Siphiwo Mahala straddles both the creative and the academic realms. He is a short story writer, novelist, playwright and critic. He worked for over ten years as the Head of Books and Publishing at the national Department of Arts and Culture. His stories and articles are published in various journals both locally and internationally. His books include When a Man Cries (2007), Yakhal’ Indoda (2010), African Delights (2011), The House of Truth (2017) and Red Apple Dreams and Other Stories (2019). He holds a BA Hons degree in African Languages (UFH), MA in African Literature (Wits) and PhD in English Literature (UNISA). He is a Research Associate at the University of Pretoria and a Research Fellow at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study.
Ovayo Gxasheka (26) is the Admin Assistant and the only fulltime employee of Imbiza Journal for African Writing. She is in possession of a Bachelor of Technology in Public Management, from Nelson Mandela University. She is a compassionate, hard-working, goal-orientated individual with great enthusiasm. Her determination to learn more has driven her to taking upon tasks that equip her with the necessary skills that are vital in a work environment, including time management, corporate communication as well as strategic planning. While she was a university student, she was part of the South African Public Administration Student Association (SAPASA) executive, which has taught her a lot about collective leadership and striving for the betterment of others.