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Rafique Gangat

Biographical info

Rafique Gangat grew up in the farming town of Weenen. He spent years playing cricket, representing his Province. After obtaining a special permit from the Minister of Police, he was able to attend the University of Natal. 

Post University, he worked in the music business in Johannesburg, at a time when music was instrumental in breaking down the barriers created by Apartheid. Disillusioned with the capitalistic nature of the industry, he obtained a scholarship at The Leadership Institute of South Africa, and completed the pilot leadership course. With the Apartheid legislation having reserved careers for Whites only, he found no alternative but to work for an Indian Radio Station in Durban, as Announcer/Producer. 

Gangat's pioneering spirit led him to perceive change and democracy on the political horizon, and he became the first-ever career diplomat of colour in the Department of Foreign Affairs. He quit the diplomatic service, to embark on setting up a Radio Station, modelled on Radio 702.

Gangat now lives in Israel.

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