Anton Harber was founder-editor of the anti-apartheid newspaper the Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian). He is now Caxton Professor of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, chair of the Freedom of Expression Institute and writes a weekly column in Business Day. He is convenor of judges for South Africa’s biggest journalism prize, the Taco Kuiper Investigative Journalism Awards and Grants. Harber’s books include Diepsloot (Jonathan Ball, 2011), winner of the Recht Malan Prize, and The Gorilla in the Room (Mampoer Shorts, 2013). Harber co-edited the first two editions of The A–Z of South African Politics (Penguin, 1994/6), What is Left Unsaid: Reporting the South African HIV Epidemic (Jacana, 2010), Troublemakers: The best of SA’s investigative journalism (Jacana, 2010) and contributed to the forthcoming Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World (New Press, 2014).
Luyanda Mpahlwa, Cape Town based, internationally acclaimed Architect and social commentator on urban development issues. Born in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, completed his National Architectural Diploma in 1982 while serving a five-year term in Robben Island Prison, before going on to complete a Masters in Architecture at the Technical University of Berlin in 1997. Beyond architecture and design, Mpahlwa was a member of the Local Organising Committee’s Technical Team appointed as oversight project managers for the construction and refurbishment of the 2010 Soccer World Cup stadia. He was also Bid Committee Member for Cape Town World Design Capital 2014. He is serving in the Councils of the Robben Island Museum and Walter Sisulu University. Twitter: @DesignMattersLM
Erica Elk is the executive director of the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), which she was appointed to establish in 2001. A visual artist by training, she has, in her professional career, worked as a writer, designer and strategic project manager across a range of platforms in the arts, culture and development arena. Her energetic and visionary leadership has grown the CCDI into an institution widely recognised for its pioneering work. CCDI provides product and market support services to over 5 000 creative enterprises (who collectively sustain jobs and income for an estimated 14 000 people). Recently, she has been driving a process to develop and implement a Design Strategy for the Western Cape, the focus of which is the application of design to stimulate competitiveness and contribute towards economic growth. In the last year, she was named Social Entrepreneur of the year by the Business Women’s Association of ... read more
Geci Karuri-Sebina is a founding member and director of the SA Node of the Millennium Project. She is broadly interested in foresight and research and development spanning public policy, development, and innovation issues. Geci is actively involved in the futures study field, which she champions through her role as a founding member of the SA Node of the Millennium Project. She holds an MA in urban planning and a master’s in architecture and urban design from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and is currently undertaking her PhD in development planning and innovation at the University of Witwatersrand.
A former political prisoner and long-time cultural activist, Lionel Davis’ name features prominently in the history of the Community Arts Project, Vakalisa Art Associates, Thupelo Workshop and Greatmore Artists’ Studios. Drawing, painting, and printing, and often combining these media, Davis works in visual modes that range from the realist to the abstract. His themes include everyday scenes as well as reflections on black and African identity.
Marcus Neustetter is a Johannesburg based artist, cultural activist and producer who reflects critically and playfully on his context through art and collaborative projects. His strategy has been to pro-actively create, play and experiment to build opportunities and experiences that investigate, reflect and provoke. Mostly process driven, his production of art at the intersection of art, science and technology has led him to work in a multi-disciplinary approach from conventional drawings to permanent and temporary site specific installations, mobile and virtual interventions and socially-engaged projects internationally. In partnership with Stephen Hobbs, Neustetter has also been active with The Gallery Premises (closed 2008), The Trinity Session and in their collaborative capacity as Hobbs/Neustetter.
Tarisai Mchuchu-Ratshidi is currently the director of Young in Prison South Africa (YIP), an NGO that does rehabilitation work with juveniles, teaching them life skills through art. It was a visit to Pollsmoor prison in 2007, while she was studying law at the University of Cape Town that sparked then 24-year-old Tarisai’s interest in young prisoners. "In the last six months of their sentence we do mentorship, preparing them mentally for their release. Some of them have been in there for 10 years and life on the outside has changed." YIP also follows up with the former prisoners on the outside, providing them with support and guidance for six months after their release. Tarisai has been a nominee of the Mail and Guardian’s 200 Young People to Take to Lunch.