Hennie van Greunen
Simon Cooper was born in Cape Town on October 31, 1947 and grew up on the False Bay coast. Having a fishing mad father meant that growing up he spent a lot of time on fishing boats of Kalk Bay and in contact with the Kalk Bay fishing community of the time. I have 3 grown children from my first marriage and a step-son from my current marriage to Helen Brent Cooper, a print maker and much more.
He holds Master of Management MM (Wits university), Higher Diploma in education (Wits university), various certificates including Project Management and Advanced Marketing (North West University), Assessor and Moderator (MAPPPSETA). Currently is the chairperson of Merakeng Foundation. He has been unit manager and Director for 15 years at Mmabana Arts Foundation, including 7 years in executive management. He is the former deputy chairperson of Arts Distributing Agency at the National Lottery Commission. He has also served as chairperson of North West Provincial Arts and Culture Council (PACC) and a board member of the National Arts Council. He has been the deputy president of the South African Association of Jazz Education (SAJE) for two terms. He is also the former General Secretary of Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA).
We are saddened by the passing of Willie, who died in May 2021 of COVID-19 related complications.