. He has authored and edited numerous books, including the Is It Just Me Or Is Everything Kak? series. He believes the time may be right for a new instalment. 

Timon Wapenaar

Timon Wapenaar teaches English in Madrid, from where he keeps an eye on the never ending Euro crisis, plays Spanish folk music, and directs a small Spanish dorp choir. In his former life, he conducted the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, and, as orchestrator and composer collaborated with Die Antwoord and Arno Carstens.

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Timothy Maurice Webster

Timothy Maurice Webster is the author of three brand leadership books and columnist who consults & speaks at the intersection of three key leadership pillars; Values formation, Style Manifestation and Brand Position. Timothy’s background in branding, design and psychology is inspired by his graduate studies at the Image Institute and his undergraduate work at Brookstone College in the United States.

Tito Alai

Tito Alai was born in Kirinyaga, Kenya, and educated at Nairobi University and Kingston University in London. He has had a successful international business career with leading global companies including Unilever, Eastman Kodak, Celtel, and Zain. He now focuses on developing fast-growth projects with pan-African impact while participating in Africa’s cultural renaissance through writing. He is the author of The Rhino in the Paddock, a coming of age novel about cultural transition.

Tokelo Nhlapo

Social Justice activist and researcher in the EFF Parliamentary caucus, Tokelo writes in his personal capacity

Former Deputy President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) at Wits University. BA in Politics and International Relations from Wits University (2011). BA with honors in Journalism and Media from Wits University (2012). Master of Arts candidate in Political Sciences at Wits University.

Twitter: @tokelonhlapo

Tony Beamish

Tony Beamish is a senior journalist at Carte Blanche. He writes in his personal capacity.

Tony Lankester

After graduating from Rhodes with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, Tony Lankester entered the world of broadcasting as a manager, presenter and producer at national radio station SAfm, including presenting one of their flagship weekend programmes (creatively named SAfm Weekend) for seven years. He moved on to the corporate world, joining Old Mutual's communications team and going on to manage its Group Sponsorship portfolio. He then decided to scratch an itch that had been building since his student days and accepted an offer to be CEO of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.This year he was at his 21st Festival.

He is founding chair of the World Fringe Alliance which brings together 10 global festivals with a collective audience of 3.5m people. He was also a founding treasurer of AFRIFESTNET, which had 160 members from across the continent, and a member of the European Festivals Association.

Tracey Lomax

Tracey Lomax is an attorney practising for her own account and trying to reconcile her passion for law with her passion for justice.

Trevor Shaku

Trevor Shaku is the Fallist activist in the Free State Province. He is an interim National Secretary of the Socialist Youth Movement of South Africa.

Troy Parfitt

Troy wrote Why China Will Never Rule the World, which went to number 4 in China books recently on His op-ed pieces run in about 30 newspapers, including the Toronto Star. Troy was a guest blogger on in August 2011.

Trudi Makhaya

Trudi Makhaya, former Deputy Competition Commissioner, is an independent economist and strategist. A Rhodes scholar, she has also worked at Deloitte and Genesis Analytics.

Tshepo Motsepe
Tshepo Motsepe is the General Secretary of Equal Education, a movement of learners, teachers, parents and community members striving for equity and equality in the South African education system.

Vanessa Farr

Dr Vanessa Farr of the Surviving Gun Violence Project, is a specialist on small arms and light weapons and the co-editor of two books: Back to the Roots: Security Sector Reform and Development (Münster: LIT, 2012) and Sexed Pistols: The Gendered Impacts of Small Arms and Light Weapons (UNU Press, 2009).

Vanya Gastrow

Vanya Gastrow is a freelance researcher who specialises in migration, law and society. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the African Centre for Migration & Society (Wits University), which explores the governance of foreign migrant shopkeepers in Cape Town. She is particularly interested in the development and application of formal and informal laws, especially with respect to people living on the margins who have little access to state legal systems.

Vashna Jagarnath

Vashna Jagarnath is a senior lecturer in the Department of History. She writes and researches on Indian Cinema and the History of Africana Intellectual Thought with specific focus on Marxist ideology within Pan Africanism. Her PhD looked specifically at the various ways that Gandhi shaped and impacted upon the early 19th century South African public sphere. She is associated with Numsa - Movement for Socialism Task Team.

Vashthi Nepaul

After over a decade coaching school debating, Vashthi gave up working with children in order to write about them instead. Her book, GIFT: the search for South Africa’s genius children, recently won the City Press Tafelberg non-fiction award, which means she definitely has to finish writing it. Her day job is in IT, her hometown is the Internet and her bad jokes live online @giveusalol

Vashthi Nepaul & Saul Musker

Vashthi Nepaul has spent the last ten years being harassed by precocious teenagers.  She is a former KZN Provincial, Gauteng Provincial and SA National Schools Debate Coach.  She is a founder of the Tehuti Institue.  Tehuti aims to expose school aged learners to means and matter that enriches education.  The organisation works with both economically disadvantaged learners and learners with better means, often on the same platform to foster relationships and respect of mutual skill and interest.

Saul Musker is a student, debater and sometimes-writer living in Johannesburg. He serves on at least three different non-profit boards (one of which gives him a business card) and submits poetry to competitions with cash prizes.

Vicky Heideman

Vicky Heideman holds degrees from Rhodes and Cambridge universities. She is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law and an admitted attorney. She was also a warden of a Rhodes University residence from 2011-2015, a hall warden in 2015, and she is currently a fellow of Desmond Tutu Hall.

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Victor Dlamini

Dlamini is a writer, critic, traveller and portrait photographer. He also has a day job, sort of.

His portraits of writers have been published in many top literary publications, but he mostly makes his living as Chairman of the Chillibush Group of Companies, which deals in the dark arts of advertising, public relations and event management.

In 2007 Dlamini was the recipient of the South African Literary Awards' Literary Journalism prize. He regularly reviews books, especially from Southern Africa, and presents the The Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast.

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Vito Laterza

Vito Laterza is a research fellow at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town. He has contributed to Foreign Affairs and Al Jazeera English and edits the Human Economy Blog. He tweets at @vitolaterza09

Vivek Sud

Vivek Sud is an International Business and Political Consultant who holds a Masters degree in Diplomatic Studies.  His services are regularly availed by numerous Diplomatic Missions in New Delhi who use his inputs to streamline their own understanding of domestic politics in India as well as on matters relating to bilateral relations.  He is a regular invitee to attend and speak in international conferences focused on foreign policy and politics.

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Vukani Mde

Vukani Mde is co-founder and consultant at LeftHook Solutions, a Johannesburg-based political risk and comms consultancy. Previously he was the Group Opinion and Analysis Editor at Independent Media, with oversight of opinion/editorial content across the group's print and digital titles. He was previously a senior Political and Policy analyst at africapractice, and SADC editor for Southern Africa Report. He has also worked as political editor for The Weekender, Business Day's Saturday sister publication, and as a political writer at Business Day and This Day.

Walter Baets

Prior to being appointed as the Director of the UCT Graduate School of Business, Prof Baets was Professor of Complexity, Knowledge and Innovation, Associate Dean for Research and MBA Director at Euromed Marseille Ecole de Management. Previously at Euromed Marseille he was Director of Graduate Programmes. Before joining Euromed Marseille, he held the Philips Chair in Information and Communication Technology and he was director of NOTION (the Nyenrode Institute for Knowledge Management and Virtual Education) at Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. He has held academic positions in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Spain.

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Walter Pike

Walter Pike is the founder of PiKE | New Marketing, consulting in building brands in an always on, always connected world. He has a background in marketing, traditional advertising agencies and was head of faculty at Marketing & Advertising at the AAA School. He has been a citrus farmer, racehorse breeder and owner, a cricket and soccer coach.

Wandile Mhlengi Ngcaweni

Wandile Ngcaweni is a research intern at Mistra and honours student at Unisa.

Wandisa Phama & Ayabonga Nase

Wandisa Phama holds an LLB degree from the University of Cape Town, where she is also currently completing her LLM. She is a candidate attorney at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, a human rights organisation based at the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Ayabonga Nase holds an LLB degree from the University of Fort Hare. He is currently a candidate attorney at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, a human rights organisation based at the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand

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Wayne Duvenage

Wayne is an entrepreneur, businessman and activist harboured in one soul. He is the Chairman of OUTA and has served as a Board member of the Tourism Business Council of SA. His recent activities include Chief Executive at Avis and President of SA Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association. Family, travel, a dram of Scotland's finest and some erratic golf makes him smile.

Weizmann Hamilton

Weizmann Hamilton is the general secretary of the Workers and Socialist Party (WASP) and serves on the editorial board of WASP's paper Izwi la Basebenzi. WASP was launched on Sharpeville Day by the Democratic Socialist Movement and the independent National Strike Committee established by mineworkers following the Marikana massacre. He was detained and banned under Apartheid. In exile he was on the editorial board of Inqaba Ya Basebenzi, journal of the Marxist Workers Tendency of the ANC. He is a former chairperson of the Eldorado Park/Kliptown ANC and Secretary of the Greater Johannesburg branch of SAMWU.

Wendy Landau

Wendy Landau is research communications officer at the African Centre for Migration & Society, Wits University.

Wessel van Rensburg

Wessel van Rensburg is a media voyeur and tech fetishist. He lives in Hackney, London, where he runs a social & digital media lab. Trained as a lawyer at Tukkies, Wessel was a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Investigation Unit.


Will is an avid sports blogger, who pens his thoughts at When he is not watching sport, he is participating in it. He is passionate about speaking out on the more prickly issues, but that doesn't stop him from shouting at the TV when the teams he loves get it completely wrong.

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William Bird

William studied at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg where he obtained his BA and Honours degree in Drama and Film. He worked in television after completing his studies. Unable to resist the lure of media monitoring, William started with some part time monitoring for the Media Monitoring Project, now Media Monitoring Africa (MMA)  in 1995 and after leaving television joined the MMA as a researcher. At MMA William has overseen or been directly involved in over 100 media monitoring projects on subjects ranging from gender based violence, HIV, and racism to children and the media. William has also completed overseeing the data analysis of the biggest civil society media monitoring exercise in the world – the Global Media Monitoring Project. For this project over 100 countries monitored gender around the world. William has also overseen the name change of the MMP to Media Monitoring Africa in 2008. William was appointed an Ashoka fellow in 2009 and also a Linc Fellow in 2010 for his work focused on children’s participation in the media.  He is regularly accessed in the media on a range of media focused issues.  In his twelve years as director of MMA William has helped MMA grow from a small 3 people driven organisation to a committed team of 16 people, with a clear vision and dedicated programme areas.  William’s knowledge of media monitoring and commitment to deepening democracy in South Africa and the continent has ensured his expertise is internationally recognised    In his spare time William likes to monitor the media when not otherwise distracted by his young sons.

Wilmot James

Wilmot James is a Member of Parliament and Spokesperson on Health for the Official Opposition Democratic Alliance. He is an Honorary Professor in the Division of Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town's Medical School and Non-residential Senior Fellow at Bard College’s Hannah Arendt Centre, New York. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Wim de Villiers

Prof Wim de Villiers (55) is the 12th Rector and Vice-Chancellor of Stellenbosch University (SU). He was appointed by the University Council on 1 December 2014, and was inaugurated on 29 April 2015. Formerly he was Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town, and he is a Matie alumnus and medical doctor who also studied and worked in England and America for 21 years.

Winnie Byanyima

Winnie Byanyima is the Executive Director of Oxfam International. She is passionate about justice & human dignity. See her Wikipedia profile here.

Xhanti Payi

Xhanti Payi is a writer short of a few best selling books and a Nobel Prize. He works as an economist, researcher and advisor to various institutions. A staunch believer in clever blacks and would-be clever blacks short of opportunity. Proper pronunciation of the click is optional.

Yanisha Lallah

Yanisha Teelock Lallah is a researcher and post graduate student in Languages at the university of Cape Town. She is currently working towards a research based campaign to raise awareness about cultural appropriation in third world countries. 

Yonela Diko

Yonela Diko is currently the Spokesperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape. Prior to assuming his role in the ANC, he worked in various companies in the private sector. Between 2007-2009 he worked for one of the Leading Retirement Fund Companies, NBC Holdings (A sister company to Alexander Forbes) as an Employee Benefits Consultant. After that he joined the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID), an Economic Research Unit housed under the School of Economics at Wits University.

He did his BCom degree at the University of Cape Town majoring in Economics.

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Yusuf Omar

Yusuf Omar is a broadcast journalist for eNews Channel Africa. He was born in the UK, raised in Australia, schooled in America, but calls South Africa his home. His passports are well-worn. With a backpack full of old T-shirts, and a head of young dreams, Yusuf once hitchhiked solo up east Africa from Durban to Damascus, eventually stumbling upon the Arab uprisings in Cairo. More recently, he travelled to Syria and produced the documentary ‘Working in a war zone.’

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Yvonne Johnston

After a distinguished career in advertising, Yvonne was appointed as the CEO of the International Marketing Council of SA, responsible for creating and managing Brand South Africa, which she did for 7 years. She now  a Marketer-at-Large specialising in creating communication solutions and strategy. She is a renowned public speaker, talking the country up at any opportunity.


Zaakirah Vadi

Zaakirah Vadi is the editor of the book, 'Triumph of the Human Spirit - Ahmed Kathrada and Robben Island'. She currently works as the Communications Officer at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, but writes in her personal capacity.

Zinhle Manzini

Zinhle Manzini is currently reading towards her Masters Degree in Philosophy at WITS as a 2016 Mandela Rhodes Scholar. She is a proud coconut from the townships of Kagiso and is always trying to navigate between the spaces of being an Academic and a girl from kasi. A feminist, a reader, and a writer whose sitting on an unpublished manuscript; she loves baking and making smoothies. Tweet: @ZinhleManzini

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Zukiswa Wanner

Zukiswa Wanner has contributed material to newspapers and magazines that include The Observer/Guardian, Sunday Independent, City Press, Mail & Guardian, La Repubblica, OpenSociety, Sunday Times, Africa Review, Words etc, The New Statesman, True Love, Shape, Oprah, Elle, Juice, Afropolitan and Forbes Africa.

In 2011, she wrote a book of the Bible and did a research piece on South African education, while affirming (if anyone ever doubted them) her feminist credentials with an introductory piece for Mail & Guardian’s Book of Women. Her third novel Men of the South (Kwela 2010) was shortlisted for Commonwealth Prize Africa Region for Best Book.

Photo by Lisa Skinner.