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Eusebius McKaiser

Eusebius is a political analyst, broadcaster, lecturer and writer based in Johannesburg. His academic background is in moral philosophy, having studied and lectured in the Philosophy Department at Rhodes University before doing research in moral philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford.

Since leaving the academy, he has become prominent as a writer and in the media and has authored three books ‘A Bantu in My Bathroom’ (2012), ‘Could I Vote DA?: A Voter’s Dilemma’ (2014) and ‘Run Racist Run: Journeys Into the Heart of Racism’.

Mark John Burke

Mark John read for a MPhil at Cambridge and returned to South Africa in July 2014 to take up an offer of an internship with an international development agency – Dalberg – in Johannesburg.

Emma Webber

A PPE and LLB graduate of the University of Cape Town, Emma clerked for Justice Edwin Cameron at the Constitutional Court in 2011. She obtained a Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford in 2012 and completed her Master’s in Law at Oxford in June of the following year. Emma returned to take up pupillage at the Johannesburg Bar at the end of 2013 and recently set-up the ‘Five Plus Project’, a fund-raising initiative to support organisations involved in poverty alleviation and welfare efforts in South Africa.

Benjamin Stanwix

On completing his Master’s at Oxford, Ben spent six months in India as a volunteer with the Self-Employed Women’s Association. He currently works at the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town and also tutors in Economic History.

Aggrey Klaaste

Aggrey Klaaste (6 January 1940 – 19 June 2004) was a South African newspaper journalist and editor. He introduced the concept of “nation building” while editor of the Sowetan (1988 – 2002) and spent much of his time and energy promoting the idea.

One of eight children, his family moved from Kimberley to Johannesburg in the mid-forties. Aggrey enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1958 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1960. He was recruited by Drum Magazine and later joined The World to work alongside Percy Qoboza. Following his retirement, Aggrey remained very involved in community affairs and was voted 58th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004.

Anzel Gerber

Praised by various critics for her ability to capture audiences through her mature artistic approach, extraordinary musicality and inimitable technique, Anzel Gerber has developed an international reputation and has performed with pianist Ben Schoeman at Carnegie Hall. As a duo, they emerged as overall winners of the IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition in Italy in 2012.

Anzel’s art as cellist has been shaped by some of Russia’s most prominent teachers and soloists – Alexander Fedortchenko, Alexander Kniazev and Natalia Shakhovskaya.

Dr  Anzel Gerber is also a dedicated lecturer and researcher and currently lectures in cello performance and methodology at the University of Pretoria. She received the PhD in Music (Performance) from Goldsmith’s College, University of London in 2008. Her keen interest in the field of gifted music education provided the inspiration for her postdoctoral research at Temple University in Philadelphia in 2009.

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.”

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.

Tracey Millin

On completing a MSc in Education at Edinburgh, Tracey returned to Durban to teach English at secondary school level and tutor undergraduates at UKZN. She currently holds a research post at the University of Stellenbosch and is registered for a PhD in Education, focusing on academic literacy development pedagogy. Tracey is actively involved in a number of pilot projects to train teachers and assist learners in township and farm schools in and around Stellenbosch.

Nicholas Pilkington

Nicholas, a graduate of Rhodes University, read for a PhD in Machine Learning at Cambridge and moved to San Francisco on completing his doctorate. He established DroneDeploy, a cloud-based smart drone management system. He also co-founded MyMoneyDog, a financial planning application, and Curious-Orange, a platform which provides an affordable alternative to high street fashion for talented, independent designers. Nicholas also played a part in establishing the South African Bitcoin Exchange, BitX.

Sydney Sipho Sepamla

Sydney (Sipho) Sepamla (1932 – 9 January 2007) was a contemporary South African poet and novelist. Born near Krugersdorp, Sipho lived most of his life in Soweto and studied teaching at Pretoria Normal College prior to attending drama school in the UK in the early 70s. On returning to South Africa, he published his first volume of poetry, ‘Hurry Up to It!’ in 1975 and the first of a number of books ‘The Soweto I Love’ in 1977.

Founder of the Federated Union of Black Artists (now the Fuba Academy of Arts) and editor of the literary magazine New Classic and the theatre magazine S’ketsh, Sepamla received the Thomas Pringle Award in 1977 and the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres for his writing. He served as a member of the government’s Arts and Culture Task Group post 1994.

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.

Andrew Tracey

Andrew Tracey was born in Durban. He is a South African ethnomusicologist, promoter of African music, composer, folk singer, band leader and actor. His father, Hugh Tracey, who pioneered the study of traditional African music, created the International Library of African Music (ILAM) and African Musical Instruments (AMI) in the 1950s and Andrew assumed responsibility for directing the work of ILAM and the AMI after Hugh’s death in 1977.

Andrew studied anthropology, languages, and informally, folk music at Oxford University.

Claus Rabe

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.

Kabelo Motlhomi

Kabelo Motlhomi is a violinist and violin teacher, born in Soweto. He started his music tuition in 1997 at the age of 10 at the Buskaid Music School in Soweto and furthered his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Since his return from the UK, he has been freelancing with orchestras in Johannesburg and Durban and teaching music at local schools. Kabelo is a member of the Diamond Quartet and plans to undertake more solo work and establish himself as a jazz violinist.