Passionate about people and development, Marcha Neethling holds a Masters Degree in HIV/AIDS Management and has more than ten years experience working for South African and international NGOs in the development sector in Africa. Since joining Praekelt Foundation in 2008 Neethling has been responsible for implementing multi-national campaigns in partnerships with NGOs and governments. A relative newcomer to the world of mobile technology, she has quickly become an enthusiastic advocate for its potential to produce real change in Africa.
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.