The Spotlight Team


Matthew Charlesworth SJ
Matthew Charlesworth studied information systems and management at Rhodes University for several years before entering the Society of Jesus in 2005. After studies in London, Nairobi and Toronto he was ordained and ministered at Holy Trinity Parish in Braamfontein before joining the staff of and the Jesuit Institute.

Danielle Hoffmeester
Danielle Hoffmeester is a Masters candidate in Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape. Until two years ago, her focus centred on issues of security and democracy, in particular how the use and/or threat of weapons of warfare impact on the stability of established and fledgling democracies. Since, her focus has shifted to political violence and gender studies. She currently acts as the Project Assistant for Gender Justice and Reconciliation at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a proud feminist, and dreams of a global society in which feminist ideals of justice, freedom and equality is realised.
Claire Mathieson
Writer, editor and knowledge management specialist, Claire has worked in both traditional and Catholic media spaces. She balances her time between providing strategic communications and knowledge management in the world of climate change and sustainable development and working as editor on
Peter John Moses
Born and bred on the Cape Flats, Peter John is a social commentator, writer and a well known ultra runner in the Western Cape. He is a proud father to two boys.
Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya
Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya is an independent journalist and former editor of The Mercury, The Witness and Sowetan and a senior journalist at many other mainstream South African newspapers.
Vincent Nchimunya SJ
A Broadcasting Journalist brought up in Zambia. I Studied Philosophy, Journalism and Public relations. Had a stint in the broadcasting field for a couple of years prior to and after philosophical studies. Currently, I am pursuing theological studies in Kenya.
Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu
A Diepkloof, Soweto born Catholic Cleric, writer, poet and speaker. As a writer he has contributed for several publications including The Daily Maverick, The Thinker, The Southern Cross and The South African. Lawrence read philosophy and theology at St John Vianney Seminary Pretoria, Heythrop College, University of London and the Bellarmine Institute in London. He is a trustee of the St Augustine Education Foundation Trust and an Advisory Council Member of the Southern Cross Weekly.
Mphuthumi Ntabeni
Mphuthumi Ntabeni lives in Cape Town where he is a political commentator and writer. He writers for the Southern Cross and his book, The Broken River Tent is published by Black Back Book, an imprint of Jacana Books, in early 2018.
Russell Pollitt SJ
Director of the Jesuit Institute South Africa and Editor-in-Chief of He studied the social sciences, theology and communications. He worked as pastor of the Jesuit’s downtown parish in Johannesburg, South Africa, for 7 years before moving to the Jesuit Institute. He is interested in the relationship between faith and society and the contribution that faith can make to public policy. He regularly comments on politics in South Africa and issues in the Catholic Church. He conducts workshops in South Africa on social media and the human person.


John Baldovin SJ
Professor of Historical & Liturgical Theology at the Boston College School of Theology & Ministry where he teaches liturgy and sacraments.
Chris Chatteris SJ
Chris Chatteris is a Jesuit priest who is the handyman at the Seminary in Cape Town, combining the tradition of the ‘worker priest’ with teaching and spiritual direction of seminarians. On the handyman side his current project is to ‘green’ the seminary and he has installed such things as heat pumps, rain tanks and recycling systems. He does some writing, last year authoring a book entitled Vocations and what to do with them, a handbook for vocations directors. He also writes a monthly column for the Southern Cross reflecting on the Pope’s intentions, plus occasional other articles elsewhere. Chris was born in Zambia and went to Jesuit schools in both Zimbabwe and Britain and, having been unable to beat them, joined them in 1968. He studied philosophy, theology, French and education, and spent a very formative time in France, part of which was at the L’Arche Community of Jean Vanier fame. Chris has taught in French and British schools and worked in British and South African parishes, including a mission in KZN at the time of the transition from apartheid to normality. He has also worked as the novice director of Jesuits, in the theological formation of young religious at St Joseph’s Theological Institute, Cedara and, briefly, at the Jesuit Institute.
Anthony Egan SJ
Anthony Egan is a Jesuit priest who works at the Jesuit Institute South Africa. He teaches at Steve Biko Ethics Centre Faculty of Health Sciences at WITS University. He also teaches in the Ubuntu Programme for Fordham University at the University of Pretoria. He writes for various journals and publications and regularly offers analysis and comment on politics and the Catholic Church.
Tim Harris
Tim Harris, husband, father and trained graphic designer is currently exploring furniture design alongside his other passion: Catholic Leadership development. He is the co-founder of The Catholic Leadership Academy which is a response the need to reveal, equip and support lay Catholic Leaders. After meeting Christ as a 20 something, he found himself deeply involved in volunteer youth ministry in his Cape Town parish. This lead to the choice to leave the advertising industry and take up the first paid youth ministry coordinator role at that same parish. After implementing the Lifeteen program, and three successful years of service, The Catholic leadership Academy was founded in 2014. Three words to describe Tim; Catholic, Creative, Clueless.
Joanne Joseph
Joanne presents the 4pm-6pm Afternoon News slot on 24-hour news channel, eNCA. She is also the presenter of current affairs radio show, The Power Update on Power FM. Prior to this she was the main anchor and a bulletin writer on SABC 3’s News at 7. She began her career at YFM radio as a news presenter radio in 1998. Following that, she worked at Classic FM, Network Radio News and Business Day as a producer/ presenter. In 1999, she moved into television, taking up the position of producer/presenter at SABC Africa. Joanne has scripted several corporate videos for clients like Afrox and produced documentaries for the United Nations Development Programme among others. She has done several high-profile live broadcasts including the live coverage of Nelson Mandela’s passing broadcast internationally, Thabo Mbeki’s presidential inauguration, the Walter Sisulu and Beyers Naudé funerals. Joanne regularly MCs corporate functions in English and French and has presented corporate videos for Life Healthcare, SAPPI, First National Bank, Standard Bank, MTN and PG Glass among others. As a media trainer, her clients included IBM, Pikitup, Ford, Renault and Gauteng Tourism. Joanne teaches scriptwriting for broadcast media and has a Bachelor’s degree in Drama, Film and English, and an Honours and Master’s Degree in Modern Languages and Literatures from Wits University. She is the author of bestselling novel, Drug Muled, Sixteen Years in a Thai Prison.
Bryan Massingale
Bryan Massingale, S.T.D. is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and professor of theology at Fordham University in New York. Former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, Fr. Massingale has authored two books and more than eighty articles, book chapters, and book reviews. His monograph, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (2010), received a First Place Book Award from the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada. Massingale has served as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, providing theological assistance on issues such as criminal justice, capital punishment, environmental justice, and affirmative action. He has also been a theological consultant for the National Black Catholic Congress, Catholic Charities USA, the Catholic Health Association and the National Catholic AIDS Network.
Festo Mkenda SJ
Festo Mkenda is a Jesuit from the East African Province. He obtained his DPhil from Campion Hall, University of Oxford, specializing in African political history. He is currently working in Nairobi, Kenya, where he is director of the Jesuit Historical Institute of Africa (JHIA).
Ranjeni Munusamy
Ranjeni Munusamy is one of South Africa's top-notch political journalists. She is well-known for her sharp and insightful analysis and commentary on local and international politics. Raised in Dannhauser in northern KwaZulu-Natal, her journalistic pursuits brought her to Johannesburg. She is currently working as associate editor for the Tiso Blackstar Group.
Zandile Ndamane
Zandile hails from Khayelitsha, Cape Town where she lives with her mother, sister and handicapped brother. Equipped with a matric, Zandile is a typical South African youth seeking work or further studying opportunities. She writes about her personal experiences.
Peter-John Pearson
Peter-John Pearson is a priest of the Archdiocese of Cape Town. He is currently the director of the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) in Cape Town. He is also Vicar-General of the Archdiocese. Fr Pearson is a well-know lecturer and speaker - specifically on Catholic Social Teaching.
José-Luís Ponce de León IMC
José-Luís Ponce de León IMC is bishop of the Diocese of Manzini, Swaziland. Argentinian by birth, for many years he worked as a missionary in rural Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. After working at the Consolata Missionary's General House in Rome, he returned to South Africa and was ordained bishop of Ingwavuma in 2008. In 2013 he was appointed bishop of Manzini.
Chris Townsend
Chris Townsend is a diocesan priest from Johannesburg but now lives in and is Parish Priest of Christ the King Catholic Church in Queenswood, Tshwane. Ordained in 2000, he writes and broadcasts, focusing on Catechetics, Pastoral Practice and professional conduct.


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