In 2012 and 2013, Christian was selected as “Young Artist” for Dallas Opera and was one of thirteen graduates hand-picked across the United States to participate in the prestigious National Association of Singing Teachers (NAST) internship programme. He graduated in July 2014 and was offered an Assistant Professorship at Baylor University, Texas effective September 2014.
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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.
Claus ranked top of his class at the Technical University of Berlin and earned high praise for his Master’s thesis “Contextualising the Crime Prevention Discourse in SA”. In May 2011 he was appointed Senior Professional Officer in the City of Cape Town’s Spatial Planning Department and with his special interest in Economic Areas Management Programmes, heads up the Growth Management Unit.
A Wits graduate, Emma is an attorney by profession and read for a LLM at the LSE after completing her articles at Webber Wentzel. She resumed work in media litigation at Webbers for two years on returning from London and branched-out on her own in April 2013. Based in Johannesburg, she is a media law consultant and speaker with expertise in print and electronic media law with a special interest in social media law. Emma works with students at schools and universities on the responsible use of social media and is a frequent guest on radio and television. Together with Tamsyn de Beer, Emma has authored a book ‘Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex and Other Legal Advice for the Age of Social Media’, a user-friendly codification of laws on many topics: defamation, privacy, intellectual property, harassment, cyber-bullying, sexting and the responsibilities of employees and employers in the online environment.
A political science graduate of UCT, Dustin was awarded scholarships by the OMT and the Oppenheimer Fund to read for a Master’s at Oxford. He returned to South Africa in September 2013 and manages the Social Justice Coalition in the Cape, an organisation he helped found in his student days.
Kathryn completed her Master’s at Dundee in September 2013 and is currently employed at the University of Stellenbosch. She delivered a keynote address at the Forensic Anthropology Symposium hosted at UKZN in April 2014 and serves as a guest lecturer on the Forensic Biomedical Sciences Programme at UCT. Kathryn has received an offer to join UCT’s PhD Forensics Programme in partnership with Liverpool University (a split-site degree) and is likely to commence her doctoral studies at the beginning of 2015.
Musa, an alumnus of UCT (BMus Hons Performance, with distinction), is a graduate of the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He won the Grand Finals Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2013 and was nominated for a number of prestigious awards in 2014, including the Marian Anderson Prize and the NYC Opera Index Cesare Santeremo/Campbell Award. Musa, a bass-baritone, was selected as the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist (Music) and made three company debuts – with the Washington National Opera (La Boheme), Norwegian National Opera (Carmen) and Florentine Opera (L’Ellsir D’Amore) – that year. He has also authored a book ‘Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwide Township to the World Stage’.
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.
Pieter’s LLM dissertation on the topic of “the protection of intellectual property in the virtual world” earned high praise. He resumed his position as a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mercantile Law at UFS in June 2011 and is currently completing a doctorate (LLD) in tax law.
Willem spent an action-packed year at Oxford, earning ‘blues’ for cricket and rugby and a Master’s from the Said Business School. He joined the FirstRand Group’s CA Training Programme in September 2009, qualified as a CA and moved to Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Managers, a private equity/infrastructure fund with an Africa focus, in April 2013.
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.
Pumeza received her initial training at UCT and completed her graduate studies in Advanced Opera Performance at the Royal College of Music. She was selected for the Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera House and has been a full-time member of the Stuttgart State Opera since 2011. She has performed extensively in Europe and was the star soloist at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July 2014. To much acclaim, she has released her first album ‘Voice of Hope’, a selection of classical arias and South African songs.
Rebecca completed her Master’s in June 2011 and was profiled as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans in the field of Science and Technology that year. She returned to King’s in September 2012 to read for a PhD and currently holds a Visiting Fellowship at the Von Humboldt Institute for Internet & Society in Berlin.
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.
After graduating from NYU, Abigail immersed herself in a research project investigating violations of international law by private military companies for a book project ‘Atrocity, Commerce and Accountability’ authored by UBC’s Professor James Stewart. She presently works as an associate at the NY office of law firm Latham & Watkins.