The committee

The club is a managed by a committee of volunteers elected at our AGM

The club executives

Elections for the committee are held annually. Any member in good standing may stand for election. Additional members can be co-opted.

Except for the secretary, committee members receive no renumeration.
The committee meets at least once a month.

Brent Meersman

Brent Meersman

Joint Chairperson

Brent Meersman is co-editor of GroundUp News. He was a weekly contributor to the Mail & Guardian from 2003 to 2016; a bi-weekly columnist for This is Africa from 2014 to 2018, and South African bureau chief, writing on politics and economics for New Africa Analysis (London) from 2010 to 2011. He is the author of a number of books, including four novels. His books have been published in the US and translated and published in Germany.

Twanji Kalula

Twanji Kalula

Joint Chairperson

Twanji has spent over a decade working in the media industry, producing content for television, print and digital. In addition to producing programming for the national broadcaster, he spent a number of years working at e.tv and its associated channels. He is currently the editor of the annual English Alive anthology and works as a communications specialist in the financial services industry.

Lalage Maurer

Lalage Maurer

Secretary

Donwald Pressly

Donwald Pressly

Member

Donwald Pressly writes for BizNews focusing on politics and economics. A graduate of journalism and politics from Rhodes University and a media fellow of Duke University, he spent 22 years covering the South African parliament for newspapers and a financial news company, I-Net Bridge. He established the press club’s annual Barry Streek Memorial Lecture. He has served as chair, deputy chair and secretary of the Cape Town Press Club.

Mark Novitz

Mark Novitz

Member

Mark Novitz is an advocate of the High Court .  He is the Honorary Consul of Peru in Cape Town.

Colleen Monaghan

Colleen Monaghan

Member

Colleen Monaghan manages fundraising and operations at GroundUp, a human rights news agency. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Colleen brings over 10 years of non-profit management experience to the committee.

Anthony Butler

Anthony Butler

Member

Anthony Butler is a Professor of Political Studies and a long time member of the Cape Town Press Club.  His research has focused on the politics of public policy, with special reference to black economic empowerment, the resources sector, energy policy, public health, and state reform.

Marion Edmunds

Marion Edmunds

Member

Marion Edmunds, a former member of the committee is a freelance journalist, producer and documentary director, with a deep interest in politics.

John Matisonn

John Matisonn

Member

Veteran  journalist John Matisonn is a South African political journalist and author. He was one of the founding councillors of South Africa’s Independent Broadcasting Authority and from 1986 to 1991 was the South Africa correspondent for National Public Radio in the United States

Sue Segar

Sue Segar

Member

Sue Segar is a freelance journalist and former member of the committee.