Adam Habib is an academic, researcher, activist, administrator, and well-known public intellectual.
A Professor of Political Science, Habib has over 30 years of academic, research and administration expertise, spanning five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams. His professional involvement in institutions has always been defined by three distinct engagements: the contest of ideas, their translation into actionable initiatives, and the building of institutions.
South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, has informed debates around the country’s transition into democracy, as well as its prospects for inclusive development. His latest book, Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall, provides an insight into the recent student protests in South Africa from the position of a vice-chancellor and social scientist.
Albert grew up in Waverley, Pretoria and studied Industrial Engineering at the University of Pretoria. After graduation he worked a year in the industry before quitting his job to become a full time entrepreneur. In 2015 Albert started Gazzaroo, an online media and branding company. Albert’s main venture is property investing.
Albert released his book How to become a Millionaire at 22 in 2017. Since then Albert was featured in the Entrepreneur Magazine and the Real Estate Investors Magazine and on various tv channels such as, Ontbytsake and die Groot Ontbyt op Kyknet as well as various radio stations such as 5fm, CliffCentral and RSG. He is currently busy touring the country and implementing his course Young Millionaire at schools with the goal to change and influence the youth’s mindset about finances. He is passionate about motivating people in South Africa to learn how to become financially independent to enable them to reach their dreams.
Alex Van Tonder is the author of two novels, This One Time and A Walk at Midnight. She began her award-winning writing career in advertising in Cape Town, and now lives in Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles, with her husband and cat.
Amy is a writer, who lives in Johannesburg with her husband and young son. She has been shortlisted twice for the acclaimed Miles Morland African Writing Scholarship and her short stories and poetry has been published in multiple anthologies including Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review and the Short Sharp Stories anthologies. Her debut novel, Shame on You, was acquired by UK publisher Bonnier Zaffre in a two-book deal and was published last year. In 2018, Amy was nominated as one of the Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans. Her second novel, called The Pact, will be published in November 2019.
I find it difficult telling you who I think I am. This is pretty ironic, considering I’ve just finished a
memoir which does exactly that. Bottom line: I don’t like to be defined by the fact I have a genetic degenerative muscle disease, Friedreich’s Ataxia, because I feel like the person living inside is more in-depth than the broken exoskeleton I think people see.
Still, Friedreich’s Ataxia does define many parts of my life. If it wasn’t for this disease, my personality, views and attitudes would be very different. My physical existence would be completely different. So, like it or not, Friedreich’s Ataxia shapes what of myself I present to you. In my memoir I describe how, along with my body’s deterioration, my speech has slowly slowed down. I discuss how difficult this is, and how the difficulty will continue as the disease progresses. I’m very self-conscious but if I know you or feel comfortable in a situation, I can be the life of the party.
Prof Christi van der Westhuizen (D. Phil., UCT) is an author, public scholar and associate
professor at the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD), Nelson Mandela University.
Her books include Sitting Pretty: White Afrikaans Women in Postapartheid South Africa (2017, UKZN Press) and White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party (2007, Zebra Press). Recent book chapters include contributions to The Intersections of Whiteness (2018, Routledge), Nasty Women Talk Back – Feminist Essays on the Global Women’s Marches (2018, Imbali) and other books.
She has held associateships with the Institute for Humanities in Africa, University of Cape Town, and the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice, Free State University, among others, and previously worked as Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Pretoria.
Christy Chilimigras is a 25-year-old writer living in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her first book, Things Even González Can’t Fix, was released in May 2018 and deals with her attempt at regaining her sanity and sexuality after a chaotic upbringing in a darkly humorous and frank way. She works as a full-time content writer at Praekelt, and is a freelance Sex and Relationship writer for Cosmopolitan.
Craig Higginson is an award-winning playwright and novelist who lives in Johannesburg. He is the only South African writer to have won the prestigious University of Johannesburg Main Award for South African Literature in English for two consecutive novels. His writing has been performed, produced and published around the world. Higginson’s previous novel, The Dream House, will be the English IEB Matric setwork in South Africa from 2019 to 2021.
Darrel Bristow-Bovey is a columnist for the Times newspaper and Getaway magazine and a multiple award-winning screenwriter. His play Priest With Balloons Won the Scribe Playwriting Competition 2017. He has written five books. I Moved Your Cheese was translated into eight languages worldwide and Superzero is a South African secondary school set work. His most recent book is One Midlife Crisis and a Speedo. He spends half the year traveling the world in a splendid old car named Milly, and divides the rest of his time between Cape Town and Greece.
David is a writer and director, working in the media industry for the last 25 years. His passion for travel began as a child, when his family would pile into a motorhome and drive around South Africa for their holidays. He has also
done extensive road trips through America, Europe, Canada and Australia.
His interest in travel writing grew out of an open curiosity about people, a love of history in all its gory, and an insatiable desire for the open road. David likes nothing better than to explore obscure byways and has been known to turn a short, 2-hour drive turn into a 12-hour epic – much to the annoyance of his passengers. Nevertheless, he believes that travellers should stop more often and experience the small towns en route.
He has published several travel books that mix history and practical travel information in a humorous and accessible package. All his books feature his own photographs.
Dawn Garisch has had six novels, a collection of poetry, short stories, a non-fiction work and a memoir published. She has had five plays and short film produced, and has written for television. Three of her novels have been published in the UK.
Her poem Blood Delta won the DALRO prize in 2007 for best poem; Trespass was short-listed for the Commonwealth prize in Africa in 2010; Miracle won the EU Sol Plaatjie Poetry Award in 2011; and What To Do About Ricky won the Short.Sharp.Story competition in 2013.
Her latest novel Accident (Modjaji, 2017) was long-listed for the Barry Ronge Sunday Times fiction award in 2018. She is is a founding member of the Life Righting Collective. She teaches memoir writing, is a practising medical doctor and lives in Cape Town.
Desiree-Anne Martin, born in 1976, in Cape Town, South Africa is a published author, poet and general word junkie. She is an addictions counsellor, postgraduate student, wife, full-time mother, part-time warrior-woman. She feels compelled to write, to tell her story, so that her truth may, perhaps, resonate with someone in some significant way. She is a recovering addict who dabbles in an unpredictable mood disorder. She is hopelessly addicted to the idea of hope. She believes caffeine, chocolate, bacon and cigarettes are the four major food groups.
Educated in Ghana, the UK, the US and France, Ekow Duker has worked as an oil field engineer, a banker and as a corporate strategist. His current profession is in data science, helping organisations use data to make better decisions. He lives in Johannesburg with his wife, Bridget, and two children. He has published four novels: White Wahala (2014), Dying in New York (2014), The God who Made Mistakes (2016) and Yellowbone (2019). White Wahala was a finalist in the 2011/12 EU Prize for Literature.
Françoise Malby-Anthony, was born in the South of France, brought up in Paris and has lived in South Africa since 1987. She founded the Thula Thula game reserve in 1998 with her late husband, the renowned conservationist and bestselling author Lawrence Anthony. When Lawrence died in 2012, Françoise took over the running of the reserve and is equally passionate about conservation. She was the driving force behind setting up a wildlife rehabilitation centre at the reserve to care for orphaned animals.
The Accident is the fourth novel from Gail Schimmel, following on from Marriage Vows (2008), Whatever Happened to the Cowley Twins? (2013) and The Park (2017). Gail has only ever wanted to be a writer, but she is also a qualified attorney. She is currently the CEO of the Advertising Regulatory Board. Gail lives in Johannesburg with her family.
Gareth Crocker is an international author, screenwriter and director. His seven novels have sold over a million copies globally and have appeared in more than 20 editions of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books (Select Editions) together with the likes of James Patterson, Lee Child and Jeffrey Archer. Two of his novels are currently being adapted for film in Los Angeles.
Gareth is also the co-creator of Shadow – Africa’s first-ever Netflix Original TV series, launched worldwide in March, 2019. My name is Finn Jupiter is Gareth’s latest novel.
Raised in west, east and southern Africa, Gareth’s entire adult life has been dedicated to the greater protection of the African lion and Africa’s elephants. He has written about his life in the wilds in 11 internationally published books, and his story has been broadcasted across the world in documentaries such as In Tribute to George Adamson, Shadows of Gold and Gray and the Animal Planet documentary, The Search for the Knysna Elephants. Gareth Patterson was presented with the Nick Steele Memorial Award for the Environmentalist of the Year at the SAB Environmental Media Awards 2016.
Black Twitter, Blitz and a Boerie as Long as Your Leg
Hagen Engler has written about a dozen books. He can peel a naartjie in one go, survive an extra-hot bunny chow, and drink beer for eight hours straight while watching cricket at the Wanderers and nibbling on a series of chip twisters. He has written a book about that too. It’s called; Black Twitter, Blitz and A Boerie As Long As Your Leg (And Other National Treasures).
Haji Mohamed Dawjee is a South African columnist, disruptor of the peace and the author of Sorry, Not Sorry: Experiences of a Brown Woman in a White South Africa. Haji lives in Sea Point, Cape Town with her wife, fellow author Rebecca Davis where they take it in turns to play slave to their cat, Sammy Davis-Dawjee Junior.
Born in New Zealand, Heather Morris lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. In 2003, she met Lale Sokolov, a meeting that changed both their lives. As their friendship grew, he entrusted her with the task of telling the world the innermost details of his life during the Holocaust. Her first book The Tattooist of Auschwitz has now sold over one million copies in the UK. Heather’s second novel Cilka’s Journey is to be released October 2019.
Dance of the Dung Beetles: Their role in a changing world
Writer, artist and former academic, Dr. Helen Lunn’s cultural DNA is a mix of sixties dreams, global music and art making. From Wits to Cape Town University she moved in and out of academia teaching and researching. She has edited DRUM books, restored a listed building in the country and written scripts and articles for popular media. She coordinated for Oprah in SA for a number of years and also worked for her Angel charity. She recently held an exhibition at the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre and now spends her time painting and writing.
Helen Moffett is an author, editor, academic and activist. Her parents are environmentalists and she first became water-aware during her childhood in the Little Karoo. She has lectured as far afield as Trinidad and Alaska, but calls Noordhoek home. Her publications include university textbooks, a treasury of landscape writings (Lovely Beyond Any Singing), a cricket book (The Art and Science of Cricket, with the late Bob Woolmer and Tim Noakes), an animal charity anthology (Stray, with Diane Awerbuck) and the Girl Walks In erotica series (with Sarah Lotz and Paige Nick). She has also published two poetry collections – Strange Fruit (Modjaji Books) and Prunings (uHlanga Press), for which she won a SALA prize in 2017. Recent projects include the Short Story Day Africa anthologies Migrations and ID, and a memoir of Rape Crisis. Her most recent green book is 101 Water-wise Ways (Bookstorm).
Iain Thomas is a writer and new media star. He is the best-selling author of several books, the most popular of which is I Wrote This For You. Originally an online verse and photography project widely considered to be at the forefront of popular contemporary poetry, his work has gone on to become a worldwide phenomenon.
I Wrote This For You is a project that started in 2007 as a blog that he wrote early in the morning or late at night or in the car on the way to a presentation or in-between meetings. He paired short poems next to photographs by a his friend Jon, a photographer whom he met over the internet. Even though they’ve worked together ever since then, they have never actually ever met each other in person. The blog became incredibly popular, spreading across the internet and early social media. Eventually in 2011, it became a bestselling book debuting at the top of the poetry bestseller lists and it continues to sell out across the world. I Wrote This For You has a vast array of admirers and followers, many of whom are in the entertainment, sports and music arenas. The fan base is impressive – and continues to grow.
A lot of the material in his new book, Every Word You Cannot Say, comes out of his struggle, of dealing with his own depression; of being haunted by the past, and finding the things that he can say to himself that “helped me find my way back to me” – and what he believe other people can say to themselves.
Jane Duncan is a Professor and Head of Department of Journalism, Film and Television at the University of Johannesburg (UJ). She holds a PhD from the Wits School of the Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, as well as a MA, honours and B.A in Fine Arts from the same university.
Her research interests have been shaped by her work in civil society, and her research work is both informed by and informs activist work. She is also involved in collaborative research activities with a worldwide network of privacy advocates, established by Privacy International. She has undertaken research on the problems of consolidating a democracy and forming a public sphere in South Africa. Recently, she has focused on the relationships between surveillance, power and social control in a country such as South Africa. She has examined how national security practices are changing state/ society relations and impacting on spaces for political expression, especially dissent and the right to protest. She is author of The Rise of the Securocrats: the Case of South Africa, published by Jacana Media in 2014, Protest Nation: the Right to Protest in South Africa, published by UKZN Press in 2016, and Stopping the Spies: Constructing and Resisting the Surveillance State in South Africa, published by Wits University Press in 2018.
In June 2018, she was appointed to a Presidential Review Panel on Intelligence, set up by President Cyril Ramaphosa to assess the mandate, organisational capacity and integrity of South Africa’s State Security Agency (SSA).
My name is Kabelo Chabalala, I am the Founder of the Young Men Movement (YMM), an organization that focuses on the reconstruction of the socialisation of boys to create a new cohort of men in our society across the globe.
1 of 200 Obama Leaders: Africa 2018, Finland Correspondent Participant 2018, 2018 Top 100 Most Influential Young South African (Avance Media) , Columnist for the Sowetan, Former columnist for The Star and Pretoria News and the Independent Media Group, Former motorist scribe for Weekend Wheel (Saturday Star).
I am also a preacher. I obtained a Theology certificate from the Johannesburg Bible College (JBC). By profession, I am a journalist, and by occupation, I am a Senior Layout Sub-Editor for Independent Media Group. Prior to that, I was an Advertising Specialist and Consultant at the Pretoria News. I have a Diploma and B-Tech in Journalism, obtained from the Tshwane University of Technology.
Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, and a veteran writer and critic. Her weekly Sunday night show, Believe it or Not, on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk was the country’s longest-running radio talk show with the same host in the same time slot when it ended in 2003. She continues to broadcast as a regular guest on travel shows, blogs for several websites, and travels almost non-stop, writing articles for international and local magazines and newspapers. Her other books include the bestselling Doing it with Doris and There’s More to Life Than Surface.
Katelyn is a food stylist, food photographer and cookbook author with over 10 years of experience in television and magazines. Her first cookbook, Chocolate has recently been published and features 90 decadent and indulgent recipes inspired by one of her favourite ingredients. Katelyn is best known for her baking blog The Kate Tin which has won Best Food Blog in South Africa for the last 3 years and has been featured on BuzzFeed, Fine Dining Lovers amongst a host of local South African print and online publications.
After studying to be a professional pastry chef at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch, Katelyn worked in restaurants and hotels before joining Top Billing and becoming Food Editor. Her journey in print and television continued at Expresso Baking Show where she became well-known for her insatiable sweet tooth and creating recipes that are accessible to all her share her obsession with baking. Katelyn lives in Cape Town with her chocolate-maker husband.
Landa Mabenge is the author of Becoming Him a trans memoir of triumph. He is the founder and managing director of Landa Mabenge Consulting. This independent consultancy has, as its focal point, the education and creation of awareness on what it means to be transgender. Landa is the first known transgender man in South Africa to successfully motivate a medical aid for the payment of his gender alignment surgeries. His book is currently being used a prescribed research text for the University of Johannesburg’s honours in Educational Psychology students.
Landa believes in the fundamentals of compassion and humanity and is committed to being of impactful service through conversations that inspire a return to being human first.
Lerato Mogoatlhe is a journalist and editor who has been writing about Africa for more than 10 years. Vagabond is a result of her deep-seated love for Africa and my conviction that whatever else this continent is, it’s firstly and most importantly home: I must know it intimately and write it beyond stereotypes of doom and gloom. Vagabond: wandering through Africa on faith is about how a three-month trip to West Africa turns into living and travelling around the continent for five years. It spans her experiences in 21 countries.
Early One Sunday Morning I decided to step out and find South Africa
Luke Alfred was part of the founding staff of the Sunday Independent in 1995. On Rugby World Cup final day, the day before the newspaper’s very first edition, the office emptied as everyone headed to Ellis Park. He was left as the office junior, collating horseracing results. Matters have improved markedly since. He left the Independent after six years to join the Sunday Times for ten and followed it up with a brief spell at Cricket South Africa (CSA). He has been a freelance journalist and author since he left CSA in 2014. His last book prior to Vuvuzela Dawn (with Ian Hawkey) was Early One Sunday Morning I decided to step out and find South Africa (Tafelberg) in 2016. He is married to Lisa and they have three sons, Samuel, Jake and Thomas.
Lukhanyo Calata is a television journalist, who worked for eNews before joining the SABC’s parliamentary office. He currently works for eTV at Open New. He is the son of Fort Calata, one of four anti-apartheid activists from Cradock, assassinated by the government in 1985. He lives in Cape Town.
Mpatheleni Makaulule is the Dzomo la Mupo volunteering executive director, an environmental community activist, an indigenous knowledge practitioner. Mphatheleni founded Mupo Foundation, and has lead it for almost a decade while working closely with the African Biodiversity Network.
In 2004 she received the Bill Clinton Fellowship and went to USA to deepen her democratic vision. In 2006 and 2008 she travelled to Amazon Columbia, where she adopted indigenous practices of ecological mapping and the ecological calendar as a way to recuperate the indigenous knowledge from elders and enhance the intergenerational flow of knowledge. In 2011 she won an international women ecological speech and was one of the three finalists of the UN Forest hero award. In 2013, Mphathe was awarded the Global Leadership Award by Indigenous Women Forum(FIMI) in recognition of her work with women and communities. 2015 she received the Africareconnect Award.
I am a professor at Wits University where I teach zoology and entomology. I also conduct research on insects, to satisfy the curiosity of myself and others. One application of this work is the biocontrol of invasive weeds; an eco-friendly method of using insects to contain alien plants. Carefully selected insects can seek out and restrain the growth of these plants that threaten our biodiversity and consume our water.
I also work on dung beetles, which are equally useful. Their orientation behaviour while rolling dung balls is underpinned by a visual system that can operate in starlight, using limited computational power. Understanding how small brains solve complex problems will help humans solve information processing challenges, and with the design of useful miniature robots.
Masande Ntshanga is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Reactive. He is the winner of the Betty Trask Award (2018), winner of the inaugural PEN International New Voices Award in 2013, and a finalist for the Caine Prize in 2015. He was born in East London in 1986 and graduated with a degree in Film and Media and an Honours degree in English Studies from UCT, where he became a creative writing fellow, completing his Masters in Creative Writing under the Mellon Mays Foundation. He received a Fulbright Award, an NRF Freestanding Masters scholarship, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship and a Bundanon Trust Award. His work has appeared in The White Review, Chimurenga, VICE and n + 1. He has also written for Rolling Stone magazine. His second novel, Triangulum, is out from Penguin Random House South Africa.
Megan Ross was born in Johannesburg in 1989. She is a writer and graphic designer, and has received critical acclaim for both her short fiction and poetry. Megan is the 2017 recipient of the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction, one of the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Award winners, as well as an Iceland Writers Retreat Alumnus. Her first book, a collection of poems called Milk Fever, was published by uHlanga in 2018. She lives in East London with her partner and son.
Mike Nicol lives in Cape Town. He is the author of a number of novels, works of non-fiction and poetry. In recent years he has published seven crime novels including the Revenge Trilogy, Power Play, and the Cape Town series: Of Cops & Robbers, Agents of the State and, most recently, Sleeper. He also teaches creative writing online.
Mohale Mashigo is the author of the widely acclaimed and best-selling novel, The Yearning, which won the University of Johannesburg 2016 Debut Prize for South African Writing in English, as well as of Beyond the River, a young adult adaptation of the movie of the same name. She is also an award-winning singer, songwriter and comic book writer for the Kwezi series.
Mothomang is the Medical Director of Spiral Aloe Medical Wellness which she founded more than 5 years ago after a long period of intense investigation into issues of Comprehensive Health and Wellness. She is a qualified Gestalt practitioner and facilitator and is passionate about preventative medicine. She believes strongly that “lifestyle is the real medicine”.
She is also a social entrepreneur and believes in interventions that address social injustice. She, therefore, co-founded more than 10 years ago, TEACH South Africa, an African Leadership Initiative (ALI) and Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) Social Entrepreneurial programme to support the education system in the country. She serves on both Public and Private sector boards and is current Chair of TEACH South Africa.
Nicholas Lambrianos is a Johannesburg based property lawyer and heads the property department of Norton Lambrianos (SA) Inc. He was schooled at Queens College in the Eastern Cape and did his law degree at Wits in Johannesburg. Time spent on farms, with school friends, and a paternal grandfather who was a farmer in Cyprus led to a childhood dream to be a farmer, a dream he was eventually able to realize in his late forties. The financial challenges of farming will ensure he never retires from law and pursues a full time career as a
farmer, as intended.
Nicholas through humour tries to enlighten the public about the tremendous challenges facing farmers every day , but particularly in South Africa at this time. He attempts to engender some understanding of the importance of food security and the appreciation that most of our food is produced by men and women who till the land and toil in all seasons, often in the most adverse of circumstances.
Niki Daly has won many awards for his work. His groundbreaking Not so Fast Songololo, winner of a US Parents’ Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African children’s books. Since then he has published widely and has given talks in several countries. Among his many books, Once Upon a Time was an Honor Winner at the US Children’s Africana Book Awards, and Jamela’s Dress was chosen by the ALA as a Notable Children’s Book and by Booklist as one of the Top Ten African American Picture Books of 2000. In 2009 Niki was awarded the Molteno Gold Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Other books include Nicholas and the Wild Ones, Thank you, Jackson, The Herd Boy, Pretty Salma, No More Kisses for Bernard and Ruby Sings the Blues. Niki is married and lives in Kleinmond, South Africa.
Raashida Khan is a 50-year old South African Indian Muslim living in Johannesburg. A content creator, copywriter, editor and proof reader by day, she is as passionate about being an author, poet, wife, mother and friend – a unicorn that does exist. As a caring, compassionate and empathetic person who loves observing people and life, she is a storyteller of note. She would like to be remembered as ‘never boring.’
Her short story Your Voice, My Strength was selected as the winning entry for the 2017 Irtiqa Online Magazine (South African Muslim Women’s Short Story Competition). Another short story, It’s not Funny, appears in the Happy Holidays Anthology available on Amazon. Her contribution, Hungry, darling? appears in Saffron: A Collection of Personal Narratives by Muslim Women (launched 8 April 2018). Her first novel, Mirror Cracked won the Minara Aziz Hassim Literary Award (Debut category, 2017). Fragrance of Forgiveness is the sequel. She has also published an anthology of poetry, Happy Birthday, Raashi, and plans on publishing a collection of short stories in 2019. In the meanwhile, she continues penning emotional, emotive poetry and the occasional social commentary blog.
Ray Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean-born journalist living in Harare. As a journalist, his work has been published by several regional and international news organisations. He has provided extensive coverage of business and political news in Zimbabwe and the SADC region, in a professional career in journalism which spans eight years. Currently, Ray is the business writer for the Sunday Times, a flagship title owned by Tiso Blackstar Group, formerly the Times Media Group—one of South Africa’s largest media companies.
His new book, In the Jaws of the Crocodile: Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Rise to Power in Zimbabwe was published in October 2018 by Penguin Random House Books (South Africa).
Rebecca Davis is a Cape Town-based journalist and columnist for the Daily Maverick. Her first book, a collection of humorous essays titled Best White (And Other Anxious Delusions) was published by Pan MacMillan in 2015. Her second book, a non-serious exploration of the wellness industry titled Self- Helpless, was released in 2018.
Rekgotsofetse Chikane is a graduate of the University of Oxford, having completed his Master in Public Policy degree in 2017, a Mandela-Rhodes Scholar (2015), one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans (2016) and the former national president of InkuluFreeheld, non-partisan, youth organisation focused on deepening democracy and enhancing social cohesion. He is adept at navigating a variety of South Africa’s socially complex spaces, often as the resident coconut, and has experienced some of the best and worst of the #MustFall protests. Chikane is an advocate for socio-economic equality and the practical realisation of decoloniality within a post-1994 South Africa.
Rosie Motene is a Pan African media proprietor, award winning actor, author and ﬁlm producer. She has also been an activist for over 17 years and trained through People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA). She uses her personal story, training and expertise to create awareness on gender based violence. Rosie is a revered global speaker and emcee.
Her autobiography speaks to those themes of African identity, her struggles and how Rosie in her late thirties made the brave decision to move to Phokeng, her ancestral village and work on her relationship with her biological family and try and reclaim her identity. The book also deals with abuse and how Rosie rose out of an abusive relationship and did not let that deﬁne her, she joined POWA and began to use her public persona to create awareness on abuse across the continent. The book looks at how the brand Rosie Motene was created from her theatrical background to becoming a household name across the continent thus leading to her traveling and discovering Africa and starting her Pan African talent agency.
Samantha Smirin was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She went to Kingsmead College for her schooling. In 1989 she was diagnosed with bipolar affective mood disorder. After attending the London International Film School, she returned to South Africa where she worked as a producer and director in social health issues. Her work has focused on “real life stories” of people living with challenges. She is an exhibited artist and writer. She runs a support group assisting fellow sufferers and is a life coach to people living with Bipolar.
Written In History: Letters That Changed The World
Simon Sebag Montefiore is a bestselling writer whose books have been published in forty- eight languages and who has won prizes for both his history and novels. He is the author of the acclaimed Moscow Trilogy of novels SASHENKA, RED SKY AT NOON and One Night In Winter (published in French as La Cercle Poushkine and in Italian as L’Amore ai Tempi Della Neve). ONE NIGHT IN WINTER won the Political Novel of the Year Prize (UK) and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize (UK). Catherine The Great And Potemkin was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper, and Marsh Biography Prizes. Stalin: The Court Of The Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (US), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). Jerusalem: The Biography was number one non-fiction SUNDAY TIMES bestseller and a global bestseller and won The Book of the Year Prize from the Jewish Book Council (US). It also won the Wen Jin Prize in China awarded by the National Library of China, and to date the book has sold almost 600,000 copies in Chinese. The Romanovs, 1613–1918 has been a bestseller all over the world including being a NEW YORK TIMES top ten bestseller and won Lupicaia del Terriccio Literature Prize (Italy).
His latest book is Written In History: Letters That Changed The World. The book is a collection of letters from great world leaders. For example, Nelson Mandela to Winnie Mandela (on liberation), General Abram Hannibal to Peter the Great (on liberation), Che Guevara to Fidel Castro (a goodbye letter) and also, from the classics, T.S. Elliot to George Orwell (on creation).
Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean writer, scholar, and filmmaker, currently based in Zimbabwe. Her debut novel, The Theory of Flight, was published by Penguin Random House (SA) in 2018. She has just finished writing her second novel, The History of Man. She is a recipient of a 2018 Morland Writing Scholarship and is currently working on her third novel, The Murder of Emil Coetzee (working title) during her Morland fellowship year (2019).
She holds a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. Her PhD dissertation was entitled, “A Country with Land but no Habitat”: Travel and Belonging in Colonial Southern Rhodesia and Post-Colonial Zimbabwe. While she was a PhD candidate her essay, ‘“Body’ of Evidence: Saartjie Baartman and the Archive”, was published in Representation and Black Womanhood: The Legacy of Sarah Baartman by Palgrave-MacMillan. She has an MA in African Studies and an MFA in Film from Ohio University. While she was a film student she made a short film, Graffiti, which won several awards including the Silver Dhow at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. She received her BFA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College.
Steven Friedman is Research Professor in the Humanities Faculty of the University of Johannesburg. He is a political scientist who has specialized in the study of democracy. He researched and wrote widely on the South African transition to democracy both before and after the elections of 1994 and has, over the past decade, largely written on the relationship between democracy on the one hand, social inequality and economic growth on the other. In particular, he has stressed the role of citizen voice in strengthening democracy and promoting equality.
He is the author of Building Tomorrow Today, a study of the South African trade union movement and the implications of its growth for democracy, and the editor of The Long Journey and The Small Miracle (with Doreen Atkinson), which presented the outcome of two research projects on the South African transition. His current work focuses on the theory and practice of democracy. His study of South African radical thought Race, Class and Power: Harold Wolpe and the Radical Critique of Apartheid was published in 2015 and his examination of democratic theory, Power in Action: Democracy, Citizenship and Social Justice in 2018. He writes a weekly column in Business Day on current political and economic developments.
Sue Grant-Marshall has written two best-selling books, Mind the Gap, and Mind Over Money, and has been an award-winning journalist for The Star, The Argus and Fairlady magazine. She currently writes for Business Day and City Press and hosts Reading Matters on Radio Today. She was born and raised in Botswana and lives with her husband Don Marshall and their daughter Amy in Johannesburg.
I was born, bred and educated in Bulawayo and I have been residing in Johannesburg for the past decade and now consider it my home. My debut novel titled #ThePolygamist (2012) was set in Harare and delves into the world of underground polygamy. My sophomore novel, #TheGoldDiggers (2018) captures the essence of the city of Gold and what it means to the illegal migrant community.
I have always been an avid writer and my creativity began to show at the age of 8 when I would cut out pictures from magazines and write little excerpts about the men and women in the pictures. My interest in writing was further nurtured throughout high school where I wrote a lot of prose and poetry. Ironically, it’s the poetry which I won accolades for. However paradoxically, it is prose that has captured my heart.
On completing my A Levels it was my intention to study Journalism but at that time there was no such degree on offer in any Zimbabwean institution of higher learning. So ironically I found myself reading towards a degree in Finance and later completed a Masters Degree in the same field.
Until May 2018 I worked for a stockbroking firm as an Equity Research Analyst. However I am now trying my hand at writing full time as I find my financial career is at odds with my creativity. It is my desire to re-engineer my career path into something that will hone my creativity. Having dabbled in scriptwriting, I am keen to get into film production.
Besides being a literary wordsmith I am a proud mother to a feisty five-year-old boy who demands I read him a story every night, adding story reading to my list of credentials.
Terry Kurgan is an artist and writer based in Johannesburg. She has exhibited and published widely in South Africa and internationally, and received numerous awards, including the FNB Vita Art prize and the inaugural Mbokoda Photography award. She is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Wits University, where she is also Research Associate at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WiSER). Her previous Books are Johannesburg Circa Now (co-edited with Jo Ractliffe) and Hotel Yeoville. Everyone is Present is her first work of creative non-fiction.
Tony Park was born in 1964 and grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. A former journalist and PR consultant, Tony also served 34 years in the Australian Army Reserve, including a tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2002. He and his wife, Nicola, divide their time equally between Australia and South Africa, where they own a house on the edge of the Kruger Park. His 16th African novel, Scent of Fear, is about tracker dogs and their handlers engaged in the war against poaching.
Tracey Farren completed a psychology honours degree at the University of Cape Town before working as a freelance journalist. Her first novel, Whiplash (Modjaji Books) was inspired by the feisty sex workers she met during her research. Whiplash was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Literary Award and won a White Ribbon award for its role in the battle against woman and child abuse.
Tracey’s second novel, Snake (Modjaji Books) is a psychological thriller about a little farm girl who watches a charming stranger destroy her family. The book received critical acclaim in South Africa and Tracey’s screenplay, Snake has been optioned by Boondogle Films.
Her new novel, The Book of Malachi (Kwela) is out in May. This is a work of speculative fiction about an inhumane medical project taking place on an oil rig in the deep sea. Malachi, a mute survivor of civil war must decide whether to risk his life for the victims or let them perish.
Vanessa Tedder is the author of the delightful children’s book The Selfish Shongololo (published by Penguin Randomhouse) and the recently released explosive memoir Beaten But Not Broken which is written under her maiden name (Govender). The book details in explicit and painful detail the trauma of being trapped in an abusive relationship with a former popular LotusFm radio presenter during their time at the SABC. The memoir has been widely hailed as a bold and brave piece of literature from a woman who comes from a very conservative community in South Africa. The trauma of the abuse almost ended Vanessa’s career in journalism which began at the public broadcaster back in 1999 where much of the abuse happened. Then in 2005 Vanessa was headhunted by Etv’s legendary television news boss Debora Patta to join the up and coming Prime Time news team. During the seven years at Etv covering human interest and crime stories Vanessa won the highly coveted Vodacom Journalist of the year awards for the KwaZulu Natal region twice, for her coverage of the deaths of dozens of babies at a state hospital in 2006 and in 2008 for the miraculous survival of a newborn tossed down a toilet pit. Vanessa quit mainstream television in 2012. She is now a full-time mom and author.
“In sharing with the world my most intimate and terrifying experiences, I perhaps did the unthinkable as a woman of Indian origin. These are the things that are best kept private. But in taking my trauma and turning it into a triumphant piece of defiant literature that challenges the poison of patriarchy that is so prevalent in so many South African communities. Beaten But Not Broken is a seismic shift in the narrative of the black South African woman. I was a journalist sitting with the biggest story of my life and it was the story of my life! Writing about it was inevitable. “
Vanessa Raphaely’s long career in women’s media included years in London, where she launched and edited a major health and beauty magazine, and in South Africa, where she was the multi-award-winning editor of Cosmopolitan and long-time content director of Associated Media, publisher of O, Good Housekeeping and Marie Claire, amongst others. Vanessa currently lives in Cape Town. Plus One is her debut novel.
Top public speaker Vusi Thembekwayo and Dragons’ Den judge was running a R400m division in a multinational firm by the age of 25. Today he is one of the youngest directors of a JSE-listed company and is the CEO of a boutique investment and advisory firm. He also serves on several boards. Vusi is the founder and CEO of MyGrowthFund and IC Knowledge Bureau. He is a venture capitalist, a sought-after global business speaker and the author of The Magna Carta of Exponentiality – a change agent who has helped to build and transform businesses in South Africa and abroad. He does more than inspire a revolution, he initiates it. He has been a catalyst for change in businesses across the globe through expertise in strategy, leadership and organisational culture. Through his international speaking engagements, more than 21 countries and 350 000 audiences have experienced Vusi.
ZAPIRO (aka Jonathan Shapiro) is South Africa’s best-known and most-awarded cartoonist.He has published 23 best-selling annuals as well as The Mandela Files, VuvuzelaNation, Democrazy and his latest special edition WTF: Capturing Zuma—A Cartoonist’s Tale. He studied media arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he studied under comics masters Art Spiegelman, Will Eisner and Harvey Kurtzman. Zapiro has held solo cartoon exhibitions in New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Dhaka, Sweden and many in South Africa. He has won numerous international and SA awards and was voted one of the 50 most influential people in Africa by the magazine Jeune Afrique and cited as one of the most influential Africans by New African magazine, London. He was celebrated as one of the ‘100 World Class South Africans’ by City Press and he made Credit Suisse ‘50 Movers and Shakers in Africa’ list. In 2016 he was listed as one of the top ten cartoonists in the world by Top Teny online lifestyle magazine, New York.
My culinary career spans over 10 years and started during my two year study gap in England.
After studying Bcomm law for two years after matriculating, I realised that it was not the career path that I wanted to follow.
So, I applied for a UK holiday working visa and ventured off to England to discover what it is that I really wanted to do.
I’ve always been interested in food so decided to look for a job in a professional kitchen.
I worked in a Brasserie in Cheshire for two years, first as a hot section chef, then as the head pastry chef.
After my two year stint in England, I returned to South Africa and immediately enrolled at the Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch. During my studies, I got to work with some amazing top chefs in the local industry such as Margot Janse of Le Quartier Francais and Chris Erasmus of Foliage Restaurant.
I specialised in food media in my third year of studies and worked as a food assistant at a magazine for six months.
After graduating, I moved to JHB and worked in a large catering company as catering manager.
It was around that time when Expresso, a national morning breakfast show, was conceptualized.
When the producers were looking for a food stylist for the show, they called me up and offered me the job. I started working on the Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3 in October 2010 and was resident chef until December 2017.
I now have my own cooking show called “CELEB FEASTS with ZOLA” which began broadcasting in 2018 on Mzansi Magic on DSTV.
My other TV roles include judge on The Great South African Bake Off Season 3, guest judge on My Kitchen Rules South Africa Season 2, Cast of Wedding Bashers Season 2.
Apart from cooking on TV, I also develop recipes and do food styling for publications as well as brands.
I have two published award-winning cookbooks, Simply Delicious (2016) and Simply Zola (2018).