Board of Trustees

Asanda Benya is a feminist activist who does research on labour issues, specifically looking at women in mining. She is a lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a fellow at the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) at Wits, Johannesburg.

Mondli Hlatshwayo is a Senior Researcher in the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg. Previously he worked for Khanya College, a Johannesburg-based NGO, as an educator and researcher. His areas of research include precarious work, migrant workers, World Cup and stadia, unions and technological changes, workers’ education, trade unions and social movements. Hlatshwayo has published a number of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the above-mentioned topics. He is co-editor (with Aziz Choudry) of the Pluto Press book, Just Work? Migrant Workers' Struggle Today. His doctoral thesis, which he completed in 2012, was on trade union responses to technological changes.

Martin Jansen is the Director/Editor of Workers’ World Media Productions. He previously worked for the Labour Research Service as its head of Education and Media Unit. Prior to that he was a trade unionist with the COSATU-affiliated Chemical Workers Industrial Union. Martin has a long history of student, youth and community activism. He is currently the board chairperson of Cape Town TV, a community TV channel of the greater Cape Town community. He holds a Masters degree in Communications and Development (Malmo University, Sweden).

Ashraf Ryklief is a occupational health and safety (OH&S) specialist, skilled in OH&S risk assessments, workplace inspection, incident investigation and OH&S management systems auditing. He gained experience implementing OH&S projects in the public, manufacturing and agricultural sectors. He is also an adult education practitioner with 20 years of experience as a project manager in the higher education, public and private sectors.


Dominique Swartz

Spokesperson and Media officer at the Food and Allied Workers Union in Cape Town

Mzi Velapi is a content producer and trainer at WWMP. He started activism in high school and is passionate about the need to build alternative media. Mzi has qualifications in teaching and journalism as well as a Postgrad Diploma in Land and Agrarian Studies. He joined WWMP in 2004.


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