Co-Founder - Marlene le Roux

Marlene le Roux - Co-Founder Marlene le Roux - Co-Founder

Background -

I am a proud woman with a disability, but it was a painful journey until I got to this point.

And then God grace me with two beautiful children, Aimee and Adam. Adam has Cerebral Palsy and he is mentally and physically disabled. I needed to dig very deep into my journey of strength and self-acceptance. And this journey I would like to share with other women that are going through similar experiences.

I am blessed to be able to be an activist and an advisor to both abled and disabled persons. I am the CEO of Artscape Theatre Centre. I use my experiences to mentor company executives, government institutions how to overcome their fear to employ persons with disabilities.

My purpose in life is to highlight the lack of “humanity” which marginalized groups face on a daily basis in South Africa, especially by women and the disabled. I lead by example of living my life to the fullest. I swim, I dance and I laugh at my inabilities and I love big.

My Motto in life is: THE WORLD OWES ME NOTHING




  • B. Mus Degree, 1988 University of the Western Cape
  • Higher Diploma in Education, 1989 University of the Western Cape
  • B.Ed, 1991 University of the Western Cape
  • Diploma in Management, 2002, University of Stellenbosch
  • Diploma in Senior Management, 2003, University of Stellenbosch



  • Conceptualized and edited a book on women with disability called Look at Me, published by Genugtig. The publication documented, in essay and photographic form, assertions of the lives of disabled women, 2008 
  • Compiled a book “Place in the Sun” This book is about the icons of Mitchell’s Plain
  • Conceptualized and edited a book Wellington se Klopse  



  • Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year – Art Category, 1998
  • Desmond Tutu Legendary Award, 2001
  • Alumni of the Year 2003, University of Stellenbosch
  • Woman of the World Path the Way Award, 2004
  • Western Cape Provincial Award, Arts & Culture, 2005
  • Honorary Membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society at the University of Stellenbosch, 2007   
  • Alumnus of the Year 2007, for excellence in Management, University of Stellenbosch Business School, 2008
  • Served on the Paralympic committee, 2010
  • CEO Magazine Awards.  SA’s most Influential Women in Business and Government.  Recognition of achievement in the Arts & Culture Sector, (2010
  • Received the Ordre National Du Merite from the French Government, 2012
  • Received the Deutschen Afrika – Preis from the German Government for work done in disadvantaged and minority areas, 2012