Imraan Buccus

Researcher

Imraan Buccus is the man to talk to when it comes to poverty, civil society and public participation. His work in empowering civil society is driven by, he says, "the spirit embodied in ordinary people, despite the difficulties they face.� And lots of people care what he thinks. Most recently, he was on the team of SABC's election analysts. Buccus is also a journalist with a weekly column in The Mercury and writes for the Sunday Tribune and the Mail & Guardian. He is the editor of the progressive Muslim publication, Al Qalam, which promotes plural coexistence in South Africa, and he is managing editor of the public participation journal Critical Dialogue. But his proudest achievement was drafting the strategy document on public participation for provincial legislatures. � Ilham Rawoot

Lunch spot: Yum-Thai, Durban North