Hlomla Dandala

Political activist

Although Hlomla Dandala is an actor, his role as political activist is not just another performance. He seems really interested in the issues. The son of Congress of the People leader Mvume Dandala appeared on national television to endorse the breakaway party from the start, becoming the urbane face of the group's youthful audience. A television presenter, Dandala first appeared on Channel-O in 1998, just after graduating from the University of Witwatersrand with his honours in drama. He became a household name as the character Derek Nyathi on SABC's Isidingo, going on to direct the show in 2001. He also presented the popular reality show All You Need Is Love and has worked on international movies including Lord of War and Red Dust. � Percy Mabandu

Lunch spot: Kitchen Bar, Design Quarter, Fourways, Johannesburg