Denis Goldberg is a first generation South African born 1933. The son of immigrant parents who were actively opposed to apartheid he learned in early childhood to respect all people and became politically active against apartheid. Sentenced in the Rivonia Trial 1963 – 1964 with Nelson Mandela and others to life imprisonment for participation in the armed struggle against apartheid. After 22 years in prison he resumed political activity in 1985. When apartheid ended in 1994 he set up registered charities, Community H.E.A.R.T. in Britain and Community Heart e.V. in Germany, to support social projects in South Africa.
Denis and Andrew Mlangeni are the only two survivors of that trial which was a turning point in the history of South Africa.

Jo Noero is a renowned architect who lives in Hout Bay. He has been recognised by the Nordic Association of Architects in 1993, Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006, the South African Institute of Architects in 2010, American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2015. Noero’s work has been exhibited at MoMA in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Singapore Biennale and the National Gallery of Art in Cape Town. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and an Alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar.

André Oosthuizen is a lawyer who specialises in commercial, intellectual property and sports law, and lives in Hout Bay in Cape Town, South Africa. He is extensively involved in community upliftment projects, particularly in the areas of youth development, poverty relief and job creation. He has written two books, and has recently launched the Light a Brief Candle website, which is dedicated to community upliftment work and philosophy.

Dr Deidre Abrahams is a forensic pathologist and an artist in her own right. She has been influential in shaping Denis Goldberg’s art collection and in the ideas behind the formation of the Denis Goldberg Foundation.

David Goldberg is the founder’s son. He handles the finances of the foundation. He is a retired businessman who lives in London.