Zubeida Jaffer

AboutZubeida Jaffer

ZUBEIDA JAFFER is an award-wining South African journalist and author. She is a Research Fellow attached to the Department of Communication Sciences at the University of the Free State.She started her career at the Cape Times in 1980 and also spent a short stint at the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg in the same year. Last year, 2020, marked her 40th year in journalism. Her work has earned her numerous local and international awards. These include the Muslim Views Achiever Award as well as the Honor Medal for Distinguished Service to Journalism from the University of Missouri in the USA. Her memoir, Our Generation, eloquently tells the story of her emotional journey through the years of South Africa’s turbulence into a new democracy. It has been translated into Arabic. Her second book, Love in the Time of Treason has been described as a ‘tour de force’ and is published internationally under the title, On Trial with Mandela. Beauty of the Heart, The life and times of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke, is her third book. She is a graduate of both the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape. She also holds a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York. She is the publisher of The Journalist (www.thejournalist.org.za), a multimedia website designed to tell the stories of forgotten pioneers of journalism in her country and on the continent. In 2021, she registered a company called Number 10 Publishers to take ownership of her three titles and explore ways in which to codify her journalism experience. She lives in Wynberg, Cape Town.

Some of her writings and research documents on which this book is based can be found at her website, www.zubeidajaffer.co.za