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Deon Meyer is the internationally acclaimed, prizewinning author of thirteen thrillers, including The Last Hunt, The Woman in the Blue Cloak, Fever, Icarus, Cobra, Seven Days and the Barry Award-winning Thirteen Hours. His books have been published in twenty-seven languages. He lives in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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Safura Abdool Karim is a public health lawyer and senior researcher at the Wits School of Public Health. She is also a member of the Africa CDC’s African Vaccine Delivery Alliance. Safura completed an LLB at the University of Cape Town and an LLM in Global Health Law at Georgetown University. She is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on constitutional rights and non-communicable diseases. Her research focuses on issues of vaccine equity, legal issues related to the COVID-19 response, NCD prevention and using the law to improve health outcomes more broadly.

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Napo Masheane was born in Soweto, grew up in Qwaqwa (Free State) and holds a Marketing Management, Speech & Drama and Master’s Degree in Creative Writing. She is a playwright, director, poet and acclaimed performer on both international and national stages. A founding member of Feela Sistah! Spoken Word Collective and with its demise, went on to become one of South Africa’s leading black female theatre makers, after her provocative and humorous one-woman show My Bum Is Genetic Deal With It and The Fat Black Women Sing. She is the winner of Mbokodo Award, Pan African Language Award, and South African Film & Television Award, while she has three poetry collections, Caves Speak in Metaphors (2009), Fat Songs For My Girlfriends (2012), and Heartbeat Of The Rain (2019). Napo became the first black women to produce, write and direct a play, A New Song, at the Market Theatre mainstage (John Kani Theatre).

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