The Writers and Editors

The Writers
Our writers are students of the University of the Free State in Mangaung, South Africa.

Linda Fekisi (BA Media Studies):
I am a 20 year old Xhosa girl from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape. I am in my 3rd year of a B.A Media Studies and Journalism degree. I am the Media Officer for the Association of Catholic Tertiary Students. I have been involved in the UFS newspaper, Irawa, and KovsieFM and I am a student assistant with Strategic Communications on campus. I feel strongly that Africans should be proud of their identity and would like to explore the media world in Africa when I graduate.

Moeketsi Mogotsi (BA Media Studies):
Moeketsi is a Media Studies and Journalism undergraduate. He is a sports fanatic. His love for media doesn’t lie only in journalism. He has worked at his campus radio station, Kovsie FM, since 2011 as a content producer and co-host for a show called The Recovery, which airs on Sundays. In 2010 he was an intern Commentary Assistant for the Host Broadcasting Service (HBS) during the FIFA World Cup, which earned him international experience. He is Satirical and he likes to think of himself as an occasional accidental philosopher. Moeketsi “Max” Mogotsi is also quite passionate about passion.

Libokanyo “Dee” Mokhadinyana (BA Honours Media & Journalism):
I focussed my research on the logistics of the newsrooms of Motheo FM and Mosupatsela FM. I co-organised the first annual university Freedom Day Seminar, which bought together the Free State’s community radio stations and community newspapers. I was acknowledged in Zubeida Jaffer’s book, “Africa the Untold Story” for assisting with research.

Seithati Semenokane (BA Honours Media Studies and Journalism):
I have been a research assistant in the Communication Science Department while completing my honours degree. I wish to gain as much experience in the media world as possible as I want to be regarded as a media specialist. I am interested in telling the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things!

Sibusiso Tshabalala (B.Com, Law):
Sibusiso is a 3rd year student at the University of the Free State. In 2012, he was chosen as one of Google's Top 10 Young Minds internationally. He was also selected as one of the Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012.
He contributes weekly for the News24 Opinion platform,Voices. His opinion pieces can be found here,

The Editors

Zubeida Jaffer is an award-winning South African journalist and author. She started her career at the Cape Times in 1980 and also spent a short stint at the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg. Her work has earned her numerous local and international awards, including the Muslim Views Achiever Award and the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri in the USA. She is also the first woman in Africa to have won the coveted foreign journalist award from the National Association of Black Journalists in the USA. Her memoir, Our Generation, eloquently tells the story of her emotional journey through the years of South Africa’s turbulence into a new democracy. Her second book, Love in the Time of Treason has been described as a "tour de force" Her most recent book, Africa the untold story, is the second in a series of pocket-sized books that she is self-publishing. Ms Jaffer is a graduate of both the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University. She also holds a masters degree from Columbia University in New York where she earned the award for best foreign student. She has joined the University of the Free State as Writer-in-Residence. Her website is at

Liz McGregor is a journalist and biographer. After starting her career on South Africa's Rand Daily Mail and Cape Times newspapers, she was foreign correspondent for the London Independent and Observer from South Korea, then deputy editor of the Guardian's Comment & Analysis pages in London. Her books include Khabzela, the biography of an iconic South African DJ who refused to take anti-retrovirals and died in 2004, and Touch, Pause, Engage! Exploring the Heart of South Africa (2011). With Sarah Nuttall, she co-edited two collections of non-fiction essays by leading journalists and academics, and a new book on South Africa's rugby team will be published by Jonathan Ball next year.