#GuptaLeaks * Fake News * Government Regulation * Media Sustainability
* News media in a time of digital disruption * Hijacking media for political gain
Pravin Gordhan is a Member of Parliament representing the ANC and a former Minister of Finance, a position in which he served twice, from 2009 – 2014 and 2015 – 2017. He has previously served as the Commissioner of SARS as well as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
Wendy Appelbaum is an entrepreneur and one of Africa’s most active philanthropists. Her foundation, The Wendy Appelbaum Foundation, is involved with programmes that address health and education and the advancement of women.
Jay Naidoo has a storied history as the founding secretary-general of COSATU and as a prominent figure in the struggle against Apartheid. His post-Apartheid career has stretched across government, civil society movements, NGOs as well as the private sector.
Ferial Haffajee is the editor-at-large at the Huffington Post South Africa. She has previously served as editor of the Mail & Guardian between 2004 and 2009 and editor of the City Press between 2009 and 2016. She is also an author and recipient of numerous awards for her journalism.
Mike Abel is a founding partner and chief executive of M&C Saatchi Abel, one of the largest independent advertising agencies in South Africa. He has over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry, including many years at Ogilvy South Africa.
Jackson Mthembu is the parliamentary Chief Whip for the ANC in the National Assembly. He has previously held high-level positions in the party on the regional and national stage, most recently holding the position of National Spokesperson for the ANC.
After joining the Democratic Alliance (DA) shortly after the 2009 elections as a political staffer, Phumzile van Damme was elected a Member of Parliament for the DA in 2014. She is also the DA Shadow Minister of Communication.
Sipho Pityana is a businessman and civil society activist. Having served in positions in the ANC and the Mandela cabinet, Sipho joined the private sector in 2002, and sits on the boards of several companies, including as the chairman of AngloGold Ashanti. More recently he has been affiliated with the Save South Africa movement.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi is a Member of Parliament and the current National Spokesperson for the Economic Freedom Fighters, serving on the organization’s Central Command Team.
Luke McKend is the CEO of Google South Africa. Prior to joining Google in 2006, he was the Commercial director of UK tech start-up iGrasp and collaborated with some of the country’s largest brands in developing digital media.
Mark Heywood is the executive director of public interest law centre Section27, which champions human rights in the areas of healthcare, education, food security, governance and accountability.
Mcebisi Jonas is a former Member of Parliament for the African National Congress, and a former Deputy Minister of Finance. He is currently a Member of the Executive Council for the Eastern Cape’s Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism.
Sam Mkokeli is a journalist for Bloomberg News focusing on issues of media freedom, politics, governance and public policy among others. He has been featured in several local and international publications, including Moneyweb, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald and BusinessDay Nigeria.
The “other” Arch is a retired South African Anglican bishop and a former prisoner on Robben Island. He was the Bishop of Kimberley and Kuruman and Archbishop of Cape Town.
Joe Thloloe is a veteran South African journalist who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Press Council. He has run the gamut of the media industry in the country, holding editorial posts in print and broadcasting, as well as a stint as the Press Ombudsman between 2007 and 2013.
Adriaan Basson is an award-winning investigative journalist and author. He has worked in many of South Africa’s established media houses, such as City Press and the Mail & Guardian. More recently he has served as editor-in-chief of Netwerk24 before being elevated to the position of editor of News24 in 2016.
Branko Brkic is the Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Maverick. He co-founded the website in 2009 after having previously edited titles such as Empire and Maverick Magazine, among others.
Stefaans Brümmer is the co-founder and managing partner of amaBhungane. Before founding the centre for investigative journalism he served 16 years at the Mail & Guardian, publishing investigations into Oilgate, the Selebi affair and the Arms Deal, among others. Most recently he has been pivotal in the #GuptaLeaks
Sam Sole is the managing partner and co-founder of the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism. He has previously worked at many of South Africa’s leading media companies, including Noseweek and the Mail & Guardian. He is also the recipient of numerous awards for his investigative reporting.