Debbie Whelan is the Editor of Natalia. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at the Durban University of Technology in Durban, South Africa. In addition to teaching and working in the heritage sector, she has carried out voluntary community work on historic buildings in underprivileged areas, reinforced by community development work in the NGO sector. She has undergraduate degrees in architecture and anthropology and a PhD in Social Anthropology. Her main interests lie in the historic and vernacular built environments on which she has authored a number of articles, in addition to more recent synthetic work on public space and authenticity.

Adrian Koopman is an Emeritus Professor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He retired in 2012 after 37 years of teaching Zulu linguistics and literature. His main research interest has always been in names and naming systems, and he is the author of the 2002 book Zulu Names, the 2015 Zulu Plant Names, and over fifty articles on Zulu language and literature and names and naming in academic journals. He is currently working on a book on Zulu bird names and bird lore.

Mxolisi Mchunu completed his Ph.D. in Historical Studies at UKZN on political violence in KwaShange in the Vulindlela district of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and its effect on the memories of survivors. He is currently employed by the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature as a senior researcher. He serves on the Chief Luthuli Museum Council where he chairs the Research and Marketing Committee. He is a Research Associate at the University of Cape Town (Archives and Public Culture Research Initiative) as a Research Associate.

Bill Guest, MA PhD (Natal), is a professor emeritus and senior research associate in Historical Studies on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has published a variety of articles and has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited more than a dozen books on South African history, focusing primarily on the socio-economic and institutional history of the KwaZulu-Natal region. He has recently completed a three-volume history of the former University of Natal (1909-2003). In 2013 he won an Amafa AKwaZulu-Natali Award in recognition of his contribution towards heritage conservation in the province.

Debby Joubert is currently working as a history educator and the Subject Head of History at Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School. She obtained an Honours degree in History at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and is currently registered for a Master’s degree in History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Joubert is a committee member of the Forum for School Museums and Archives KwaZulu-Natal as an extension of her passion about history and education in KwaZulu-Natal.

Phindile Dlamini has vast experience in teaching isiZulu to both first and second language learners. She has taught at various Higher Education Institutions as well as other language institutions. Her main interests are in Linguistics, second language acquisition and translation - her doctoral research was on translation. She also has over 15 years’ experience in publishing.  Writing isiZulu children’s books is her hobby. She has published over 30 children’s books; some of which are used in SA schools nationwide. She carries out a lot of editing of varied works written in isiZulu.

Pranitha Bharath serves the KZN Department of Education as a teacher of English and Social Sciences. She earned her masters and PhD degrees at UKZN, specialising in the field of History Education. Her experience of 28 years in the Intermediate and Senior Phases has ensured her extensive knowledge of classroom practice, NCS/CAPS policy, Assessment and Language policy, and the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). She has acquired specialist understanding of History Education, the South African constitution, and the history curriculum. She has part-time lecturing experience at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the PGCE Module, both at the Pietermaritzburg and Edgewood campuses. Her academic work also engages with Systematic Functional Linguistics, Legitimation Code Theory, and psychology. 

Julie Parle is an Honorary (Associate) Professor of History at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with publications and projects on the histories of medicine, madness, witchcraft, hysteria, hospitals, gender, emotions, and archival ethics. She is the author of States of Mind: Searching for Mental Health in Natal and Zululand, 1868-1918 (UKZN Press: 2007) and co-author, with Dr Vanessa Noble, of The People's Hospital: A History of McCords, Durban, 1890s-1970s (forthcoming with the Natal Society Foundation). Julie has been a co-editor of the Journal of Natal and Zulu History, President of the Southern African Historical Society, deputy and acting chairperson of the National Archives Advisory Council, and serves on the advisory boards of the Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives, the Sinomlando Centre, and the editorial board of the journal of the Social History of Medicine.

Phila Msimang is a Trustee of the Natal Society Foundation Trust which publishes Natalia. He sits on the Editorial Committee in an advisory capacity as the Trustee’s Representative to the Editorial Committee, and as a liaison between the Editorial Committee and the publishers. He has had years of experience working with the Publishing Committee of the Natal Society Foundation and was part of the team that digitized Natalia when the decision was taken to have the journal migrate to a digital platform. He serves on the advisory board of the Alan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives and has worked on historical research projects for the national KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Pietermaritzburg.