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Dumisani is Associate Professor and Vice Dean Academic in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. He holds a doctorate in Media and Communication Studies from the University of Oslo (2006). Prior to joining UJ in 2016, he worked as Regional Programme Manager, Media and Access to Information at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). His previous professional experience includes Senior Lecturer and Head of Department (Wits University); Visiting Lecturer (University of Addis Ababa); Research Fellow (University of Oslo); Fulbright Scholar (College of Lake County and William Rainey Harper College, Illinois); and Lecturer (University of Zimbabwe). Dumisani has served as an independent consultant for NGOs, donor organisations and multilateral organisations on a wide range of assignments, including project evaluations, strategic planning/review and research projects focusing mainly on media and democracy and media and development in Southern Africa. His research interests include media policy and regulation in Africa; media and political engagement in Africa; journalism in the digital era; and media and elections.
Hamadziripi is deeply passionate about Africa and the continent’s potential to thrive. He has held operational management, strategy, applied policy analysis and research roles in South African non-profits engaged in issues such as access to social justice, governance, anti-corruption and integrity. He has also been an academic and consultant in and outside South Africa working broadly in social policy and development. Hamadziripi holds a Ph.D. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he studied under a merit based Ford Foundation fellowship. He was the recipient of the competitively awarded Koffi Annan Business Schools Foundation fellowship to the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree.
Drew has worked in South African journalism for 40 years. An arts graduate from Wits University, his first job was as a French teacher. He joined the Argus Group's cadet course in 1980 and since then has worked for a range of publications and platforms in the region, namely The Star, the Times of Swaziland, Business Day, the Mail & Guardian, and the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism. His responsibilities have included those of deputy chief sub-editor, labour editor, political editor, business editor, news editor, deputy editor and investigations support co-ordinator. After joining amaBhungane in 2011 he moved to IJ Hub in 2019 to help launch the new organisation.
Mantoe is an experienced communication specialist, freelance journalist and media trainer. She has journalism experience spanning over 15 years with a focus on development stories. She has written for The Nation Magazine, IPS News, Mail & Guardian, Independent Newspapers and Climate Home. As a communication specialist, she has been engaged in consultancy work for organisations including the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), National Agriculture Marketing Board (NAMBoard), Marchmont Communication, Inhlonhla, FANRPAN, SWANCEFA, GRM and the Government of eSwatini’s National Climate Change Unit. She is also a part-time Journalism and Mass Communication lecturer at the University of eSwatini. She holds an MSc in Climate Change, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, a post-graduate diploma in Media Management from Rhodes University in South Africa and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science from the University of South Africa.
Stefaans , an old hand at investigations, is joint managing partner of the amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism. A politics and journalism graduate, he cut his reporting teeth at The Argus during the tumultuous early 1990s; then joined the uppity weekly Mail & Guardian as South African democracy dawned in April 1994. For the next 16 years, a late-1990s diversion into television and freelancing apart, the Mail was his launch pad for award-winning investigations focusing on the nexus between politics and money. He co-founded amaBhungane in 2010. Stefaans divides his time between the demands of media bureaucracy (which he detests), coaching members of the amaBhungane team, and his first love, digging for dung. He has co-authored exposés including the turn-of-the-century arms deal scandal, Oilgate, the Selebi affair, Chancellor House and the #GuptaLeaks.