About founders

ZUKISWA WANNER: Wanner  is the author of the  novels The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008), Commonwealth Best Book shortlisted Men of the South (2010) and  South African Literary Award-winning London Cape Town Joburg (2014) . She has also written a satirical nonfiction Maid in SA: 30 Ways to Leave Your Madam (2013) and a literary travel memoir Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts (2018) and two children’s books Jama Loves Bananas (2011) and Refilwe: An African Retelling of Rapunzel (2014). She co-authored the Mandela home biography, 8115: A Prisoner’s Home with the late renowned photographer, Alf Kumalo. She is a curator of the highly popular Artistic Encounters in Nairobi, an initiative that brings two artists from different art fields. A 2018 Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Studies (JIAS) Fellow, Wanner is also a BrandSA PYP Ambassador for her contribution to literature.  She was an inaugural board member for Writivism and sits on the Advisory Board for Ake Festival. She has been a facilitator for several literary workshops and has been a juror for The Etisalat Prize for Fiction (2015) and Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2017).

VUSI VOKWANA:  In addition to being a director of Paivapo, Nomavuso Vokwana is no stranger to the South African business industry. She has been a director for Kasi Catalyst in Cape Town for the last two years. During that time, she was responsible for the project leading to the opening of the first Pick n Pay Market Store in Western Cape. In her role as Lagunya Business Association General Secretary from 2013-2016, Vokwana negotiated with the Cape Town Municipality for transfer of 150 shops in Langa, Gugulethu and Nyanga to historical tenants at discounted rates. She also represented shop owners who were being displaced by Department of Human Settlements from property that  had been earmarked for low-cost housing. Vokwana has held positions as NAFCOC National Deputy Secretary and NAFCOC Provincial Secretary and has sat on the Motsepe Foundation Funding Committee. In a previous life, Vokwana was a Structured Lending Specialist and a Private Banker at Rand Merchant Bank and Investec respectively.