Dr Alma-Nalisha Cele is a doctor in public practice currently working at Leratong Hospital on the West Rand having previously been employed at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital.
She has a special interest in pharmaceutical economics and its relationship to the socio-economics of health, particularly in public health. As a result, she is currently pursuing post graduate studies in the field of pharmaceutical medicine.
Dr Alma-Nalisha Cele is also the co-founder of The Cheeky Natives alongside Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane.
The Cheeky Natives is a literary podcast whose primary aim is to archive black literature on the continent and diaspora through critical engagement with writers and literary audiences.Having identified a large gap in the literary market for thorough, thought provoking analysis of various literary works. This has been done through curated author launches, live podcasts and reviews.
Some notable guests of the podcast include Professor Kimberle Crenshaw, Zinzi Clemmons, Zukiswa Wanner, Koleka Putuma and Lola Shoneyin among others.
In doing so, The Cheeky Natives are creating a strong, well curated cannon of black literature that has been used as required listening in different spaces across the world.
Dr Alma-Nalisha Cele is passionate about the ways in which literary representation and engagement can grow the quality of dialogue and analysis in our communities. She continually credits a strong relationship with reading and literature to her feminist, intersectional approach not only to her work as a doctor but also to her lived politics. She believes that in many ways books continue to change and even save people’s lives and is passionate about ensuring access to critical engagement for wide audiences.
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.
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 https://www.liferighting.com/ . She teaches memoir writing, is a practising medical doctor and lives in Cape Town.
Dylan is a SAFTA nominated director and award-winning filmmaker with a special interest in social justice and youth culture, with previous experience directing for Al Jazeera, SABC and others. Currently a PhD candidate in media studies, he is interested in the ways the internet is shaping new forms of storytelling on the continent and in the diaspora. Dylan is also currently an associate lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and on the editorial team of Africa is a Country.
Efemia Chela was born in 1991 and is a Zambian-Ghanaian writer, literary critic and editor. Her first published story, ‘Chicken’ was nominated for The 2014 Caine Prize For African Writing. Efemia’s subsequent short stories and poems have been published in places like New Internationalist, Wasafiri and PEN Passages: Africa. She co-edited the 2016 Short Story Day Africa anthology, Migrations. In 2018, she was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Writer-in-Residence position at Rhodes University. Efemia is currently the Francophone, and Contributing Editor of The Johannesburg Review of Books.
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.
Iman Rappetti, originally from Phoenix in KwaZulu-Natal, counts among her career highlights, interviews and encounters with former South African President Thabo Mbeki, President Jacob Zuma, and queen of talk Oprah Winfrey. Rappetti hosts a weekday radio show on Power FM and after a two-year absence, she’s made a return to eNCA with a talk show called Madam Speaker.
Karabo Kgoleng is a broadcaster and facilitator who works with writers and academics in the humanities to give their work a public life.
She believes that engagement in social and cultural issues contributes significantly to the transformation of individuals and communities.
Karabo is a recipient of the South African Literary Award for Journalism and is a sought-after speaker on storytelling as central to public intellectual and cultural life. She has also adjudicated prestigious literary awards and worked on selection panels for short story anthologies. She has worked as Books Editor for City Press, talk show host at SAfm and 702, and at the Department of Arts and Culture as Deputy Director: Books and Publishing.
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.
Khaya Dlanga is the author of two previous books. His memoir, To Quote Myself, was shortlisted for the 2016 Sunday Times Alan Paton Prize. Dlanga was formerly at Coca-Cola South Africa and Heineken South Africa. He is currently chief marketing officer for a telecommunication company, rain 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 10 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.
Malebo Sephodi is a South African writer and researcher whose work focuses on gender, development, digital technology and story-telling. She is the author of Miss Behave (Blackbird Books, 2017), which won the 2018 South African Literary Award for First Time Published Author. She is currently reading for her PhD at the University of Cape Town and is a faculty member at Wits University.
Mandy Wiener is one of South Africa’s best-known and most credible journalists and authors. Wiener worked as a multi-award-winning reporter with Eyewitness News from 2004 until 2014 and is currently senior crime and investigative reporter for News24. Ministry of Crime is her fourth book, following on from the best-selling Killing Kebble: An Underworld Exposed (2011); My Second Initiation: The Memoir of Vusi Pikoli (2013), written with the former head of the National Prosecuting Authority; and Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story (2014), co-authored with colleague Barry Bateman.
Mothomang is the Medical Director of Spiral Aloe Medical Wellness which she founded more than five 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.
Mothomang qualified as a Medical Doctor at the University of Adelaide in Australia some 34 years ago. She later completed post graduate programmes: a Diploma in Public Health, a Diploma in Child Health, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She subsequently completed an MBA at Wits Business School, followed by a Programme for Management Development at Harvard Business School.
She is an aunt, a daughter, a sister, a friend to her husband and a mother to her adult children.
(MB:BS) Australia (DCH) College of Medicine (DPH) (DTM&H) (MBA) Wits (PMD) Harvard (IOSD) Gestalt Institute Cleveland
Sihle Khumalo is South Africa’s bestselling and award winning author. His books include Dark Continent My Black Arse and Heart of Africa. His third book, Almost Sleeping My Way to Timbuktu, won the 2014 SA Literary Award (creative non-fiction). Sihle’s latest book, Rainbow Nation My Zulu Arse, covers his epic journey around South Africa. It is a travelogue imbued with social, economic and political commentary.
He has qualifications from Durban University of Technology (DUT), Wits Business School as well as the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB).
He lives in Johannesburg with his wife and two children.
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.