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The Cape Cultural Collective Board

The Cape Cultural Collective appointed the first board in 2021 at it’s first Annual General Meeting. Since then the board member that oversee the organisations activities has made a significant impact on the local community.

The current board is led by Siviwe Minye as chairperson with the following board members. Ncebakazi Mnukwana, Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar, Brenda Skelenge, Jill Levenberg, Luvuyo Kakaza and CA, Samir Saban.

Siviwe Minye

Cape Cultural Collective Board Chairperson

Siviwe Minyi is currently a manager for student recruitment at the University of the Western Cape. He has worked for a few NGOs including Idasa, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) and Getnet. He also has a passion for community media, particularly community radio. He also enjoys working within the field men and masculinities. He strives for a world that is free from all forms of discrimination and oppression. Another of his passions is working with young people in the area of mathematics and physical sciences.

He is completing an MPhil in Development at UWC.

Ncebakazi Mnukwana

Cape Cultural Collective Board member

Ncebakazi is a lecturer in Music Education at the University of Stellenbosch where she teaches Ethnomusicology and World Music.

Currently she is reading for her PhD at the University of Cape Town with a special focus on umngqokolo, the overtone singing of Xhosa-speaking adolescent girls.

She has been an active member of the Cape Cultural Collective since 2012. She was the indigenous instrumental soundscaper for uHadi (2013), a poetry and musical stage production commissioned for the French South Africa Season in Paris.

Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar

Cape Cultural Collective Board member

Imam Dr. Rashied is a Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Omar’s research and teaching focuses on the roots of religious violence and the potential of religion for constructive social engagement and interreligious peacebuilding. He has published extensively.

In addition to being a university-based researcher and teacher, Omar serves as Imam at the Claremont Main Road Masjid in Cape Town, South Africa; a trustee of the Healing of Memories Institute in South Africa; a member of the Interfaith Council for Ethics Education; Arigatou International in Japan; and an advisory board member for Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa.

Brenda Skelenge

Cape Cultural Collective Board member

Brenda is a Special Needs teacher and a driven social entrepreneur, currently providing learning support services using art, creativity and innovation in various communities.

She is the founder of Leaps Development and Advocacy NPO; She is also a Microsoft Global Training Partner and has developed a holistic educational support hub that facilitates training, support and transformation for youth and communities.

Brenda has placed education, creativity and technology at the centre of community development. Under Brenda’s leadership, Trending Khalture opened and she ran Moholo LiveHouse which became a beacon of arts; hosting live music, book launches, artistic exhibitions and powerful creative discussions. These collaborations birthed Khayelitsha’s first ever free “pop-up” arts school, The Harare Academy of Inspiration. In recognition of her role, Brenda received an award from the Department of Arts and Culture in 2016.

Samir Saban

Cape Cultural Collective Board accountant

Samir is currently a director/partner at SSP Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors Inc.

A qualified chartered accountant with over 15 years commercial experience, he has held many senior positions in listed and unlisted companies during his corporate career.

More recently he has been the CEO of a public listed entity after successfully listing it on the main board of the JSE in 2017.

His areas of expertise includes corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and turning businesses around as well as valuations and business planning.

Jill Levenberg

Cape Cultural Collective Board member

Jill is an actress, singer, writer and songwriter. She did a BA Honours with English and drama majors at UCT and did a TEFL course at the Academy of English in Cape Town. Jill became renowned for her role as Mymoena in the TV drama Suidooster.

Jill was a founder member of the Rosa choir and sang in the choir for at least a year after its formation in 2012. She has continued to support the work of the CCC and participated in our 11-year anniversary production at the Artscape called Just Our Journey.

Luvuyo Kakaza

Cape Cultural Collective Board member

Luvuyo Kakaza is a journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked for various publications, including the Mail and Guardian, Sowetan, and City Press in Johannesburg.

He later joined the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as PR and Marketing Manager, a position he held for 13 years. He started the Jazz in the Native Yards, a township-based jazz performance space that promotes jazz performances in Cape Town townships.

He is currently a Projects Manager for the Cape Town Music Academy - CTMA, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to create performance spaces and opportunities for musicians across genres.