Zukiswa Wanner


The life and career of Zukiswa Wanner has the unmistakeable stamp of the African sub-continent's history in the 1970s: militancy, exile and the mongrel identities that resulted. Wanner, author of The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008) and the recently published Men of the South, was born in Lusaka to a Zimbabwean mother and South African father. Her father was a combatant in the Luthuli detachment, the famous unit that marked the ANC's decision to confront apartheid's military might in the martial language the government claimed to understand. Her oeuvre is expanding; now she is working in both the written word, her forte, and is striking up partnerships with photographers. One of her projects, with award-winning South African icon Alf Kumalo, is A Prisoner's Home, about Nelson Mandela's Soweto house. She will also work with French photographer Emile Debray on The Spirit of Sport, a football-themed book, alongside five South African and three French writers.Wanner has been listed by Africa Report as one of the people to watch this year. She is a founding member of the ReadSA initiative, a project meant to encourage the reading and purchase of South African literature. �Percy Zvomuya

Lunch spot: Tsunami, Rosebank, Johannesburg