Meet The Team

Gabriel Ndongo (@Gabriel_NGD)

 Managing Editor, Marketing and Advertising Manager

Gaby Ndongo Nkolo is a liberal Congolese nationalist who is currently studying Journalism at the University of Johannesburg. He works for The Open Journal as a Managing Editor and also part of the Marketing and Advertising team.

His interests are diverse ranging from skateboarding, boxing, the culinary arts, cycling and most importantly journalism which brought with it, interests in reading and writing. In particular Gaby enjoys activities that require speed or concentration; however, music beguiles his soul and rejuvenates his mind.

This individual’s aspiration is to always be his true self and love who he is as a person; additionally, he aims to appreciate people for who they are as individuals.

Xiletelo Mabasa (@SHEleteloMabasa)

Entertainment Editor, Sub-Editor and Social Media Manager

Xiletelo Mabasa is a passionate young journalist who describes herself as a “great ball of happiness” and her greatest shortfall is her love for all things ranging from politics to fashion.

She is currently enrolled as a student at the Department of Journalism at the University of Johannesburg. In between her studies, Xiletelo works as the Entertainment Editor and Social Media Manager for The Open Journal. After finishing her degree Xiletelo is set on getting her Honours degree in Journalism.

A lover of all things digital (but mostly Twitter) she also hopes to venture into both broadcast and print media and is excited to see which will come first. She is currently working on making her mark in the blogosphere.

Kauthar Hayat 

Secretary and General News Reporter

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Kauthar Hayat is currently obtaining her degree in Journalism at the University of Johannesburg. She is an avid reader, writer, and student activist.  Once she has her degree, Kauthar’s goal is to become an international correspondent and cover stories in war-torn areas like Palestine and Syria.  Additional to her Journalism dream, she intends to become a teacher and change the world through education.

Onthatile Kgoadigoadi (@tux_nthati96)

General News Reporter

Onthatile Kgoadigoadi was born and bred in Phokeng, North West Province. She is a Journalism student at the University of Johannesburg. She is currently working towards obtaining her degree in Journalism and hopes to obtain an Honours degree.

Her eagerness to pursue journalism was triggered during her high school years when she would volunteer for community service. She saw a need to impact people’s lives and make their voices heard. Her passion lies in being a humanitarian and eradicating the challenges and issues faced by society.

She is a young vibrant journalist with an interest in digging for the truth. She longs to empower the youth from her village to never lose the hope of achieving their dreams and believes that winners are losers who got up and gave it one more try.