Thabiso Mahlape holds a Bachelor of Information Science specialising in Publishing from the University of Pretoria. She worked at Jacana Media from 2010 where she honed her skills as publisher with several highly acclaimed bestsellers; Endings & Beginnings by Redi Tlhabi, My Father My Monster by Mcintosh Polela, Malaika wa Azania’s Memoirs of a Born Free, Bonnie Henna’s Eyebags & Dimples and Zoleka Mandela’s When Hope Whispers. She is now a partner on Jacana’s imprint Blackbird Books. Founded in August of 2015, this is ground-breaking move in the South African literary landscape, offering a pioneering framework for new South African narratives. Mahlape is a columnist for the Sowetan and focuses on issues that she and many other women face in South Africa. She is part of the Mail & Guardian Top 200 2017.