Civil Society 2018

Pamela Mondliwa (32)

Pamela Mondliwa (32)

Senior researcher, Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development and Acacia Economics

A second-year microeconomics course sparked senior economist Pamela Mondliwa’s interest in economics. Today she works as a senior economist at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg and is a member of...

Paul Jozua Steyn (31)

Paul Jozua Steyn (31)

Founder and chairman, Paul Steyn Foundation

Paul Steyn has walked thousands of kilometres to create awareness and show other amputees, and the general public, the mobility that a prosthetic leg provides an amputee. In the process, he has raised thousands of rands to assist disadvantaged amputees. Optimistic,...

Saidy Brown (23)

Saidy Brown (23)

Youth advocate, South African Youth Positive (Y+ SA)

When Saidy Brown first found out about her HIV status at 14, she felt confused and ashamed. Growing up in the small town of Itsoseng in the North West, where speaking about sex and HIV is taboo, Brown’s knowledge of the virus was scant. She thought she was surely...

Siboniso Ernest Thusi (23)

Members of the Fees Must Fall movement are familiar with the dejection and ire that South African students experience at tertiary institutions that fail them. Sboh Thusi is no exception. Hailing from a disadvantaged background, Thusi studied office management and...

Tinashe Njanji (34)

Tinashe Njanji (34)

Coordinator, People’s Health Movement South Africa

Zimbabwean-born social justice and human rights activist and educator Tinashe Njanji has worked extensively to campaign against xenophobia since 2008, when xenophobic violence swept across the country. Along with other activists, journalists and religious leaders...

Wandisa Phama (29)

Wandisa Phama (29)

Acting deputy director, Centre for Applied Legal Studies

Wandisa Phama has always loved the idea of law. Growing up in the small town of Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, Phama became frustrated at how rural communities in small towns face lack of access to water, poor schools and high levels of unemployment. She wanted to...

Farhana Parker (30)

Farhana Parker (30)

Social Entrepreneur: The Social Makeover

Farhana Parker’s qualifications paint a picture of her passion and commitment towards the development of her fellow citizens. Parker is a master’s candidate in Inclusive Innovation at the UCT Graduate School of Business, and holds a social work degree and three...

Carol Mohlala (29)

Carol Mohlala (29)

Media and communications manager, Lawyers for Human Rights

Carol Mohlala successfully utilises the influential power in the art of communication to engage with various social justice issues, including those affecting the LGBTI and other vulnerable communities. This media studies and industrial sociology graduate is a writer,...

B Camminga (34)

B Camminga (34)

Postdoctoral Fellow, African Centre for Migration & Society, Wits University

B Camminga completed their undergraduate and honours degrees at Rhodes University in 2008, majoring in history and politics. Following this, they received a Chevening Scholarship to undertake an MA at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of...

Ariane Nevin (30)

Ariane Nevin (30)

National prisons specialist, Sonke Gender Justice

For Ariane Nevin, engaging with social justice issues has been a long-standing passion. “I’ve always had a passion for social justice, particularly to address inequality, discrimination and stigma,” she says. Nevin has developed a solid knowledge foundation within the...

Gilbert Pooley (34)

Gilbert Pooley (34)

Managing director, Umuzi

Gilbert Pooley is the managing director of Umuzi in downtown Johannesburg. The academy contributes greatly in providing youngsters a year of training that renders them workplace-ready for jobs in advertising, photography and videography, coding and data analysis....

Lesego Tlhwale (32)

Lesego Tlhwale (32)

Media advocacy officer: Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” Author James Humes’s words capture what Lesego Tlhwale has achieved in her life thus far: remarkable leadership through the art of communication. This journalism graduate, who is reading towards a qualification...

Lesego Ndala (29)

Lesego Ndala (29)

Monitoring and evaluation specialist at Tshikululu Social Investments

Lesego Ndala is the Beyoncé of social impact. From as far back as he can remember, he has always been a person who wanted to do more with his time. After spending his gap year in the UK, he enrolled for a BA in International Relations and Politics at Wits. It was here...

Lwazi Mtshiyo (35)

Lwazi Mtshiyo (35)

Senior political organiser, Ndifuna Ukwazi

Human rights lawyer, researcher and community activist Lwazi Mtshiyo hails from the small village of Corana near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Perhaps that’s where his love of rural South Africa and other rural parts of the world he has had the privilege of visiting...

Malebo Sephodi (34)

“My work has always been about trying to fight for social justice,” says activist and writer Malebo Sephodi. Her fierceness, proclivity to stand up for what she believes in and grace have earned her the title of “Lioness”, but she describes herself as an African...

Michael Marchant (29)

Michael Marchant (29)

Researcher: Investigations and Advocacy, Open Secrets

The private sector’s complicity in human rights violations often go unaccounted for in the broader discourse of corruption and human rights. “It is the possibility to challenge this impunity, and make life a little more uncomfortable for the powerful, that I love...