Profile of Raks Morakabe Seakhoa
After over 30 years’ experience in the grassroots and non-governmental organisations and activities, Raks Morakabe Seakhoa founded and heads, since 1999, the wRite associates, a one-stop public relations, strategies, project and event management agency that delivers highly effective implementable services and products, focused mainly within the arts, culture and heritage sector and beyond.
Venturing into Maritime Heritage World
From 2015 to June 2019 he founded and headed the Maritime Heritage Programme at SAMSA (SA Maritime Safety Authority), working on maritime heritage development strategies and projects.
Upon the end of his contract at SAMSA, he established the Maritime Heritage Institute, conceptualised and spearheaded the inaugural Maritime Heritage Conference that also launched the Maritime Heritage Careers and Jobs Expo, Maritime Heritage Awards and Maritime Heritage Lecture in September 2019.
From 1988 to 1997, he tenured as the Regional Co-ordinator and Secretary General of the Congress of South African Writers (COSAW). Raks helped raise the visibility of South African literature and its writers through literary skills transfer workshops, literary public readings, writer-international exchange programmes, conferences and his involvement in publications and translations of works into various South African languages.
Strategist, Awards Co-ordinator and Judge
To date (from 2005), he’s been the Project Co-ordinator and Publishing Editor of the South African Literary Awards and the latter’s publication/anthology, Band of Troubadours, respectively, as well as the Africa Century Literary Art & Orature: centenary celebrations conversations.
In 2004 and 2006, Raks was a Co-ordinator of the Daimler Chrysler South Africa’s Poet of the Year Awards and Unilever South Africa’s Poetry Awards, respectively.
Convenor and Chairperson
From 2006 to 2007, he was appointed Chairperson of the Board of Windybrow Theatre by the Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan.
A published poet (in anthologies with other poets), Raks was Convenor of the South African Writers’ Federation (SAWFED) and served as the founding Chairperson of the Southern African Writers’ Council (SAWCO) – 1993-1998. Until 2000, Raks was a Convenor of the Arts, Culture & Heritage Commission of the South African Chapter of the African Renaissance.
Activism, Serving Time
Raks has been involved in almost all aspects of the arts, culture and heritage since his release from a 5-year incarceration on Robben Island (1979-1984). Prior to and post his arrest and incarceration, he’d been involved in student, youth and political activism.
Travels, Festivals & Lectures
He has travelled extensively to attend literary conferences, arts & culture festivals, intellectual property rights seminars as well as to deliver lectures on a variety of issues addressing South Africa’s political, cultural, social and economic affairs.
Raks is connected to a large and varied network of well-known and highly regarded personalities who are strategically placed in sectors of business, literary and art organisations, government, entertainment and non-governmental organisations.