Granddaughter of Harry and Bridget Oppenheimer and daughter of Mary Slack, Rebecca is a graduate of Princeton University and went on to complete a one year classical acting programme at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. She then pursued a career on stage in South Africa and also co-presented a local TV show ‘Between the Lines’ in the 1990s and became a partner in the Bassline Jazz Club. Away from the theatre, screen and music, Rebecca was a keen showjumper and competed in the top division of the sport.  

Following a fifteen year stay in America, Rebecca and her two children now live in South Africa. She is fervently committed to the role of education as the key to upliftment and was the first donor to back the founding of the African Leadership Academy in 2005. She remains one of the ALA’s greatest supporters. Rebecca is currently developing a rain-harvesting vertical gardening system that she hopes will contribute to better nutrition programmes in under-resourced communities.