Youth Politics : (dis)Engaged, Angry, Agnostic or Apathetic? 

The 2019 SA Elections and Beyond

DATE: Wednesday, 27 March 2019

TIME: 14.30pm for 15.00pm

VENUE: MPW Auditorium, Market Square
Market Theatre Foundation
138 Lillian Ngoyi Street


Miché Roberts

Miché Roberts is a junior research consultant at the Institute for Security Studies(ISS) in the Justice and Violence Prevention Programme(JVP). Her area of focus is civic action among the youth in South Africa relating to political participation and protest behaviour most recently assisting in field research and analysis on the youth and their perceptions on politics and protest behaviour leading up to the 2019 national elections. Miché also has research interests around corruption, corruption in the criminal justice system and reform of the National Prosecuting Authority. Miché obtained her degree in Political Sciences (International Relations) from the University of Pretoria.

Pearl Pillay

Pearl Pillay is the Managing Director of Youth Lab. She holds a Masters Degree in Political Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; focusing on the extent and limitations of youth participation in policy making and community development. Pearl has experience conducting research and facilitating training amongst youth organisation and apolitical parties and has done work in South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho.

Elnari Potgieter

Elnari Potgieter currently manages the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR)’s South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB) project, and writes and reports the SARB’s findings. Previously, Elnari worked with the Political Parties and Parliamentary Support programme of the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) conducting election analysis, research and training. She was previously Programme Manager (Africa) with Common Purpose, facilitating cross-cultural and – boundary leadership development programmes for students; and was coordinator for the Trade and Industry Chamber of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC). Elnari completed a Masters by Research in Political Science from Stellenbosch University as a Mandela Rhodes scholar, where she also did an Honours degree in Political Science, and a bachelor’s degree in Value and Policy Studies.

Mosa Phadi

Mosa Phadi completed her PhD at the University of Johannesburg. She has recently been accepted into the American Council for Learned Society’s African Humanities Programme and is recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship. Her work at the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) has focused on the Northern Frontiers project, where she co-authored two ground-breaking reports on the local municipalities of Mogalakwena and Lephalale. She has worked as a researcher for over six years and has several peer-reviewed publications, and Mosa has researched and produced a documentary film on the middle class in Soweto.