Who we are

As of 10 June 2020, GroundUp became an independent non-profit company. Previously we were a project of Community Media Trust (CMT). CMT continues to manage our finances, human resources etc.


Thembela Ntongana (Chair, former GroundUp reporter and currently Digital and Community Manager at The Nal’ibali Trust)

Phumzile Malinga (Treasurer, Finance Executive for Old Mutual Property)

Angela Quintal (former editor of the Mail & Guardian, currently the Africa Program Coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists)

Edwin Cameron (former Constitutional Court Judge and currently the inspecting judge of the Judicial Inspectorate for Correctional Services)

Tyrone August (former Editor of the Cape Times and a founding member of the South African National Editors Forum)

Philani Mgwaba (former Editor of The Mercury newspaper and founding Editor of Isolezwe)

Nathan Geffen (ex officio as Editor)


Nathan Geffen (Editor)

Barbara Maregele (Deputy Editor)

Brent Meersman (Co-editor)

Alide Dasnois (Associate Editor)

GroundUp's current fulltime reporters are:

Nombulelo Damba-Hendrik

Marecia Damons

Mary-Anne Gontsana

Ashraf Hendricks

Liezl Human

Steve Kretzmann

Daniel Steyn

Tariro Washinyira

Colleen Monaghan manages our finance and administration.

Grethen de Waal handles our social media and communication.

Nosindiso Hadebe is our office administrator.

Many freelancers contribute to GroundUp. Here is a list of people who have written for us.