Shanél Johannes, is a granddaughter of a resilient woman who was forcibly evicted out of Constantia and a granddaughter of a resilient woman who was forcibly evicted out of her fishing community in Houtbay during apartheid. She resides on the Cape Flats, and developed a growing interest in the eradication of diverse intergenerational socio-economic-agrarian inequalities from a very young age, as result of her mother and father’s political consciousness. Also, she was conscientised by the Hip Hop culture and identity awareness that Heal the Hood and Emile YX presented in her community of Grassy Park. She obtained her Master of Philosophy Degree, specialising in Justice and Transformation at the University of Cape Town in December 2020. At the same university she obtained her Bachelor of Social Sciences Honors Degree specialising in Justice and Transformation in 2017 as well as her Bachelor of Social Science Degree majoring in Political Studies, Public Policy and Administration, and Gender Studies in 2016.

Her key working experience and roles include: researcher, activist, tutor, mentor, team leader, community facilitator, women’s history project coordinator, and international online teacher, to mention a few. Furthermore, her diverse research work is that of action research that seeks to amplify the lived realities and quests of civil society for the rights to socio-economic, land, and agrarian rights, human dignity, heritage self-determination, reparations, identity politics, and unveil the critical reflections of the impacts of colonial and apartheid historical trauma and its relation to sites of memory. Shanél’s contribution to the global society is her life commitment to social justice, education, as well as her passion for the attainment of a global intersectional transformative system of socio-economic-agrarian justice.