Board Members

LuliLuli Callinicos

Veteran activist and social historian, Luli Callinicos was a founding member of the History Workshop of the University of the Witwatersrand and the Workers’ Library in Johannesburg. She has written a number of books, including her three-volume People’s History of South Africa: Gold and Workers, Working Life and A Place in the City – as well as The World that made Mandela; Oliver Tambo: Beyond the Ngele Mountains; and Who Built Jozi? Discovering Memory at Wits Junction       
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Crain SoudienCrain Soudien

Professor Crain Soudien is formerly the Director of the School of Education at the University of Cape Town and currently a Deputy Vice-Chancellor. He is a joint professor in Education and African Studies. He has published over 160 articles, reviews, reports and book chapters in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture.
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MmakgaboMmakgabo Helen Sebidi

Mmakgabo Mapula Helen Sebidi was born in Marapyane in the Hammanskraal area of Limpopo. Her first teacher of art was her grandmother, a traditional artist who passed on to her granddaughter the vernacular aesthetic, which has such a strong presence in Sebidi’s work. They lived a rural life, cultivating crops, making mud they used to construct walls and floors, which they then decorated. They also made and decorated calabashes. From her mother she learnt dressmaking and embroidery. Mmakgabo stresses the importance of acquiring these traditional skills in order to be an artist versed in a vital culture.
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Lesley Freedman 

Ex-officio Board Member

Lesley Freedman is the founder and Executive Director of the Whole Earth Building Foundation.

She graduated as an architect at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She was the architect in charge of the restoration of the Bokaap for the City of Cape Town and National Monuments Council and then published the book Bokaap – Faces and Façades, describing the restoration process in its social and historical context. 
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