Partners & People

VANSA’s core team, board members, partner organisations, funders and friends.



Our Johannesburg office has a small but dedicated team that drives the organisation. Find out more about them here.


Kabelo Malatsie



Kabelo worked as an associate in the curatorial team at Stevenson gallery in Cape Town and Johannesburg from 2011 until 2016, representing the gallery at art fairs and biennales and working closely with artists, collectors and curators. Her recent curatorial work includes Nicholas Hlobo’s iinkumbulo ngezasemandulo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean Mauritius and Matšatši a…, a screening of video works selected from the Emile Stipp Collection in Johannesburg. Kabelo’s Master’s degree in Art History from the University of the Witwatersrand explores alternative funding and institutional models that are rooted in their viability within a South African context. She was a participant of Independent Curators International’s Curatorial Intensive in Accra in 2017 and the 9th Berlin Biennale Young Curators Workshop in 2016. Kabelo also holds an Honours degree in Curatorship from the University of Cape Town and an undergraduate degree in BCom Marketing Management from the University of Johannesburg.


Katlego Taunyane

Network Programmes Manager


Katlego is a Network Programmes Manager at VANSA, a violin teacher, performer, and arts development practitioner, with a background in theatre, dance, film and literature. He studied classical music performance at the University of Cape Town, and he is interested in shaping the development of the arts as a whole within South Africa.


Lauren von Gogh

Network Programmes Manager


Lauren is a Network Programmes Manager at VANSA, co-founder of the artist-run platform Sober & Lonely, and an ultra-distance runner. She studied Fine Arts at Wits followed by various non-degree programmes in studio and curatorial practice at the HISK, Mountain School, and Machine Project.


Kanya Sizani



Kanya is an artist and musician born in Port Elizabeth, currently residing in Ekurhuleni. She studied Fine Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology and has exhibited works at various art spaces. Kanya has travelled around South Africa working with different artists creating artworks, music and scores for documentaries.


Thina Miya



Thina is an artist, with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Johannesburg, and also trained as a stage manager at the National Childen's Theatre. She currently resides in Ekhuruleni and is in the process of forming her own children's organisation focused on a variety of art forms.


The VANSA board shapes the organisation’s work and helps the VANSA team to steer in the right direction. Part of building the current board has been possible through the generous support of BASA.

Bandile Gumbi

Bandile is a Johannesburg based writer, poet, project manager within the arts sector, and doctoral student in African Studies, focusing on art periodicals published in Africa post-liberation struggles. She has been working in the arts for over 12 years. Bandile currently holds the position of Chairperson of the VANSA Board.

Dee Marco

Dee Marco is a feminist scholar, writer and cultural consumer. She holds a PhD in Film and Television Studies from the University of Warwick in the UK. Dee's research focuses on visual culture broadly and critically engages theories and practices of race, gender and intersectional identities in cultural work and spaces. Dee was a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape for two years, and she has taught in Film and Television, Gender Studies and History of Art departments at Rhodes University, UWC and UCT. Dee joined the Wits Media Studies Department at the beginning of 2018.

Denisha Jairam

Through the BASA Board Bank. Denisha is currently the ICT Head: Shared Services at the Development Bank of SA. She plays a pivotal role at the Development Bank, which is affiliated to the National Treasury and led by the Minister of Finance, to deliver Infrastructure in South Africa. She has held several Vice President roles in Absa Bank, Barclays London and at the South African Revenue Services. Denisha pursued her MBA in technology management in which she achieved a first class pass. Her primary degree is a BCOMPT Accounting Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Denisha achieved the youngest Doctorate in Leadership Qualification in the history of Africa’s largest University. She is a leader in her field and has become impactful beyond the boundaries of her work.

Michelle Joubert

Through the BASA Board Bank. Michelle is Head of Investor Relations at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and a classically trained cellist. Joubert has a BA Hons, and an undergraduate degree from Stellenbosch University as well as MBA jointly from the University Of Chicago, Graduate School Of Business USA and the University Of Cape Town, Graduate School Of Business. Since 2007, Michelle has been involved at the JSE under various auspices and has previously held positions in various financial journals including South Africa’s Financial Mail and the UK’s Financial Times, based in London. Michelle serves as a mentor for Business Arts South Africa.

Nothando Mkhize

Nothando was born in kwaMsane, Northern KwaZulu-Natal in 1986. She is currently doing her MA in Fine Art at Durban University of Technology. She is an education officer at the Durban Art Gallery under eThekwini Municipality and an executive member of the KwaZulu-Natal Arts & Culture Counsel. Previously she has cofounded the Zululand Crafters Association and was an art programme manager at iSimangaliso Wetland Park which is one of only two world heritage sites in South Africa. Nothando is passionate about the holistic development of arts as a viable vehicle for social transformation and economic development.   

Songezile Madikida

Songezile obtained his BA (Fine Arts) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 2001; he participated in a cultural exchange programme between the University of the Witwatersrand from South Africa and Umea Academy from Sweden. He then registered for Masters with the University of the Witwatersrand. In 2002 Songezile was selected to participate in two international projects: an Art Residency Programme in Norway and an internship in Museum Curatorship at the Musee de Arts de Afrique de Oceanie in Paris, France. In 2007 he was one of the few artists selected to represent the African continent in Dokumenta 12 in Germany. Madikida is currently a practicing artist with several group and solo exhibitions and awards. He is also contracted to the Nelson Mandela Museum as a consultant to Manage the Nelson Mandela Museum Arts Incubator Programme.

Tanisha Bhana

Tanisha is a senior attorney in the global markets segment in the financial services industry and a visual artist. She has held solo exhibitions in South Africa and Germany, and participated in curated exhibitions in South Africa, France, Germany, Netherlands, Namibia, China and Romania. Her photographic imagery is taken from naturally challenging environments such as nuclear wastelands, landfill sites and natural and urban ecosystems susceptible to change. Tanisha has held discussions on the topics of Rebirth, Transformation and Decomposition for strategic sessions and has displayed artwork for collaborative projects on War, Women and the Human Spirit, at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (Canada), General Consul of France (Istanbul, Turkey), Graduate Institute, Geneva and the University of Oxford, Centre for International Studies.

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