Professor David Andrew

Associate Professor

David Andrew studied at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, (BA Fine Arts 1985) and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, (H Dip Ed (PG) 1986; PhD 2011). He lectures in Fine Arts and Arts Education courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His interest in the artist-teacher relationship has resulted in a number of projects aimed at researching, designing and implementing alternative paths for the training of arts educators and artists working in schools. view full bio Room 318 ,Third Floor, WSOA Building Telephone: +27 (11) 717 4636 Email:

Professor Jeremy Wafer

(Chair of Divisional Management Committee)

Professor in Fine Art

Jeremy Wafer is Professor of Fine Art and an artist with a prominent profile in South African art. His current work in Sculpture, Photography and Drawing has been largely focused on issues of land and territory, themes of location and dislocation, of possession and dispossession. View full bio Room 317, Third Floor, WSOA Building Telephone+27 (11) 717 a622 Email:

Gabi Ngcobo


Gabi Ngcobo is an independent curator and the co-founder of the Johannesburg based independent collective platform, the Center for Historical Reenactments (CHR). She holds a Masters degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (New York) View full bio Room 321, third floor, WSOA Building Telephone+27 (11) 717 4621 Email:

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt


Dorothee Kreutzfeldt is an artist whose work over the last years has largely been defined by collaborations, often within specific urban contexts. View full bio Room 320, Third Floor, WSOA Building. Telephone+27 (11) 717 Email:

Rangoato Hlasane


Rangoato Hlasane (b.1981 – Polokwane) is a cultural worker, writer, illustrator, DJ and educator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a masters degree from the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. View full bio Room 319, Third Floor, WSOA Building Telephone+27 (11) 717 Email:

Donna Kukama


Born in 1981 in Mafikeng, South Africa, Donna Kukama is a creative practitioner working in performance, video, and sound. View full bio Room 314, Third Floor, WSOA Building. Telephone+27 (11) 717 Email: web:

Bettina Malcomess


Bettina Malcomess works across disciplines as a writer, curator and artist. She lives between the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, teaching at several institutions and across the disciplines of art, design and architecture. View full bio Room 315, Third Floor, WSOA Building Telephone+27 (11) 717 Email:

Jo Ractliffe

Senior Lecturer

For three decades, Jo Ractliffe’s photographs have reflected her ongoing preoccupation with the South African landscape and the ways in which it figures in the country’s imaginary – particularly, the violent legacies of apartheid. View full bio Room 008, First Floor, WSOA Building. Telephone+27 (11) 717 4627 Email:

Professor Walter Oltmann

Walter Oltmann was born in Rustenburg and studied at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (B.A.Fine Arts 1981), and at the University of the Witwatersrand (M.A.Fine Arts 1985). View full bio B7, basement, WSOA Building Telephone+27 (11) 7174751 Email:      

Natasha Christopher

(Divisional Management Committee)

Senior Tutor

Natasha Christopher is an artist working in photography. She holds an MA(FA) from Wits (2007) and completed her undergraduate studies, majoring in sculpture,  at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (1991). View full bio Room 012a, First Floor, WSOA Building. Telephone+27 (11) 717 4629 Email:

Professor Karel Nel

Associate Professor

Karel Nel is an Associate Professor in the Division of Visual Arts at the Wits School of Arts. He has taught fine arts in the division since the early 80s. View full bio Room 318 third floor, WSOA Building Telephone+27 (11) 7174637 Email:

Juan Orrantia


Juan Orrantia’s photographic and multimedia practice reconsiders ideas, histories and experiments of the document(ary), especially in relation to questions of time, memory and movement. View full bio Room 315, Third Floor, WSOA Building. Telephone: Email:

Zen Marie

(Divisional Management Committee)


Photographer/Artist/Writer/Lecturer Durban/JHB/Boston/JHB/Amsterdam/JHB Sydenham Primary/Fordsburg Primary/Martin Luther King Junior School/Johannesburg Secondary school/ National School of the Arts Market Photo Workshop/Michaelis School of Art/Stichting 63: de ateliers /University of Amsterdam/Vega school of Brand communications WITS School of Art View full bio Room 321, Third Floor, WSOA Building Telephone+27 (11) 7174621 Email: web:

Shogan Ganas Naidoo

Digital/photo technician

 Shogan Ganas Naidoo is an artist working in photography and video. View full bio Room 012A Ground Floor, WSOA Building Telephone: +27 (11) 717 4625 Email:      

Reshma Chhiba

Exhibitions coordinator

Reshma Chhiba is an visual artist and dancer based in Johannesburg. She holds a BAFA (2005) and an MAFA (2013), from the University of the Witwaterand, and a diploma in Bharatanatyam (2002) from the Institute of Indian Art and Culture (South Africa). View full bio Reshma is based at The Point Of Order, Corner Stiemans and Bertha Street Braamfontein contact her for queries regarding the space.        

Mpumelelo Godfrey Mahlangu

Workshop Assistant

Born 1968 in Pimville, Johannesburg. Godfrey Mahlangu studied in Limpopo and has been working since 2009 as workshop and exhibitions assistant in the division of Fine Art. View full bio Room 314a, First Floor, WSOA Building. Telephone+27 (11) 717 4745 Email:      

Ben Law-Viljoen

Chief Technician/Workshop Manager

Ben Law-Viljoen is a jack of all trades and master of many. In past lives he was a pastor, photographer, diver, foundry master and much much more. At the moment he is the workshop guru at the school of art, where he challenges the technical quality of art production and constantly saves the lives of under and post graduate students. View full bio Room x Ground Floor, Art house Telephone+27 (11) 7174633 Email:    

Niall Bingham

Printmaking Technician

Niall Bingham was born in Pietermaritzburg in 1981, where he studied Fine Art at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, completing his BAVA (Hons) in 2005. View full bio Room xxx, Ground Floor, WSOA Building. Telephone+27 (11) 717 xxxx Email:        

Vincent Baloyi

Technical assistant

Vincent Baloyi was born on 4 February 1954 in Newclare, Johannesburg. Baloyi first attended school in Soweto where his family moved in 196 View full bio Room xxx, Ground Floor, WSOA Building. Telephone+27 (11) 717 4609 Email:          

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