Democracy Works Academy 2021 Mentors

Meet the Democracy Works Academy Mentors for the 2021 Fellows cohort.

Our mentors are Melandre Frost – Research Specialist for the City of Tshwane, Ian Mangenga – Designer and the founder of digital hub Digital Girl Africa, Palesa Madi – Deputy Director for the Wits University Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Karabo Maiyane – Lecturer of Philosophy at Nelson Mandela University, and Tebogo Thothela – Assistant Director for the Gauteng Health Department.

These individuals serve the Fellows in five categories, research and academia, diplomacy and policy-making, law, government, and civil society.

The mentors offer their time, experience, and expertise to guide our Fellows in one-on-one consultation during their time at the Academy. Through their expertise, the mentors provide support and skills-building to the Fellows offering a deeper understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, the relationship to their environment, setting goals, influencing and communicating with others, adapting to multicultural environments, thinking creatively to solve problems, building resilience in challenging environments and promoting self-care, and developing leadership skills for South Africa’s Democracy.

Every year the DWA recruits new mentors to assist and guide our Fellows based on their goals and career interests.

We believe this is a critical part of our programme that contributes towards a rounded and personalised experience for our Fellows.

Zamayirha is a multi-faceted multimedia reporter. She has a well-rounded skill set that includes first-rate communication and research abilities, content strategy, and development for different platforms. First internationally published at the age of 16, she has over 7 years of experience in Media and Journalism. Having worked in two newsrooms and two radio stations and two television productions. Her work is published and shared in several publications including City Press, News24, Huffington Post, Wits Vuvuzela, and Rapport. She has also been featured in Power FM’s, Power Perspective, as a resident news contributor.

Highlights of her career include coverage of Oprah Winfrey’s Nelson Mandela Century address, interviews with Tyler Perry, former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Mosenke, Commissioner Terry Tselane, artivists Caiphius Semenya and Letta Mbulu.

She holds a (BA) degree in Psychology, Media studies, Statistics, and Sociology and an Honors degree in Media and Journalism all from the University of the Witwatersrand. She also has SETA accredited corporate communications and leadership certificate. As well as an Internationally accredited TEFL certificate.

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