Justine has been the director of Imbali since 2010. Over the past 10 years, she has grown the organisation into a premier training institution. Justine is enthusiastic about beautiful handmade objects, and getting up every morning to come to the Imbali studio and office is a great pleasure for her. Every day presents new opportunities for creativity and building meaningful human relationships. She values integrity, professionalism and adaptability.
Justine is passionate about creative education. She believes that working creatively with the hands and mind has profound therapeutic value, and that the very act of creatively transforming materials can lead to transformation on other levels, both personal and within communities. This can lead to powerful and meaningful social change.
Justine studied painting, art history and psychology at Rhodes University and did her postgraduate studies in education at Wits, culminating with a master’s degree looking at the value of art education for marginalised children and youth.
Portia started working at Imbali in 2015. She organises and keeps the Imbali office functional, and is the point of contact between students, their families and Imbali. She’s passionate about craft businesses and teaching the business and sustainability side of the creative industries.
Portia has always had an interest in craft and started knitting at the age of 8. She studied arts and craft design at Imbali from 2005 to 2007. In 2014, she formalised her knitting interest into a business specialising in knitted baby clothing and knitted jewellery from wool, wire and telephone wire. Through her experience of running her own business she has learned many valuable lessons, which have contributed to the development of Imbali’s modules on costing, pricing and functioning in a crafts business environment. She is presently studying global social entrepreneurship online with Philanthropy University to improve her entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.
Stacey studied fine art and has been teaching art for twenty-five years to people of all ages, ranging from pre-school to adult. She believes that creativity has the potential to solve all the world’s problems and is zealous in her determination to nurture and cultivate creativity in others. Stacey loves mountains, seas, trees, birds and dogs. She grows herbs, flowers and vegetables, plays music, reads addictively and paints. She also creates transitory public artworks from dumped objects and is especially interested in the transformation of unusual, found and recycled materials to create art or craft.
At Imbali, she writes learner and facilitator materials; devises assessment methods and tools and manages the assessment of students. She teaches a foundation module to first years, a second-year module which involves creating an innovative craft product and a facilitation course to third year students.
Having grown up in KZN, Lungani now lives in Kagiso. He is interested in traveling and learning about other people’s cultures as a way to expand his mind and gain experience. His interest in crafts started during his early schooling in KZN. However, it was only after he joined Imbali as a student that he realised this interest could lead to a viable career. Lungani is passionate about sharing his craft skills and knowledge with others: ‘I love working with students, sharing my expertise in silk screen printing, starch batik and ceramics. I like to explore the various techniques and push their boundaries.’ Lungani graduated from the Imbali 3-year crafts training programme in 2007. After a 1-year internship he was offered a full-time junior facilitator post. Over the past 11 years, Lungani has travelled twice to Holland to run specialist screen printing and starch batik workshops, as well as facilitating for Imbali in many different contexts. He has also completed numerous short courses to further his skills in printing, ceramics and facilitation. Lungani has built up a wealth of experience during his time at Imbali and has the ability to work with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Prudence was born and raised in Kagiso. A graduate of Imbali, she now runs the Imbali shop inside Museum Africa as well as her own sewing business. Prudence is passionate about empowering artisans and craftspeople. She does this by promoting Imbali students and their work through the shop. ‘I believe being genuine and nurturing, as well as professional and driven, is essential for success in the crafts sector. A focus on innovation and problem solving will also stand you in good stead.’ Prudence enjoys working with people, and would love to grow the Imbali shop into a large outlet for contemporary South African crafts, with a number of shops and stalls and a team of sales people.
Prudence has extensive knowledge of all the products in the shop, along with the different materials and techniques used. She is able to explain to customers in great detail the often extensive processes of creating crafts products. She also works closely with students from the second year of the Imbali training programme, teaching them about window dressing and the administrative systems necessary for running a shop. Prudence is an Imbali graduate and has an NQF 4 qualification in Wholesale and Retail.
With over 40 years of experience as both a maker and teacher, Connie brings a range of skills and expertise to her facilitation at Imbali. She is passionate about teaching and passing on her skills, and is dedicated to instilling in her students concepts of quality craftsmanship, taking responsibility for themselves and their environment, and working hard to create positive change in their futures.
Connie specialises in textiles, sewing and pattern making at Imbali. She has been involved in a number of international creative projects, including the Bordeaux Carnival in France and the Celebrate South Africa Festival in London. In 2010, she worked in Rotterdam in the Netherlands as a textile facilitator and programme manager at the International Community Arts Festival (ICAF), and in 2014 in Utrecht training refugee women in textile skills. She has qualifications in sewing and pattern making, ABET (adult basic education and training) and Life Line counselling.
Simphiwe Mbonambi is currently an Executive Manager Corporate Services at the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone. She is a proven business leader with more than 10 years of leadership experience, 8 of which has been at an executive level. She holds a BCom Honours in Supply Chain Management, is a certified Executive Coach, and is currently doing her MBA with Henley Business School.
Zanele Motsa is an experienced professional with over 20 years working experience in the financial services, utilities, information & technology as well as professional services industries. Zanele has experience within various domains in IT and the financial services sectors having worked for organisations such as IBM South Africa, Rand Merchant Bank, DST International, MMI Holdings and now the South African Reserve Bank (SARB). Her expertise ranges from IT strategy formulation, implementation and monitoring, thought leadership, business solutions implementation, information and data management and consulting services. Zanele currently serves on multiple Information & Technology governance committees within the SARB and is a board member of the INSETA (Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority).
Frances Potter worked first as a researcher and later, during South Africa’s turbulent 1980s, as a human rights lawyer. In 2002 she was fortunate to combine her interest in rural development with her love of artisan craft and art when the US-based NGO Aid to Artisans employed her as a marketing consultant. With ATA she worked in South Africa, Tanzania and Mozambique. She established Aid to Artisans South Africa Trust, which became the Africa Craft Trust. Later she co-formed The New Basket Workshop in response to the special needs of rural basket producers in Africa. This work, which occupied her from 2008, included collaborations on various projects with basket makers in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Ethiopia and South Africa. In 2011 she was hired, as director of TNBW, to consult to India’s National Institute of Design on the implementation of a five-country basket development initiative in Africa. Further work with India included consulting to the National Centre for Design and Product Development on basket producer-focused projects in Zimbabwe, Ghana and Ethiopia. In 2016 she was delighted to be invited to join the board of Imbali Visual Literacy Project – South Africa’s only accredited craft training programme. In the same year she came back to the Africa Craft Trust as a board member and director.
Most recently she has overseen the implementation of project work funded by the National Lotteries Commission of South Africa and a GIZ-funded project in Ethiopia. The Africa Craft Trust favours collaboration with like-minded projects.
Over the years she has been a judge for UNESCO’s Prix d’Excellence and Label d’Excellence in Burkina Faso, Gabon and Mali as well as serving on the jury for UNESCO’s International Fund for the Promotion of Culture. Frances is an advisor to the Joburg Fringe, as well as to RIDA.
Among her greatest pleasures is the opportunity of working in artisan driven projects and maintaining strong links with those communities long after the programme is over.
Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser heads up the Alexander Forbes Research Institute – an initiative that looks at the full spectrum of savings, investment and wellness issues that confront South Africans in particular and Africans in general. Anne’s primary focus is in overseeing Alexander Forbes’s thought leadership: in particular, the periodicals Benefits Barometer, Benefits Barometer Africa, Collective Insight and the Alexander Forbes Digital Thought Leadership Platform.
Though trained as a development anthropologist, Anne spent 32 years managing pension fund assets in North America, Japan, the UK, Europe and South Africa. Global asset allocation, risk management and quantitative modelling were her focus. In 1992 she moved to South Africa and pioneered the development of the multi-manager approach of pension fund management that has become the hallmark of that industry today.
With the founding of the Alexander Forbes Research Institute, Anne saw an opportunity to integrate development anthropology with her lengthy experience in financial services in assessing how effectively African financial services and social protection policies were addressing the real needs of Africans. This work highlights how intrinsically interlinked the well-being of a developing economy is to the well-being of its employers, workplaces and employees.
Anne is a member of the global professional group the CFA Institute and serves on its Future of Finance content advisory committee. She sits on the ASISA Social Security Standing Committee, the FTSE/JSE Index Advisory Council, the CFA South Africa Advisory Committee and the INSETA Research and Learning Committee.
She has produced a number of papers on the full value chain involved in delivering employee benefits to individuals. She has been a frequent speaker, both in South Africa and internationally, on topics ranging from pension reform, financial well-being, risk management, portfolio structuring, manager selection, behavioural finance, decision-making, performance assessment and the specific requirements of pension fund management. She has also lectured for the ASISA Institute, Wits Business School, University of Johannesburg, Gordon Institute of Business Studies, and the Actuarial Department at Wits.
In 2003 Anne published A Trustee’s Guide to Investment Management (Butterworth).