Dorothy Dyer is the founder of Cover2Cover Books and the FunDza Literacy Trust, which uses innovative ways to get young South Africans reading for pleasure. A former English teacher who taught at a range of South African high schools, Dorothy has an enduring passion for getting her students to read. Dorothy is also the author of numerous teen novels and textbooks, and has run workshops to test materials and to develop students’ writing. She has a Masters from UCT in Applied Language and Literacy Studies, and has just completed her Masters in Creative Writing, also through UCT.
Gina Ziervogel is a geographer by training, with 15 years of experience in the field of adaptation and vulnerability to climate change. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science at the University of Cape Town and received her DPhil in Geography at the University of Oxford in 2002. Her work focuses on the barriers to and opportunities for effective adaptive management in urban and rural settings where socio-economic priorities need to be addressed in tandem with environmental needs. Twitter: @GinaZiervogel
Jenny F. Mbaye is a postdoctoral research fellow at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town. Her research interests include urban creativity, cultural development and entrepreneurship, cultural labour and creative work, practice and policy of cultural production in Africa. Her focus is on the Francophone West African fields of urban music. She holds a PhD in Human Geography (LSE, 2011), a Graduate Diploma in Management of Cultural Organisations (HEC-Montreal, 2006), an MSc in International Studies specialised in Ethnomusicology (University of Montreal, 2005), and a BA in Sociology (Concordia University, 2003). Twitter: @JennyFatouMbaye
Elelwani Ramugondo is an Associate Professor within the Division of Occupational Therapy, University of Cape Town. She is a renowned play-activist, who draws from research on children’s play as well as everyday observation to explain the politics of human occupation within the context of rapid social change, and to raise occupational consciousness. Her own research takes an intergenerational approach, and negates the adult-child binary often prevalent within the study of play. Recent research that Dr Ramugondo has supervised at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels says a lot about the state of play in the Western Cape.
Former chief director for policy and research at SAPS Civilian Secretariat for Police, Irvin Kinnes has deep interest in studying gang cultures in the Western Cape and is currently pursuing a PhD at the Centre for Criminality at the University of Cape Town.
Jay Pather is a South African curator, choreographer, director and associate professor at the University of Cape Town. Jay studied at New York University as a Fulbright Scholar (MA in dance theatre), University of Durban-Westville (honours degrees in literature and drama) and Trinity College London (performance diploma). He is the director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. Pather has been involved in the choreography and direction of over one hundred productions in South Africa.
Kilian Hagemann currently heads G7 Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd, a South African wind farm developer specialising in highly efficient wind farm projects. Kilian has been active in the wind industry since 2002 when he became a board member of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). In 2004 he worked in Germany for Windtest (now DNV GL) on wind measurements, resource assessments, modeling and related consulting. At the end of 2008 Kilian completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town, publishing the "Mesoscale Wind Atlas of South Africa" as the first comprehensive wind map covering the entire country.
Methuli Mbanjwa is an enthusiastic and energetic young South African, who is passionate about renewable energy, technology and socio-economic development of South Africa, and Africa at large. An MBA graduate from the UCT's Graduate School of Business since 2009, and currently working as Project Manager at G7 Renewable Energies. A role held since 2010, being involved in pioneering stages of utility scale wind energy development. He was, till recently, the Chairman of the LandUse Working Group of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA). He is still an active member of various working groups within SAWEA. He is also the founder of Future Beyond, a social enterprise whose goal is the advancement of broader communities through facilitating inclusive participation in the renewable energy sector and the broader green economy. Through Future Beyond, he has initiated a World Design Capital 2014 project (Turning Homes Into Innovation Labs (#WDC449) that aims to ... read more
Edgar Pieterse is an urban scholar, writer and creative agent whose interests include the theory and practice of policy discourses and interventions to make African cities more just, open and accessible. He is the director of the African Centre for Cities and holds the South African Research Chair in Urban Policy at the University of Cape Town. He is the author of City Futures: Confronting the Crisis of Urban Development (2008). He has also co-edited numerous volumes, including Counter-Currents: Experiments in Sustainability in the Cape Town Region (2010) and Consolidating Developmental Local Government (2008), among others. He is co-editor of the ongoing The African Cities Reader series and consulting editor of Cityscapes.