Career Guidance Workshops

The Creative Industries Career Expo will host Career Guidance Workshops, facilitated by educators, industry experts and artists.

Making a career in the creative industries does not mean that you have to be the lead vocalist, principal dancer, head chef, curator or painter.  There are many careers that support the creative industries which are as rewarding, challenging and sustainable.

The Career Guidance Workshops, taking place daily, will help you explore the exciting career opportunities in the sector. Workshops will take place daily from 11 to 13 March 2020 at Museum Africa, Newtown, as follows:

10h00 – 11h00

11h30 – 12h30

13h00 – 14h00

The Career Guidance Workshops are free to attend and all are welcome. Visit this page daily for information on the great line-up of speakers who will be sharing their knowledge and experiences.

Andrea Andreou

Andrea Andreou is the Communication and Social Studies Lecturer, Student Liaison and Student Recruiter at FEDISA Fashion School- Sandton Campus. After completing her BA Honours in Corporate Communications and gaining 7 years of industry experience in marketing, retail and sales and creating and maintaining successful relationships, she has successfully applied her employment knowledge to her current roles at FEDISA.

Ashton Mosely

Ashton is a lecturer and BA Honour Coordinator in the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Johannesburg. Her research interests are within the fields of Medical Device Design Ceramics and Gender/Representation in Design.

Christa van Zyl

Christa van Zyl has been involved in the Creative industry for over 16 years, both as a practitioner and lecturer, and is passionate about design and original concept development, with a keen interest in the context within a visual design functions.

Christa has been teaching at the University of Johannesburg for nine years and her project interests include human-centred design and design for social development, as well as socially responsible design practice.

“I am very involved within my community, and run most of our departmental collaboration projects, both within the university with other departments and faculties, as well as with communities and professional bodies in and around Johannesburg. I believe that Communication Design as a discipline can aid positive change, social development and urban renewal within communities. I also work with local and internationl alumni in various design fields, and with their support focus on offering and continously developing a course that aligns with the future and needs of our vibrant, ever-evolving and growing Design Industry.”

Christopher Till

Christopher Till is the founding Director of the new Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) which opened on Heritage Day in 2019.

Christopher was educated at Hilton College and Rhodes University where he obtained a masters degree in fine art (cum laude). He began his career at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 1977, becoming Director in 1980 before serving as Director of the Johannesburg Art Gallery from 1983 to 1991.

During his tenure he was responsible for several groundbreaking exhibitions, including The Neglected Tradition: Towards a New History of South African Art, secured the Brenthurst Collection of African Art, and commissioned several major sculptures for the collection.

As Director of Culture for the City of Johannesburg from 1991 to 2001, he established the city’s first cultural office and directed the formation of arts and culture policy. He was responsible for establishing the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival in 1992, and the Johannesburg Biennales in 1995/1997 and the re-building of the Civic Theatre (now Joburg Theatre). He was also a seminal role player in the establishment and development of the Newtown Cultural Precinct.

He is a founding board member of the International Council of Museums Fine Art Committee (ICOM) and a member of the International Committee for Exhibitions and Exchange and Chairman of the Cape Town Triennial Organising Committee.

For the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, he was responsible for the Fine Art component of the festival, and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award. He has served on many selection panels including the Sasol New Signatures Award, and the Valparaiso, São Paulo, Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Venice Biennales. He co-curated the South African Pavilion for the 2015 Venice Biennale and has also served as a Trustee on numerous boards including the Soweto Dance Theatre and the Market Theatre.

Christopher is also the founding and current Director of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and has organised exhibitions on Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Oliver Tambo, George Bizos and the Women’s March among many others.

In 2018 he was the recipient of the Usiba Creative and Cultural Industries Award 2018 in the Heritage and Museum category.

He is currently the principal driver in the development of the Mandela Capture Site in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal with its new museum and renowned sculpture of Mr Mandela by Marco Cianfanelli.

In 2018, Christopher received the USIBA (Creative and Cultural Industries) Award in  in the Heritage & Museum category awarded by Minister Nathi Mthethwa: Department Arts & Culture South Africa.

Concord Nkabinde

Concord Nkabinde (South Africa), received the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz in 2006. Nkabinde began his pursuit of music as a kid in his hometown of Soweto. Later he completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and worked as a full-time music teacher. It was performing live as a bass guitarist that led him to working with musicians from South African and across the world, such as Johnny Clegg, Abdullah Ibrahim, Colin Vearncombe AKA “Black”, Miriam Makeba, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Phil Manzanera, Joyous Celebration, Roy Ayers, Ernie Smith and many more.

As a composer, Nkabinde has written for commercial projects as well as commissioned works for the SAMRO Foundation and UNISA Competitions.

Today Nkabinde is an accomplished and a well-travelled musician as a bass guitarist, musical director, composer and arranger, who runs his own record label, Drocnoc Music, through which he has commercially released 2 CDs and a live DVD which was nominated for a South African Music Award in 2012.

Concord Nkabinde has served as Deputy-Chairman on the Executive Committee of CASA (Composers Association of South Africa) and as a Board Member of POSA (Performers’ Organization of South Africa).

Dimitri Martinis

Dimitri Martinis is a development sociologist specialising in broadcasting, media and ICT.

He cut his teeth in broadcasting at BOP TV and was part of the top management team that set up South Africa’s first independent commercial television station, e.tv.

Having made a name for himself in start-up media companies, he was part the team to launch TopTV, now STARSAT, and consulted for the launch of two commercial radio stations and two community TV channels, and later as strategy advisor to the Group CEO of SABC. He served as specialist assistant to Council of the then IBA now ICASA. He was researcher for the Digital Broadcasting Advisory Body (DBAB) and a member the Joint Committee of the Sweden/South Africa Culture Partnership. At the NFVF he was key to the development of the Film and TV Production incentive. He also worked on the review of ICASA’s local content regulations and the Integrated ICT Policy for South Africa,

Dimitri is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand where he read for an MA in Sociology, with a focus on Cultural and Media Studies.

Elroy Bell

Elroy Bell is the Supervisor of Theatricals, Visual Arts and General Licensing at DALRO – the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation. He has a background in theatre and dance producing, arts development, teaching and is a copyright practitioner. Elroy has worked for notable organisations including the Suidoosterfees Arts Festival, the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. and Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. He has been a United World Colleges Scholar to Italy and a South African Washington International Programme Scholar. Elroy holds a BA (Hons) from UCT and is currently reading his Masters in Cultural Policy and Management at Wits University. His current role at DALRO includes capacitating visual artists, playwrights and authors around SA with the necessary knowledge to protect themselves and their intellectual property rights.

Freddy Nyathela

Freddy Nyathela started as a roadie in the ’80s with the music band Harari and toured through-out Southern Africa; working in technical and production areas, especially with audio and backline instruments as a sound technician.

He also worked as a production and tour manager for Sipho “Hotstix" Mabuse – touring throughout Southern Africa, and involved in the planning and organising of concerts.

He founded the South African Roadies Association (SARA) in 1992, and participated in the development of technical and production standards with other industry players including Gearhouse SA.

Freddy Nyathela initiated the development of the only registered accredited NQF 4 Qualification for “Live Event Technical Production”, and the Transformation Forum for the Live Event Technical and Production Services sector.

He nitiated exchange programmes with international industry training and professional organisations, including festivals and technical equipment manufacturing companies in Ireland, Denmark, Holland, France, Norway, USA & UK
Creating knowledge and skills development opportunities for young people are an important part of Freddy Nyathela’s work.

Hundreds of young South Africans have and still, using SARA’s entry level on-the-job training program, entered the sector and received valuable training, skills development and experience abroad. A number have been placed in many industry platforms on a full-time and professional basis, and some now run their own companies/businesses.

Gordon Froud

Gordon Froud has been actively involved in the South African and international art world as artist, educator, curator and gallerist for more than 30 years. He has shown on hundreds of solo and group shows. Froud graduated with a BA (FA) Hons from the University of Witwatersrand, and a master’s degree from the University of Johannesburg, where he runs the Sculpture department as a senior lecturer. He has curated numerous group exhibitions that have traveled the country. He regularly shows on more than 20 exhibitions a year including showing in Washington, Holland and Paris 5 years ago. He was selected as the first Site – Specific artist in Residence at Plettenberg Bay for 2012 and again for 2013 as a participating artist in the Site – Specific land art Biennale.  Three sculptures were selected for an exhibition of South African Sculpture in the Hague in May 2012, one of which was acquired by the SA Embassy there. He showed at Nirox Sculpture Park and at Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens as part of the Heavy Metal outdoor Sculpture exhibition in 2013 and 2014. He is represented in many public and private collections. Froud curated 2 shows of SA contemporary Art to Appalachian State University, North Carolina and the Biejing Bienalle 2015 which were also shown at Pretoria Art Museum and University of Johannesburg Art gallery. His two-year cycle of work, a solo show of more than 150 new works, has was showcased at the Standard Bank gallery from April to June 2018 as Harmonia: Sacred Geometry, pattern of existence. This how has traveled to various major galleries and museums in 2018 and 2019. Froud regularly shows on more than 25 shows a year. He is reading for a PhD at the University of Johannesburg.

Greg Maqoma

Gregory Vuyani Maqoma became interested in dance in the late 1980s as a means to escape the political tensions growing in his place of birth. He started his formal dance training in 1990 at Moving Into Dance where in 2002 he became the Associate Artistic Director. Maqoma has established himself as an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, teacher and director. He founded Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) in 1999 when he was undertaking a scholarship at the Performing Arts Research and Training School (PARTS) in Belgium under the direction of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

Maqoma is respected for his collaborations with artists of his generation like Akram Khan, Vincent Mantsoe, Faustin Linyekula, Dada Masilo, Shanell Winlock, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Nhlanhla Mahlangu and theatre director James Ngcobo.

Hamish Neill and Sthe Khalishwayo

Drama for Life is Wits university’s celebrated Applied Theatre and Drama Therapy programme. Over the last 11 years, we have trained artists, educators, activists and therapists, on how to use the performing arts to further develop and extend their work. Through our innovative programme, that involves research, community work and performance, we learn our subject and work by being in class together and exploring the world corroboratively. Hamish Neill and Sthe Khalishwayo, are two academic and project staff members with over 13 years’ experience in the field.

For one session, Drama for Life’s Theatre Company shall present a performance-intervention experience for the expo attendees, that shall allow delegates a chance to hear and experience our work first hand.

James French

Dedicated to arts development, James E French works to promote and encourage the arts in South Africa. He has an Honours in composition and a Masters in Arts & Culture management from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Having worked as a freelance musician and composer, James’s most notable projects were cooperative efforts with visual artists. His contributions have been listed as a finalist in the Brett Kebble Art Awards and were featured at the Guangzhou and Venice biennales. His focus turned to arts management in the early 2000’s where he took on the role of the administrator at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Newtown. He worked to sustain the visual arts organisation for 14 years and became its Deputy Director, before handing the organisation over and taking on his present role as the Manager of SAMRO Foundation – the Corporate Social Investment arm of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO).

Based from Johannesburg, James continues on his mission to find solutions to the challenges between the arts, business, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

James Ngcobo

Photo by Brett Rubin

James Ngcobo became the first black Artistic Director to take over the most prestigious creative side of the Market Theatre Foundation, and he continues to enhance its worldwide reputation for artistic excellence.

James is an award-winning actor who metamorphosed into a multi award-winning director who has created a new vision for staging works at the theatre. His passion for working with emerging actors, young designers and for mentoring young industry enthusiasts has yielded impressive results.

He uses the power of storytelling telling in bringing indigenous productions to audiences at the theatre this also translates to the new audiences. Under his directorship the theatre was able to venture into unfamiliar territory in 2014 when it became the first theatre to create its own award that was named after the stellar performer Sophie Mgcina. The Sophie Mgcina Award acknowledges the crucial role of young and emerging professional will play in the creative industry.

Lekgetho Makola

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Currently the Head of Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg South Africa, Lekgetho James Makola sits on the International Advisory Committee to the Board of CatchLight – San Francisco, and was on the Curatorial Advisory Committee of the 2017 Bamako Encounters – Mali. He has been in the judging panels for number of national and international Photography and Arts Awards in the past 5 years, including CAP prize, UPPA, Thami Mnyele Art award, W Eugene Smith grant, World Press Photo 2019 and in 2020 as Chair of General Jury. He participated as a reviewer in the 2018 New York Times Portfolio Review.

Lekgetho, born in Ga-Sekhukhune in Limpopo, has a Fine Art degree from Durban University of Technology, South Africa. His artistic achievements include a Bronze Sculpture commission for President Nelson Mandela. He is an International Ford Foundation Fellow on Social Justice 2009, and a Graduate of Howard University in Washington DC USA with MFA in Film Studies 2013. He worked for the Durban Art Museum, Robben Island Museum including an internship at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. He co-founded Kali TV in Washington DC 2012, an online media platform reporting news on Diaspora communities in the USA. He is a founding member of Parallel Film Collective Washington DC, 2012, a non-profit organization focusing on ‘Local Equals Global‘ film culture with the idea that stories of everyday people are worth being told.

He also founded an independent production company KGETHI IMAGES (Pty)Ltd in August 2014 South Africa, which focuses on film, photography and art productions.

Lekgetho is an active member of the virtual continental network Centers of Learning for Photography in Africa.

Lemohang Zincume

Lemohang Zincume is a mother and Marketing Specialist. Her schooling began in Lesotho at Maseru LEC Primary School. She proceeded to St. Stephens High School where she completed her Grade 10. She completed High School at Summit College (Previously known as Nest Phuthing High School) in 1997.

She enrolled at the University of Johannesburg where she completed her National Diploma and B-Tech Degree in Marketing. She completed her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) at Milpark business School.

Her career started in 2000 when she joined 3M South Africa to conduct Market Research for Construction and Home Improvement Markets. She progressed within the company till she managed strategic brands like 3M™, Scotch Brite™ and Post-It®.

In 2005, she joined Ithembalethu Consulting Services where she managed electrical engineering projects for ESKOM, City Power, Ekurhuleni Municipality to mention a few.

In 2010 she joined Mpumenaleli Technologies where she managed mining Projects for Assmang Chrome, Kwa-Sani Local Municipality, Highveld Steel, and many more.

In 2017, she joined DITSONG: Museums of South Africa as Marketing and Communications Manager. She is responsible for developing Marketing and Communication Strategy, policies, and plans. She manages media relations and oversees social media management to reposition DITSONG: Museums of South Africa in the 21 century. She serves in the Steering Committee for development of the Resistance and Liberation Movement Museum as well as the 2020 Dubai Expo.

Lulu Mlangeni

Lulu Mlangeni is dancer, choreographer and teacher. She has worked with prominent local artists, script writers, and directors nationally and internationally. She has performed in Africa, Europe and the Americas.

In 2007, Mlangeni received an award as most outstanding female dancer in contemporary style. She is the 2010 winner of a reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance Season 2 South Africa. In 2014, she was named the first recipient of the Sophie Mgcina Best Emerging Voice Award. Mlangeni is the 2020 Standard Bank Young Artist winner in Dance.

Lulu’s choreography includes QUESTIONED MARK in 2011; PAGE 27 in 2014; CONFINED in 2018; THE ENCOUNTER in 2019.

Martin Bolton

Martin Bolton is a senior lecturer in the Department of Industrial Design at the University of Johannesburg. His research interests are within the fields of manufacturing, rapid prototyping, small-scale agriculture and ceramics. He is currently undertaking his PhD relating to the development of small-scale manufacturing machines for the South African Context.

Mocke J van Veuren

Mocke J van Veuren (b. 1976) is an independent artist, experimental filmmaker, researcher and educator based in Johannesburg. Over the last decade van Veuren has developed a variety of collaborative film and performative projects, experimenting with media technologies while engaging in critiques on issues of urban life, racial politics, gender and sexuality. Collaborative projects have included the Minutes Project with artist Theresa Collins; Jozi Rhythmanalogues with Collins and musicians Bradley Maponya, Siya Makuzeni and João Orecchia; collaborative video works in Farieda Nazier’s AfterMath exhibition as well as participation with Nazier in the MTN New Contemporaries Award. In the past few years, he has collaborated with performer/choreographer Nelisiwe Xaba, most recently the internationally showcased Uncles & Angels, the film version of which was awarded the FNB Art Prize. Van Veuren was awarded the UJ Chancellor’s Gold Medal for research in 2013. Van Veuren currently holds the position of Lecturer at Wits Film & TV.

Nadia Barnard

Nadia Barnard is an intense, driving, results-oriented self-starter whose sense of urgency is tempered and disciplined by her concern for the accuracy and quality of her work. She can react and adjust quickly to changing conditions and come up with practical ideas for dealing with them. She’s purposeful, driven to get things done quickly, accurately, and involving the necessary people. She responds positively and actively to challenge and pressure and has confidence in her ability to handle problems and people. Nadia is an outgoing, poised person, direct and a little more authoritative than persuasive in style, while being firm, direct, and self-assured when dealing with others.

Chef Nadia Barnard, previously of Guvon Hotels and Capital Hotel School, has been appointed as the new principal of Capsicum Culinary Studio Rosebank.  “It’s a very demanding industry to work in, but also one of the most rewarding,” she says, when asked for her advice to those wanting to enter the hospitality industry. “Being in the business of ‘service’ has its challenges but no two days will ever be the same. And this industry offers opportunities to work in the most magnificent places in the world; from a safari landscape, to the majestic mountains and vineyards to bustling city properties.”

Nadia Barnard is the principal at the thriving Capsicum Culinary Studio campus in Rosebank, Johannesburg. This trained chef – who swopped the kitchen for the academic classroom – is now managing the business of chef and hospitality training.

Phyllis Klotz

Artistic director and co-founder of the Sibikwa Arts Centre, Phyllis Klotz has been involved in development theatre in education for many years and is recognised as an expert in the development of community arts centres. She has toured South Africa extensively with plays dealing with a variety of topics. She is the recipient of several awards for her contribution to South African theatre and community development through the arts and is the recipient of a Naledi Lifetime Achievement. Phyllis directed and co-wrote the seminal South African theatre piece You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock and was voted one of the ten major contributors to the South African performing arts by the Star newspaper. She has been instrumental in founding several community arts organisations.

Refilwe Nkomo

Refilwe Nkomo is a Johannesburg-based multidisciplinary artist, curator, educator and community organiser producing cultural and artistic interventions, programmes and installations using various mediums including performance, video, text and dance at the intersection of arts and social justice.

Her research, workshops and performance have been the recipient of numerous awards and presented in South Korea, Ghana, Botswana, Brazil, Germany and the United States of America. She has founded organisations and platforms including We Are Here (WAH), a non-profit organisation working with men and boys to dismantle gender-based violence, founded in 2010.

She holds a B.Bus.Sci degree from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Arts and Politics from New York University (Tisch School of the Arts|Art and Public Policy). Refilwe serves on the leadership committee of IMPACT (Imagining together Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation) and is a Clore Chevening Fellow 2019/2020. She was previously co-director of !Kauru Contemporary Art. She is the Director of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA).

Sheldon Leal

Dr Sheldon Rocha Leal started his career as a Music Business and Contemporary Music History lecturer at Allenby Campus. He was then employed as Head of Popular Music at The National School of the Arts. After a period at the prestigious arts school, he was made Head of Sound Engineering and Contemporary Music at Damelin and eventually was promoted to the role of national Head of Sound Engineering and Music for educor.

In 2008, he was asked to start a Music Academy in Centurion, where he has been to the present day. He is currently the Creative Director at Southdowns College and Head of Operations at the Southdowns Academy of Music.

Dr Leal holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Psychology from UNISA, a Diploma in Sound Engineering and Business Management from Bournemouth and Poole in the UK (Cum Laude), an Honours in Music Education, majoring in Technology in Music Education and Arts and Culture Management (Cum Laude) and a Masters in Musicology (Cum Laude) from the University of Pretoria. The title of his Master’s dissertation was “Tertiary Music Education in South Africa: Meeting The Needs of Music Students and The Music Industry”.

In 2018 he graduated with a PhD in Music from the University of the Free State. The title of his study was “Transforming Higher Music Education in South Africa Through The Creation of a Music Industry Related Baccalaureate”.

Smash Afrika

Hailing from Bloemfontein, Smash Afrika started his career on campus radio, has a youthful energy and is a real livewire who makes radio that’s unapologetically loud, fun and memorable.

Thato Radebe

Thato Radebe is a Johannesburg-based jewellery designer/lecturer working at the University of Johannesburg.

He obtained his National Diploma in Jewellery Design in 2010 and then his BTech degree in Jewellery design in 2011 from the University of Johannesburg.

From 2012 to 2014 he worked as a jewellery design lecturer at The Durban University of Technology. He returned to The University of Johannesburg in 2014 where he spent 2 years lecturing.

In 2015, he obtained his BA honours degree in design (Cum Laude) from The University of Johannesburg. In 2016, he spent 6 months as a merchant buyer for Sterns and American Swiss in Cape Town.

He is currently registered to do his Masters in Design where his focus in on multimodal jewellery.

Themba Mantshiyo

Themba Mantshiyo is multifaceted artist and designer, who uses jewellery as a medium of self-expression.

In his brief career, he has won numerous awards such as the Thuthuka Jewellery Award in South Africa, for his work titled Multitasking. His artworks have been published in local and international magazines like Aurum Eve.

He spent two years in Italy mastering his passion to design and manufacture world-class luxury products. Distinctive artworks. One at a time. Handmade. In Afrika

Themba Mbuli

2016 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Recipient, Themba Mbuli received his formal training at Moving into Dance Mophatong (MIDM) in 2007. He joined Inzalo Dance Theatre Company as a trainee performer under Moeketsi Koena in 2008. In 2009, he was accepted back at MIDM As a dancer, teacher and choreographer. Mbuli’s first ensemble creation Dark City won the Pick of the Fringe award at the FNB Dance Umbrella Festival in 2010.

In 2011 Mbuli joined Theatre Talipot Company in Reunion Island as a principle dancer. Mbuli began his solo career in 2012 with Dark Cell, performing nationally including the National Arts Festival in 2014, and internationally in Sweden, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Uganda, Mozambique, Namibia, the Netherlands and the UK. Other recent works include Trapped, ASHED Dark Cells (a trio adaptation of his solo work ), SOLD, Autho(r)ise, Memory Box and The BOAT. He is a co-founder of a Johannesburg-based arts company Broken Borders Arts Project together with Fana Tshabalala and Thulani Chauke. He is also a co-founder, Producer and Associate Artistic Director for Unmute Dance Theatre, officially formed in 2014 in Cape Town.

Mbuli is also an independent choreographer, performer and dramaturge for collaborative creations. He is an initiator of Africa’s premier inclusive arts festival called Unmute ArtsAbility Festival that he has been co-curating in Cape Town since 2014.

Tokologo Mphaki

Tokologo Mphaki is a South African visual artist, and recently completed her B Tech in Fine and Applied Arts from the Tshwane University of Technology.

Her art practice focuses on empowering women of all ages.

She enjoys using her skills and knowledge to inspire others to develop a passion for art and art history.