Alison Lowry is an independent publishing consultant, editor, and writer. She spent the biggest part of her publishing career in trade publishing as publisher and then CEO of Penguin Books South Africa. Currently, her core focus is on developmental editing, working with published and debut writers, and editing books for a number of local and some international publishers. She is the author of two novels, Natural Rhythm and Wishing on Trains, and, in 2017 posthumously completed Gerald Kraak’s book Shadow Play. In 2002 she ghost-wrote Steve Hamilton’s bestselling memoir of addiction, I Want My Life Back, which is still in print today. She is currently working on a third novel, Whistler’s Girls.
Andiswa Makanda is a producer at 702, producing one of the biggest breakfast shows in Gauteng. She is also a researcher and script writer for daily talk show, Real Talk with Anele on SABC 3. Andiswa is the literary adviser of the Kingsmead Book Fair, contributing to the programme.
Andiswa has penned occasional columns that have featured in various publications, and has a wealth of experience in content production across numerous radio and TV shows.
She is interested in politics and current affairs and very passionate about economic and human development.
Barbara Boswell is an Associate Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Cape Town, where she teaches African and Black Diasporic feminist literature. She is the author of Grace: A Novel, published by Modjaji Books in 2017. Barbara holds a PhD in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has taught at various universities in the USA and South Africa. She was a ACLS postdoctoral fellow at the Woodson Institute for African and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia and was a lecturer at Wits University before joining UCT. Recently she has co-edited a special issue of the academic journal scrutiny2 on the life and legacy of South African novelist Lauretta Ngcobo.
Bongani Bingwa is the host of the Breakfast show on 702 and co-host of SABC News between 18h00 and 21h00.
A versatile broadcaster, Bongani was both a newsreader and host of Talk at Nine on 702 earlier in his career. He went on to become a household name as a presenter and journalist on Carte Blanche, where he worked for 11 years.
Bongani has interviewed thought leaders, senior politicians, and captains of industry, authors, celebrities and high flyers on the global stage. More than a few wrongdoers have come under the glare of his probing questioning.
Insatiably curious about the world around him, Bongani’s interests span a vast range: From geo-politics and socio-economic issues to sports and entertainment. Regular listeners to his show enjoy his clearly communicated opinions and his sharp sense of humour.
Tune in to 702 from 06h00 to 09h00 weekdays and follow @bonglez on Twitter and Instagram.
Carlos Amato is the editorial cartoonist for the Mail and Guardian. A freelance writer and illustrator, and formerly the editor of the Sunday Times Lifestyle supplement, he does pictures and words and combines them whenever possible. His sports biography for children, Wayde van Niekerk: Road to Glory will be published by Jonathan Ball in April.
Eusebius is not only a presenter on 702 and CapeTalk every weekday, but also a political analyst, broadcaster, lecturer and writer.
He has a background in moral philosophy, after studying and then going on to lecture in philosophy in South Africa and England.
Eusebius has gone on to become a political analyst and writer with three books to his name: his first, A Bantu in My Bathroom became a best-seller and went on to sell over 10 000 copies in under a year. His second and third books, Could I Vote DA? and Run, Racist, Run have received critical and popular acclaim.
Eusebius is a columnist, who has featured in multiple publications, and his political commentary has also featured on TV.
Follow Eusebius on Twitter @Eusebius
Goolam is the chief economist and head of research for the Standard Bank Group, having served in this role since May 2004.
The bank’s commercial emphasis is on Africa and the research function supports this endeavor.
Standard Bank Research comprises 53 analysts and 10 support staff, variously located in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, London and Beijing.
Goolam and his team consistently earns accolades for macroeconomic research on Africa as well as numerous sectoral, industry and financial markets honours.
Goolam’s interest spans politics, the real economy and financial markets, and he regularly engages in public dialogue on national and continental issues across the globe.
I have worked in film, television and publishing for more than 30 years. I love story and have worked with a range of formats including television dramas, film (documentaries and feature) and print (books, stories for children and adults, learning resources). I have worked on entertainment and education projects and initiatives that combine the two. I was a co-creator and writer on Yizo Yizo an international award-winning television drama series set in a struggling township school. I worked at Soul City and headed their Southern Africa regional programme, which developed both print and television public health programmes across Southern Africa. I have recently completed a documentary called The Colour of Wine with director Akin Omotoso. I am both a co-writer and co-producer on the film Vaya as well as editor and contributor on the book Vaya – Untold Stories of Johannesburg. Together with Robbie Thorpe I run the Homeless Writer’s Project.
Her father was a frustrated ‘ wannabe chef’ accountant and her mother a lousy cook so it’s no surprise that Biller made a career out of food.
She was cooking the family meals at 12, is the author of 8 cookery books and the food editor of The Sunday Times, a position she has held for 9 years.
Previously Angela Day at The Star, she has been awarded the Galliova Food Writer of the Year, the Oscar of food writing in SA, twice.
Jeremy Maggs has been a journalist and radio television broadcaster for over thirty years and is best known for hosting the hit television show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Currently he hosts the programme NewsDay on eNCA and Maggs on Media. In his career he has encountered thousands of successful people from all walks of life.
Jo Hamilton, MEd (Psych), has been working with children and their families for over twenty years.
An Educational Psychologist and primary school teacher with experience in a wide variety of educational settings and in private practice, Jo has developed a rich understanding of children’s development and great compassion for the many challenges they face growing up. The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids grew out of a training programme for children Jo developed and ran for four years. The skills-based programme empowered many children with the tools they needed to interact more effectively in their social environments, and provided parents with valuable insight and practical advice so that they could effectively assist their children.
Joanne is a household name in South Africa, having spent 20 years in the media industry, including a number of years hosting prominent TV news shows on eNCA and the SABC. Joanne’s broadcast career started in radio and she has extensive experience on the airwaves.
Joanne has presented several high-profile live broadcasts including the live coverage of Nelson Mandela’s passing broadcast internationally, Thabo Mbeki’s presidential inauguration, Walter Sisulu and Beyers Naudé funerals. She regularly MCs corporate functions in English and French and has produced documentaries for the United Nations Development Programme among others.
She has also authored a best-selling book, Drug Muled, Sixteen Years in a Thai Prison; teaches scriptwriting for broadcast and is a sought-after MC.
Joanne Jowell is the author of the bestselling biographies On the Other Side of Shame: An Extraordinary Account of Adoption and Reunion (2009), Finding Sarah: A True Story of Living with Bulimia (2011) and The Crazy Life of Larry Joe: A Journey on the Streets and Stage (2014). She lives in Cape Town with her husband and three children.
Veteran journalist Karima Brown is the host of the Karima Brown show on 702, Monday to Thursday between 20h00 and 22h00.
She is also a political analyst and commentator and provides regular analysis on the political economy of South Africa for eNCA.
Karima is a seasoned journalist, editor and most recently Chief Content Officer at Independent Media. She strives to use her profession and the media as an instrument for change. For Karima, it’s about telling stories of the people and giving them a voice.
“It’s about bringing about change and informing people.”
Karima, through her contacts is able to interview the big names and unpack and explore the latest issues making headlines.
Kate Sidley is a columnist, feature writer and book reviewer for the Sunday Times and other newspapers, magazines, radio and digital media. She wrote a humourous foodie book, The Agony Chef, and co-wrote the play Shape. Her new book, 100 Mandela Moments, will be published this year.
Mark D. Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer of BirdLife South Africa. He is passionate about conserving Africa’s birds and is especially involved in initiatives to conserve Africa’s vultures, flamingos and bustards. His hobbies are wildlife photography and travel, especially to the remote parts of Africa.
Melinda Ferguson heads up the publishing imprint MFBOOKS Joburg which specialises in memoir and hard hitting non-fiction. In 2016 her title Rape: A South African Nightmare by Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola won the highly coveted Sunday Times Alan Paton Award. Melinda is also the author of the bestselling addiction trilogy: Smacked, Hooked and Crashed.
Nechama Brodie is a veteran journalist and the best-selling author of four books. Her work has appeared in the Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, City Press, Men’s Health, the Guardian (UK) and the Hindustan Times (India). She is the head of TRI Facts, the training and research section of independent fact-checking organisation Africa Check.
Born Nontsikelelo Mkhize on June 10 in Limpopo, Ntsiki grew up in the East Rand (Wattville township) and later moved with her family to a farm in the Midvaal.
A tenacious, authentic and spirited young lady, she has her eyes fixed on her own TV and radio shows. She is the presenter of CareerConnect on Business Day TV, presenter and content producer for Basic* on MyBigStartUp.com and hosts her own podcast titled, That’s 20’s. She shares her views as a young social entrepreneur and natural hair enthusiast on her Live on Purpose blog. Ntsiki offers her services as a motivational speaker, workshop trainer, MC and voice over artist. She facilitates FAB sessions on resilience as part of the dynamic trio at the Resilient Energy Center.
Passionate about entrepreneurship, she aims to inspire, connect and empower women and youth across Africa to live out their purpose and get involved in business that initiates positive change.
She is co-founder of The Princesses Foundation and serves as a Director for Pamanda Properties and eKasi Entrepreneurs Movement. Ntsiki volunteers her time mentoring young women through the SONG Foundation, Phakama Women’s Academy and Hadithi Wethu.
Ntsiki has been featured as one of 25 young people to look out for in the Student Village 2017 #BeSomebody campaign. She was profiled as a thought leader on The Future of Leadership and is part of an upcoming FOX documentary series titled ‘I Remember Me’.
Phemelo Motene is a radio and TV presenter, actress, mother and businesswoman with a zest for life.
She has an innate curiosity about what is going on around her which makes her the ideal host for Weekend Breakfast on 702 as the show covers everything from lifestyle to social issues, wellness and current affairs.
Phemelo began her radio career at a community radio station, took some time off to continue her studies and returned to work for Metro FM as a Weekend News Reader.
She then moved on to present her own early breakfast show, until she transitioned to television and acting full time. Phemelo spent more than six years focusing on her acting career which included memorable roles in Generations and Home Affairs.
After a stint in business that took her out of the spotlight for a few years, the lure of media sent her back to 702, and she began working behind the scenes as a producer for lifestyle and business content.
In 2016 she took over as host of 702’s Weekend Breakfast from 06h00 to 10h00 on Saturdays and Sundays.
In addition to her on air role, Phemelo hosts a number of book and literary events and runs a production company.
Rehana Rossouw is a journalist based in Johannesburg. She has a Master’s in Creative Writing from Wits University. Her first novel, What Will People Say?, was shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2016 and won the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences prize for fiction in 2017.
Sara-Jayne King is a mixed-race South African/British journalist and radio presenter whose career spans over 15 years and four continents. She has an LLB degree and a Master’s in Journalism. Sara-Jayne hosts her own radio show on Cape Talk. Killing Karoline, under award-winning publisher Melinda Ferguson’s MFBooks Joburg imprint is her first published memoir, she is currently working on her second.
Simon is a broadcaster, writer and environmental scientist with two decades of experience. He has
presented live TV or radio just about every day since November 1999 and has appeared on all of South Africa’s domestic television channels, many of the local radio stations (including being the daily science and weather correspondent for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk). He has also regulalrly appeared on several international stations such as the BBC. He has recently been providing expert comment on Cape Town’s water crisis to Canada’s CBC and China’s CGTN.
Sithembile is a lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria where she lecturers international relations and South African politics. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Governance Innovation (GovInn) at the University of Pretoria. She recently completed her doctoral dissertation on South Africa’s foreign policy during its two elected terms in the United Nations Security Council (2007-2008 and 2011-2012). She comments frequently in the media on a range of issues in South African politics.
Sue de Groot is deputy features editor at the Sunday Times, where she has worked on various sections for the past seven years and for which she has reviewed more books than she can remember reading. She also writes the weekly ‘Word in the Hand’ column for the Times Select website. Previously she wrote for a wide variety of magazines, worked as a TV drama and comedy scriptwriter, as an editor of recipe books and as a cricket columnist.
Born and raised in the Eastern Cape around the time of the rinderpest, Tim is a qualified construction equipment mechanic, who drowned in the corporate wallows and after 20 years of towing the corporate line, left the industry in 1996 to do who knows what.
A failed Garden Executive and today Tim is a consultant on Biodiversity and Community Upliftment projects and has a small jobbing workshop where he fiddles with things mechanical, wood, steel and fibreglass guided by Liezl Kok, artist, sculptor and creator of anatomical models for the veterinary and medical teaching world. He dabbles as a filmmaker from time to time and is a regular broadcaster since 1991 in history and the natural world with possibly the longest running radio program on the natural world on air today.
Tim has a keen interest in life and fun adventure, real history and shipwrecks. He shares a sailboat, metal detector, dodgy 4×4 and an interest in older motorcycles and dirt bike trail riding and a love of the secrets of the sea.
Yewande Omotoso’s debut novel Bomboy (Modjaji Books, 2011), was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, MNet Film Award and Etisalat Prize for Literature. It won the South African Literary Award First Time Author Prize. Her short stories include How About The Children in Kalahari Review, Things Are Hard in the 2012 Caine Prize Anthology, Fish published in The Moth Literary Journal and The Leftovers in One World Two. Yewande was a 2013 Norman Mailer Fellow and a 2014 Etisalat Fellow. In 2015 she was a Miles Morland Scholar. Yewande’s second novel The Woman Next Door (Chatto and Windus) was published in May 2016. It was longlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Fiction Prize and the International Dublin Literary Award. In addition The Woman Next Door was shortlisted for the Aidoo-Snyder Prize, the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize and the UJ Literary Prize. Born in Barbados, Omotoso grew up in Nigeria and currently lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.