MANAGING COMMITTEE

Darkroom Contemporary’s organisational management is supported by a noteworthy group of volunteers, the Managing Committee. This exceptional group of people donate their time and expertise to govern the proceedings of the organisation and ensure a viable future for Darkroom Contemporary.

Noel Daniels - Chairperson

Noel Daniels holds a M.A. in Education Administration and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He has worked in all levels of the education and training system and in all sectors – business, NGO and government. For the past six years Noel has been a co-owner and the Managing Director of The Fundamentals Training Centre (FTC), a company that focuses on provision of leadership and management training to corporates, government and communities, both in South Africa and internationally.

Noel is actively engaged in a number of leadership and management initiatives. His track record includes UCT’s BEd (Hons) Educational Leadership and Management and Advance Certificate in Education: Education Management Leadership Development programmes for which he has provided project management, lecturing, mentoring, assessment and moderation services. He is passionate about community development and is fully engaged in FTC’s own Higher Education and Training Certificate (HETC) in Development Practice, aimed at community-based leaders, especially young people and women.Noel is a committee member of the Athlone and Cape Flats Branch of Cape Chamber of Commerce in the capacity of Immediate Past Chairperson. He also represents the Chamber on the Premier’s Council of Skills.

Basier Dramat - Treasurer

Naren Sewpaul - Secretary

Naren Sewpaul does advocacy and resilience work in human rights, community media and contemporary arts development. His interests are in futures studies, holistic education and sustainable livelihood projects. He is a competent composer, documentary film researcher, radio presenter and an avid collector of vinyl records and contemporary literature. Naren was a Steering Committee member on the Arterial Network from 2010 – 2014 and is presently associated with the Right2Know Campaign. He lives in Cape Town where he is the director of Creative Futures Consulting and the co -manager of The Novalis Ubuntu Institute.

Nicolette Moses

Nicolette Moses is a trained classical ballet and contemporary dancer, who majored in Food Science whilst honing her craft. Her ballet training was done at UCT School of Dance under Mignon Furman and contemporary dance under Sharon Friedman.
Following a sojourn abroad, Nicolette joined the Jazzart Dance Theatre, which she managed before joining CAPAB as head of the Audience Development Department. In the transition from CAPAB to Artscape, Nicolette worked as Project Manager and then Artistic Manager until 2001. During her time at Artscape, she also worked extensively with the Nederlands Dance Theater (NDT) based in Den Haag. After a break from theatre, she was appointed as Project Manager at the Baxter Theatre Centre in 2003. Nicolette is currently Associate Producer and Planning Manager at the Baxter and is the Artistic Director of the Baxter Dance Festival.

Bridgette Brukman


Bridgette Brukmann is owner of Brukman Consulting, dealing with Fundraising strategy, Sponsorship Management, Brand Management, Marketing, Artists Management and Research and Development. Bridgette previously worked as Business Development Manager for Dance For All and NICRO (National Institute for Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders), as well as Operations Manager at Ikamva Labantu and Fund Developer for Epilepsy South Africa. She has consulted for Dreamerschild Production, Red Ribbon Foundation, SignatureSA, Robin Pieters, Karin Kortje, Don Vino Prins, London Louw, Earl Deetlifs, and Wayne Mckay.

Auriol Hays

Auriol, blessed with a powerful, sultry thick-as-molasses voice, made musical waves with her SAMA nominated debut album, ‘Behind Closed Doors’, a heady mix of mature pop intertwined with jazz and soul (and some power ballads) featuring the radio hits ‘Turn up the volume’, ‘Nostalgia’ and ‘Take it Slow’ earning selection as one of the Sunday Times Top Twenty Albums of 2009.
A collaboration with DJ Rowick Deep produced the run-away success hit ‘Deeper than the Ocean’, a precursor to the much anticipated house album ‘DeepHays’ slated for release – SOON. More recently Auriol Hays released the follow up offering ‘Call it love, Anima Sola’, featuring the radio play-listed songs ‘My Love’, ‘Beside You’, ‘A Better Man’, ‘For the Man you’ and ‘All Tied Up’. Voice of America Online described this album as “a cascading blend of genres that include soul, jazz and blues, interpreted by one of the strongest voices to emerge on the South African music scene in many years.”

Aside from recording in studio, performing with Tumi and The Volume; Marcus Wyatt, Lionel Bastos, DJ RowickDeep, Tribal Echo; with songs featured on Isdingo; staging the shows Just Call me Nina, Hunted and Wanted, Manskappe, I Put a Spell on you, In Bloom, The Look of Love; being featured on Top Billing, Espresso, Jam Sandwich and Kollig thissexy sultry songstress has performed at local and international music festivals like the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, opening with the Gauteng Big Band at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Zoo Lake Music Festival, GrahamstownArts Festival, Suidoosterfees, Lusito Land Festival and more recently at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2013 sharing the stage with music greats like Jimmy Dludlu, Brand New Heavies, Buena Vista Social Club, and Jill Scott.

Undere Deglon

Undere Deglon works as the Chief Executive Officer of Disability Workshop Development Enterprise responsible for innovative employment solutions and empowerment initiatives. As a black woman with a disability from the rural parts of South Africa, she contributes her own experiences to address inequality through innovative and sustainable approaches to development.
Undere attained a Masters in Research Psychology from the University of Cape Town, a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of South African and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Western Cape. She is currently enrolled for an Executive MBA at the University of Cape Town. Undere was elected to serve on the Presidential Working Group on Disability. She previously served on the United Nations International Labour Organisation Programme Steering Committee where she gained experience in successful employment models, both nationally and internationally. Undere headed the Working Committe for the International Labour Organisation’s multi-country study (Zambia, Swaziland, Malawi and South Africa) with the purpose to understand ‘Strategies for skills acquisition and work for people with disabilities’. Undere spearheaded the Careers for Youths with Disabilities in South Africa (CYDISA) programme, funded by the Danish Foreign Ministry. This was the fist comprehensive career guidance service offered to young people with disabilities in South Africa. The CYDISA Programme led to the conceptualisation of the 2% Campaign with an associeted tartget of 1200 people with disabilities into employment all over South Africa. The 2% Campaign was funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, particularly the Jobs Fund.