Sunday, 26 May, 2019

Cover Feature

Sivan Pillay


Everyone has a story to tell.  The Story of Sivan Pillay – From a truck assistant to a singer songwriter and the Managing Director of Endemol South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. Sivan Pillay is the Managing Director of Endemol South Africa and also a musician and TV executive today. Things weren’t rosy for Pillay right from the start though. To ... Read More »

Ela Gandhi


Ela Gandhi was born on 1 July 1940 in Durban as the youngest daughter of Manilal and Sushila Gandhi. Her father, who was Gandhi’s second son, returned from India to South Africa in 1917 to assist in the running of the Phoenix Settlement and of the newspaper, The Indian Opinion. By 1920 he had become the editor of the paper ... Read More »

Saira Essa

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Saira shares her childhood life with us. I was born in Nigel – a small mining and industrial town in a very remote part of Gauteng. Most of my growing up was in Durban. How do I describe my childhood to you and where do I begin? I recall being alone most of the time as a child. I sometimes didn’t see ... Read More »

Vikash Mathura

vikash mathura

From Chatsworth to Sandton From entertainment to branding… From being employed to employing. Tell us where you are from, where you grew up, and about your childhood. I was born in Havenside – Chatsworth (the “Ones”), and grew up in a very humble home with my parents; 2 brothers; a dog and lots of birds! I was always the hard-working kid. I ... Read More »

Devi Sankaree Govender

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The unrelenting journalist with a passion for exposing the truth! The adage that dynamite comes in small packages certainly holds true for the diminutive, fearless go-getter, Devi Sankaree Govender. Devi is most well-known for her popular straight-talking radio chat show, Viewpoint on Lotus FM which she exited more than 10 years ago. Yet, the award-winning journalist remains a household name ... Read More »

Face of SUTRA 2012 Winner

Sarah-Lee Bensingh

Sarah-Lee Bensingh is the winner of The Face of Sutra Pageant 2012. Hailing from the beautiful Kingdom of the Zulu, in my final year of BCom Marketing and Management, I’m employed by a company that manufactures and distributes medical devices globally. As a passion, I have followed in the footsteps of my father, as a public speaker and compere. My ... Read More »

Shashi Naidoo back from India

shashi naidoo back from mumbai

Fate had other plans for Shashi Naidoo. If life had worked out differently for her, she would have been a dedicated chiropractic doctor. Whilst studying she worked as a part-time florist. She delivered flowers to an ad agency, where the art buyer mistook her for a model. She was invited to a casting for Edgars lingerie. She gave it a shot, ... Read More »

Shameen Thakur- Rajbansi


The adage “dynamite comes in small packages” holds true for the unassuming but extremely intelligent pharmacist-turned politician, Shameen Thakur- Rajbansi who was born in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal to her educator dad Devjith Thakur and mum Hewawathie Thakur. Shameen Thakur-Rajbansi is the oldest among six daughters regarded by her father as his ‘sons’. He believed in the education and emancipation of women ... Read More »

Sweet and Simple Sangeeta Doraiswami

    IN THIS ISSUE OF Sutra we have a chat with Sangeeta Doraiswami, the wife of the Indian Consul-General in Johannesburg. This is what she has to say about her childhood, her marriage, her travels and her life today. Tell us about your background. I have mixed parentage; my mum and dad come from two different parts of the ... Read More »

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