Toni Giselle Stuart

Toni Giselle Stuart is a poet, performer & creative facilitator. Her work includes Krotoa-Eva’s Suite – a cape jazz poem in three movements with filmmaker Kurt Orderson Poetry, Paramedics and Film with filmmaker/health researcher Leanne Brady (2018); What the Water Remembers at Woordfees (2020); forgetting and memory with vangile gantsho & Vusumzi Ngxande, at the Virtual National Arts Festival (2020). She has an MA Writer/Teacher (Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, where she was a 2014/2015 Chevening Scholar.

Ruvimbo Tenga

It is with great sadness that the Under Cover of Darkness team learnt of Ruvimbo Tenga’s passing on 8 June 2022. Our deepest sympathies to all who loved her. We were honoured by her presence and contribution to our symposium in 2021, and remain inspired by her advocacy and activism. SWEAT has set up a memorial page, as well as a funding drive towards Ruvimbo’s memorial, burial, and to provide support to her children. Please consider donating.

Born in Zimbabwe, Ruvimbo Tenga is a nomad, an activist and a freelance consultant. She is a former Western Cape Media Liaison for Sisonke/SWEAT and a Sisonke member. Her current work centres around advocating for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa and she sits as vicechair of the SWEAT board, is a former founding steering committee member of Asijiki Coalition for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa, a member of the Sex worker theatre and streeting committee member (which is part of the Global Grace Project), and sits on the Sisonke Siyaphambili LGBTI Organisation (SISLO) Board. Her interests are in the formulation process of spaces and organisations and she has worked closely with organisations such as SWEAT, Women’s Legal Centre, Sonke Gender Justice, Triangle Project (where she was a former LGBTI Refugees safe space leader) and PASSOP LGBTI. She has co-authored, published and has been part of documentaries on various platforms. Tenga is passionate about research, facilitation and consults for various organisations focusing on sex work, LGBTI, migration and feminism.

She seeks for all things spiritual and ancestral, is an artist and a designer, and uses recycled materials to design jewellery. Tenga is currently based in Cape Town.

Nancy Jouwe

Nancy Jouwe is a cultural historian and works as a freelance researcher, public speaker, publicist and sometimes cultural producer/curator. She is interested in intersectionality, postcolonial and decolonial theorizing, art and heritage.

Jouwe teaches at the Master of Fine Arts, Utrecht School of the Arts and at Amsterdam University College. As a researcher, she is currently working on an investigation of the history of slavery in Utrecht, commissioned by the municipality of Utrecht.

She has published articles and books on postcolonial cultural and social movements and Dutch slavery history, including Caleidoscopische Visies. De zwarte, migranten, vluchtelingen vrouwenbeweging in Nederland. (2001), Paradijsvogels in de Polder. 50 jaar Papoea’s in Nederland (2012), Gids Slavernijverleden Nederland, Netherlands Slavery Heritage Guide (LM Publishers, 2019) and Amsterdam en de slavernij in Oost en West. Het Amsterdam Onderzoek (Uniekboek/Spectrum, 2020). She is president of BAK, Basis voor Actuele Kunst and was co-founder of art platform Framer Framed.

Zayaan Khan

Zayaan Khan works in understanding the nuances in our navigations of land (and sea) from an interdisciplinary perspective. Firmly rooted in a socio-political context, Zayaan works at unhinging our dependence on neoliberal consumption through storytelling, her work is based on interdisciplinary praxis, both as practitioner and facilitator.

Dr Susan Levine

Susan Levine is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Head of Anthropology at The University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her areas of interest include medical and visual anthropology with an emerging new focus in Health Humanities and the Arts. Susan’s research includes work on children’s work in South Africa’s wine industry, decolonial pedagogies in higher education, toxic landscapes and childhood poisoning, HIV/AIDS and the militarization of COVID-19 globally.  Her books include Medicine and the Politics of Knowledge (HSRC Press 2021); Children of A Bitter Harvest (HSRC Press 2013) and At The Foot of the Volcano: Reflections on Teaching at a South African University (HSRC Press 2018). If interested, you can check out Susan’s MOOC called ‘Medicine and the Arts’, which is free on Future Learn.

Fayruza Abrahams

Fayruza is a well-travelled, passionate, food enthusiast and successful entrepreneur. Her aim is to share her love for cooking, her heritage, and food culture with as many people as possible. She hosts 5 Food Experiences including a unique, Cape Malay Fine Dining extravaganza, as well as an online cooking class. She works with and is affiliated with travel operators and companies across the world which has resulted in her classes being extremely popular on social media, television and film. Fayruza is currently writing a second cookbook and lives with her family in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town.

Professor Siona O’Connell

Professor Siona O’Connell (PhD) is an African Studies scholar at The School of the Arts at the  University of Pretoria. Her research focus falls within three areas, that of Memory Studies, Creative Studies and Restorative Justice in postcolonial and post-apartheid South Africa. She is widely respected for her work on land restitution in South Africa as well as for research on women of South Africa’s clothing and textile industry.

Her co-edited book, Hanging on a Wire   won the 2018 National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIHSS) Humanities and Social award for the best non-fiction edited volume and her monograph on forced removals in Cape Town, An Impossible Return: Cape Town’s Forced Removals continues to garner broad recommendations.

She has curated numerous exhibitions and directed and produced 8 film documentaries that emerge out of her commitment to research that is focused in trauma, memory and belonging in post-apartheid South Africa. She use the creative project to think about difficult questions of belonging, violence and redress, shifting frames from aesthetics to restorative justice.

O’Connell was a Trilateral Reconnections Project Fellow (Brown University), is a Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) alumnus and was the NEH Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Humanities at Colgate University in the USA in 2018-19.

Dr Erica de Greeff

Erica de Greef is a fashion curator, academic and co-founder of the African Fashion Research Institute. She holds a PhD in African Studies from the University of Cape Town, titled ‘Sartorial Disruptions’ that investigated the colonial stasis in South African museums’ fashion collections. She contributed to the development of local fashion curricula, exhibitions and interdisciplinary research. In 2018-2019, Erica led the fashion department at the Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town. She has published in academic journals and contributed chapters to edited books. She is a board member of the Research Collective for Decolonising Fashion and the International Journal for Fashion Studies.


Queezy is a multidisciplinary artist bridging the intersections of fine art, fashion, and performance. From printmaking and videography to drag performances and DJ sets, QUEEZY creates immersive worlds, where fantasy meets the radical subversion of the status quo. At once theatrical and personal, Heneke’s works upend and expand what it means to be queer and coloured in South Africa, subverting constructions of masculinity, sexuality, and corporeality. Salient themes of gendered norms and identity politics are met with craftsmanship and authenticity, generating artworks which are as aesthetically engaging as they are socially engaged. Ultimately, Queezy aims to create interactive experiences where normativity gives way to spaces for protest, empowerment, and celebration. Queezy attended Belgravia art school where they received training in pottery, painting, sculpture, and graphic design. After high school, they attended Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where they were awarded a BTech in Fashion Design with a distinction in specialized clothing technology.

Queezy has created performances for Gallery MOMO, World Art Gallery, Goodman Gallery, Zeitz MOCAA and Norval Foundation.

Recently the University of Cape Town has acquired Queezys work “Thandi” (Digital Collage print) for their permanent archive which is showcased in the Bremner Building foyer.

Since 1860, the Trafalgar Place flower market has been an integral part of Cape Town’s Adderley Street, itself a historic place of trade and social life in the city. The UCD team worked alongside the flower sellers, creating unique bouquets for each panelist as a gesture of thanks for their participation.

We would like to thank each seller, many of them third and fourth generation sellers, for their enthusiasm, creativity and warmth. Pictured here from left to right are: Soraya Naidoo, Alison Snyders and Karin Bachmann.