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Sandile Dikeni is political editor for This Day SA. He most recently served as the spokesperson for the South African Minister of Housing. He is one of the foremost social commentators in South Africa. Previously, he was the arts editor of the Cape Times and editor of Die Suid-Afrikaan, as well as a reporter there. He also established the youth radio station Yfm. Mr. Dikeni has also had an extensive career in the arts, having published the poetry collections Guava Juice and Telegraph to the Sky as well as an anthology of his newspaper articles and essays, Soul Fire: Writing the Transition. He has performed a large volume of freelance work, including translation of literary works, compiling anthologies, producing radio documentaries and performing as a voice-over artist. His writing has been published in The Daily Telegraph in London and New Observations in New York. Mr. Dikeni enrolled to study law at the University of Witwatersrand and later at the University of Western Cape, but his studies were interrupted by his involvement with the political struggle in South Africa, a theme that features prominently in his later writings. Mr. Dikeni obtained a national diploma in Journalism through Peninsula Technikon. He is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.