Giving youth a voice in the media

Durban Journalists

Laaeka Edries


Laeeka is a presenter at ITV, entertainment reporter at JournalismIziko, an independent blogger and Journalism student at the Durban University of Technology. A self-proclaimed coffee-drinker Laeeka likes to taking photos when she gets a chance. She says, "The pen is not mightier than the sword, the pen is your sword, so fight!"

Lizeka Maduna


Lizeka is a level two Journalism student at the Durban University of Technology, and also a reporter for Journalismiziko. She is passionate about media and the youth, has a “crazy passion” for television and radio. Lizeka loves writing about youth and crime and interacting on social media because it allows her to “interact with people worldwide and it helps me keep posted about everything,” she says.

Nqaba Mpofu


Nqaba sees the current challenges confronting South  African youth as endless opportunities for youth to get involved in their communities. He is of the opinion that a better understanding of these social challenges is necessary for solutions to emerge and believes that through engaging, consultation, reflecting, and action young people can galvanize the transformation  process in South Africa. His blogs, Let's Share Our Thoughts and Views- Freely! and The Literary Blog are testament of his love for writing and shed light on his thoughts on some general issues.

Thabani Mkhwanazi


Thabani is an active member of Umtapo, an NGO based on human rights, anti-racism, anti-descrimination and principles of peace, which he joined in 2012. He says he developed a love for media, in particular journalism and marketing, in primary school from "sneaking into other people's conversations."

After graduating, he would love to work for the Mail&Guardian or etv. Although he was not a journalist,the late Sello K Duiker inspires his writing. The hard work and iron-steel image of footballer Christiano Ronaldo also motivates his passion for journalism.

Noluthando Ndebele


Noluthando Ndebele is a second year Journalism student at the Durban University of Technology.  She loves reading talking, writing and meeting new people.