Dr Christi van der Westhuizen is the author of White Power & the Rise and Fall of the National Party and a regular analytical columnist in the media. Her latest book, Working Democracy: Perspectives on South Africa’s Parliament at 20 Years, is due out this year. She holds a PhD in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Political Economy and South African Politics (Cum Laude).She started her career as journalist at the independent anti-apartheid weekly Vrye Weekblad, worked as Associate Editor (Africa and Europe) at Inter Press Service and received the Mondi Newspaper Award for political commentary. She contributed, among others, to the book In the Balance: South Africans Debate Reconciliation. www.thoughtleader.co.za/christivanderwesthuizen Twitter: @ChristivdWest
Ferial Haffajee is the Editor-in-Chief of City Press Newspaper, since July 2009. Former chairperson of the South African National Editor's Forum, Haffajee sits on the boards of the International Womens Media Foundation, the World Editors Forum, and the Inter Press Service (IPS). She was previously a reporter at Mail & Guardian and has acted as its associate editor, media editor and economics writer at various times. Before taking up the editorship she held jobs at state broadcaster SABC, as a radio producer and television reporter, and at the Financial Mail magazine, where she was a senior editor responsible for political coverage and the managing editor. Haffajee was appointed editor of Mail & Guardian in February 2004,two years after control of the paper was acquired by Zimbabwean publisher Trevor Ncube. In March 2009 Mail & Guardian announced Haffajee's resignation, saying she would take up the position of editor of City Press.
Pearlie Joubert is currently based in Cape Town where she is the senior journalist for the Mail and Guardian newspaper. Pearlie holds an honours degree in journalism and a BA degree form the University of Stellenbosch. She has worked as a journalist for many years, done extensive research work and co-directed and produced several documentaries on a range of South African themes. She also worked for the Vrye Weekblad previously. Pearlie has a particular interest in undermining the powerful and telling stories that can help shift the dominant discourse.