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Ifa lethu annual report 2012/13 11 Consultants doctorate on small business and entrepreneurship policy. She has published chapters in textbooks and delivered papers at national and international conferences. Her research interests focus on entrepreneurship education, the small business enabling environment and entrepreneurship policy. Retha Strydom – B.A.; HED (University of the Free State); Business Management & Administration (Hons); MBA (University of Stellenbosch). Retha Strydom is a lecturer in business management and entrepreneurship in the Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria. She has contributed to chapters in textbooks and delivered papers at national and international conferences. She received a Laureate award for innovative teaching in 2008. Her research interests focus on entrepreneurship education, social entrepreneurship, the role of creative art and craft in social development and facilitating startups. Dr Bonita de Klerk Dr Bonita de Klerk is the Operations Manager for the Malapa Project in the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University. Her work with Ifa Lethu started in 2009, when a casting workshop for 40 students from Mamelodi was run at the Origins Centre. This first workshop proved successful and 2 of the candidates were hired onto the Malapa project at Wits University. These 2 young men became the principal casting technicians for all the fossil material coming out of the newly discovered site of Malapa. “Since then we have run numerous workshops and trained interns in conjunction with Ifa Lethu, the most recent of these collaborations was the training of 10 people from the local communities in the Cradle of Humankind. The participants were trained in moulding, casting and painting. The collaboration with Ifa Lethu allowed participants to get involved with the fossil heritage which is found on their doorstep.” De Klerk graduated with a PhD in Palaeontology from Wits University (2012). She is a Wits graduate and holds a BS c in Geology (2005), a BS c Honours in Geology and Palaeontology (2006), and a MS c Degree in Palaeontology with Distinction (2007). Dr Lee Berger Prof. Berger is the Reader in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science at the Institute for Human Evolution, School of GeoSciences, University of the Witwatersrand. He holds an adjunct Professorial position in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arkansas. He is best known for his discovery of Australopithecus sediba. It is under his leadership and support that the Ifa Lethu Fossil Casting programme became a springboard to train and develop world class fossil casters who have gone on to work in museums and also to create their own Fossil Casting small businesses. He says: “The highly successful collaboration between lfa Lethu and the lnstitute for Human Evolution in developing a fossil casting programme had its origins several years ago through a small grant from the US Embassy. This grant allowed a small-scale training program to take place where young artists and artisans from the Mamelodi area underwent skills training in casting and mould-making. From this first class of students two young men were selected for additional training and to form the foundation of the initial casting programme. From these humble beginnings the casting programme, in ongoing cooperation with lfa Lethu, has grown and not only created jobs, but also imparted a sense of community pride, and public awareness into Science. This growth in awareness and pride has not only occurred in the community around Mamelodi, but also nationally and internationally as the work of this programme has received media and scientific attention and word has spread of its success.”


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