Solani Ngobeni holds a master’s degree in publishing studies from the University of the Witwatersrand as well as an advanced management programme certificate from Wits Business School.

After graduating, he joined the Institute for Global Dialogue in Midrand as a publications and projects co-ordinator. He later joined Juta & Co as a higher education publisher specialising in psychology, political science and education and built a formidable psychology list under the University of Cape Town’s Press Imprint. In 2004, Solani was appointed managing director of Juta Learning.

After resigning in February 2007, Solani established S & S Publishing, a social sciences and humanities publisher. He was subsequently chosen as the South African finalist for the 2007 Young International Publisher of the Year award. Solani has written and published on issues such as publishing management, the lack of book reading and buying as the Achilles heel of African publishing, and the impact of the dominance of knowledge produced in developed countries on viable publishing in the southern hemisphere.

He has also written about the dearth of knowledge production by black academics in South Africa, the fact that 98% of South African knowledge is produced predominantly by white males and the slow pace of transformation in the South African publishing industry.

Lunch spot :L'Auberge du Paysan, Stellenbosch