Paseka Letsatsi

Spokesperson, ANC Youth League

Paseka Letsatsi was introduced to the business of explaining and defending political decisions at the age of 16 when he was appointed media liaison officer for the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in Sebokeng. The 35-year-old joined the ANC 20 years ago when he was a teenager, serving on the national executive committee of the South African Students Congress while studying towards a BA in Education at the University of the Western Cape. During his career as a spokesperson, he worked in ministry of home affairs and defended challenges such as poor service and corruption, fake identity documents as well as immigration laws. Now his responsibilities include justifying controversial statements from ANCYL leaders and sustaining the hope that young people would like to join the league. Letsatsi also doubles as the national spokesperson for the South African Social Security Agency, tasked by the department of social development to enhance the quality of service delivery by making sure that social grants are accessible. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

Lunch spot: The Meat Co, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg