Bloggers A-Z

Aarti Panday hopes to one day learn how to make a breyani so magical that it will win over the heart(s) of potential mother-in-law(s). In the meanwhile she fills her days with aeronautics and manufacturing. Unfortunately her masters in engineering did not help her at all in understanding the intricacies of breyani-making. She can however tell you h... read more
Adam Haupt writes about film, media, culture and copyright law. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town and is the author of Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-Hop Subversion (HSRC Press, 2008) and Static: Race & Representation in Post-Apartheid Music, Media & Film (HSRC Press, 2012). In 2010, he was a ... read more
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Richard Calland -- known for his work with the Open Democracy Advice Centre and Idasa, and a Mail & Guardian columnist -- is in Ghana for the Africa Cup of Nations on a documentary film project, along with co-producer Lawson Naidoo. Read their observations of this continental soccer event here.... read more
Alan Hammond is publishing editor of the Skills Portal, South Africa's most popular web portal for human resource management, training and skills development. When he's not trying to understand the inner workings of the national skills development strategy or following the minister of labour around the country, you'll find him hanging out at www.sk... read more
Albert Bredenhann used to be the MD of Jump Shopping (www.jump.co.za), South Africa's leading online shopping search engine.

His passion for photography made him quit from IT and he decided to live his dream and are now one of South Africa's leading photographers. His co-owned studio, Pixel Pro Photography (www.pixelpro.co.za in Pretoria is th... read more
Alex Lenferna is a South African Fulbright and Mandela Rhodes Scholar researching climate justice at the University of Washington. His family hails from the small island nation of Mauritius. In the United States, Alex has worked as a research consultant for 350.org, served as a fellow for Carbon Washington, and helped lead divestment campaigns tar... read more
Alexander Matthews is the editor of AERODROME, an online magazine about words and people featuring interviews, original poetry, book reviews and extracts. He is also a freelance writer, covering travel, culture, life and design. The contributing editor for Business Day WANTED, his journalism has also appeared in House and Leisure, MONOCLE, African ... read more
Alison Tilley is an attorney working at the Open Democracy Advice Centre as the CEO. She specialises in right to know law. She is a founding trustee of the Women's Legal Centre, and has a keen interest in gender issues.... read more
I'm chief technology officer at the Mail & Guardian. Like most of my titles, this one sounds entirely made up. The work load, alas, is entirely real.

http://alistairfairweather.com/... read more
Alwyn Van Niekerk is a systems architect currently specialising in identity and access management, having written, designed, and architected many large-scale enterprise Java systems. He has a keen interest in Linux and OSS and the current next-generation game-console war, and frequently heads to the countryside with his wife on their motorcycles to... read more
amaBhungane are the investigators of the M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit, public interest initiative to produce better investigative stories and plough back through internships and advocacy. On this blog, amaBhungane -- seasoned and award-winning journalists -- will penetrate the world of smoke and mirrors to bring you th... read more
Amanda trained as a journalist then spent eight years writing advertising copy in Cape Town before relocating to Joburg. She is now a social media strategist, which sounds far more important than it really is. Her bribe of choice is single malt whisky.... read more
Amanda Gouws is a professor of political science at the University of Stellenbosch and a commissioner for the Commission for Gender Equality. Her research deals with women and citizenship, representation and the women’s movement. She regularly writes for Die Burger. She writes here in her personal capacity.... read more
Gwen Ngwenya is a liberal writing primarily in defence of the idea of the individual that is constantly under attack by collective feelings and racial identity. Gwen holds a masters degree in Economics from the Université Paris-Est in France and works in finance for a global financial technology company.... read more
Amnesty International is a non-governmental organisation focused on human rights, with over seven million members and supporters around the world. The Southern African regional office of the International Secretariat is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Twitter: @AmnestySARO... read more
Andrea has been actively involved in local and international digital marketing since 1997 and has worked closely with key global companies on their digital marketing strategies. As one of the pioneering architects of the SA digital landscape, Andrea is a hugely respected talent in the digital marketing field and is the founder of digiVOX, a special... read more
Andrew is an occasional freelance journalist, wannabe rock star, passionate father and general layabout eking out a meagre existence in the heartless landscape of commercial print. He is hoping that someone heeds his desperate call and he lands that dream job at National Geographic -- or Loslyf... read more
Andrew Human is the CEO of The Loerie Awards. He studied materials science and engineering in the 1980s. He liked his academic years so much that he remained a student for 10 years and was finally given a PhD in order to get him off campus. In the 1990s he realised that the internet was the most exciting new medium at the time and began selling web... read more
Andrew Miller is a poet, freelance writer, satirist and brand consultant. He is the co-owner and co-founder of the Unity Gallery, a business-orientated art space based in the Joburg CBD. Miller is the author of the poetry anthology Hintsa's Ghost and Getting Up: Thoughts on Falling.

Visit him at
www.andrewkmiller.co.za
www.unitydesign.co.za... read more
Angus is the founder of Brandsh Media -- a specialist mobile and social media agency -- and is closely involved with Cerebra Communications. He is active in the mobile industry and sits on Waspa's management committee, the mobile VAS industry's self-regulation authority.

He has been in the mobile, media and internet industries since 1994 with th... read more
Anja Merret lives in Brighton, United Kingdom, having moved across from South Africa a while ago. She started a blog at the beginning of 2007 and is using it to try to find out everything important about page ranks, traffic and all things internet-marketing related.

Her soap-box material is the war in Iraq and anything that causes innocent peopl... read more
Anne has 17 years experience as a journalist, mainly spent working for newspapers in Joburg before she joined the start-up team of Independent Online way back in 1999. She has been hooked to all things digital ever since. Now based in Grahamstown, she works part time as a freelance writer and editor. She is also the fulltime mother to two young ch... read more
Anthea Paelo is an economist by day and a writer by night. One of her short stories Picture Frames won the Writivism award in 2013 and is published in an anthology titled Picture Frames and Other Stories. Follow her on Twitter @AntheaPaelo... read more
Anton Harber is the Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies and director of the Journalism Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Harber has had a long career in journalism, media management and the training of journalists.... read more
Anton Herbst is the MD of ACT (Advanced Channel Technologies), one of South Africa's leading IT consumables distributors. Overcoming obstacles with optimism and a smile is core to his business approach, and has accounted for the exponential growth of ACT. He's ready and willing to offer his insights to other passionate South Africans wanting to bui... read more
Ari Sitas is a sociologist and writer, a senior professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (www.iols.ukzn.ac.za or www.global-studies.de) and an adjunct professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and at Freiburg University, Germany. He is on the executive of the African Sociological Association (and has served as president of the Sout... read more
Ariel is an engineering graduate. He has never taken apart a washing machine or opened up a VCR. He studied engineering because he enjoyed maths and science... and because he wanted to know why buildings don't fall down, what makes car's drive and how the hell the internet worked.... read more
Arthur Goldstuck is a South African journalist, media analyst and commentator on information and communications technology (ICT), internet and mobile communications and technologies. Goldstuck heads the World Wide Worx research organisation, and has led research into ICT issues such as the effects of IT on small business, the role of mobile technol... read more
Arthur Attwell is a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow, co-founder of Electric Book Works and Bettercare, and founder of Paperight. He lives in Cape Town. On Twitter at @arthurattwell.... read more
Asanda Magaqa is an award-winning broadcast journalist and producer with experience spanning 12 years. She is currently working as a freelance journalist and media and communications consultant. In her spare time, she actively pursues her most favourite activity in life - being a sleepist.... read more
Brand man by day and full-time opinionated South African of Indian descent.
Football, cricket and F1 follower, trend watcher, series and film addict, motoring enthusiast, possible sociopath.
Johannesburg, South Africa
@ashish_za... read more
A teacher in Johannesburg.Interested in education,feminism and sometimes a bit of politics (with a small letter p).... read more
31 Year old, Avishkar Govender lives and works in Durban, where he is an undergraduate political science student.... read more
Azad Essa is a journalist at Al Jazeera.

He is also the author of a book called "Zuma's Bastard" (Two Dogs Books, October 2010)

Yes, it is the name of a book. A real book. With a kickass cover.




Click on the cover to find out more.

You know you want to.

or join the revolution:

www.facebook.com/zumasbastard

http://www.azade... read more
Ben Cashdan is a filmmaker and television producer based in Johannesburg.... read more
Ben Kelly is surveys editor at the Mail & Guardian. He moonlights as a technology pundit and is a regular contributor to the ZATech Show podcast. He can fake knowledge about almost anything, apart from theoretical physics because that ended badly the last time.... read more
Ben studied at Wits, the Hebrew University, London School of Economics and University of Pretoria. He has two master’s degrees and has written four books on anthropology. He was the founding member of Jews for Justice, which took a stand against apartheid and provided assistance to victims of violence in Crossroads. He started Boston House Colleg... read more
Benita Moolman is a postdoctoral fellow and researcher within the Human and Social Development Unit at the Human Sciences Research Council.... read more
Bernard Allen is passionate about justice, logic, humour, and the arts.... read more
As an undergraduate student, Bert Olivier discovered Philosophy more or less by accident, but has never regretted it. Because Bert knew very little, Philosophy turned out to be right up his alley, as it were, because of Socrates's teaching, that the only thing we know with certainty, is how little we know. Armed with this 'docta ignorantia', Bert s... read more
Bev Tucker began her media career as a cadet reporter on a daily newspaper that still had typewriters in the newsroom. Some years and several post graduate degrees later she finds herself running her business, Tree Media, from a cottage on a mountainside near the Drakensburg. As a writer, bunny hugger, environmentalist and all-round bush babe she o... read more
During the day Beverley Merriman is Managing Partner Wixel, a company that builds next-generation software for visionaries, entrepreneurs and enterprises around the world. She is a product developer, productivity fanatic, perpetual optimizer, tenacious deal-maker and a fierce reader. At present she prefers writing fiction instead of blog posts. Goo... read more
Bhekinkosi Moyo is trained in political science and currently shuttles between Southern Africa and West Africa. He works for TrustAfrica-a Pan African oriented foundation that works to secure the conditions for democratic governance and equitable development. In 2007, he edited a collection of chapters: Africa in Global Power Play. He has just comp... read more
Bilal is a South African journalist with Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar.... read more
Black Academic Caucus (BAC) is a platform that advocates for inclusive and diverse academic institutions that also prioritise black academics and their knowledge. Committed to transformation and decolonisation of UCT primarily, and influencing the higher education landscape in South Africa, BAC will advocate for curriculum and research scholarship ... read more
The Mail & Guardian is featuring a series on acid mine drainage (AMD) in South Africa. This Thought Leader blog takes a behind-the-scenes look at each story, giving you a more in depth look at the relationship between mining and water and taking you into the homes, offices, and boardrooms of some of the country's most imminent and notorious act... read more
LLB (UKZN), MIBL (UCL, France). A student of Anarchism. I write in my personal capacity.
[email protected] / @Brad_Cibane... read more
Brendan O'Neill is the editor of spiked, the "sassy, irreverent, UK-based online magazine of news and opinion", as the San Francisco Chronicle described it. He has been labelled "one of Britain's sharpest social commentators" by the Daily Telegraph and as a "loony lefty hack" by the far-right British National Party. His journalism is published wide... read more
Brendon is a songwriter from Bethlehem now living in Dublin. You can abuse him on twitter even @brendonshields... read more
Brent Meersman is a writer based in Cape Town. He is co-editor of GroundUp.org.za and a columnist for This is Africa. His most recent novel is Five Lives at Noon (2013), and his previous novels are Primary Coloured (Human & Rouseau, 2007) and Reports Before Daybreak (Umuzi-Random House, 2011). He has been writing for the Mail & Guardian sin... read more
Bridget McNulty is a passionate writer and editor inspired to help others start - and finish - their novels. She has a creative writing degree from the United States, and her first novel, Strange Nervous Laughter, was published in South Africa and the USA. She is the editor of Sweet Life diabetes lifestyle magazine (www.sweetlifemag.co.za) and the ... read more
In the real world Bronwyn is a freelance script writer, producer and researcher for radio, as well as TV and film documentaries. In her private life she indulges her long-term passion for home style, and keeps track of the latest developments in all things art, craft, décor and design. She particularly loves Mid Century Modern, Scandinavian French... read more
A former journalist, in recent years founder and CEO of Absolute Organix.... read more
Bryan used to be a doctor in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. To cut a long story short, he now lives in Ireland Australia, where he is attempting to write for a living, get into a funded PhD program, and mind his son.

He chronicles his progress here.... read more
Candice is the founder and editor of
Imagine Athena, an interdisciplinary online magazine dedicated to ideas, people and culture

She has a master's degree in political theory from the London School of Economics, and thus can be most commonly found reading esoteric coffees and sipping political literature. Her favourite colour is the darkness th... read more
Carol Freeman is a political activist and women's rights lobbyist, specialising in issues related to violence against women, rape and human trafficking for sexual exploitation. Her experience in this field has given her a particular understanding of the power relationships that exist around issues of commercial sex and rape.

She has made various... read more
Cath Jenkin is a well-known columnist and writer, who dabbles in social media and occasionally has to fight for her right to a good cup of tea. She loves long conversations and the wisdom of children, but is highly allergic to idiots and whining.... read more
Catherine Parker is a South African living and working in San Francisco, U.S.A. Besides her day job as an online marketer for a Silicon Valley Internet company, she is also a freelance writer.... read more
Charl Norman is the web entrepreneur and freelance journalist behind online automotive titles such as the social network Zoopedup.com and the country’s leading auto blog, carblog.co.za.... read more
Charlene Smith is a multi-award-winning journalist, author and media consultant. She has had 14 books published, one of which was shortlisted for an Alan Paton award.
Television documentaries for which she has worked have also won awards.
She has worked as a broadcast journalist and radio-station manager. Smith's areas of expertise are politics,... read more
Writer who likes to draw.... read more
Chris Moerdyk retired as head of strategic planning and public affairs at BMW SA 10 years ago after not having succeeded in having a single affair in public. He is now a marketing analyst, whatever that may be, and semi-retired and living in Simon’s Town, commenting on marketing and media matters on radio, TV, in newspapers, magazines and on webs... read more
Chris Maroleng is a Senior Researcher in the African Security Analysis Programme (ASAP) at the Pretoria office of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). He joined the ISS in January 2002.

He is responsible for conflict analysis and early warning on Southern Africa, and is considered to be a leading expert on Zimbabwe. He has also been engage... read more
Chris Allsobrook is a lecturer in philosophy at St Augustine College and a politics research associate with the University of Johannesburg. He is also managing editor for the social and political theory journal Theoria and serves a two-year-old child in his spare time.... read more
Dr Christi van der Westhuizen is an award-winning political columnist and the author of the book Working Democracy: Perspectives on South Africa's Parliament at 20 Years, available for download at www.pmg.org.za.

Twitter @ChristivdWest;
Email christiwza[at]yahoo.com.... read more
Nihil humani a me alienum puto.... read more
Claire co-runs Consciousness Café, a pop-up café which hosts dialogues about racism and other thorny SA issues. As a freelance journalist, she has contributed to Time magazine, The Independent, The Scotsman, The Herald, and was an Open Society Foundation for South Africa media fellow. Her weekly blog, Unpopularessays.com, is about racism, prejudi... read more
Born and raised in South Africa Claudia has been fortunate enough to have traveled extensively as well as have lived in South Korea and Sweden.

Claudia has an MSc in the social studies of gender from Lund University, Sweden, and an MA in tourism and management from the University of Johannesburg. In both she explored the relationship between id... read more
Coenraad Bezuidenhout has a masters degree in political economy and a decade's worth of experience in economic policy and public affairs. He currently heads up the Manufacturing Circle, a private sector lobby group representing - you guessed it - South African manufacturers. He writes here in his personal capacity on any issues of immediate interes... read more
Conrad Steenkamp is a social anthropologist and writer.

In 1976 he and some friends founded a youth group optimistically dubbed "South African Youth and Future 2000". It brought together young people from different backgrounds for discussion and exchanging views, an unusual experience at the time. He left South Africa in 1985 to avoid deployment... read more
A PhD sociology candidate at the University of Cape Town who does not claim to represent anyone but his hat. Console Tleane got introduced to philosophy, sociology and literary studies at a young age and has never looked back. These got grounded in his political activism, which deepened his interest in issues of race, class, gender and ideology. He... read more
Craig McKune bought himself a bike to ride to work, but he peddled straight for the hills where it was quieter. He only rolled into the city occasionally to empty small bags of coins into the tills of Cape Town's bike shops. He was soon obsessed and poor. Buying gizmo after gadget, he signed himself on to ride an eight-day, 700km bike race through ... read more
Dale Imerman is the Marketing Manager at Financial Technology Solutions provider, Peresys (Pty) Ltd.

His interest in technology, media and web publishing often get the better of him outside the workspace.

Visit his free entertainment magazine here: www.mojodojo.co.za... read more
Dale Williams lives a portfolio life. Working to bring out the best in people, he invests in individuals and businesses where there is mutual benefit. Investment comes in the form of time, expertise or money and returns are expected, either financially or in the form of new learning and experience.

He found himself an accidental banker in 2004 ... read more
Danielle Nierenberg, a food and agriculture expert. She is co-founder of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank (www.FoodTank.org). Twitter: @DaniNierenberg.... read more
Danny Glenwright is a Canadian journalist and human rights do-gooder currently based in Johannesburg. For several years he has lived and worked in Africa and the Middle East, writing about human rights, gender issues and various other topics that get him worked up.... read more
Dario Milo is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice at Webber Wentzel, where he leads a team that focuses on media and information law.... read more
Darren thinks that in the world of The Long Tail, 'Niche is Nice'.

Actually, he thinks 'Niche' really rocks.

Darren is a fundi on B2B media, technology stuff, and does things like hit small white balls, jump off cliffs and out of aeroplanes, ride bikes on occasion, and take pictures of people when they're not looking. He describes himself th... read more
Dave Duarte is an entrepreneur, educator and professional speaker specialising in digital media and marketing. He is based in South Africa, but regularly teaches internationally.... read more
David Parry-Davies is editor and publisher of the Enviropaedia.

After 20 years in the corporate sector, in the City of London, David decided to pursue his lifelong interests in nature and environmental conservation.

After working for several years thereafter with various UK-based environmental organisations, he established Eco-Logic Developm... read more
David Smith (sometimes he puts an  L in the middle) likes radio.

He likes it a lot. He's not writing for Thought Leader as often as he'd like to these days because he's busy setting up an independent radio network for Somalia. Bar-Kulan ( meeting place in Somali) is on the air on Shortwave, FM, and the internet for Somalis in the Horn of Afric... read more
David Saks has worked for the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) since April 1997, and is currently its associate director. Over the years, he has written extensively on aspects of South African history, Judaism and the Middle East for local and international newspapers and journals.

David has an MA in history from Rhodes University... read more
David researches and lectures in the field of security studies. He has a particular interest in the development of original thinking in the security and intelligence sphere, believing that too much of our thinking is unoriginal and imitates Western discourse. He finds it hard to resist a good book, an interesting debate and even more so a heated ar... read more
David Maimela holds a degree in political science majoring in international relations, an honours degree in the same field and is currently pursuing a master's programme in international relations focusing on SA's foreign policy.

He has done project management with Regenesys Business School, 2012, Johannesburg. In April 2013 he was enrolled for ... read more
David Smith is a world famous artist and a British Olympic hammer thrower. He is a curler for Scotland and Manitoba. A pro wrestler fondly known as the British Bulldog. A Canadian economist and a Mormon missionary they call the Sweet Singer of Israel. He is a British historian and a bishop. David Smith is the biographer of HG Wells, a professor of ... read more
Deidré Baartman is currently an LLB student at Stellenbosch University and has a passion for Constitutional Law and Human Rights. You can follow her on Twitter @deidrebaartman or visit her website at www.legemetdemocratia.com .... read more
Derek Daly is a freelance journalist, semi-retired DJ, former cinema owner and part-time double-glazed window-seller. In 1990 he won the Cape Argus Award for Best Writer in a School Newspaper. He was invited to do record reviews, but his articles all were banned, possibly due to the supplement's close proximity to the Jellybean Journal. He has the ... read more
Diane Awerbuck's first novel, Gardening at Night, struck it lucky. She writes textbooks and fiction (most recently, Cabin Fever) and reviews books for the Sunday Times. Her doctorate, The Spirit and the Letter: Warblogs, Trauma and the Public Sphere, is due out in 2012, along with another novel.... read more
People have an innate need and desire to communicate. Be part of the great conversation and join us as we discuss issues around blogging, social networking and cyber identity raised at the second Digital Citizen Indaba, held on 9 September 2007 in Grahamstown, South Africa. Catch a detailed overview of the event on Wiki... read more
Dion Chang is an innovator, creative thinker and visionary. He is a sought-after trend analyst, and while his feet remain firmly planted on African soil, he uses a global perspective to source new ideas, gauge the zeitgeist and identify cutting-edge trends. Local and international corporations have turned to him as a consultant because of his abili... read more
Dipika Nath is a researcher and activist on LGBT and women's rights, and lives in Johannesburg.... read more
Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation committed to medical care to people affected by crises including conflict, epidemics and disasters. MSF has been working in South Africa since 1999.... read more
Don Goodson is a Fulbright Fellow based at the University of the Witwatersrand's Centre for Africa's International Relations. He was born and raised in New Mexico but has also lived in Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, DC, France, England, Botswana and South Africa.

After graduating from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, w... read more
Ambassador Donald Gips serves as the personal representative of US President Barack Obama in South Africa. Prior to his nomination by the president, Ambassador Gips had a varied career inside and outside of government. Notably, the ambassador served as group vice-president for global development at Level 3 Communications, a company that focuses on ... read more
Dumi works with people.
He does not like boxes and pigeon holes, especially those that we like to slot others into in our minds. He tries not to judge or label anyone, and does his best to take everyone as they show up, and not as as he would have them show up.

He is an avid reader, and is fascinated by people's reactions to their own mirror ... read more
Dylan Rogers is a freelance journalist and television producer. A Rhodes University journalism graduate, he has spent 10 years in television sports news, with his time divided between the SABC, ETV and international sports news agency SNTV in London. He has worked as a journalist, producer, presenter, news editor and script writer.... read more
Ebrahim Harvey is a political writer and commentator, former Mail & Guardian columnist, former Cosatu unionist and final-year PhD candidate in sociology at Wits University... read more
Ebrahim-Khalil is an independent public policy analyst and is Chief Editorial Officer (CEO) of Zapreneur - a platform to debate economic transformatiom in South Africa.... read more
Eddie is founder and chief executive of Mainstream Renewable Power, a company actively developing more than 10 000MW of wind and solar projects across Europe, North America, South Africa and Chile.

He founded Airtricity in 1997 and was chief executive until 2008. In October 2007 Airtricity North America was sold to E.ON and the remainder of th... read more
Elaine Rumboll was appointed director of the UCT GSB's executive education portfolio in 2005. A former performance artist, internationally published award-winning poet, blues singer and academic-turned-businesswoman, Rumboll has an eclectic mix of skills. She holds a MA (cum laude) in comparative literature and an MBA (Wits).

Elaine has lectur... read more
Born in Umtata, Ena completed high school in New Delhi before studying actuarial science at UCT. She has travelled to over 40 countries and has lived for extended periods in New Zealand, India, China, Germany and England.

Ena spent six years in the financial markets in South Africa as a fixed income and foreign exchange trader with JP Morgan. Sh... read more
Erik Hersman is an international technology influencer with a keen eye on the impact of mobile and web technology advancements across Africa. Read his blogs at AfriGadget and White African.... read more
Eve Dmochowska spends her day playing on and with the Internet, and thinks it is a rather fun way to make money.

She is the founder of Crowdfund, a crowd sourced fund to help local online startups get off the ground, and of the Geekspace, Joburgs first hot desking space for geeks.

She is also the co-founder of The Broadband Bible which hel... read more
Extra-time! is a blog by international humanitarian medical organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) staff and field workers during the Fifa World Cup in SA from June 7 to July 14 2010. It's an alternate view on the World Cup and shares the positive chronicles to the Southern African region's struggle against HIV/Aids and tuberculosis. Informati... read more
Professor Fackson Banda is the SAB LTD-UNESCO Chair of Media and Democracy at the Rhodes University School of Journalism & Media Studies. He has published in the areas of political communication; media sustainability; media policy and new media. He has worked at institutions including the Panos Institute, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corpor... read more
Ferdie Bester is founder and MD of ClickMaven, a leading Internet Marketing company in South Africa. He's a reformed accountant turned marketer and loves the fact that everything online can be measured.... read more
Ferial Haffajee is the editor of City Press and a former editor of the Mail & Guardian... read more
Ferrial Adam works in the environmental sector. She has worked on issues ranging from media and corporate accountability to radio astronomy telescopes and, more recently, issues of sustainable energy. The environmental sector has given her the opportunity to merge her interest in science with her commitment to socio-economic development issues. She... read more
Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya is an Orlando Pirates supporter who earns a living as an associate editor/sports editor for the Mail & Guardian. He has never made promises that his love affair with the Buccaneers will not affect his professional judgement when carrying out his responsibilities, and he is not about to. Like many who swear by that proud i... read more
Fiona Ross, born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, graduated from UCT in 1996 with a Bachelor of Business Science degree. She worked at Unilever in its marketing division, before joining Added Value Marketing Agency in Cape Town. She started Learn to Lead with her sister, Kate Blaine, in 2004.

Fiona has enjoyed many leadership roles, at work, in her own ... read more
Fiona Snyckers is outrageously opinionated for a novelist-housewife. She is the author of the Trinity series of novels, and hopes to continue getting paid to make stuff up.... read more
Gareth Setati holds a masters degree in electrical engineering and qualifications in business management and economics. He is a graduate of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute and is currently pursuing further studies there. He works in the Communications Service Provider industry involved with systems and software engineering.... read more
Gary is Deputy Director at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. He has been working with the Cape Town office since January 2011, having previously led SustainAbility's London-based think-tank function. He has advised several leading companies on how to approach and tackle sustainability challenges, including Coca-Cola, Ford, Nest... read more
Durban photojournalist Gavin Foster writes mainly for magazines. His articles and photographs have appeared in hundreds of South African, American and British publications, and he's also instigated and researched stories for Carte Blanche.

Winner of the Magazine Publishers Association of South Africa PICA Profile Writer Award in 2008.

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Georgina Guedes is a freelance writer and editor. She is a feminist and a foodie, and a wife and a mother. She’s given up on trying to achieve a work-life balance, choosing instead to pursue a work-life fit.... read more
Gilad Isaacs is an economist, activist and political commentator. Gilad previously worked at the Treatment Action Campaign and was a founding member of the Social Justice Coalition. He holds an MA in political economy from New York University, and an MSc from SOAS, University of London, through which he is completing a PhD in economics. Gilad is cu... read more
Feminist, filmmaker, writer, poet, activist and author, Gillian Schutte has a degree in African politics, an MA in Creative Writing and a Film Director's qualification from the Binger Institute, Netherlands. Winner of the Award of Excellence for her documentary entry to the Society for Visual Anthropology Festival in Washington, 2005, and author of... read more
Gino Cosme is a web & social media strategy consultant, a dabbler of things entrepreneurial, and a guy consumed by wanderlust. He's the founder of Cosmedia , trains, coaches and speaks on the local and international corporate circuit, and is often quoted in the local and international media.... read more
Glenda Daniels is a senior lecturer at Wits Journalism, where she heads the State of the Newsroom project. She has been a print journalist in SA for over 20 years and started off her career at the then Weekly Mail newspaper as a trainee in 1990. She has a PhD in political studies from Wits University (2011) and is the author of the book Fight for D... read more
The human brain is made of atoms. Atoms consist primarily of empty space. It is fair to say, therefore, that my head is basically empty. That will please those of you who disagree with what I say until it dawns on you that your head is empty too.

So, based on the undeniable fact that our heads are fundamentally comprised of emptiness, is anythi... read more
I have undertaken extensive academic studies in line with my interest in social innovation and technology in economic development.

Early on in my career, I opted to gain professional experience in some of South Africa’s largest corporations such as Vodacom and Standard Bank, while simultaneously building my academic credentials through leadin... read more
Grethe Koen works as an online sub-editor at the Mail & Guardian, where she is somewhat the local office feminist. Despite that, she still shaves her legs and has a loving relationship with a male. She loves olives, lots of them. Her greatest fear is activist burn-out.

@the_rantingpony... read more
The Guardian's Africa blog and network showcases strong, sometimes conflicting opinions from inside and outside the continent in collaboration with a network made up of a dozen independent sites. Our partners include solo bloggers and group blogs from established institutions such as the Mail & Guardian's Thought Leader. Add to this mix the Gua... read more
Guy Berger is a media academic/activist. He blogs about teaching journalism and new media. Find his research online and micro-blogging from conferences at http://www.twitter.com/guyberger... read more
Gwen Dereymaeker is a researcher at the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative, a project of the Community Law Centre, at the University of the Western Cape. She has previously worked in the field of international criminal law and international relations. Her interest lies in the frontier between law and politics, and anything that speaks to both w... read more
Although Haji Mohamed Dawjee should be putting her degree in music to better use she suffers from stage fright so instead she spends her time at the Mail & Guardian as the social media editor. Besides pushing the M&G's stories on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Instagram, Haji also throws together social media news and views for our readers... read more
Hansie Smit is a self-employed writer. He spends a lot of time in coffee shops tapping into free wi-fi making sure he buys a bran muffin every time to ease the inevitable guilt he feels getting something for free. Hansie received a Diploma in Copywriting from the prestigious AAA School of Advertising in Cape Town. He often picks up spelling mistake... read more
Heather Ford is a South African working for an international technology non-profit called iCommons that brings together activists, entrepreneurs and academics to work towards a free digital culture.... read more
Helga Jansen is a writer and lives amid the chaos, and beauty that is South Africa.... read more
Hennie van Vuuren thinks that the world can do with more leaders that follow. He is head of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Corruption and Governance Programme based in Cape Town. These views are his own.... read more
Professor Hussein Solomon lectures in the Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria and is also Director of the Centre for International Political Studies. He holds a D.Litt et Phil (Political Science) from the University of South Africa. His current research interests revolve around religious fundamentalism and the state in Africa. ... read more
I am a political economist. In earlier incarnations, I worked as a journalist and photojournalist, as a professor of political economy and an international and national public servant. I rarely get time to write for this space as often as I would like to.... I don't read the comments section... read more
Ian is an ardent optimist about constitutional change underway in South Africa. At heart he is a ‘hands-on’ engineer with experience across the research, construction, yacht-building and film industries. Ian currently works in rural obscurity on designing the bricks-and-mortar infrastructure projects required to implement Local Economy Developm... read more
I'm a journalist, I like persimmons, I'm good with directions, and people think I'm short but it's actually an optical illusion.... read more
Imraan Buccus is a university-based researcher in Durban. He is also a PhD Research Fellow at the Centre for International Development Issues, Radboud University, Nijmegen in The Netherlands. Imraan is the editor of Critical Dialogue, a journal on public participation in governance, and his academic interests include issues around civil society and... read more
Ines is a twenty-something living in Johannesburg, where the weather is always awesome and the traffic is always not so awesome. She tells stories about food, travels, pretty things, politics, the crazy world we live in and general games and geekery. She doesn't take things seriously, except serious things. Visit her blog at Schums.org.... read more
Isaac Mangena is a Chapter Nine Communicator slash activist. He has spent much of the past ten years of his life in a newsroom. He is a former TV and Newspaper journalist who focuses on African and international news. He previously worked for Media24 and Agence France-Presse. Isaac holds a BA Psychology degree from the University of the North (now... read more
Israel Rafalovich is a journalist and analyst based in The Hague, The Netherlands. He covers European affairs and writes a weekly column on international relations.... read more
Ivo Vegter writes and argues for fun and profit. He is a columnist, magazine journalist and apprentice model shipwright. In his spare time, he helps run a research company. He specialises in the tech and telecoms industries, but keeps a blog on politics, economics and other curiosities on the spike... read more
Jaco Barnard-Naudé is Professor of Jurisprudence in the Department of Private Law at the University of Cape Town and Honorary Research Fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London. He is a director at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and at the Triangle Project in Cape Town.... read more
Janice Winter is programme manager of the Axess Programme on Journalism and Democracy. She has an M.Phil. in International Development from the University of Oxford, receiving a distinction for research on victims of political violence in Zimbabwe. She writes here on media, politics and democracy.... read more
Jarred Cinman is software director at Cambrient, South Africa's leading developer of web applications. He co-founded Johannesburg's first professional web development company and was one of the founders of VWV Interactive, for many years the premier creative web business in the country, winning numerous Loeries and various international awards. In... read more
Having spent the first half of his life in Swaziland, Jason earned a doctorate at the University of Virginia and now holds a fellowship at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on development, globalisation and labor, with an emphasis on Southern Africa. He lives in constant fear of being sniffed out for his counter-revolutionary pen... read more
Despite being attention-starved as a child, Jason’s work has never been compared to Philip Larkin’s. A Bachelor in Journalism with Honours in publishing has taught him to tell, without a ruler, the difference between an en dash, hyphen and the obsolete em dash. Jason works in book publishing and writes satire.... read more
Jaxon Rice is a developer at Soup Consulting. By night he is the lead singer for a rockabilly band called the Diesel Whores. He blogs at http://jaxonrice.com.... read more
Jennifer is a feminist, activist and advocate for women's rights. She has a Masters in Politics from Rhodes University, and a Masters in Creative Writing from UCT.

In 2010 she started a women's writing project called 'My First Time'. It focuses on women's stories of significant first time experiences. Buy the book on the site http://myfirsttimes... read more
Jeremiah Kure is a professional working in the corporate governance arena, based in Johannesburg. He is the founder of the Heights We Must Climb movement and a firm believer in a progressive Africa; an Africa not tied to her stereotyped past but one that is steadily reclaiming her dignity and potential in the global space.... read more
Jess Auerbach is a student.... read more
My story is one of adventuring out into the urban landscape, uncovering the unusual, the eccentric and unexpected treasures that lie hidden. Most of my time is spent in the city of Johannesburg, where I live.... read more
Jocelyn Newmarch is an indecisive, opinionated and lazy hedonist. She enjoys reading up on obscure trivia, cooking vegetarian food and finding new injustices to be indignant about. She lost her work ethic several years ago and is still searching for it. If you see a small, fluffy work ethic in your neighbourhood that answers to the name "Toto", it ... read more
Joe Makhafola spent the better part of his post-matric as a radio producer, presenter, a researcher for a current affairs television programme on SABC and a short stint as freelance journalist.

Though he has unfinished business with radio, his one passion remains radio. His last stint on radio was when he produced for the controversial Jon Qwela... read more
John is a blog novice who types really slowly, which generally keeps his thoughts short! He’s currently the MD of Virgin Money South Africa, but has in the past been at the helm of a few financial service businesses, managed a couple of turnarounds and start ups, been involuntarily embroiled in corporate politics and always wanted to change the w... read more
You can follow John on Twitter if you like @fortyshort.
John Vlismas is an increasingly reclusive former hell-raising coke fiend and fall-down drunk. Now a scuba teacher and far better father; he is an award-winning anti-socialite, has played The Royal Albert Hall and has been described as "blunt" but also as "sharp". He has little regard for ... read more
Jon was an Edward S. Mason Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government from 2010 - 2011, and holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration. He was awarded the Gundle South African Public Service Fellowship.

Jon is the speechwriter to Democratic Alliance Leader, Helen Zille.

He has also served as the speechwriter to the leader of the... read more
In 1993, Jonathan Ancer cut his hair, took out his earrings and began compiling research on South Africa's right wing for the Independent Board of Inquiry into Informal Repression. Two years later, he completed a postgraduate journalism diploma at Rhodes University. He then worked as a magazine features writer and freelance journalist. In 2001, he ... read more
Jonathan Berger is a lawyer by training and a troublemaker by profession.... read more
Jonty Fisher is a born marketer and a frustrated political pseudo-journo. He owns the integrated marketing agency, Traffic Integrated Marketing, as well as media company Mediaweb Online. He also authors the political commentary site, The Fishbowl.... read more
Joseph Dana is a freelance journalist based in the Middle East and Africa. He has written for Le Monde Diplomatique, The Nation, GQ (Germany), London Review of Books and the Mail & Guardian among other publications. Dana also files radio reports about cultural, business and political issues in the West Bank and Israel for Monocle 24 in London. ... read more
An anthropologist by training, Dr Joy Owen is the current head of department of anthropology at Rhodes University, where she has enjoyed intellectual and pedagogical stimulation since 2003. She remains adamant though that everyone should refer to her as "Just Joy". And so most people do!... read more
Judy Sikuza is the Deputy Executive Director of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation in Cape Town. She is also a non-executive board director of Oxford University Press Southern Africa. Judy is curious about the interplay between the individual and the system when considering social transformation. She also wishes she could fly, but concedes to her human ... read more
Kagure Mugo is the co-founder and full-time curator of HOLAAfrica! She is a part-time pseudo-academic and part-time wine-bar philosopher. A nomad (who has been everywhere and belongs nowhere) with a firm belief that no-one will love Africa till she loves herself.... read more
Kameel Premhid is a hack. He has opinions and writes about them. He dabbles in everything, which he shamelessly self-promotes, in an attempt to anger as many people as possible. He holds a BA and LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is reading for a degree at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. Follow him on Twitter: @kameelpre... read more
@KanthanPillay was born in 1961, Durban, South Africa; completed high school in Bangalore, India; and majored in Political Science, Princeton University. He has certificates in journalism from Boston University and from the Senior Journalist Development Programme, Niemann Foundation, Harvard University.
Previous satisfied employers include Africa... read more
Karen is a South African state doctor, a mom-in-training and a bad runner. These are the three things she writes about most.... read more
Kate Ferreira is a freelance journalist, writer and editor based in Johannesburg. She has worked in journalism -- and intermittently in communications -- since completing her degree at Rhodes University in 2005, including stints as the online editor of the Financial Mail and news editor of Grazia SA. She is passionate about South Africa’s palaeoa... read more
Since 1994 Kate has been involved in media and development issues, working in the unions and NGOs. In 2008 she founded the civil society coalition "SOS: Support Public Broadcasting" (originally the "Save our SABC" Coalition). At present she is immersed in her PhD degree focusing on public service broadcasting, media diversity and South Africa's sto... read more
Keith is a journalist at the Mail & Guardian Online and is, among other things, appreciative of sport... read more
Twitter: @kerushun... read more
Suspended tenuously between the crushing weight of everything she is expected to be and the meanness of what she is, Khadija is inching herself out of a yawning chasm of mediocrity. Calling herself a writer would require she actually write something, so she cowers behind language practitioner instead. She busies herself exploring why we speak the w... read more
Media Strategist and Communications Consultant. Former journalist gone to The Dark Side
@dijamagardie... read more
Khaya Dlanga* By day he perpetuates the evils of capitalism by making consumers feel insecure (he makes ads). For this he has been rewarded with numerous Loerie awards, Cannes Gold, several Eagle awards and a Black Eagle.

Khaya has an ego-crushing bank balance but an ego-boosting 6.5 million views on the popular video-sharing website YouTube. ... read more
IE/Brown Executive MBA graduate and Strategy & Innovation from Oxford University.... read more
Kimani Chege is a science journalist based in Nairobi. He believes science and pleasure can mix.... read more
Mother. Campaigner. Political orphan. Blogger. Part Time Professional Black. Liker of Things. Lover of People. No Sense of Humour. Also on twitter @Kmoeti... read more
Koos Kombuis is an Afrikaans columnist, bilingual author and retired rock musician. In spite of his numerous attempts to settle down and conform, his career has been dogged by controversy ever since he was banned from performing his anti-apartheid songs on several university campuses in 1989. Since then, he has performed side by side with musicians... read more
Kopano Matlwa Mabaso is a South African medical doctor, author and Rhodes Scholar. She is currently pursuing a DPhil in Population Health at the University of Oxford.... read more
Kristin Palitza is an award-winning, independent journalist, editor, media consultant and trainer. She is writing in-depth African features for the South African, German and UK print media and has worked within the newspaper, news service, online and magazine sectors in South Africa, Germany and the United States for the past 15 years.

For more ... read more
La Chica Grande is a peace-loving Africaphile who plans to spearhead a campaign to legalise polyandry. She likes books, horses, dark chocolate and men (in that order).... read more
Lawrence Twigg is a former retail and banking executive turned consultant and part-time cynical blogger.... read more
Lawyers for Human Rights is an independent human rights organisation with a 34-year track record of human rights activism and public interest litigation in South Africa. LHR uses the law as a positive instrument for change and to deepen the democratisation of South African society. To this end, it provides free legal services to vulnerable, margina... read more
Lazola Ndamase is head of Cosatu's political education department. He is former Secretary General of SASCO.... read more
Lee-Roy Chetty holds a Master's degree in Media studies from the University of Cape Town and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A two-time recipient of the National Research Fund Scholarship, he is currently completing his PhD at UCT and is the author of a book titled – Imagining Web 3.0 Follow him on Twitter @leeroy_chetty. He can also b... read more
Lesley Perkes writes about the state of imagination, her general loss of respect for politics and big business with too few exceptions, eyesores, aesthetically pleasing moments of bliss. Every now and then she writes too about grave matters some people think are best kept to yourself. She does not. Err. Obviously. Sometimes she writes about the si... read more
Lev David is a writer and creative consultant living in Jozi, South Africa. He works with grown-ups to help them create conversations that change things.

Lev finds serious people intolerable, is unable to distinguish between high-brow and low-brow and believes that anything worth doing is worth doing naked.

He also cooks, cleans, kisses on t... read more
@LeviKabwato is a social and political commentator. His other areas of interest include media management, journalism, media freedom, freedom of expression in cyberspace, creative writing and radical philosophy.... read more
Lihle Tshabalala is a young, former Mail & Guardian journalist who has also had a short-lived stint in broadcast journalism working for eNews Africa. Lihle has been part of life-changing events like the ANC's Polokwane conference and slept in refugee camps during the xenophobic attacks. Ms T thinks there's still hope for her in news journalism ... read more
Lindsay Clowes is a feminist historian based in the Women's & Gender Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape. Follow her on Twitter @lindsayclowes... read more
Lisa van Wyk is the editor of The Guide and the Mail & Guardian art and entertainment listings. She has managed to convince herself that jumping up and down at gigs counts as adequate exercise, and that eating peanut butter out of the jar when she gets home at 4am counts as adequate nutrition. She probably needs to get more sleep.... read more
Lisa Vetten is a research associate with the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER).... read more
Professor Lizette Rabe holds a DPhil degree from Stellenbosch University and is professor and chair of the department of journalism -- the first woman to hold this position.

She began her professional career in 1979 as a reporter on the Naspers publication Die Burger in Cape Town. In 1982 she was promoted to another Naspers publication, the maga... read more
Lizette Louw is a South African storyteller and globe-trotting gypsy. You can follow her blog and read about her upcoming book on her website, Manouchery.me... read more
Llew is the CEO of KeyJam.net, which specialises in corporate training that builds in-house web-commerce competencies and consults around contextualising developments in the web environment and its associated technologies. He was co-founder, head of online marketing and COO of search-engine marketing specialists incuBeta.com. He is currently comple... read more
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Lloyd Gedye is a journalist at the Mail & Guardian who tends to focus on business matters and music in that order. When he wasn't allowed to include his music blog [www.isolation.tv] in Thought Leader, he decided he'll just have to start writing about sport.... read more
Loammi Wolf specialises in public law with a focus on transitional democracy, constitutionalism, state organisation law and taxation. She studied in South Africa, the US and Germany. She currently runs the initiative Democracy for Peace.... read more
Louise is a freelance journalist and writer living in Johannesburg. She is particularly interested in topics surrounding social justice and gender rights. She's on Twitter as @frrlou.... read more
Lucky Ntuli is a father of two boys and one girl. He grew up in Emdeni, Soweto. He yearns for the day boerewors will be available in all butcheries around the world and biltong will be accepted as the global standard for all dried meat.

He firmly believes that political correctness has no room in an evolving and growing society because it limit... read more
Lukas Muntingh is project coordinator of the Civil Society Prison Reform Initiative, a project of the Community Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape where he is associate professor. His current focus is on the prevention and combating of torture and ill-treatment of prisoners and detainees.... read more
Lunette Warren is a PhD candidate in ancient studies, with a heavy slant towards feminism and philosophy. She has a passion for social justice and welcomes debate or critiques of her work on Twitter @Persephonified... read more
Lwandile Fikeni is a Cape Town based freelance writer.... read more
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This is the Mail & Guardian Online's Talkback blog, where every week we post a tough question about a hot topic in the news. Answer it, debate with others and have fun!... read more
Malaika Wa Azania, an AU African Youth Charter Ambassador for the SADC Region, is a pan Afrikanist Socialist, a feminist and the founder of Afrikan Voices of the Left journal, a publication of Pen and Azanian Revolution (Pty) Ltd, of which she's the Director. She is the former Secretary General of the African Youth Coalition, a pan-Africanist feder... read more
Mandeep Tiwana is the head of policy and research at Civicus, the global civil society alliance. He specialises in legislation affecting the core civil society freedoms of expression, association and assembly.... read more
Mandela Rhodes Scholars who feature on this page are all recipients of The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship, awarded by The Mandela Rhodes Foundation, and are members of The Mandela Rhodes Community.

The Mandela Rhodes Community was started by recipients of the scholarship, and is a growing network of young African leaders in different sectors. The M... read more
Mandy Collins is a freelance writer and editor who isn't quite sure how she ended up writing about health when she had a career in television production all mapped out. She's a mother, an ardent baker, a garrulous tweeter and a procrastininja, among other things.... read more
Manqoba Nxumalo is a journalist, social-justice activist.

Follow him on twitter @NxumaloManqoba... read more
Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Marcela Guerrero Casas is passionate about cities and public space. Marcela holds a master's in public administration and international affairs from Syracuse University and has worked in policy and advocacy for over a decade.

Marcela moved to Johannesburg in 2006 and worked in Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Kenya be... read more
Marius Redelinghuys is currently a DA National Spokesperson and Member of the National Assembly of Parliament.

He is a 20-something "Alternative Afrikaner", fiancé to a fellow Mandela Rhodes Scholar (which has made him fortunate enough to be the only member of his family to converse with Tata Madiba) and father to two "un-African" Dachshunds.
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Marius Oosthuizen is a faculty member and researcher at the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He teaches leadership, strategy and ethics, and heads up the Future of Business in SA Project. He is passionate about ethical and strategic leadership and writes about political-economy and current affairs.

Marius completed the Oxford Scenarios Pro... read more
Martin Young is an ENT surgeon living an idyllic life in Knysna. He is a firm believer that "the unexamined life is not worth living", writes for a hobby and is happy to speak truth to power www.drmartinyoung.com or @MartinYoung... read more
Masana Ndinga-Kanga is currently Senior Research Officer at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

When she is not trying to make sense of the chaos of living, she is an avid family-fanatic, and untrained wine, coffee and chocolate enthusiast.

With a multi-disciplinary background in politics, economics, international devel... read more
Matt spends part of his weekends writing a weekly preview of the global economy for the Mail & Guardian and a detailed preview of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa's outlook for The BRICS Post. During the week, he is a senior economist and head of sales for NKC Independent Economists. He also manages Exchange Data International's an... read more
Matthew Buckland is the former GM of the Mail & Guardian Online and co-founder of award-winning blog aggregator amatomu.com and editorial blog Thought Leader. He has worked in the online medium all his working life literally from its inception in South Africa. He was one of the first new media graduates out of Rhodes University and has previous... read more
Max is a modern day muse to brilliant individuals, a social entrepreneur in the development of expert learning communities and people weaver.
She surrounds herself with fearless pioneers from various disciplines, in business, academia and culture, so she is very often right at the creative edge of some of the most curious, evolutionary ideas, tool... read more
Melanie is a feminist activist and scholar. She collaborates with NGOs and donors on strategy, communications and research to advance social justice. Melanie has been extensively involved in advocacy to advance the rights of LGBTI people. She is widely published on matters of sexuality and gender. Her doctoral studies focus on violence against lesb... read more
Mandela Rhodes Scholar. Fulbright scholar. California Institute of Technology. MSc in electrical engineering.... read more
Mike Trapido is a criminal attorney and publicist having also worked as an editor and journalist.

He was born in Johannesburg and attended HA Jack and Highlands North High Schools.

He married Robyn in 1984 (Mrs Traps, aka "the government") and has three sons (who all look suspiciously like her ex-boss).

He was a counsellor on the JCCI fo... read more
I have returned to South Africa.

I now teach Economic History and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. I am happy to be back after a couple years away. I had been teaching anthropology at a Canadian University, but Africa called and I returned.... read more
Micheline Tusenius is a South African, presently but temporarily living in Washington DC, with her American husband and their two children. They last lived in Johannesburg in 2010, but visit South Africa often. Visit Micheline's blog, Watching in Washington, here.... read more
Michelle Atagana is a PhD student attempting a social experiment on better yet economical filmmaking using the Nigerian filmmaking industry as the subject. She hopes to document her findings in a documentary, she is at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, editor of Nux student newspaper for two-and-a-half years and news editor for Nux for a year-and-a-... read more
Michelle Solomon is a sexual violence and rape survivor rights activist in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She works towards realising rape survivors' rights to dignity, privacy, safety and justice in a country struggling towards an understanding of sexual and gender-based violence.

Follow her on Twitter at @mishsolomon or at her website http://... read more
Michelle Avenant (@AsofyetUntitled) is a tech journalist for ITWeb who recently graduated from the University currently known as Rhodes. In her spare time she does text design for the RU Gender Action Project.... read more
Mike is a young environmentalist. He is also very interested in issues relating to consumerism, consumption, and the capitalist system in Africa.

Mike also has his a worm farm, rides a bike to work, and doesn't own a television. He loves reading, going for long runs, and is humbly learning to surf.... read more
Mike van Graan is the executive director of the African Arts Institute and is an adviser to Arterial Network, a pan-African network of artists, cultural activists, creative enterprises and NGOs active in more than 40 African countries. He is also an award-winning playwright.... read more
Mike Mavura is an independent researcher based in Cape Town. He has lectured politics and international relations at Rhodes University where he is also a PhD candidate in international relations. Follow him on twitter @mikemavura... read more
Miriam Mannak - born in The Netherlands and bred in Angola and Rwanda - set foot on South African soil in 2004. What was supposed to be a six-month casual fling grew into a long-lasting love affair with this country. South Africa has managed to capture her heart, soul, mind, and fascination - and is now her 'home'.

Currently, Miriam is based in... read more
Mlilo Mpondo is a mother, writer and political science student. She hopes to rewrite the histories of the children we are yet to birth.... read more
Mncedisi Mashigoane holds an MA in English (UCT) and PGrad Dipl in journalism (Rhodes). He is currently pursuing a PhD in media studies at Wits where he also lectures film and television studies.... read more
Mohamed Nanabhay is the Head of New Media at the AlJazeera Network based in Doha, Qatar. He joined Al Jazeera in 2004 and is currently managing a team that is focused on engaging audiences through online communities and emerging technologies.... read more
Motlatsi Motseoile is a law graduate, who traded the robe for the mic as a publicist, writer and speaker. He remains interested in issues of equality, transformation, diversity and social inclusion. He is passionate about youth and community development.... read more
Mpho Maboi is a young woman who believes that the youth of South Africa have much business potential but are at the moment bogged down by their obsession with impressing their peers and are therefore stuck in the corporate rat race. In her spare time she sings and has been featured on many house compilations so far.

Born in 1980, she studied IT ... read more
Na'eem Jeenah is the executive director of the Afro-Middle East Centre, a research institute focusing on the Middle East North Africa region. His latest publication (as co-editor) is 'The PLO: Critical appraisals from the inside'. His other publications include: 'Pretending democracy: Israel, an ethnocratic state' (editor), and 'Journey of discover... read more
Nadia Sanger is a feminist researcher and writer. She writes about social and political identities, popular culture, not-so-popular culture, human and animal relationships, and the relationships between them. She writes in her own capacity.... read more
Nastasya Tay is a freelance writer, television producer and photographer for various broadcasters and publications, including the AP, BBC and IPS.

In South Africa, she has managed communications for CIVICUS, the international civil society alliance, and the Reproductive Health & HIV Research Unit in Hillbrow. In her previous life as a polit... read more
Despite his full-time duty of being a father to two girls and one boy, Nco Dube spends ample time fulfilling his passion for reading and writing. He is not a journalist but he writes from the heart, from an ordinary "man on the street's" perspective. His views are shaped by what's in the public domain and his analysis informed by his extensive read... read more
Once upon a time, Ndumiso Ngcobo used to be an intelligent, relevant man with a respectable (read: boring-as-crap) job which funded his extensive beer habit.

One day he woke up and discovered that he had lost his mind, quit his well-paying job, penned a collection of hallucinations. A bunch of racist white guys published the collection just to m... read more
Nick Malherbe is a researcher at the Institute for Social and Health Sciences at the University of South Africa and the South African Medical Research Council-Unisa Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit. He writes in his personal capacity.... read more
Nicole is a former editor of the Mail & Guardian's development section and ran the newsroom training programme. She's a vegetarian who doesn't really like vegetables, a pacifist who practises martial arts to channel her aggression, a rationalist who firmly believes in astrology and an all-round contrarian.... read more
Nikita Ramkissoon is site editor for Mail & Guardian Online, is a lover of all things music and loves her cat more than she likes most people. She can usually be found hiding behind her camera at concerts.... read more
Nimrod Zalk is Deputy Director-General of Industrial Development at the South African Department of Trade and Industry.

It goes without saying that these opinions are his own.... read more
One Young World is a UK-based not-for-profit that gathers together the brightest young people from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections and develop lasting solutions to some of the world's most pressing issues.

At the annual One Young World Summit, the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs,... read more
Onkgopotse JJ Tabane is Chief Executive of Oresego Holdings - International Business Advisors. He is an accredited Associate of the Institute for Independent Business International (iib). He writes here in his personal capacity.
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Onkgopotse JJ Tabane is a Media and Communications Specialist who has... read more
Patricia de Lille, the president of the Independent Democrats, has been active in politics for a quarter of a century. She is known for her role as a trade unionist in the struggle and as the initial whistle-blower on the infamous arms-deal corruption.

In 1988 she was elected vice-president of the National Council of Trade Unions. She became an... read more
Paul McNally is the winner of a CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Award and a MPSA Pica for Public Interest Writer of the Year. He is a freelance journalist living in Cape Town.... read more
Paul Ngobeni was born and raised in Lydenburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa. He graduated with a BA (magna cum laude) from Hamilton College, New York and Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from New York University School of Law. He is currently employed as a special advisor to the Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs. He was previously employed by the U... read more
POP believes that the problem posed by the imminent peaking of global oil production is something warranting serious attention.

The group is made up of a small yet diverse group that brings together theoretical skills on geology, economics and strategy, with practical application of alternative lifestyle choices.

POP is dedicated to raising... read more
Percy Zvomuya is a reporter at the Mail & Guardian. His interests are Africa, books and football, with his favourite teams being Arsenal, AC Milan and Orlando Pirates.... read more
Peter van der Merwe is a communications consultant, writer, inveterate media junkie and a keen student of people and how they see the world. He spends too much time feeding the belly of the corporate beast and too little time sitting in coffee shops, watching the world go by.... read more
Dr Phillip Dexter is a Congress of the People MP. He has been a trade union general secretary, SACP national treasurer and ANC MP and NEC member. He has served as executive director of Nedlac and on the boards of a number of companies.... read more
Professor Pierre de Vos teaches constitutional law at the University of Western Cape. His writing has been published widely in both scholarly journals and in the popular press on a wide range of topics, including gay rights, the right to equality, social and economic rights, and affirmative action. Since October 2006 he also publishes a blog, Const... read more
Primarashni Gower is co-editor of the Mail & Guardian's Higher Learning publication, which she helped establish with colleague Cornia Pretorius. She is also editor of Campus Times, a national publication owned by M&G Ventures. She has worked for the Witness newspaper as well as Business Day and has specialised in education journalism for mo... read more
PsySSA, the Psychological Society of South Africa, is the national professional body for psychology. Committed to transforming and developing psychological theory and practice in South Africa, PsySSA strives to serve the needs and interests of a post-apartheid country by advancing psychology as a science, profession and as a means of promoting huma... read more
Pumla Dineo Gqola is a feminist, Joziphile and author of What is Slavery to Me? Postcolonial/Slave Memory in Post-Apartheid South Africa, published by Wits Press in 2010. She is @feminist_rogue on twitter and associate professor of African literary and gender studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.... read more
Rachel Nyaradzo Adams is a leadership practitioner invested in developing deep benches of leaders as far across the African continent as her work can reach.... read more
Rams Mabote has had four careers. He started as a journalist, moved to entrepreneurship, then became a spin doctor and now he is a banker. Nowadays, he writes mostly on golf and has been trying hard to complete a book on BEE and another on President Thabo Mbeki.... read more
Rasvanth Chunylall is a media and cultural studies master's student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He currently works as a research assistant with the KZN Literary Tourism project.... read more
Ravi Mackenjee is a 36-year-old businessman with a keen interest in politics, the social environment and has a penchant for the law.... read more
On our Reader Blog, we invite Thought Leader readers to submit one-off contributions to share their opinions on politics, news, sport, business, technology, the arts or any other field of interest.

If you'd like to contribute, first read our guidelines for submitting material to this blog.... read more
A journalist for more than two decades, Reg Rumney has just returned from Grahamstown to Johannesburg after spending more than seven years at Rhodes University, teaching economics journalism.

He is keenly interested in the role of business in society, and he founded the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Awards in 1990 to celebrate exce... read more
Riaan Wolmarans is a former editor, reader liaison, spell checker, general mechanic, morale officer and journalist at large at the Mail & Guardian Online.... read more
Richard Raber is a Canadian-born activist currently based in Venice, Italy. Previously Daily Maverick as well as New Politics and others has featured his work. The author’s writing does not necessarily reflect the views of any organization he is or has been affiliated with, and are also subject to change. Richard can be found on Twitter @RaberRic... read more
Rob Boffard is a freelance music and technology journalist. He's been writing, talking and thinking about his specialty, hip-hop music, for over 10 years -- and been trying to convince people of its awesomeness for about the same amount of time.

He has written for The Guardian, the Mail & Guardian, the Saturday Star, NME, Wired Magazine, Com... read more
Robert Brand teaches media law, ethics and economics journalism at Rhodes University. Before joining academia, he worked as a journalist for the Pretoria News, the Star and Bloomberg News.... read more
Robin Booth is a qualified life and executive coach, a school principal, an international keynote speaker, seminar leader and trainer as well as the SyEDgy Schooling Approach founding principal. He specialises in mentoring other coaches, teachers, teams, leaders and parents. He is also a qualified pre-primary teacher. Robin also writes monthly colu... read more
CRACKING CHINA was previously the title of this blog. That title was used as the name for Rod MacKenzie's second book, Cracking China: a memoir of our first three years in China. From a review in the Johannesburg Star: " Mackenzie's writing is shot through with humour and there are many laugh-out-loud scenes". Cracking China is available as an eBoo... read more
Rodrigo Orihuela is a South African-born Argentine journalist based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he is an online editor for the newspaper Perfil. He has worked for the Financial Times, Reuters and the Buenos Aires Herald, where he still reviews books. He also worked as a translator/editor for Standard & Poor's and has written about footba... read more
Roger Young has at various times been a filmmaker, fashion photographer, street junkie and journalist. For the past three years he was editor-at-large of Mahala online magazine. He is currently crowd funding a film, Suburban Whites, about white guilt, suburban isolation, immigration, and kidnapping.... read more
Ronald Suresh Roberts is the author of Clarence Thomas and the Tough Love Crowd: Counterfeit Heroes and Unhappy Truths (New York University Press, 1995), Reconciliation Through Truth: A Reckoning of Apartheid's Criminal Governance (with Kader and Louise Asmal; preface by Nelson Mandela, 1996); No Cold Kitchen: A Biography of Nadine Gordimer (2005) ... read more
Roy Jobson is a specialist medical doctor in clinical pharmacology. He is employed as a specialist clinical pharmacologist at the Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital / Associate Professor of Pharmacology at the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. He is a Council member of the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa. In his non-med... read more
Play for @AshtrayElectric. Work for @brandsrock. Write for a couple of others. Drink for amusement. Unboring.... read more
BR Rudi Buys is dean of humanities at Cornerstone Institute, a non-profit private higher education institution in Salt River, Cape Town. He previously served as dean of students at the University of the Free State and as provincial youth commissioner in the Western Cape.... read more
Ryland Fisher is former editor of the Cape Times and author of the book Race. This is his second book, following on Making the Media Work for You, which was published in 2002. He is executive chairperson of the Cape Town Festival, which he initiated while editor of the Cape Times in 1999 as part of the One City Many Cultures project. He received an... read more
Life in the presence of the spirit is an invitation for ongoing awareness. Every moment and every situation is an encounter, an open window to the divine.
As I walk before the beloved almighty in the lands of life, my pray and hope is to be humble submission and open heart.
Born in 1975. Israeli in self-exile. Working as a rabbi. Father to four... read more
Sadiyya is a writer in a doctors coat, looking for a calling and grumbling about public health.... read more
Sandile Memela is a journalist, writer, cultural critic, columnist and civil servant. He lives in Midrand.... read more
Sandy has extensive experience related to the mining industry, including senior management positions in various disciplines and departments.

She owns an environmental strategy business, Lime Green, which focuses on climate change and mitigation activities and project implementation to reduce impacts on land, water and air.

She is also an ... read more
Having spent his entire career working in emerging economies in Africa, Middle East, South Asia and India, Sanjeev has in-depth experience of these economies and an exemplary track record in setting up and managing financial services businesses in these markets. This experience has also provided him with a deep insight into the contractual savings ... read more
During the day Sarah Britten is a communication strategist; by night she writes books and blog entries. And sometimes paints. With lipstick. It helps to have insomnia.... read more
Sarah studied physics and English literature in an effort to make herself unemployable. It didn't work and she is now the Science Editor at the Mail&Guardian newspaper in South Africa. She has published children's stories and non-fiction work, including her first full-length popular-science book Searching African Skies: the Square Kilometre Arr... read more
Sarah is a sociology masters student at the University of Cape Town. An avid reader and self-proclaimed amateur academic, her research interests include identity, religion, gender, culture and aesthetics.... read more
Sefiso Hlongwane is an intuitive, tongue-in-cheek and inquisitive writer, merely combining a life-long interest, passion and extensive experience to squeeze himself into media spaces. While the objective is to remain in a creative, energetic and discerning environment, Sefiso wants to get skin deep into an atmosphere that is conducive to exploring,... read more
Sekete is the education manager at the Nelson Mandela Foundation.... read more
Sekoetlane Jacob Phamodi is a black feminist who trained as a lawyer and, later, accidentally fell into journalism. When he’s not working as a media activist, he can be found looking for justice in unusual places.

You can tweet him up at @MrPhamodi... read more
Sello S Alcock is the journalist formerly known as Sello Selebi who is still undergoing a transformation after being heavily teased about sharing a name and surname with former police National Commissioner Jacob. He maintains that Don Jackie is an acquaintance he met in a Hangar in Limpopo, finish and klaar!
And of course he still believes in the... read more
Sentletse Diakanyo's blogs may contain views on any subject which may upset sensitive readers. Parental guidance is strongly advised..

Twitter: @Sentletse... read more
Seyed Abdollah Hoseini is a lecturer in Islamic studies and a political analyst. He is the founder of the Islamic Centre for Africa and chairperson of the South Africa/Iran Friendship Association. He’s also a lecturer at Al Mustafa International University, Johannesburg.... read more
Shafinaaz Hassim is a sociologist based in Johannesburg. She is the author of Daughters are Diamonds: Honour, Shame & Seclusion -- A South African Perspective (2007), Memoirs for Kimya (2009), and the critically acclaimed novel on domestic violence SoPhia (2012). Her work has been shortlisted for the University of Johannesburg Creative Writing ... read more
Although all contributions are my personal views, I am an ANC member and a cadre. I am employed as a study group secretary by ANC Caucus in Parliament. I grew up in the ANC, and it forms a large part of who and what I am... read more
Sharlene Swartz is a director at the Human Sciences Research Council, adjunct associate professor with the department of sociology at University of Cape Town and chairperson of The Restitution Foundation. She writes in her personal capacity.... read more
Shaun de Waal was the M&G's literary editor from 1991 to 2005 and has been its chief film critic since 1998. His recent publications include Pride: Protest and Celebration and To Have and to Hold: The Making of Same-Sex Marriage in South Africa..... read more
I’m a philosopher interested in the intersections between science, ethics and politics. I'm on Twitter as @holographicmind... read more
Sheila Camerer has been a member of South Africa's Parliament since 1987. She has worked as deputy minister of justice, leader in the National Assembly of the now-defunct New National Party and a member of the Judicial Service Commission. After the demise of the NNP she has worked as justice and foreign affairs spokesperson for the Democratic Allia... read more
Shelagh Gastrow is the executive director of the South African Institute of Advancement, known as Inyathelo.

Better known as the author of five editions of Who's Who in South African Politics, Shelagh has spent the past five years building up the South African Institute for Advancement as the "home of South African philanthropy" and as a major ... read more
Shubnum Khan was once romantic, young and intelligent. Now she writes to make sense of the world. She has an honours degree in Media Studies and a masters in English and lectures at UKZN. She's also written a novel (Onion Tears, Penguin, 2011), pens political cartoons, dabbles in poetry and is currently working on her second novel, Paper Flowers. D... read more
Sibusiso Tshabalala is a 20-something dude who tries to read, write, eat and sleep -- at the same time. He has never won the lottery and has never read any of Enid Blyton's books. Sibusiso tweets at @sbutshabs.... read more
Simon Barber is a Business Day columnist. Between 2002 and the end of 2014, he represented Brand South Africa in the US. His association with South Africa dates to 1977 when the Sunday Times gave him his first full-time job as a reporter. To help him get acquainted with the country as it then was, the editor, Tertius Myburgh, sent him, as a junior ... read more
Simon Hartley writes television scripts and fluffy magazine articles, and co-edits the upstart news website, 2oceansvibe.com. He's a refugee from the East in the Western Cape. He would give his last Rolo to his fiancee. Follow him on twitter: @silverstreak2OV.... read more
Simon is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre of Criminology, UCT. He has a few interests, most of which seem to revolve around drugs, gangs, and violence in South Africa. He was awarded a PhD in 2012, and since then has published on a number of topics, ranging from gay bashing to the izikhothane phenomenon. At present his research is focus... read more
Sipho Hlongwane is a journalist and columnist for the Daily Maverick.

He is an avid fan of jelly beans, Top Gear, Arsenal and thinks that South Africans tend to take themselves a little too seriously.

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Siphokazi Magadla is a lecturer with the political and international studies department at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.... read more
Siya is a politics and philosophy graduate from the University of Cape Town. He is extremely passionate about the South African political landscape and is an active commentator on racial relations, governance and social justice issues. He currently works for a multinational technology company in the private sector.... read more
Siyabonga Ntshingila is a walking example of how not to go through life productively.

Having been chanced his lackadaisical way through an education at one of the country's finest boys schools and a noted university, he then proceeded to unleash his special brand of inertia on the unsuspecting corporate world.

Alas, as with all things in life... read more
Siyanda Mohutsiwa is a 20-year-old mathematics major in her final year at the University of Botswana. An avid reader, sighing feminist and optimistic African, she can be found behaving inelegantly on twitter (@siyandawrites) and doing the same on zanews.co.za (siyanda-panda). www.siyandawrites.com (the password is "panda", use it wisely).... read more
Songezo Mabece is a lawyer, currently employed as a Legal Counsel at the Competition Commission. He has an interest in international economic law. Equally, he is passionate about Afrika and her development.... read more
The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) was established in 2005 with the aim of strengthening human rights and the rule of law in Southern Africa through strategic litigation in domestic courts, training and the facilitation of legal networks. SALC works on strategic litigation cases that promote the rule of law and human rights. SALC operates... read more
Steve Whitford is the editor of (Do Gaming). After working as a journalist across a number of sectors for a couple of years, he began freelancing and then moved into tech public relations and lastly content generation and Internet strategy. He owns Intrinsic Media, a content and copywriting company.... read more
Steve Vosloo is the 21st Century Learning Fellow at the Shuttleworth Foundation. He is a past Digital Vision Fellow at Stanford University, where he researched youth and digital media. He blogs at vosloo.net.

Except where otherwise noted, content released under a Creative Commons License.... read more
Steven Lamini is a specialist adviser in one of the key policy fields troubling modern-day Europe and works across a range of equality fields, advising on policy and strategic approaches to cohesion.

His interests are wide and varied, and he writes on world politics, economic issues, current events, mediocrities and lame-duck presidents of coun... read more
Steven Friedman is a research associate at Idasa and visiting professor of politics at Rhodes University. He is a newspaper columnist and a media commentator on South African politics. His academic speciality is the study of democracy. He wrote Building Tomorrow Today, a study of the trade-union movement, and edited two studies of the South African... read more
Sthembile is a former production assistant for the M&G Online. Sthe’s weekends are well spent at the best joints in town, where music and arts are served. She is a social butterfly who sees her weekends as adventures worth sharing.... read more
True stories of ordinary South Africans that believe in help.... read more
Stu Stobbs is Creative Partner at Studio4332.

He started copywriting in advertising in the 90s after a failed drag-queen career. He is co-founder of Studio4332, a new age communications agency that changes consumer behaviour through any medium necessary.

He has won and judged numerous local and international awards but thinks they are a loa... read more
Sukasha Singh is the Mail & Guardian’s motoring editor.... read more
Suntosh Pillay works as a clinical psychologist in a public hospital in Durban. He is a PhD researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and has written extensively on a range of topics in various media.

He is grappling with social dilemmas and paradoxes that we are faced with every day & hopes to trigger debate, controversy, reflection and... read more
Talia Meer has studied political science and development studies in South Africa and the great white north. She is a researcher and gender activist. She is interested in how the social categories of race, class and gender are practiced and articulated in daily life, individual and collective experiences. She often uses the f-word … feminism.... read more
Tendai Marima is a blogger and doctoral scholar at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research interests include African literature, global feminist theory and issues concerning contemporary Black presence in Europe. Follow her on twitter @KonWomyn... read more
Once, while his greyhound from Washington D.C. to San Francisco was on a breakfast stop, Terence Beney met an American princess from an all-girl pre-law college and a forty year old man who was heading back to his trailer (parked in his parents back yard) after breaking up with the girl he met on the internet because she wanted to have a threesome... read more
Terri Barnes is an associate professor of history and gender/women's studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a former faculty member in History, and higher education policy at the University of the Western Cape.... read more
Tertius Kapp is a visiting senior lecturer in the department of Dutch and South African studies at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan.... read more
Thabang is a very experienced and leading strategy consultant with more than 20 years of executive management experience. His forte and focus as an organizational strategist concerns helping organisations develop vision aligned strategies and deal with repositioning challenges in changing market environments while maintaining a sustainable and co... read more
Dr Thabisi Hoeane is a lecturer at the Rhodes University Department of Political and International Studies. His research interests include African and South African politics, democratisation, ethinicity and identity politics, politics of emerging democracies.... read more
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Philippe Orliange and Cecile Vigneau are career diplomats. Philippe currently holds the position of deputy head of mission at the French Embassy in Pretoria. Cecile is first secretary in charge of following South Africa’s foreign policy. She also heads the press section of the embassy. The French Embassy wants to take the opportunity provided by ... read more
An on-line documentary series produced by Media for Justice. This series highlights the voices of those who are marginalised on the basis of race, class and gender and is a platform to hear the voices of the people in their struggle for social justice and human rights.
Presented by Sipho Singiswa and produced by Gillian Schutte
For the full story... read more
The Sumo is a strapping young man in his late 20s who considers himself the ultimate transitional South African. Born and raised in a KwaZulu-Natal township near Durban, he was part of the first group of black initiates into the "multiracial" education system. He was (and is) always in contrast to the norm, black in "white" schools, a blazer-wearin... read more
Thorne Godinho has been a struggling freelance writer, blogger and editor for years. He completed his law degree at the University of Pretoria, and is embarking on an LLM focusing on the intersection between law and democracy at the University of Cape Town where he is a Claude Leon Scholar in Constitutional Governance. Thorne is a committed social... read more
Tiffany Markman is a copywriter, editor, small business owner, wife and mom. She is a full-time workaholic and a part-time kugel. Follow her on twitter.... read more
Tim Neary doesn't mind fools and suffers them happily.
As long as they're interesting. Dull ones he minds.
He is close to deciding what to do with his life after school.... read more
Tinyiko Sam Maluleke is a South African academic (currently attached to the University of South Africa [UNISA]) who suffers from restlessness, intellectual insomnia, insatiable curiosity, a facsination with ideas, a passion for justice, a crazy imagination as well as a big appetite for music, reading and writing.

He has lectured briefly at such ... read more
TO Molefe is a Cape Town-based freelance writer and editor. He is the author of Black Anger and White Obliviousness, a Mampoer short on how race matters in public dialogue in post-apartheid South Africa when black anger, white obliviousness and politics are at play.

He is currently writing a narrative non-fiction book themed around race and rec... read more
Tom Robbins is a freelance writer concentrating on economics, business and politics. Robbins was previously a senior financial journalist at Independent Newspapers’ Business Report, focusing on the performance of the retail sector (though his intimate knowledge of the features of beauty products is strictly recreational). In his past he has immer... read more
Tony is a corporate animal but it wasn't always so. He used to work in the media, with a specific interest in technology; travel; music; and getting free stuff. He doesn't consider himself a thought leader, although he does confess to having thoughts. He presents the M&G's weekly podcast.... read more
Tony Grant is a salesman from Jo'burg; he used to be a well-respected surfer. Anyway, he's decided to ask some big, and some small, questions of varying nature, and he's using this blog site to do so. One of his most talked-about attributes is that women can't keep their hands off him. He doesn't have any other talents ... that he can remember.... read more
Tony Jackman is a journalist, budding playwright and sometime chef. He's written two plays, An Influence of Ghosts and Blue Train Coming, and back in the day wrote loads of songs. He paints a bit in watercolours when he remembers to, and apart from that he massages words and pushes grammar for a nice little magazine called myweek.

Follow me on T... read more
Archbishop Tutu Fellows comprise dynamic young African professionals awarded the fellowship in recognition of their leadership qualities and the role they are currently playing in contributing towards the continent’s development. The Tutu Fellows are practitioners spread across various social, political, economic, environmental and activist secto... read more
Tracy Humby is passionate about exploring the multiple intersections of environmental and social justice. Weary of sustainability-talk, wary of sufficiency she wonders whether sacrifice is the better metaphor to capture the transformations needed in an age of massive ecological degradation. But with increasing global inequality, who and what will b... read more
Trevor Ncube is the owner of M&G Media in South Africa, which publishes the Mail & Guardian newspaper and the M&G Online, among others. He is also the publisher of the Zimbabwe Independent and the Standard in Zimbabwe.... read more
Trevor Sacks is a freelance writer living in Cape Town, South Africa. His work has appeared in n+1, the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, the Cape Argus and several other titles. His as-yet-and-likely-always-to-be unpublished novel, Lucky Packet, was Highly Commended by judges of the 2015 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award.... read more
Trevor Davies has worked in African media and development for 26 years. He challenges the conventional gendered stereotypes of Africa with innovative approaches. He is currently co-ordinator for the Africa Fatherhood Initiative -- a continent-wide institutional base for the generation, collection, connection and dissemination of gender-sensitive kn... read more
Trevor McArthur is a PhD researcher affiliated to the department of sociology and social anthropology at Stellenbosch University. He holds a BWS (social work) and MPhil (criminal justice) from the University of Cape Town. McArthur researchers and writes on themes such as: postcolonial theories, race, gender and development, sex and sexuality, gende... read more
Tyler Reed is a technology entrepreneur, hacker and speaker on all things web and mobile. He has an interest in almost everything from advertising to physics, from finance to philosophy. He can be considered a jack of all trades, but prefers the term semi-polymath. Find out more on his blog.... read more
Journalist Vadim Nikitin claims to be working on a book about nostalgia. He blames his poor judgement and unhealthy obsession with the past on having been born perilously close to the Soviet Union's largest nuclear submarine base.... read more
Vincent Maher was the Mail & Guardian Online's digital strategist. He has worked in the web industry for 12 years, was the head of the New Media Lab at the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies and writes columns for Enjin and Intelligence magazines. He is a judge of the Telkom ICT Journalist of the Year Awards and the devel... read more
Vinny Lingham received global acclaim for for founding a number of businesses, under the umbrella of incuBeta.com, which has become a world leader in online marketing & search engine marketing employing 60 talented technologists and search marketers. incuBeta also owns the initial company Vinny founded, Clicks2Customers.com, an award winning Se... read more
Vusi Gumede is a Professor at the University of South Africa and Head of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute. Previously, he was an associate professor at the University of Johannesburg. Among other lecturing jobs, he lectured public policy during 2009-2014 at the erstwhile Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the Univer... read more
Walter Bhengu is a pseudo-intellectual who writes anything that comes to mind. He longs for the day public discourse is free from ad hominem debates.... read more
Warren Foster is a part time writer, part time editor, part time student and full time thinker with much on his mind... mostly about gender, politics and reconciliation in this country. Every so often one of these thoughts sneaks its way onto Thought Leader, and for that he apologises in advance.... read more
Warren has been specialising in information technology and intellectual property law for the past eight years and has become rather good at it during this time. His experiences have involved some interesting journeys along the information superhighway, including dealing with pirates in one form or another, mostly software though. Warren also has an... read more
This Jaundiced Eye column appears in Weekend Argus, The Citizen, and Independent on Saturday. WSM is also a book reviewer for the Sunday Times and Business Day. Follow @TheJaundicedEye.... read more
The Winter School -- a place where people perform by talking -- is an old, established part of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. On this blog, some participants and observers share their views on the 2008 Winter School.

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This blog Thought Leader thing seemed like an interesting social experiment to say YES to. Besides, quite a few of my friends and acquaintances had already been invited to blah-blah, so why not join the party?

The official bit anticipated: Yazeed Kamaldien studied journalism and media management in South Africa. He's been a journalist full-time... read more
Zahira is a former intern at Mail and Guardian Online.

Newswatch is supposed to provide you the reader with quick links to the best articles on the internet, on specific topics.... read more
For most of her twenties, Zama believed she was destined to be a middle-class coconutty capitalist with an MBA. Turns out her calling is beating people with the truth-stick. If it hurts, it’s not personal.

When she's not watching the world with amusement, she can be found tweeting on her account @JoziGoddess.... read more
Zodidi Mhlana is a former Mail & Guardian trainee reporter. In her spare time she likes reading, following current affairs and watching sports.... read more
Zolani Ngwane is a teacher at a small Quaker school in Philadelphia, US.... read more
Zukile Majova is Head of News for YFM 99.2. He is a former Mail & Guardian Investigative Reporter. He writes politics for Sowetan Newspaper. Contact him via Facebook, Twitter, [email protected], 011 280 0300 and 071 681 0192... read more