The Patrons of the JBF are chosen for their life's work in their various art forms and their social justice activism internationally. The Patrons are role models of the JBF, to deepen the culture of reading and writing in all languages and all art forms.While the Patrons inspire us with their work, they provide concrete guidance to young and emerging writers and artists in their respective art forms.
Diana Ferrus was born in Worcester in 1953 and completer her high school career in 1972. She completed a postgraduate degree in Women’s and Gender studies at the University of of the Western Cape where she worked as a
Ronnie Govender a recipient of two lifetime achievement awards for his contribution to literature and the arts was born in 1934 in Cato Manor. His lover for theatre was motivated by oral storytelling by his mother and grandmother. Andre
James David Matthews was born to working-class parents in District Six, Cape Town, on 29 May 1929. He attended Prestwich Primary School and then went on to Trafalgar High School in Cape Town. He has said: “I grew up in
LULI CALLINICOS, one of South Africa’s most respected social historians, is an award-winning author, highly acclaimed for some of the country’s most significant social commentaries of our time. Her published work includes Gold and Workers, A Place in the City”
Zakes Mda, legally Zanemvula Kizito Gatyeni Mda (born 1948), is a South African novelist, poet and playwright. He has won major South African and British literary awards for his novels and plays. He is currently a Patron of the Etisalat