Mazibuko Jara

Co-managing editor, Amandla Publishers

His peers in politics describe him as an independent thinker who takes risks and lets people know what he really thinks, even if it goes against the grain of authority. At 35, Jara is a former South African Communist Party spokesperson who fell out of favour with the leadership after questioning the party's support for ANC president Jacob Zuma on corruption charges. Jara holds an engineering degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is writing a mini thesis towards a master's degree on land and agrarian studies at the University of the Western Cape. He has been the national director at the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project, and a board member of the Aids Consortiumand the Treatment Action Campaign. He founded the Employment Equity Alliance, a lobbying group of various NGOs in support of the Employment Equity Act, which legally supports homosexuals, HIV-positive people and the disabled from unfair discrimination in the workplace. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

Lunch spot: His kitchen with Indian curries prepared by his wife, Nolene Morris