Zdena Mtetwa

Access to information manager: Khulumani Support Group

Working with underprivileged groups is close to Zdena Mtetwa's heart. The Mandela-Rhodes scholar fell in love with community upliftment after joining the Khulumani Support Group in 2009. Writing is another of her passions, and Mtetwa found an outlet for her creative talent at Khulumani, where she worked with communities to produce booklets on oral history, helping to reclaim stories that had been lost during the apartheid era. Now she tells people about the Promotion of Access to Information Act and how they can use it to hold government accountable. She also works for gender equility through Khulumani's victim empowerment programme. Although she has an honours degree in organisational psychology from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Mtetwa is sceptical about encouraging over-reliance on experts. "People know what they want, and they know what's good for them. They don't want to live on grants. They want sustainable development, and they want education.� �Aphiwe Deklerk

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