Anthony Prangley

Manager, Gibs Dialogue Circle

A founding member and now the manager of the Dialogue Circle at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, Anthony Prangley has turned optimism about South Africa into a profession. When he graduated with a geography honours degree from Wits he was coaxed by a "crazy Columbian guy� to go to South America to study anthropology. Prangley says he soon became embarrassed by "how little I knew about South Africa � I had been to London fi ve or six times,� he says, "but never to Soweto.� He returned home and worked in rural Swaziland, Mozambique and South Africa. He then started the Gumboots Foundation, which funds grassroots projects that do great things in disadvantaged communities. "It was at the time when the rand was plummeting and a lot of people were going overseas,� says Prangley, who elicited funding from South Africans living abroad who still wanted to contribute to the country. The urban gumboot-dancing group, Affi rmative Action, is another initiative Prangley helped start, almost five years ago. He still does public performances with the group when he finds the time. � Lisa Steyn

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