Each issue of the Human Factor is developed under the guidance and direction of a guest Editorial Board, made up of people who represent different perspectives on the theme of the issue.
Wisizwi Billie is the principal of Ngangolwandle Senior Secondary School outside Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape, which has 3 800 leaners enrolled – making it one of the biggest schools in the Eastern Cape. Wisizwi holds a BCom degree from University of Transkei, majoring in Economics and Business Management. In February 2017, Wisizwi founded a non-profit organisation, Billie’s Education and Sports Academy, which promotes early childhood development, provides matric re-write opportunities, sport development and the mentoring of boys to become men.
Nonkosikhona Moshani matriculated in 2017 from Gonubie High School in the Eastern Cape. At school, her favourite subjects were Business Studies and Economics. She is currently a community mentor for the non-profit organisation, Bumb’ingomso, which aims to reduce the high incidence of HIV among women aged 15-29 years in the Buffalo Bay municipality. In 2019 her aim is to study at Nelson Mandela University specialising in Business and Economic Science. Her dream is to become a successful businesswoman.
Lynn van der Elst’s career in education spans 35+ years. The initial years were spent teaching in the basic and higher education sectors. Later, as co-founder of MIET Africa, an influential Southern African regional NGO, Lynn contributed more broadly to education development in the SADC region. With a particular passion for innovation in education, Lynn was instrumental in initiating the newly established EdHub, an innovation centre serving the country’s basic education sector. Lynn is currently an independent education consultant and serves on the Boards of several education and health NGOs.
Associate Professor Ursula Hoadley is based at the School of Education at the University of Cape Town. Her work focuses on pedagogy, curriculum and school organisation in primary schooling in contexts of poverty. Her most recent work, ‘Pedagogy in poverty: Lessons from 20 years of curriculum reform in South Africa’ was published by Routledge in 2018.
Natasha Joseph (editor for this issue of Human Factor) is a journalist and editor based in Johannesburg. She is the science and technology editor for The Conversation Africa and runs her own editing company. She has previously worked at City Press, the Cape Argus and the Cape Times, and freelanced for a range of South African and international titles including The Atlantic, the Index on Censorship magazine and Al Jazeera English. She first covered education matters as a young reporter at the Cape Times, and circled back to her interest in the subject as education editor at The Conversation Africa from May 2015 until mid-2018. Her favourite subjects at school were English and History.
Ziyanda Zweni (South Africa’s struggling schools: tears, fears and some light in the darkness) is a Public Relations Management graduate from the Walter Sisulu University. She started working for Daily Sun as a freelance general photojournalist in 2016 and continues in this role. She also freelances for the Daily Dispatch newspaper in Mthatha. She previously worked for Ikhwezi laseMthatha, a community newspaper in Mthatha, as a general news reporter. Her favourite subject in high school at St Johns College was Agricultural Science.
Sue Segar (The noble profession that “feels like a two-edged sword”) is a journalist based in Cape Town, South Africa. She currently freelances, mainly for the investigative magazine Noseweek and various universities, focusing on the work of academics. Born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal, she started her career at the Daily News, and then became the political correspondent, based at Parliament, for the Natal Witness. She covered the Mandela, Mbeki and Zuma presidencies. She has interviewed numerous fascinating people in her career, including Cyril Ramaphosa, Thuli Madonsela, Mmusi Maimane – and, more recently, the Indian author Arundathi Roy, who re-inspired her to continue doing what she does and to “go to the places that need a writer.”
Sandra V. Ngwena is a philanthropy and management consultant, with 16 years’ experience in the development sector. Sandra has work across much of Africa and many of her projects have had an educational focus. This includes working with early childhood development, numeracy and literacy, post-school education and second chance learning. Sandra has a postgraduate diploma in management from Buckinghamshire New University in the United Kingdom.
Ruth Ncube is a passionate teacher who knew from a young age that she wanted to follow in her favourite teachers’ footsteps. She holds a teaching diploma, an Honours and a Masters degree. She particularly enjoyed English and Bible Studies as school subjects.
David Harrison is the CEO of the DG Murray Trust, a South African foundation with a strong focus on early childhood development, education and leadership for public innovation. David studied medicine at the University of Cape Town and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. His early career centred on health systems development, founding the Health System Trust and South African Health Review. He then headed up the national HIV-prevention campaign, loveLife. In 2010, he joined the DG Murray Trust where, together with his team, he has structured a portfolio of programmes aimed at enabling children and young people to flourish. In this capacity, he has played a significant role in early childhood development, promotion of reading and literacy, and the development and testing of public school partnerships.
Bart Love is a photographer, cinematographer and pro-ducing director based in Cape Town. He studied anthropology at the University of Cape Town, and has travelled to more than 19 countries in his role as a videographer. For the past eight years he has headed up the team at Anotherlove Productions, working in both the commercial and development space, producing videos, animations, photographs, graphics, and software. He works with a number of development organisations supporting their work and strategies with visual media, leveraging its ability to encourage, agitate, challenge, teach and activate audiences.
Max Bastard is a South African-based freelance social documentary photographer who has assisted numerous local and international NGOs and civil society groups in developing visual narratives around the work they do. Max’s clients have included Oxfam, Heifer International, GIBS, AFDA and The Stephen Lewis Foundation, and he has been published in The Edge of Humanity magazine, Perspective, Vogue (Italy) and PDN. He was the recipient of the inaugural PRISMA Human Rights photographer of the year award in Venice, Italy, in 2015. He lives in the mountainous KwaZulu-Natal/Eastern Cape border with five dogs and a cat when not on assignment.
Zhi Zulu is a Gold craft Loerie award-winning illustrator based in Johannesburg. Zhi completed a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Visual Communication at the Open Window Institute. Zhi is the owner of a freelance illustration studio called Zuluvisual. Her passion is to tell stories and make them come to life through illustration.
Penny Waterkeyn is a freelance graphic designer who has spent 25 years in the communication industry. She specialises in creating brand identities, focusing on finding each brand’s strategic relevance and designing its landscape and language.
Esther Etkin is a freelance communications specialist with substantial experience working in South African civil society. She majored in International Communications and Social Sciences at The American University of Paris, France, where she minored in the political economies of developing countries, and graduated with Honours. She holds a Masters in Gender from the London School of Economics, where her research focused on the representation of HIV/Aids in the media.
DGMT is a South African foundation built on endowments from Douglas George Murray and his wife, Eleanor. DGMT is committed to developing South Africa’s potential through public innovation and strategic investment. Our goal for South Africa is a flourishing people, economy and society. Towards this end DGMT currently distributes about R160-million per year and leverages and manages a similar amount of funding through joint ventures with other investors.