Rebone Tau

“Solidarity” is an important word in 28-year-old Rebone Tau’s vocabulary. She believes Africa will prosper if it unites against the continent’s growing ills. It’s what first attracted the Soweto-born Tau to an advocacy job at the Southern African Liaison Office, a non-governmental organisation involved in educating, lobbying and advocacy initiatives. Knowledge of South Africa’s foreign policy and laws protecting human rights is vital and good relations with policy-makers are essential. “We focus on human rights violations on the continent and I’m the lead person on lobbying the government,” she says confidently. A member of the ANC Youth League’s Tshwane regional executive committee and head of that region’s international relations committee, Tau was appointed to the league’s national task team in April. Using workshops, campaigns, video-recorded interviews and her writing to share information, Tau has also written a book about the struggle for democracy in Swaziland, Southern Africa’s last absolute monarchy. — Mmanaledi Mataboge