Curriculum Vitae

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Accredited mediator – Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (London)

Mediator on mediation panel for Mediation & Transformation Practice, Cape Town (contracted to Department of Land Affairs & Rural Development)

Associate – Prolabour Solutions Durban

SA Representative on board of German South African Youth Association, Bonn, Germany, placing 60 volunteers in South African NGOs annually

Mentor for 13 German WW volunteers annually since 2009

Member of Council, Msunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg

Member, Historical Society of SA

Member, Archeological Society of SA



Matriculated in 1965 with a first class pass at Dawnview High School, Germiston


B.A., University of Cape Town, 1968, with History and Afrikaans & Nederlands as majors, English 1, German 1, Geography 1 and Sociology 1
S.T.D., University of Cape Town, 1969 with distinction in Classroom Methodology
B.ED., University of South Africa, 1975
B.A. (Honours) in History, University of Port Elizabeth, 1981
M.ED., University of Natal, 1986; thesis entitled: The Role of Sources and Field Studies in the Teaching of History in Natal Provincial High Schools
PH.D. University of Pretoria, 1990; dissertation entitled: The Past in Service of the Present: A Study of South African History Syllabuses and Textbooks between 1839 and 1989, with a distinction in oral examination
Certificate in Seminar Management, 1984


Fluent in Afrikaans, English and German; reasonable Dutch; a (very!) little isiZulu and isiXhosa


1970 – 1979 Teacher: Cape Education Department; taught English, Afrikaans, History, German, and Geography at various Cape High Schools to Grade 12
1980 – 1982 Cultural Officer, Department of National Education; Pietermaritzburg; responsible for promotion of arts and culture in Natal and Department’s overseas visitor’s programme; organized numerous cultural events
1983 – 1987 Counsellor for Cultural Affairs (Cultural Attaché) at S A Embassy in Vienna, accredited in Austria and Switzerland; responsible for academic and cultural exchange between South Africa and AustriaSwitzerland; organized a wide range of cultural programmes and seminars
1988 – 1989 Senior Education Specialist: Department of Education and Training in Pretoria (PL6); responsible for public relations, including media liaison and Department’s visitors’ programme
1990 – 1991 Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the S A Embassy in Bonn, Germany. Responsibilities similar to those in Vienna; pioneered cultural and academic ties with universities and institutions in former Germany Democratic Republic, Poland and Russia.
1992 – 1993 Chief Education Specialist (Post level 7) at Department of Education and Training; headed up Subject Advisory Services for the humanities and commercial subjects.
1993 – 1994 Director: Arts and Culture in newly formed Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology. Responsible for 16 national cultural institutions, the National Place Names Committee, museum policy and international cultural relations. Represented the Ministry on official visits to China, Singapore, Ethiopia, Israel, Egypt, Cote d’ Ivoire, Congo, Zaire and Gabon.
1995 – 1999 Chief Executive Officer and ex officio member of council of the Grahamstown Foundation; overall responsibility for marketing, corporate communications and publications, fund raising, and relations with government, business, foreign missions and the NGO sector as well as the Foundation’s 18 projects, including the Standard Bank National Arts Festival and the 1820 Settlers National Monument; initiated the Sasol Scifest and the Sanlam Future Business Leaders Week. Led a marketingstrategic initiative resulting in the positioning of Grahamstown as Africa’s Festival Capital project; organized international conferences
1999 Launched own consultancy, Vital Link, offering services in project management, leadership and strategic thinking, and skills development facilitation to a wide range of partners and clients in South Africa and internationally.
Mediator on mediation panel for Mediation & Transformation Practice, Cape Town (contracted to Department of Land Affairs & Rural Development)
Since 2004 Managing Director – Salamax 320, a Section 21 Company initiating and managing educational projects throughout South Africa, including the country’s premier science education week ScienceUnlimited in Pretoria (since 2004), Pietermaritzburg (since 2007) and Stellenbosch (since 2009) and BusinessUnlimited; organized international conferences and international arts festivals


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