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Mikki van Zyl
Mikki is the sole proprieter is Simply Said and Done, which has functioned as a light frame structure since 1993. Simply Said and Done draws on expert associates when needed to cooperate on joint projects.

Mikki van Zyl was an activist in the anti-apartheid struggle from the late 1970s until democratisation in the 1990s. Since 1993 she has run her own business for gender and capacity development, Simply Said and Done. Mikki comes from a background in gender studies with degrees in Communication and Media Studies, and an MPhil in Sociology. She has done extensive qualitative research on a variety of topics such as gender and media, gender-based violence, sexualities, gender and land reform, sustainable development, identity-based gender social movements, institutional culture and exiles in the anti-apartheid struggle. She has lectured in Media Studies, Sociology, Criminology and Diversity Studies. For the last fifteen years she has worked as a trainer, writer and consultant in gender and development and participatory research methodologies. Simply Said and Done is an associate of iNCUDISA (the Institute for Intercultural and Diversity Studies of Southern Africa) at the University of Cape Town. Besides her academic publications, she has also published short stories and poetry in both Afrikaans and English.

Pauline Mitchell
Pauline is the financial administrator, event management and general coordination of projects. Research and fund administration specialist with 25 years experience in the UK.






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