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Rowan Smith

Rowan is a graduate of UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art and completed his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in mid-2012. His academic and artistic endeavours at CalArts earned him the prestigious Joan Mitchell MFA Grant and an opportunity to exhibit a solo presentation ‘Where there is smoke’ at VOLTA NY. Rowan’s work is included in the Hollard Collection in Johannesburg and he has exhibited at the Johannesburg Art Fair for the past two years. ‘No everything’, his third solo exhibition with Whatiftheworld Gallery in Cape Town runs from June to September 2014.

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.

Christiaan Neethling Barnard

Christiaan Barnard (8 November 1922 – 2 September 2001) was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant in 1967. He grew up in the Western Cape, matriculated at Beaufort West High in 1940 and went on to study medicine at the University of Cape Town, obtaining his MB ChB in 1945, Master of Medicine in 1953 and DPhil in 1958.

He completed some of his postgraduate training in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Minnesota and described the two years he spent in the USA as “the most fascinating time of his life.” On returning to South Africa in 1958, Christiaan was appointed as a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Groote Schuur Hospital, establishing the hospital’s first heart unit, and soon gained promotion to Head of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCT.

Salome Charalambous

Salome is currently the Research Director at the Aurum Institute. She has a medical degree from Wits University and a MSc and PhD in Epidemiology from the LSHTM. She has a special interest in medical research in the fields of HIV and TB and is the principal investigator on a number of clinical trials and large cluster-randomised epidemiological studies including TB Fast Track and TB Merge. Prior to joining Aurum, Salome served as a member of the team responsible for the implementation of the ARV roll-out projects in the Anglo American Group.

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.

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’.

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.

Ingrid Jonker

Ingrid Jonker (19 September 1933 – 19 July 1965) was a South African poet. Although she wrote in Afrikaans, her poems have been widely translated into English, German, French, Dutch, Polish, Hindi and Zulu. She reached iconic status in South Africa owing to the intensity of her work and the tragic course of her turbulent life.

Ingrid was born in the Northern Cape and attended Wynberg Girls’ High School where she began writing poetry for the school magazine and she produced her first collection of Afrikaans poems, Na die Somer (“After the Summer”) at the age of thirteen. Her first published book of poems, Ontvlugting (“Escape”) was published in 1956 and her second collection of poems Rook en Oker (“Smoke and Ochre”) in 1963. While this collection was praised by most South African writers, poets and critics, it was given a cool reception by the more conservative white South African public and Ingrid became known as one of the Die Sestigers, a new literary movement, embracing secularization, modernity, racial tolerance and sexual freedom.

Rook en Oker won Jonker the £1000 Afrikaanse Pers-Boekhandel literary prize as well as a scholarship from the Anglo American Corporation and she was able to realise her dream of travelling to England and spending time in Europe in The Netherlands, France, Spain and Portugal.

Ingrid began working on a new collection of poems shortly before her death and a selection of these poems was published in the collection Kantel Son (“Toppling Sun”). Nelson Mandela read her poem, “Die kind (wat doodgeskiet is deur soldate by Nyanga)” during his address at the opening of the first democratically elected parliament on 24 May 1994.

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.

Emma Sadleir

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.

Terence Marais

Terence completed a Master’s in Advanced Piano Performance at the Guildhall School of Music. Along with Njabulo Madlala, he co-founded the Amanzi Omzansi Africa Project.

Musa Ngqungwana

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’.

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

Robert Freeman

Robert was awarded his Master’s in the first class and took-up a nine-month placement with the UN Nansen Initiative in Geneva to work on developing policies for the protection of “cross border refugees”. On his return to Johannesburg in February 2014, he enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand to complete his LLB.

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.