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Chairperson:     Regina van Vuuren

Ever since I was a child I wanted to be an archaeologist, travelling and excavating in exotic foreign locations. After school I enroled at the University of Tuebingen  Archaeology Department and over the next 7 years undertook fieldwork  in Italy, Greece, Egypt and Turkey.  In 1982 I graduated with a masters in Archaeology, Egyptology and Ancient History.

I followed this up with a 5 year stint as a professional bookseller, obtaining a degree in this subject. In 1988, frustrated at not having an opportunity to practice in a heritage field I decided to visit South Africa.  I was offered a temporary position at the KwaZulu Cultural Museum. I must have liked it because I am still here, employed by Amafa as Assistant Director Collections/Exhibitions.

In the 1990’s I studied anthropology and obtained a National Diploma in Museums Technology .I gained a fair amount of experience and hope this will be of benefit to the museums community.


Treasurer:     Henriette Ridley - Maritzburg College School Museum & Archives.

In 1983 I joined the KZN Provincial Museum Service as researcher.  I had previously worked at the SA Cultural History Museum in Cape Town, now IZIKO. In 1985 I became the first Liaison Officer at Museum Service, which involved regular contact with the affiliated museums of KZN and also organising training courses for curators. In 1996 I was appointed as Deputy Director at the Voortrekker Museum. I took early retirement at the end of July 2009.  At present I am working on a part-time basis at Maritzburg College, a high school for boys in Pietermaritzburg, where I am organising the museum and archive on a professional footing. A new museum exhibition is being planned for the 150th anniversary of the School in 2013.  I have been a member of SAMA since 1981. I have served on the SAMA National Council for two terms and been a member of the SAMA KZN Committee on and off over the past 18 years.

Secretary:   Sian Theron - Comrades House Museum

I am a UKZN alumni having majored in History and Classical Civilization and then going on to do an honours year in Class Civ. After starting an MA in Class Civ I decided I would rather like to get into museum work and got a Library and Information Sciences Diploma to get me closer to this end. I spent a few months gaining experience as a volunteer at the Alan Paton Struggle Archive and eventually ended up in my current position as museum curator of the Ultimate Human Race – The Comrades Marathon. As the only staff member in the museum my duties vary across the spectrum of museum related tasks as well as additional race-related responsibilities that form part of my job. Working for the Comrades Marathon has been inspirational and is infused with an ever present energy which I hope to bring to the KZN committee, being given the training portfolio to administer is something rather different from my usual work but as Comrades has taught me - I learn fast!


Committee:   Mlungisi Ngubane

Mlungisi brings valuable experience to our committee, as he has been in the museum world since 1994, starting as an anthropologist and moving up through the ranks to his current post as Director at Msunduzi and Ncome.  He holds a BSoc degree and a Masters in anthropology.  Welcome, Mlungisi!  We are delighted to have some male energy in our group.


Newsletter:   Vivienne Garside - Vukani Museum.

Paid for my training as a Speech and Drama teacher by working in travelling libraries in the 1960s (Yep. That old.) and zoomed around the Eastern Cape and Griqualand in a 13 ton bus. Did some informal art history by attending my sister’s lectures, acted and taught.  Then travelled all over the place on my husband’s coattails until I ended up at the Zululand Historical Museum in 1975 and was bitten by the museum bug.  Travelled all over a bit more, managing projects and hospitals and stuff, teaching, acting, journalism and fundraising and was happy to land at Vukani Museum in 2005 after I was widowed.  Having a lifelong passion for handwork, art and African cultures (and Eshowe), this is my reward for a life spent chasing other people’s rainbows.  I also teach English to reluctant teenagers and keen prisoners, and read anything I can get my hands on.  And listen to classical music.  And garden. And write lurid novels.  And study for the CAM course.