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.
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.