Pheladi Sethusa is the coordinator of the career-entry honours programme and editor of Wits Vuvuzela. 

She is a multimedia journalist with several years of experience as a TV reporter, TV producer, videographer and print reporter in several newsrooms including eNCA, Thomson Reuters and AFP.  More recently she has worked as an independent podcast and documentary producer and editor. 

Master of Arts (Digital Documentary), University of Sussex, 2021
Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, 2014
Bachelor of Arts (Media Studies and Psychology), University of the Witwatersrand, 2013

Lizeka Mda is a lecturer in journalism practice at Wits Journalism.

For over 30 years she has held different positions in the communication and media fields – from a reporter on social, political and economic issues, to title editor, to publisher of several magazines.

She has also produced radio programmes for the SABC and the BBC, and is a published writer of fiction and non-fiction. She is a World Press Institute Fellow, class of 1993, and a Nieman Fellow, class of 2004. She is also the convenor of judges for the Standard Bank Sikuvile Awards for Journalism Excellence.

Rhodes University and Wits Business School



Bongani Khoza is currently a Lecturer in photography and Digital media, in the Multimedia department at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA), University of Johannesburg (UJ). an experimental video artist, animator and photographer with demonstrated history of working as an instructional designer helping course teams develop and produce Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for the University of the Witwatersrand.

Bongani uses a wide range of photographic and art practices, including stop- frame animation, and experimental video installations. His current focus is on using photography and video installations to re-contextualize public and private structures within the public space, capturing the occupation, usage, contestation and physical detail of these structures. His work engages with interdependencies and segregations evolved in modern day South African life.


Master of Arts (Fine Arts), University of the Witwatersrand, 2015
Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts), University of the Witwatersrand, 2007

Mfuneko Toyana is currently a finance and economy journalist at the Daily Maverick. Before that he held a similar role at Reuters News, between 2014 and 2021. He has been a writer, journalist, photographer, copywriter, and all round scribe-for-hire for the last 15 years, with the last 8 spent writing about southern African financial markets, macroeconomics, climate and political economy. He also consults for international investment firms on South African politics and economics. His academic interest is in narrative and literary journalism. He is the newsroom mentor at Wits Vuvuzela, helping the student journalists hone their writing skills.


Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, 2014 
Bachelor of Arts (History and English Literature), University of the Witwatersrand, 2012

James ‘Jimmy’ Beaumont is as a sub-editor at Wits Vuvuzela, editing students’ articles and working on writing assignments before publication; and secondarily as a subbing mentor when required.

He has broad experience in newspapers and magazines over four decades as a writer and editor. He was trained as a journalist at the Argus Journalism School in 1979, and started his career the following year as a reporter at The Star in Johannesburg.

He subsequently spent two years at the Diamond Fields Advertiser as a photojournalist and sub-editor. After that, he worked for the renowned Rand Daily Mail, as a sub-editor and copytaster, until its demise in 1986. He has also worked as a photojournalist at Mining News; sub-editor at Financial Mail; revise editor and arts editor at Business Day, feature writer and chief sub-editor at Tribute and Playboy magazines; revise editor at Sowetan Sunday World; chief sub-editor and night editor at The Citizen; and night editor at Daily Sun, among others. While his speciality has been production journalism, including newspaper design, he has also worked extensively as a reporter and feature writer, writing for diverse publications including The Executive, Flying Springbok, Weekly Mail & Guardian and the Sunday Times Magazine.