Caroline Esnath Hwashaya

Born in Harare the capital city of Zimbabwe, Caroline Esnath Hwashaya is a Chartered and Certified Accountant. She is Passionate about Human Rights, Refugee Rights and Social issues. Caroline has been in the Accounting and Administration field for the past thirteen accumulating vast experience in different sectors of the economy. She Holds a BSc Hons Applied Accounting from the University of Oxford Brooks and is a member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Southern Africa Association of Accountants (SAAA) and the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting.

Bsc App Acc, ACCA, SAAA

Laurence Piper

Laurence Piper is Professor of Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape. He researches citizenship, democracy and state-society relations at the local level in South Africa and comparatively with other countries in the global South. Recent publications include Bettina von Lieres and Laurence Piper (eds). 2014. Mediated Citizenship: The Informal Politics of Speaking for Citizens in the Global South. Basingstoke: Palgrave. (For more research details see He is also the co-convenor of the Collaboration for Research on Democracy (CORD) along with Joanna Wheeler, and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation (SLF).


Xolani Klass

Xolani Klaas was born in 1972 in a place called Lady Frere in Eastern Cape. In 2000 he came to Cape Town to look for work. He then studied at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and acquired a National Diploma in Human Resource Management. Between 2001 and 2004 he worked for Grey Security, and he now works for the Department of Correctional Services in Pollsmoor.

Xolani has been involved in different community activities. He is a member of SANCO and is the an Occupational Health and Safety Representative at the Department of Correctional Services. He is studying at UNISA.

David Southwood

David Southwood’s photos can be viewed at The South African National Gallery, The Finnish Museum of Photography, The Christoph Merian Stiftung, The Goethe Institut(Johannesburg), The Spier Art Collection, the collection of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and private collections in South Africa and abroad. His work made up part of three shows at The South African National Gallery in 2010, two of which were broad surveys of South African art.

In 2000, together with some township photographers, he set up the first non-profit organisation for ‘street photographers’ in the Western Cape called Umlilo. This was after having worked at The University of Cape Town in the same developmental field. He still works with these freelancers.

He is currently working on a project about Tanzanian Stowaways who live below the N1 freeway in Cape Town. This project will be shown in the US in mid 2014 together with the N1.
Publications in 2014 include The Bill of Rights, a photobook which illustrates the South Africa’s 20-year old Bill of Rights, with an introduction by Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron, and MEMORY CARD SEA POWER, a broadsheet newspaper which charts the life of a bunch of stowaways in Cape Town who live under bridges near the harbour.

A decade-long project photographing a flea market has also been made into a book and is published by Fourthwall Books. The author Ivan Vladislavic wrote the longest of four commissioned texts in the book.

Shuvai Finos

Shuvai has been with VAC since early 2015. She works at, working first as Nyanga’s Branch Coordinator, and then moving to heading Internal Communications and being Executive Assistant to the Director. Her team experience, coupled with her background in Social Work and Sociology, a great asset to the team at VAC.