I am a freelance writer who obtained my MA in Political Studies from Wits University, and interned as a news reporter at Sowetan and in newspaper production and social media at Mail&Guardian.
Zayaan Khan (34)
"I hold space for seed stories like a librarian does, working towards an actual library that holds seeds as well as stories, instruments, archival material, art, techniques, recipes and so on. Connecting seeds with stories is a means of connecting a disconnection we face within the city; even though we are surrounded by natural world beauty in the Cape, our knowledge has been severed through colonisation and the apartheid regime."
Thandiwe Mathibela (40)
If Thandiwe Mathibela ever lost her voice “it’d be a problem,” she says with a laugh. The 40-year-old brand public relations specialist at South African Tourism loves to talk and connect with people, and is this why she’s in the communications and media space, via the tourism industry.
Lerato Mannya (30)
When she saw a gap in the market for young black women in tourism, 30-year-old Ngoako Lerato Mannya decided to get involved. Through Motherland Connect, a tourism business cofounded by herself and Christopher Daniels, Mannya found a way to facilitate South African cultural immersion experiences, conferences, internships and volunteer experiences for a global audience.
Prof Rebecca Ackermann (50)
Openness might not completely eradicate prejudice, but it’s a damn good place to start.
‘Diversity leads to better science,” is part of Rebecca Ackermann’s ethos and approach to science. As a professor in the department of archaeology, and deputy dean of transformation in the faculty of science at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Ackermann has been instrumental in creating policies and spaces to eradicate the barriers that women — especially black women — face in...
Lise Korsten (60)
"Knowing that I am making a difference in people’s lives and that our research is solving problems and providing critical solutions to the agricultural and food industries is so rewarding."
For 60-year-old agricultural scientist Lise Korsten, the way pathogens move in and through our food is extremely fascinating. Korsten — whose research at the University of Pretoria involves monitoring food sources, among other things — is an expert in plant pathology and the ways in which f...
Leona Archary (49)
"Late last year I decided to exit government — I knew that one of the gaps that existed in the land and agriculture sector was a mechanism to bring together the public and private sectors," says Archary of her latest position.
Kings of Mulberry Street is more than a fluffy school holiday film – it’s a time capsule of the charou experience, writes Youlendree Appasamy.
“Moer him, ekse!”
With that line, Kings of Mulberry Street opens. Ticky, one of the kings in the title, utters the line while watching one of the Bollywood productions that the film offers the audience as snapshots of the cultural life of South Afr...
Name: Dineo Ramakgahlele Phaladi
Position: Appointed as Anglo-American’s Kolomela Mine Overseer but currently Production Section Manager
It was Isidingo, a South African soapie staple, that piqued Dineo Phaladi’s interest in mining and since the days of watching the soapie, she has gone on to be a rising star in the mining sector. Phaladi is a successful mine overseer at Anglo-American’s Kolomela Mine, and currently production section manager.
As a young child in the early 90s, before...
Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe’s life is an amazing testament to the ways in which care was central to the struggle against apartheid. From her days in the nursing profession, to the ways she cared for Robert Sobukwe and all incarcerated political prisoners, to the maternal care she gave to her children and community in Kimberley, Soweto and Graaf-Reniet – Sobukwe is affectionately and rightly referred to as the Mother of Azania.
Sobukwe was born on July 27 1927 in Hlobane in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Sacrifice and love. Love is one thing she stuck with and showed to everybody. It wasn’t like you had to be on a certain level or have a title — you could be whoever you are and she would sit with you and have a full conversation and want to genuinely know about you. So, the values and character I gained from her, I would say love and sacrificing yourself for others,” said Adoko Sobukwe-Whyte, speaking about his gogo, Zondeni Veronica Sobukwe.
Opening the 2019 National Skills Authority conference, Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor set the tone by stating that she hoped that it would be “outcomes-oriented” and based on concrete action and facts. She spoke passionately and directly about the skills development landscape in the country, and gave the skills development stakeholders in the audience plenty to think about.
The theme for this year’s conference was “Building a demand-led skills development system that ...
Every two years the National Skills Authority (NSA) facilitates an awards ceremony to honour the institutions and individuals who have been vital in creating opportunities for South Africans, especially young South Africans, to realise their goals and human potential in the skills training and employment sector.
The National Skills Authority (NSA), a government organisation that oversees and partners with a variety of institutional bodies, held its national skills conference last week at Birchwood Hotel, Gauteng. This is the fourth conference of its kind since the establishment of the department of higher education and training, and occurs every two years.
At a recent walkabout of A Black Aesthetic: A view of South African artists from 1970-1990, curator and gallery manager, Dr Same Mdluli talked audiences through a history of Black Modernist art. She also explained that an important, but overlooked, part of this history is the preservation and maintenance of the artworks.
It was this part of the talk that stayed with me after I left the exhibition.