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The Pursuit of Fearlessness

By | November 3rd, 2014|Profiles|

From Chicago to London to Outer Mongolia, Kevin Volans’ classical compositions reach beyond creed, culture or established form. Emanating from a desire for freedom, they orbit the world. The Greek philosopher and mathematician Pythagoras (570BC – 495BC) proposed that the Sun, Moon and all the planets emit their own unique, orbital sounds – known as [...]

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This poverty shall pass – the journey of Peter Tshisevhe

By | May 11th, 2014|Profiles|

Wits alumnus Peter Tshisevhe’s story needs to be told. It is a story of hard work, determination, intellect and triumph. Numerous Wits alumni and academics play a part in this story, which offers the promise of a bold new South African future of which Wits can be proud. BProc in 1995, LLB in 1997 and [...]

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Witsie becomes a roaring success in Tinseltown

By | October 15th, 2013|Profiles|

On the wall behind Wits alumnus Gary Barber’s desk in Hollywood is a giant image of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s roaring lion that was filmed for the logo. It’s fitting that a man from Africa should be leading a company that is synonymous with the iconic lion. In this Q&A we speak to chartered accountant Barber about life [...]

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A Bold New Future – Prof Adam Habib

By | August 29th, 2013|Profiles|

Wits’ new Vice-Chancellor designate, Professor Adam Habib, speaks boldly and acts boldly. Many are hoping he is the catalyst to take Wits to the next level as it moves towards its centenary in 2022. […]

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No place like home

By | June 8th, 2013|Profiles|

Diane Victor is one of South Africa’s most important contemporary artists. Her work features in several international collections, including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. In this candid interview, Heather Dugmore glimpses behind Diane’s 12-foot wall. […]

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Prof Mervyn King – The Boy the Girls Love

By | April 3rd, 2013|Profiles|

Professor Mervyn King has forever changed the way businesses worldwide measure and report on their performance, which has directly contributed to the betterment of our planet. He’s widely known for this, but what many don’t know is that he’s the boy the girls love. […]

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Gaining Strength From Adversity

By | January 22nd, 2013|Profiles|

Chartered accountant Victor Sekese’s story is an epic journey across the great divide that black chartered accountants have had to bridge in the world of finance, where both race and size signalled “Keep Out”. Sekese is CEO of SizweNtsalubaGobodo, the fifth-largest accounting firm in Southern Africa, and a board member of the South African Institute [...]

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The Quest For Intellectual Leadership

By | October 10th, 2012|Profiles|

When Xolela Mangcu first stepped onto Wits campus in 1983, he swiftly gained a reputation for his undiluted Black Consciousness politics. Three decades later he sticks to his guns. […]

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Scotland, Anarchists & Taming The Tiger

By | August 17th, 2012|Profiles|

“Going to Scotland to do my Masters in Law was one of the best choices I ever made in my life,” says Professor Nqosa Mahao who is originally from Lesotho and who has a Masters in Law from the University of Edinburgh and a PhD from the University of the Western Cape. […]

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The Geek Made Good

By | April 20th, 2012|Profiles|

Ronnie Apteker has not slept. He went to bed at three am and was up at five. That’s normal for this Wits alumnus (MSc 1994 cum laude) who describes himself as a nerd and who was one of the founders of Internet Solutions in 1993. […]

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