Displaying 15 randomly selected beneficiaries:


Paul Boyce

On completing his studies at Harvard in June 2012, Paul served as a volunteer for the AIDS Legal Project and the Cancer & ALS Legal Initiative for six months. In January 2013 he was appointed Programme Manager of the International Programmes Division of the National Centre for State Courts, Atlanta.

Khumisho Moguerane

Khumisho completed her Master’s at Oxford in June 2011 and was appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pretoria. She obtained a DPhil under the supervision of Professor William Beinart in 2014 and is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Johannesburg.

Alexandra Halligey

Alex resumed her work in theatre, writing for radio and teaching voice at the Market Theatre Lab and sessional teaching at the Wits School of Arts after completing her studies at NYU and is presently pursuing a PhD at UCT.

Njabulo Madlala

Njabulo was named 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year (Music) and is a co-founder (with Terence Marais) of the Amanzi Omzansi Africa Project, a National Opera Singing Competition for talented local artists.

Letsema Mbayi

Letsema completed her split-site PhD at the OU and UCT in mid-2013 and joined the research staff of the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis in February 2014.

Matthew Child

Matthew graduated from Cambridge in December 2010 and has published a number of papers over the past three years. He is currently working for the Endangered Wildlife Trust and is involved in revising the Red Data List on South African Mammals to assess the extinction risk of all mammal species with a view to guiding conservation policy. The work is being conducted in collaboration with MammalMap (a citizen science project championed by UCT’s Les Underhill) and the Conservation Evidence Project at Cambridge.

Mongane Wally Serote

Mongane Wally Serote is a South African poet and writer. Born in Sophiatown and schooled in Alexandra, Lesotho, and Soweto. He had links to a group known as the “township” or “Soweto” poets, and his poems often expressed themes of political activism, the development of black identity, and violent images of revolt and resistance. He was arrested by the apartheid government under the Terrorism Act in 1969 and spent nine months in solitary confinement, before being released without charge.

He studied in New York as a Fulbright Scholar, obtaining a Fine Arts degree at Columbia University in 1979 and then began a life in exile, working in Gaborone and later London for the African National Congress.

Mongane published his first collection of poems, Yakhal’Inkomo in 1972. This work was awarded the Ingrid Jonker Poetry Prize in 1973. A prolific write, his poem, Third World Express, was selected as one of ‘the 100 best’ to come out of Africa in 20th century. In 2012, he received the Golden Wreath Award; the first South African poet to earn this honour and the second African to do so after former Senegalese President Leopold Senghor.

He served as chair of the parliamentary select committee for Arts, Culture, Science & Technology from 1994 to 2002 and is the Executive Chair of the Freedom Park Trust and a Trustee on the Thabo Mbeki Foundation.

Marlene Verwey

Named by Sir James Galway as the 2012 Rising Star, South African born Marlene Verwey is launching her career as one of the finest flutist of her generation. Marlene is a graduate from the Royal College of Music (RCM), where she obtained an Artist Diploma, the highest performance qualification awarded at the RCM. Previous studies include a Masters degree at the Carnegie Mellon University in the US, under Jeanne Baxtresser, a performance diploma at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milano, Italy under Raffaele Trevisani, and a B.Mus at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, under John Hinch.

As a member of the Southbank Sinfonia, Marlene had the opportunity to perform with conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Edward Gardner and Michael Collins and worked alongside musicians from the Academy of St.Martin in the Fields, the Royal Opera at Covent Garden and the British Youth Opera.

Marlene has been a prize winner at the International de Lorenzo flute competition held in Viggiano, Italy and was the overall winner in the 2004 SAMRO International scholarship competition.

She has been a member of the World Youth Orchestra from 2003 to 2006 and toured with this orchestra to the Middle East,  Europe and the US on various occasions, where the orchestra performed at the United Nations Headquarters.

Marlene commissioned works for flute and piano by the South African composers Hendrik Hofmeyr and Stefans Grove, which were premiered at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in 2007.

She recorded her first solo album with Salon Music South Africa, A Flute Affair.

Marlene won a J.R Lafin Headjoint by public vote at the Sir James Galway Masterclass, Weggis, Switzerland in 2008. She has been named a Wm.S Haynes Artist and performs on an 18k and 14k Golden Haynes Flute.

Casper Waschefort

Gus (as he is known) upgraded his Master’s to a PhD in Law in 2009 and his dissertation on “International Law and Child Soldiers” earned ‘high honours’. His academic interests lie at the intersection of international humanitarian law, human rights law and criminal law and he joined the Department of Public Law at the University of Pretoria on his return from London in May 2010. He took up an Associate Professorship in the Department of Public, Constitutional and International Law at UNISA in February 2013.

Michael Dafel

An alumnus of the University of Pretoria, Michael completed a Master’s at NYU in June 2012 and was offered a four-month internship at Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) in Egypt. He returned to South Africa to clerk at the Constitutional Court and was recently awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to read for a PhD in Law.

Simon Marcus

On completing his Master’s at NYU in June 2012, Simon found employment with TED Conferences editing and producing material for web and social media. He and his wife Abigail, a lawyer (and a former beneficiary of the OMT) reside in Brooklyn.

Frank Chikane

Frank Chikane grew up in Soweto and enrolled for a science degree at the University of the North in the early 1970s but his studies were interrupted by the protest actions at that time. He joined the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) as a layman and was ordained by the church in 1980. Suspended by the AFM in 1981, he joined the Institute for Contextual Theology, a Christian think-tank of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and served as Secretary General of the SACC from 1987 to 1994. In 1995 Frank read for a Master of Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School and, on returning to South Africa, was appointed Director General in the Presidency under Thabo Mbeki from 1999 until 2010.

Sally Minter

Sally has returned to Cape Town to pursue her performance and teaching career on a freelance basis. She has formed a flute duet with Tatiana Thaele and performs regularly in a flute and piano duo with pianist and composer Adrian More, a current beneficiary of the OMT who is reading for a DMus at the College of Music at UCT.

Lionel Mkhwanazi

Lionel Mkhwanazi, a former member of the Black Tie Ensemble, is a Soweto-born lyric tenor who is employed as a Voice Lecturer at the Opera School and Choral Academy (OSCA) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He was driven to develop his talent while singing in youth choirs. Heading for Durban as an eager 20-year-old, he landed the role of Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, staged by Opera Africa and like so many young singers, he went on to study at the University of Cape Town’s School of Opera gaining invaluable experience in productions staged by Cape Town’s Opera Studio. Lionel completed his music education at ……………

He is excited about the talent at OSCA and relishes performing alongside his students, an experience he himself cherished as a UCT student, singing with his own teacher, Brad Liebl. “Durban is a big city, we need to think big in our field, and work together to turn ourselves around,” says Lionel. “Internationally, KwaZulu-Natal is known for its untold vocal riches. To an overwhelming extent these are still waiting to be mined and developed for the benefit of our artists themselves, while fulfilling the vast cultural tourism potential of our city and our region. We need to help create an industry for this to happen. Local opera, along with its indigenous sister performance art forms, can and will thrive if nurtured from within.”

Dawid Kimberg

South African baritone Dawid Kimberg was born in Johannesburg and attended the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School. He moved to the United Kingdon in 2001, trained at the Royal College of Music with Ryland Davies and the National Opera Studio and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden from 2009 to 2011. Dawid has performed in a host of operatic roles over the past five years.