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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.

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.

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.

Precious Biyela

Precious completed her doctorate in September 2010 and took-up a postdoc fellowship with a water resources research group at McGill University in October 2010. She cut short her intended stay in Canada on being offered a Senior Lectureship at the University of the Witwatersrand in the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering

Richard Wilkinson

Richard graduated from Oxford in June 2013 and was awarded a Chevening Scholarship to read for a LLM at Cambridge the following year. He obtained a distinction for his thesis on the topic of housing law reform in the Western Cape and returned to Cape Town in August 2014. Richard is presently serving articles at a local law firm.

John Dugard

John Dugard is a South African professor of international law. He has served as Judge ad hoc on the International Court of Justice and as a Special Rapporteur for both the former United Nations Commission on Human Rights and the International Law Commission. His main academic specialisations are in Roman-Dutch law, public international law, jurisprudence, human rights, criminal procedure and international criminal law.

John earned his BA in 1956 and LLB in 1958  at Stellenbosch University and a LL.D. degree from Cambridge University in 1980. From 1975 to 1977, John was the Dean and a Professor of Law at the University of Witwatersrand  and Director of the University of Witwatersrand’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies, “a research centre committed to the promotion of Human Rights in South Africa”, from 1978 to 1990. He has held visiting professorships at Princeton, Duke, the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania and the University of New South Wales in Australia and holds honorary degrees in Law from the Universities of Natal, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

In 1998 he was appointed Chair in Public International Law at Leiden University in The Netherlands and as director of the Advanced LL.M. programme in Public International Law. He is currently a door tenant at 20 Essex Street Chambers in London, specialising in Public International Law.

Eliton Chivandi

Zimbabwe born Eliton Chivandi completed his Doctorate at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2012 and serves on the academic staff of the Wits School of Physiology.

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.

Warren Hochfeld

Warren is based in London and is employed as a Senior Associate at Deallus Consulting, an innovative global life science consultancy. He is involved in research in oncology and infectious diseases focusing on biologics and vaccines.

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.

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’.

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.

Oscar Dhlomo

Oscar Dhlomo (28 December 1943 – 29 August 2008.) was born in Umbumbulu, near Durban, and matriculated at Amanzimtoti College in 1962. He studied at the University College of Zululand, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology in 1965 and a University Education Diploma in 1967. He pursued further study at the University of South Africa while working, obtaining his BA Hons in History in 1970. He served as headmaster of a local high school and later accepted a lecturing post in Didactics at the University of Zululand. Oscar completed a Master’s of Education at the University of Zululand and obtained a Doctorate of Education from UNISA.

Oscar abandoned academia to take up a political career and joined the KwaZulu government as Minister of Education and Culture in 1978 and later that year was elected Secretary-General of the Inkatha Freedom Party. He resigned as Inkatha Secretary-General in 1990 to form the Institute for Multi-Party Democracy, a political research organisation, serving as the executive chairman and served on the boards of several companies, including Rembrandt, Standard Bank, Safmarine, Anglovaal, the Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA), The Natal Witness Printing & Publishing Co., Hunt Leuchars & Hepburn and Shell SA post 1994.

Michelle Hay

Michelle has published a book “Mpumalanga: An Illustrated History” (Highveld Press) co-authored with Professor Peter Delius and is employed as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of the Witwatersrand.