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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.

Rebecca Hodes

After completing her doctorate at Oxford, Rebecca joined the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town and she holds a postdoctoral fellowship at HUMA, the Institute for Humanities in Africa.

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.

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.

Letsema Mbayi

Letsema completed her split-site PhD at the OU and UCT in mid-2013 and joined the research staff of the Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis in February 2014.

Pumeza Matshikiza

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.

Sarah-Jane Brandon

Sarah-Jane graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music in July 2010. She is based in London and has featured in a number of lead roles in the UK, Rome, Berlin, Nice and Cape Town over the past three years.

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.

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’.

Shannon Mowday

Shannon has chosen Norway as her base but regularly returns to South Africa to perform in concerts with Richard Cock, the Chanticleer Singers, the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.

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.

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.

Vincent Maphai

Vincent Maphai graduated from the University of South Africa in 1975 and went on to further his studies at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, completing a Bachelor of Philosophy cum laude in 1976 and a Master’s in Philosophy magna cum laude in 1978. He also holds a PhD in “Moral and Legal Philosophy” from the University of Natal.

Vincent is well- published locally and internationally. He has held fellowships at the Universities of Oxford, Harvard, Princeton and Stanford and served on the faculty of the University of the Western Cape from 1991 to 1994 and as Professor Extraordinaire in the Department of Political Science at UNISA from 1996 to 1998. Over the past fifteen years Dr Maphai has played an active role in corporate South Africa.

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.