Ferial Haffajee was born on February 20, 1967, in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a South African journalist and newspaper editor, known for her work with the City Press, Mail & Guardian, and The Huffington Post South Africa. Haffajee grew up in Bosmont, a disadvantaged area in Johannesburg, with her two older brothers and her parents, Ahmed and Ayesha Haffajee, who worked in the clothing industry. She matriculated from Bosmont High School and later studied Law at Witwatersrand University.
Haffajee served as the editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper before moving to the City Press newspaper, where she worked as the editor from July 2009 until July 2016. She then became the Editor-at-large of The Huffington Post South Africa. Notably, she was the first black female editor of a national newspaper in South Africa. Haffajee is also a board member at the International Women’s Media Foundation.
Throughout her career, Haffajee has been an advocate for press freedom and women’s empowerment. As of March 31, 2023, Ferial Haffajee is 56 years old and maintains an active presence on social media, including Twitter.