Hennie van Vuuren is a writer and activist working on issues of secrecy, access to information and corruption. He is currently a research associate at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation focusing on the lack of accountability for economic crimes during political transitions. This includes a focus on economic crime in apartheid South Africa. He previously worked on corruption issues for the Institute for Security Studies and Transparency International, is active in the Right2Know campaign and co-authored The Devil in the Detail: How the arms deal changed everything (2011).
Humairah Jassat won the 2010 African Leadership Academy Innovation Prize for her Pink Hijab Day initiative at age 20. Humairah created the Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Hijaab Day campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer and to encourage clearer understanding of Muslim women. On Pink Hijaab Day, Muslim women wear a pink scarf in solidarity with breast cancer sufferers. This has raised cancer awareness in the community, raised money for the Cancer Association of SA and built solidarity among people. She studies journalism at Varsity College and hosts a radio show, Women's Weekly, on Radio Islam, focusing on women's rights and empowerment.
Jenny Cargill has been a specialist in black economic empowerment since 1994 when she started a think tank dealing with South Africa’s economic transition, providing analysis and on-line databases of both BEE and foreign investment activity. She became a well-known commentator, quoted regularly in the South African and international media, and facilitated forums for debate and discussions between business and political leaders. Later she became an adviser to corporations on BEE ownership strategies and transactions.
Khalo Matabane has directed numerous documentaries, drama series, campaigns, commercials, has taught about cinema and politics at schools, and completed his first dramatic feature film State of Violence in 2010 (shown to critical acclaim in Toronto and Berlin). Set in Johannesburg, it is the story of a man whose wife is killed in what seems like a random act of violence. The protagonist goes on a journey to search for the killers, only to find out that he is the son of a man he killed in the 1980’s during the struggle. Currently, Khalo is producing a new body of work: a feature film called A Letter to Nelson Mandela. The film seeks to find out if Mandela’s philosophies of forgiveness, reconciliation and freedom, resonate in a world that is plagued with injustice and social inequalities. He will interview a global group of thinkers, activists and artists.
Zubeida Jaffer is a journalist who was active in the South African anti-apartheid and trade union movements. She obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Rhodes University in Grahamstown in 1979. She headed the media department at the University of the Western Cape between 1987 and 1989. Between 1990 and 1995, she became a correspondent for South African and Canadian news agencies. She became a member of the Independent Media Commission for South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994. She has worked as the group parliamentary editor of South Africa's Independent Newspapers since May 1997, coordinating correspondents that provide daily copy for the chain.