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

Chairperson

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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.

Thembela Ntongana

Thembela Ntongana

Deputy Chairperson

Thembela Ntongana holds a Diploma in Journalism from Walter Sisulu University. She worked for GroundUp as a journalist for five years and stills contributes stories on a freelance basis. She also works in the communications department for Nal'ibali, NGO that promotes reading for enjoyment in mother tongue.

Donwald Pressly

Donwald Pressly

Deputy Chairperson

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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.

Lalage Maurer

Lalage Maurer

Secretary

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Beverley Houston

Beverley Houston

Member

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Merging her knowledge of and passion for news, creative writing, community development and sustainability, Beverley Houston launched Be-cause Integrated Communications in 2012. Graduating from Rhodes University with a degree in Journalism and Political Science, she has worked as a news editor, journalist and a PR specialist.

Mark Novitz

Mark Novitz

Member

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Colleen Monaghan

Colleen Monaghan

Member

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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.

Twanji Kalula

Twanji Kalula

Member

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.

Sue Segar

Sue Segar

Member

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Clive Keegan

Clive Keegan

Member

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Clive Keegan, a long-standing member of the Press Club, is a former mayor of the City of Cape Town and the editor and publisher of the South African Local Government Briefing.

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