Ian Watt

Ian is the former managing director of Old Mutual Properties. He retired after 40 years with Old Mutual and established his own business retail "Xpressions" which consults on new retail projects and concepts internationally.

He has been at the forefront of many of the innovative entertainment concepts that have been introduced in the industry, notably Cavendish Square, The Zone @ Rosebank, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

He is frequently invited to address international audiences on the role of entertainment in creating dynamic retail environments and serves as a trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Ian also serves on a number of boards, Pioneer Property Zone Services PVT Ltd (India), Primedia Lifestyle (Pty) Ltd, Primedia Interactive (Pty) Ltd, Primemedia Interactive Properties (Pty) Ltd, and is a trustee of the MTN Interactive Science Foundation, ICSC (USA).

Saul Chanarin

Saul began his involvement in ZIP ZAP as a parent when his two sons became students at ZIP ZAP in 1993, where they trained until graduating to perform overseas as professionals.

After studying Interior Design at Hornsey Art College, he became personally involved in the performing arts field in South Africa as an entertainer with a touring theatre company.

Saul is a Trustee of the Constantia Waldorf School Association and has been the Speech and Drama teacher at the Constantia Waldorf School for the last sixteen years.



Rynier Keet

Rynier was born in Sabie, in the Lowveld, now Mpumalanga in May 1951. He started his schooling there and except for two years in the Eastern Cape, and finished his schooling in Nelspruit in 1968. He had the most wonderful childhood doing a lot of playing with a bit of associated learning. Since the age of 8 he wanted to be a pilot, with no other options in his arsenal and it stayed that way for all of his school years.

He was accepted by the SAAF and entered the gates of the SAAF Gymnasium on 7 January 1969. After three months of basics and ground subjects he was transferred to Langebaanweg to do his training on Impalas. He received his pilot wings in December 1970 and served as a pilot and pilot instructor mainly on jet aircraft. He became the OC of 5 Squadron, equipped with Cheetah and after his OC tour of three years, left the SAAF to further his studies. He enrolled on a MBA programme with the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 1991.

He finished his degree and started his own management consultant company focussing on strategy and management information systems. He is currently the MD of Corporate Renaissance Group (CRG) in Cape Town.

CRG is a consulting firm specialising in Strategic & Performance Management, Supply Chain Management and Business Intelligence. He has been involved in numerous initiatives with various Private and Public Sector organisations in Southern Africa, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the USA. He has been a practising management consultant for the past twenty-five years.

His son, Ryno, was part of the Zip Zap fraternity for many years during which Rynier served as a trustee of Zip Zap during that period – reliving his childhood again.

Solly Moeng

Solly Moeng is an experienced holistic Brand Manager and media professional with proven specialisation and a track record in Destination Marketing, Strategic Corporate Communications, General Management, PR and Media Relations. His tertiary and professional careers have taken him to Canada, USA, and France (where he also completed his French MA Degree) over the last 20 years. He was South African Tourism’s Marketing Manager in Canada, based in Toronto, before being appointed to head the organisation’s operations in the USA where, as Country Manager, based in New York, he managed the roll-out of South Africa’s Tourism Growth Strategy in the US and Canadian markets.

Fluent in French, Soweto born Solly has also worked as Business Development & Marketing Manager of Mesure, a South African subsidiary of French Multinational Construction company, Bouygues Travaux Publics and Basil Read, a position that enabled him to also work from the company’s Head Office in St-Quentin-en- Yvelines, just outside Paris.

He has also occupied Marketing & Communications Manager positions for CapeNature and the South African Biodiversity Institute, which manages the world famous Kirstenbosch, Cape Town, and 8 other National Botanical Gardens in South Africa. Solly also completed the IMM’s Post-Graduate Diploma in Marketing and attended courses at the respected Vega School of Branding.

He is now enrolled for a PhD at the University of Cape Town (UCT) focusing on how crisis communicators integrate media in their work.

Andras Vamos Goldman

What if we could get closer to stopping the cycles of violence that plague so much of our planet? As a son of parents who endured the Holocaust, Andras Vamos-Goldman has been on a mission to turn "Justice Denied" for victims of mass atrocities into "Justice Achieved". Andras’ vision is for the investigation of mass atrocities to be done as quickly and professionally as the investigation of any ordinary domestic crime.

In pursuit of this vision, Andras helped to create, and is the Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response (JRR). JRR is a standard-setting multi-stakeholder facility that recruits, trains and deploys criminal justice professionals from all over the world to investigate mass atrocities. Since becoming operational in 2009, JRR has certified over 550 professionals to its rapidly deployable roster and has supported over 100 investigations of the worst crimes known to humanity. Andras’ goal is that the quality and timeliness of investigations achieved by JRR becomes the standard to which all investigations of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are carried out. Only by getting the investigations of these crimes right, is credible accountability a possibility. And only credible accountability leads to justice for victims, deterrence for future offenders, thereby helping to break the cycle of violence.

A relentless social entrepreneur, an international lawyer and Canadian diplomat, Andras’ involvement with international criminal justice includes playing an instrumental role in the establishment of the Sierra Leone Special Court and working on the creation of the International Criminal Court.

Katherine Hildebrand

Katherine was born in Switzerland and studied there and in the UK. Her first degree was in Biochemistry. After realizing she did not want to spend her life in a lab, she studied Nutrition and Epidemiology which would give her the skills to work more directly with people. She first worked in Mali during the severe famine of the 80’s where she met her husband also working in the humanitarian field.

This was the beginning of a long adventure going from Mali to Chad and Cambodia for stays of several years in each country. She has always enjoyed travelling and was involved in several short term work projects in many other African countries. She arrived in South Africa in 1999 with her husband and two children and fell in love with the country and the dynamism of the people. Through her daughter she discovered Zip Zap and slowly grew to understand and appreciate the work Zip Zap is doing.

The work with children coming from less privileged background s, the opportunity to develop in a safe and harmonious environment as well as discovering the beauty and magic of circus, was an eye opener and something that was missing in the medical humanitarian work being done in Khayelitsha.

After several years of dreaming and discussing with Brent and Laurence, the Ibhongolwethu project was started by Zip Zap in Khayelitsha in conjunction with MSF.

Sue Davidoff

Sue Davidoff is a social development practitioner who has been practising in the field for the past 25 years. She works out of The Proteus Initiative, in Cape Town, a city of challenge and transformation and mountain and sea.

She works to encourage wholeness from out of the midst of fractured lives and fragmented communities. She established the Teacher Inservice Project, based at UWC, and through this worked at building a holistic and integrated response to the needs of young people (and the people who teach them) throughout South Africa.

She moved from there into a more broadly social and ecologically oriented practice which has taken her all over Africa, to Europe, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand, as the work of pioneering an organic and phenomenological approach to social process has become established. At the same time The Proteus Initiative has been developing a wilderness retreat centre in South Africa, where natural and social life come together.

Thivhilaeli Makatu

A diplomat since 1995, Thivhilaeli is a Counsellor: Multilateral at the South African Permanent Delegation/Embassy to UNESCO in Paris since December 2012.

He served in different capacities at Head Office, in between diplomatic postings to Nigeria (1997 – 1999), Norway (1999 – 2001), Hong Kong (2002 – 2006), Belgium (2008 – 2010).

Early 1994, Thivhilaeli underwent a Diplomatic Training Programme at the Howard University and Georgetown University in Washington DC. Thivhilaeli obtained his Matric at Mushaathoni Secondary School, Limpopo in 1986 and a B.Iuris degree in 1993 from the University of Venda.

His hobbies are listening to music, reading, sports and traveling.

Anja Du Plessis

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Anita Mendiratta

A trusted and respected global strategic advisor and author in Tourism & Economic Development, Anita Mendiratta leads CACHET CONSULTING – an international consulting firm working closely with leaders in governments, private sector businesses, and international organizations.

Anita is also honoured to be Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Lead Consultant of CNN International’s T.A.S.K. GROUP, and Strategic Resource to the World Bank.

Anita is a fundamental believer in the role that Zip Zap Circus School plays in strengthening the spirit of possibility and responsibility for generations of South Africans. With expertise in strategic profile and partnerships, Anita is committed to working with Zip Zap to grow the remarkable results achieved.