Martin van Staden
Martin is a co-founder and the Editor in Chief for the Rational Standard. He is a Legal Researcher at the Free Market Foundation, the Academic Programs Director for Southern Africa at Students For Liberty and the Editor in Chief of Being Libertarian. Martin holds an LL.B from the University of Pretoria. His personal website can be found at
Nicholas Woode-Smith
Managing Editor
Nicholas is a co-founder and Managing Editor at the Rational Standard. He is a Council Member of the Institute for Race Relations as well as the Regional Coordinator for African Students For Liberty. He is also a science fiction author, mainly writing the Warpmancer Series.
Christiaan van Huysteen
Financial Director
Christiaan is the Financial Director of the Rational Standard. He graduated with a degree in accounting from Stellenbosch University. Christiaan is a Libertarian and InfoWarrior.
Daniël Eloff
Senior Staff Writer
Daniël is a Senior Staff Writer at the Rational Standard. He is currently part of the Democratic Alliance Young Leaders Programme, co-founded the Tuks Leadership and Individual Program, eCivix and the UP Debatsvereniging. Daniël is currently an academic associate at the University of Pretoria at the Department of Mercantile Law while completing his postgraduate Constitutional- and Cyber Law degree.
Nic Haussamer
Copy-Editor and Senior Staff Writer
Nic is a Copy Editor and Senior Staff Writer at the Rational Standard. He is currently a postgraduate student at UCT, having completed his Actuarial Science degree in January 2017
Nicholas Babaya
Senior Staff Writer
Nicholas is a Senior Staff Writer at the Rational Standard. He is a Local Coordinator for Students For Liberty as well as an organiser of SAFREECON 2017. He takes great interest in the philosophy underlying classical liberal values as well as the Austrian school of economics. He is currently a student at Rhodes University studying towards a BA in Chinese and German.
Johan van der Merwe
Johan is a Staff Writer at the Rational Standard. He is currently serving his articles of clerkship at Haasbroek & Boezaart Attorneys while also completing his postgraduate LLM degree in Constitutional Interpretation and the Rule of Law at the University of Pretoria. He holds an LLB from the same university.
Dr Harald Sitta
Dr Harald Sitta is a Contributor at the Rational Standard. He is an Austrian attorney emeritus and business owner who immigrated to South Africa in 2007. He obtained his law degree 1978 and also earned a post graduate in international relations 1979.
Prof Tim Crowe
Professor Tim Crowe is a descendant of oppressed Irish freedom-fighters from the United States working class. He is a first generation university graduate, non-settler immigrant alumnus, Elected Fellow and emeritus (40 years’ service) professor at the University of Cape Town. He is a Ph.D.-educated expert on evolutionary biology. He has published nearly 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers/books and is regarded as the world’s leading authority on game birds.
Phumlani Majozi
Phumlani is a Contributor at the Rational Standard. He is a writer and radio commentator on economic and political issues, with a major focus on South Africa. He is a non-executive director at the Free Market Foundation South Africa, a policy fellow and member of the council at the Institute of Race Relations, a policy analyst and director at Independent Entrepreneurship Group.
Malusi Ndwandwe
Malusi is a Contributor at the Rational Standard. He is a first year BEng (Bachelor of Engineering) Civil Engineering student at the University of Johannesburg. He has worked in the auto industry as a trainee product engineer, then as a lab assistant at the Durban University of Technology.
Kamogelo Mangena
Kamogelo Mangena is a Contributor at the Rational Standard and a socio-political activist. A commentator on public policy, politics, gender and sexualities, he holds a qualification in public policy as well as gender studies. He is a graduate of numerous leadership programmes including the Programme for Young Politicians in Africa (PYPA). He currently studies political economy.
Mpiyakhe Dhlamini
Mpiyakhe Dhlamini is a Contributor at the Rational Standard and an anarcho-capitalist. He is a former libertarian, and a former socialist. He runs his own web development business, where he’s a full-time freelancer. Mpiyakhe posts about liberty on Facebook as a way of avoiding the frequent bugs in his code.
Anthony Stuurman
Anthony Stuurman (a pen-name) is a regular Contributor at the Rational Standard. The writer is an educator in the Eastern Cape with an interest in neuroscience, ethnobotany and a passion for free speech.
Tim Bester
Tim Bester studied economics, political science and public administration at the University of the Witwatersrand where he also served two terms on the Student Representative Council. Tim is now retired after a successful career in advertising and marketing research.
David Matthews
David Matthews is a Contributor for the Rational Standard, participating in the main debate on the origins and solutions for racism in society.
Ibrahim B. Anoba
Ibrahim B. Anoba is the Acting Executive Director of the African Liberty Organization for Development. He is an African political economy pundit with Washington, D.C.-based Young Voices and presently lives in Lagos, Nigeria. You can follow him on Twitter @Ibrahim_Anoba.