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).
Dr. Auma Obama is Founder, Director of the Sauti Kuu Foundation, a non-profit for disadvantaged children and youth. Dr. Obama has a Masters degree from the University of Heidelberg, a PhD from the University of Bayreuth and graduated from the Berlin Film and Television Academy.. Dr. Obama is a member of the World Future Council. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Bayreuth University’s Academy of Advanced African Studies, and of Stiftung Lesen, a German Organization promoting literacy. Since 2014 Dr. Obama is patron of The Storymoja Festival. A published author, Dr. Obama’s memoir in German ‘Das Leben kommt immer dazwischen’ was published in 2010, and in English, ‘And Then Life Happens’ in 2012.
Bonita Bennett was appointed as director of the District Six Museum in June 2008, having been the acting director for nine months prior to that. She had previously worked variously as the Museum’s collections manager and research co-ordinator, having a particular research interest in narrative and memory. She has thus been employed by the Museum since 2001. She completed her BA at the University of Cape Town in 1982 followed by, a Higher Diploma in Education in 1984 and an M.Phil in Applied Sociolinguistics in 2005. Her dissertation focused on narratives of trauma of people who had been forcibly removed from various areas in the Western Cape, her region of birth and residence. Bonita’s passion for her work stems from her background as a human rights activist, her training as an educator and her commitment to education in the broadest sense of the word, together with the fact that her ... read more
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
Dr Ellen Hurst is a senior Lecturer, Humanities Education Development Unit at University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on multilingual/ translingual practices involving African languages, approached from a sociolinguistic perspective. She has conducted research on: African urban youth languages (particularly ‘tsotsitaal’ in South Africa); migration, globalization and African languages; and multilingualism in South African higher education.
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
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.