Dinesh Balliah is the coordinator of the career-entry honours in journalism programme and the editor of the Wits Vuvuzela community newspaper.  Dinesh joined Wits in 2001 and is currently reading for her doctorate in journalism and media studies at Wits University. She sits on the board of the Health-e News Service, is an editorial committee member of Newzroom Afrika and advisory committee member of the South African Media Innovation and Development Program

Master of Arts (Historical Studies), UKZN, 2003
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), UKZN, 1999
Bachelor of Arts, UKZN, 1998

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



Tshepo Tshabalala is the acting director of the Journalism and Media Lab (JAMLAB) and the web editor for www.journalism.co.za, He is also a sub-editor for Wits Vuvuzela.

Tshepo’s work has appeared in radio, print, wire services and online in South Africa and various other countries in Africa. He has worked as a reporter at Thomson Reuter’s Johannesburg bureau, Forbes Africa publications, a freelance contributor to SmartPlanet and web producer for Business Day, Financial Mail and BusinessLIVE. He is a Chevening Scholar and an EVA Junior Business Fellow.

Master of Arts (Journalism), Stellenbosch University, South Africa, In progress
Master of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of York, England 2016
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Journalism and Media Studies, Wits University, South Africa, 2011
National Diploma in Journalism, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa 2010