The Market Theatre Foundation’s Council members effective 1 October 2011.
Kwanele Gumbi (Chairperson)
Mr Gumbi is Chief Executive Officer of Gumbi Global, an investment management company. He invests some of his time in the Arts and the advocacy work on organised business including the promotion of intra/entrepreneurship. Kwanele completed the Programme for Leadership Development (PLD) at the Harvard Business School in 2007.
Jo Ractliffe is the senior lecturer in Photography at the Wits School of Arts and is also involved in the teaching programme at the Market Photo Workshop.
She was one of the founder members and curator of the Joubert Park Project, a socially directed public art initiative located in the inner city of Johannesburg (2000/01). This was followed by Johannesburg Circa Now, a collaboration with fellow artist, Terry Kurgan, at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in July 2004. She has exhibited widely, both in South Africa and internationally, and her work is represented in collections locally and abroad.
In 1999 she was awarded the FNB Vita Art Prize and was one of the finalists nominated for the 2003 Daimler Chrysler Award for Creative Photography. She has also produced limited edition artists’ books and educational manuals and her work has been published in various books, journals and catalogues on local contemporary art and photography.
Brooks settled in Johannesburg after a three-decade career as an American diplomat in Africa and East Asia, living and working in this country, Swaziland, Japan, Indonesia, Nigeria and Namibia. He has taught at the Univ. of the Witwatersrand, been a consultant for an international NGO, run a theatre, and has been and continues to be a frequent commentator for South African and international print/broadcast/online media. All of this activity is in addition to his position as a founder Associate Editor of the online publication, The Daily Maverick.
His publications have appeared numerous South African academic and general publications. He is married to Ruth Jacobs, a music instructor and singer and they have two children, Sinta and Maya.
Peter McKenzie is chief photographer (SADC region) for the Pan African press agency, Panapress. He is a curriculum consultant, teacher and mentor at the Market Photo Workshop, where he is a member of the Advisory Council.
He was a co-founder of the photo collective Afrapix agency under the auspices of the South African Council of Churches and the chief photographer for Drum Magazine until the late eighties before going free-lance. He was also the coordinator and facilitator of the photojournalism department at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism from 1996 to 1999. Mckenzie has published and exhibited both locally and internationally and has curated the work of 5 South African photographers at the bi-annual “Recontres de la Photographie Africaine” in Bamako, Mali (December 1998).
Cedric is committed to contributing to societal change that will leave a positive legacy for the children of Africa ‘through my photographs’. He has gained extensive experience working in media and public relations companies. He has also exhibited widely both locally and abroad. His work in education includes conducting workshops for churches and labour unions, serving as the director of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW) as well as mentoring and supervising MPW students, teaching at the Wits University School of the Arts, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and The School for International Training.
Cedric has served on the national executive of the Professional Photographers of Southern Africa, a body representing photographers, and served both as judge and convener of the Fuji Press Photo Awards and judge on the Vodacom Awards.
Bongi graduated from Rorke’s Drift, the Evangelical Lutheran Church Art and Craft Centre, having studied printmaking and received a Fine Arts diploma. She curated exhibitions at the FUBA Gallery before moving on to the Goodman Gallery in Hyde Park. She was later appointed as coordinator of the Alexandra Art Centre. Bongi was part of a team that was instrumental in organizising the first Joburg Biennale in 1996.
Bongi founded Zakhe Arts in Alexandra, Johannesburg in 1998. In May 2000 she was appointed as project coordinator of Metro Mall in Johannesburg, and was involved in the Architectural Artworks Programme for the construction of the new Constitutional Court.
She serves as Board member of the South African National Art Gallery and the Johannesburg Art Gallery.
Dr. Oupa Moshebi
Dr Moshebi is a founder member of AWA (African Writers Association) and later the Congress of the South African Writers (COSAW). He was taught literature, poetry and drama by Professor Njabulo Ndebele, Professor Zakes Mda, Dr. Masitha Hoeane at the National University of Lesotho during their years in exile.
Oupa has written several books and poetry books and he is a founder director of several human rights non-governmental organization. He is a former lecturer of University of Johannesburg, Vaal University of Technology, and North-West University.
Dr Sebiletso Matabane-Mokonei
Dr Mokone-Matabane is a member of the Presidential National Commission on Information Society and Development. She has extensive experience in the media and telecommunications industries in the USA and South Africa.
Sebiletso has also served as a member of the Ministerial ICT Advisory Council and the Advisory Council: SA Fashion Designers Association as CEO of Sentech Ltd and Co-Chair of the Independent Broadcast Authority (IBA). Her qualifications include a BA and an MS from the University of Syracuse (USA) and a DPhil from the University of Texas (USA).
In 2007 she was named South Africa’s Most Influential Businesswoman in Business and Government in the ICT Category.