Activist, Author, Academic, Businesswoman and Medical Doctor Idea worth spreading: How can you be an education activist? Dr Ramphele is a South African academic, businesswoman and medical doctor and was an anti-apartheid activist. She was one of the founders of the Black Consciousness Movement, along with Steve Biko. Mamphela Ramphele was voted 55th in the Top 100 Great South Africans in 2004. She is currently chairperson of Circle Capital Ventures and serves as a Director of Medi-Clinic Corporation Limited and Business Partners.