Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki is a journalist of 29 years – specialising in Economics, Finance and Business journalism. She is an author and Freedom of Expression activist. She holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University New York. A Diploma in Public Leadership (SLD- Honours Degree Level) from Wits University, several Business certificate programs from the Wits Business School (WBS), a certificate in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics and a certificate in Business Leadership from Oxford University, Said Business School. Thandeka trained at the Mail&Guardian – then the Weekly Mail Training program. She completed internships on the Lagos Guardian, Nigeria and Liberation, the French Daily Newspaper in Paris.
She is author of Semane Queen of the Peaceful Crocodile – the Story of the Bafokeng people (2007) ; and No Longer Whispering to Power – The Story of Thuli Madonsela (2017).
She is a member of the SABC 8 a group of journalists who challenged unconstitutional editorial policies in the courts and testified before the Ad-Hoc Parliamentary Committee on the Crisis at the SABC. She is mother of two, step-mother to one, and a grandmother. She is married to Moeletsi Mbeki and lives in Johannesburg with her family.Back to speakers