Paul Pereira is Editor-in-Chief at WHAM! Media. He has spent more than two decades working for positive social change using the corporate, media, and non-profit sectors. Pereira is a past executive of Tshikululu Social Investments (CSI managers for Anglo American, De Beers, FirstRand, Discovery, and others), has worked as CSI communications manager for the Nedbank group, was assistant editor of Finance Week magazine, and was a senior manager of the SA Institute of Race Relations. He is a director of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange social investment initiative, Strate Charity Shares, and is a former national vice-chairman of the global student exchange programme, AFS South Africa. Pereira hosts a weekly discussion programme on Radio Today and is a weekly guest analyst on societal trends for PowerFM. He publishes regularly in the print media, is an occasional lecturer at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, and consults on social investment communications to corporates and non-profit organisations alike.
Contributing editors are carefully chosen invitees. They don’t work for WHAM! Media and are unpaid slaves to their country’s common good. Each brings different insights and skills. Their views are informed, relevant, sometimes quirky, and always backed by unique experience. Here is this loose “team of teams”:
Joburger Sarah Britten got her Wits doctorate by studying advertising in our post-apartheid national identity. She is the author of five books and contributes quirky insights to the Sunday Times, Business Day, Strategic Marketing, Mail & Guardian online, City Press iMag, Marie Claire, O the Oprah Magazine and Sunday Times Lifestyle. Sarah has worked in some of South Africa’s most established biggest advertising agencies like TBWA Hunt Lascaris and Y&R, with major clients in most industrial sectors. She was named as one of 25 Media Game Changers for 2012 by Adland commentator Jeremy Maggs. Her work has also benefitted Home of Hope, Wessa, Lawyers Against Abuse, and Rotary
Andile Ncontsa is the CEO of Litha Communications and former head of the Old Mutual Foundation. He read a B.Com at Wits and is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge’s Business & the Environment Programme. Ncontsa is a published writer, speaker and consultant in social marketing, sustainability management, stakeholder management and corporate social investment. He is the begetter of lots of awards, including one from President Nelson Mandela for “Outstanding commitment and dedication in helping to achieve a better quality of life for the people of Katorus”. Ncontsa has also served as deputy chairman of the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa and is chairman of financial literacy campaign Operation Hope, a director of the Carbon Protocol of SA, and a director of MES, working with people in poverty in our inner cities.
Bongani Khumalo is an account manager (mining and beneficiation) at the Industrial Development Corporation where he works as a deal maker focusing on downstream enterprise development in mining and manufacturing. His social enterprise commitments include being South Africa chairman of the global AFS Interculture learning exchange programme www.afs.org. In 2010 Mr Khumalo was honoured by the Black Business Executives Circle as one of ten recipients of the Kaelo Award for leadership excellence in the business community, along with, among others, the deputy governor of the South African Reserve Bank, the CEO of South African Airways, the chairperson of the board of directors of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and the CEO of the South African Football Association, amongst other senior executives. An MBA Candidate at the Wits Business School, Khumalo has a taste for food finely prepared and presented. He laughs a lot.
Chelsey May is the founder of the Creativity Revolution. As a creative and social entrepreneur, her training and facilitation applies to companies, NGOs and other groups. She focuses on unlocking group creativity in order to reflect on perceptions of self and of others as well as gaining an understanding of working within such a diverse society.
David Christianson is a political analyst based in Cape Town. He has also been an assistant editor of Finance Week, analyst at the Small Business Project, researcher at the Urban Foundation, and lecturer at Rhodes University as well as the universities of Natal and Cape Town. David won an international beer award for best business writer in Africa.
Deon Robbertze is the founder and head of environmental and business sustainability practices forum, Sustain our Africa, and former founder of OgilvyEarth in South Africa. He is widely published and has worked across Africa, the UK and the West Indies in both artistic and creative advertising direction. He warms to gatherings such as COP 15 in Denmark and COP 17 which he attends, having once found a plastic bottle in the Antarctic. Deon’s initiative, the annual international SoA gathering, conference and exhibition in Cape Town, is the largest of its kind in Africa.
Douglas Racionzer is an ethicist running the Smalls Towns Rejuvenation Project that integrates local business interests across racial and other divides in places like Malelane, Graaff-Reinet, Harrismith, Bela-Bela, Upington. He has run hugely successful businesses that bring bulk marketing advantages to township spaza shops throughout SA, by-passing the usual pricey marketing channels the poor find themselves forced into. He is one of only 146 Ashoka Fellows in this country, but is mostly admired by his children for inventing a type of fridge.
Being raised on a diet of understanding SA’s financial markets means that Emma Jesse’s honours in philosophy and psychology from Maritzburg Varsity and UJ became but props to her financial analysis, found in journalism for erstwhile Finance Week, Business Day, Summit TV, and Money Marketing. With a personality matching her easy-on-the-eye intellect, Jesse has been television interrogator and presenter on “Enterprise Zone” and “Money Matters”. She speaks less of an earlier career in corporate PR, a memory happily overshadowed by the vicarious pleasures of two children – a true prince, and a princess.
Eric Miyeni, a truth-telling author/filmmaker, spent over 15 years working in advertising before taking up positions as a talk-show host for SABC’s Safm and as a columnist for Sowetan. He was fired from both positions for his “controversial” views. His films include the feature documentary Mining For Change – A Story of South African Mining and the feature narrative film Frozen Time. As an actor he starred opposite James Earl Jones in Darryl Rooodt’s Cry The Beloved Country. His Books include The Only Black at a Dinner Party, A Letter from Paris and the novel The Release.
Frans Cronje is the deputy CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations and head of its Unit for Risk Analysis which works with strategic planners in business and government to assist their understanding of rapidly evolving social, economic, and political trends in South Africa. The Unit then gives strategic advice to clients on how to use this knowledge. The SAIRR is the country’s longest-standing institution promoting the colour-blind ideal, and was founded in 1929. It is internationally acclaimed for its peerless annual South Africa Survey, first published in 1936. Frans was born just after that.
Dr Gillian Godsell holds a PhD from Boston University, and teaches at the Wits Graduate School of Public and Development Management. She hosts “Jozi Today” on Johannesburg’s cerebral Radio Today. Gillian has written a biography of Helen Suzman and contributes to various publications on political and socio-economic trends and change. She is top of class in her commitment to excellent state schools in SA.
Louise Gardiner is Director of First Principles, a sustainability and stakeholder engagement consultancy based in Cape Town. Louise has over 12 years of international experience in sustainability standards, facilitating partnerships for sustainable development, and training teams in effective collaboration. Since 2005, Louise has been an expert with the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. She has acted as advisor to World Bank private sector clients and partners in India, Brazil, Bangladesh, Colombia, China, South Africa and Vietnam. Madam holds an MA in International Relations from the Brussels School of International Studies through the University of Kent in Canterbury, and is now advising her fiancée on wedding plans.
Professor Mamokgethi Setati Phakeng is vice-principal of research and innovation at Unisa. She is also an honorary professor of mathematics at Wits, from which she holds her maths doctorate. Kgethi has published more than 50 reviewed articles and four edited volumes, receiving more than 400 citations. She is a B2 NRF-rated scientist (that means she’s super clever and seen as such worldwide). Awarded left right and centre, Kgethi most recently received the NSTF award for being the most outstanding senior black female researcher for her work on maths teaching in multilingual classrooms. Prof Setati was elected as a member of the Academy of Science of SA; is an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and an honorary life member of the Association for Mathematics Education of SA. She is also president of Convocation at Wits University, trustee of the FirstRand Foundation, a member of the SA Board for the International Council for Science and a member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation. She’s done other things too, most recently marrying a very lucky fellow indeed.
Founder and MD of Diaho Social Technologies Dr Mothomang Diaho qualified as a medical doctor at Adelaide University and has worked as a public heath practitioner in Lesotho, Swaziland and SA for more than 25 years. She is head of the dialogue programme at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, strategic facilitation advisor to the Department of Health, guest Lecture at the Wits School of Public Health, and has acted for major local and global corporates in an advisory capacity on matters of public health. Mothomang also holds an MBA from Wits and has qualifications gained at Harvard Business School and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She is the co-founder of TEACH SA. This good doctor draws encouragement from a firm and focused mother, inspiration from her six siblings and great support from her husband and two children.
The flamboyant Paddy Khuele is a madly opinionated observer of the social scene in especially Gauteng. A Sowetan who has spent a part of his life in the US, “Paddy Power” has a penchant for justice for everyone and likes the idea of “transparency” so much that his friends – for he has many – call him Mr Cellophane. An event architect and consummate tennis player, red wine is Khuele’s drug of choice as, ahem, are “all things rugged and beautiful”.
Pastor Sipho Mahlangu is the co-founder and MD of ProSelVer Group, an engineering company. He is also the director of Ipiki Plant Hire in Johannesburg. As head of AngloGold’s CSI fund, Sipho managed the building of schools in rural parts of the country, working with state officialdom, NGOs, and ordinary men and women of goodwill from Eastern Cape to Limpopo. He holds a Biochemistry BSc from UKZN and an MBL in corporate strategic management from Unisa’s School of Business Leadership. When not preaching the Good Word, building things or helping poor communities find next steps to success, Mahlangu serves as chairman of the Umsindisi Foundation.
Author of My Life My Africa and Founder of the My Life My Africa Children’s Foundation, Philén Naidu describes himself as “an adventurer, story-sharer, teacher, mentor and agent for positive social change.” A man who has traveled much of the world and lived in both the affluent and developed, as well as the poor and neglected sectors of society, Philén continues to serve as a bridge between the two. The primary question on his mind, which he believes is the fundamental question for Africa, over the next 20 years, is: “How do we utilise the remarkable technological and scientific advancements of Western society, together with our accumulated knowledge, – financial, political and other – and apply these to Africa, for the sake of Africa’s development, whilst maintaining the preservation of our African heritage – cultural traditions and natural resources – as our highest priority?”
Educationist, artist, and struggleista, Tony McGregor is a relatively short bugger born in Cape Town some 70 years ago while the guns were still booming from Signal Hill to warn off any lurking German u-boten. Tony has worked mostly as an adult educator and trainer and now fancies himself as a photographer and scribbler on the internet. He has three children and two beautiful grandchildren (not that his children aren’t also beautiful – he’s just more accustomed to them).