Ms Judy HermansChairperson
Human rights activism, stakeholder engagement, community outreach facilitation, strategic and operational planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects to ensure delivery of services.
Ms Hermans is a human rights activist who has established herself in civil society over the past four decades, with broad experience in several relevant fields. Her experience covers, in particular, fields such as gender empowerment projects, ECD work and housing rights. She has served as a board member and in management in organisations such as Uhuru Network (NPO), Inkwenkwezi Ekhanyayo (NPO), Northpine Civic Association, (as a Project Manager) at Northpine Educare Centre, as well as on the NPO Arbitration Panel and Editorial Committee of the Social Security Review.
In addition, she has useful experience in the public service, having been elected and having served as a councillor in local government and previously as a Housing Assistant at the Cape Town City Council. She also served on the Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Portfolio Committee which dealt with policy formulation, appeals and objections from citizens. She holds a BA degree from the University of the Western Cape.
Ms Hermans has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement and community outreach facilitation, administration, strategic and operational planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects to ensure delivery of services.
Mr Zolile NgcakaniDeputy Chairperson
Mainstreaming of socioeconomic programmes and initiatives, leadership, development and environmental management.
Mr Ngcakani holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the St Petersburg Institute of Chemical Technology in Russia, a Master of Science degree in Environmental Health Engineering from the University of Nairobi in Kenya and a Master of Engineering Science degree in Food and Biochemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He also participated in a number of international conferences held in New Zealand, the Netherlands, Sweden and the USA.
He is a Strategic Development Consultant, specialising in the mainstreaming of socio-economic programmes and initiatives, and is also an Environmental Engineer, born in Herschel, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He has more than 35 years of experience in strategic development technology systems conceptualization and more than 20 years practical experience in environmental management, engineering design and practices. He began his career as a political activist and a member of the African National Congress in 1958 at the University Of Fort Hare.
Mr Ngcakani has leadership and managerial skills, and abilities that were developed in the early years of the struggle for the liberation of South Africa from the apartheid regime. Whilst studying at the University of Fort Hare, where he was reading for the Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in physics and chemistry, he was directed by the ANC to go into exile to pursue further studies and undertake military training. On completion of his studies and training, he was deployed in Tanzania and subsequently in Lusaka where he held senior positions ranging from Deputy Chief of Logistics, Chief of Operations and Acting Chief of Staff at MK Headquarters.
In 2004, Mr Ngcakani was appointed as the Inspector-General of Intelligence, an agency that protects the integrity of the Intelligence Services whilst providing assurance to the government and the people of South Africa that they operate in an effective and accountable manner. Mr Ngcakani has a very good understanding and knowledge of the histories, structures and mandates of the departments that comprise South Africa’s security cluster. He retired in December 2009 as the Inspector-General of Intelligence and has served as a Commissioner in the Interim National Defence Force Service Commission, as well as a board member of the National Development Agency. Mr Ngcakani is able to establish effective working relationships at all levels of government, industry, and the public. He has good problem solving, analytical, negotiating and communication skills and is able to apply tact and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive development and environmental issues.
Mr Abram HanekomMember
Civil society activism in farm workers issues, youth and social cohesion and humanitarian assistance.
Mr Hanekom has many years experience in civil society, having worked for and assisted in several organizations. He is most recognized as an activist in three particular arenas, farm workers, youth and for social cohesion. In civil society he played several roles, including being elected FOCUS Western Cape provincial secretary, having been elected representative of the De Doorns DPC, appointed national coordinator of Food Allied Workers Union, appointed interim coordinator for SDC Western Cape, elected a Western Cape representative of the Safety Forum and elected PEC member of South African Youth Council. He has also learned much on the day to day challenges and difficulties of NGO boards, having served on several boards of various NGOs, including Cape Town TV, BDS, PASSOP, Witness Change and Amakhaya Ngoku.
He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine), completed several paralegal trainings and has been published in the University of Pennsylvania Law school's academic journal for human rights.
He is an experienced activist who has an understanding and a network in the civil society sector, the donor community, the NGO sector, unions and civil society formations.
His achievements include being selected as one of the Mail and Guardian 200 young people (in the civil society category), being awarded the Inyathelo Youth in Philanthropy award, being appointed on the adjudication panel for SA Migrant awards, awarded an Oxfam scholarship for DHA (Liverpool), delivering talks at the national conference on Millenium Development Goals and at campuses of various universities including Columbia, Harvard, Temple, Yale, Pennsylvania, Boston and UCT.
Ms Bibi KhanMember
Community development activism, human rights and justice, with a specific focus on women and children’s issues, racial integration and poverty.
Ms Khan’s career spans a number of companies and organizations over three decades where she mainly worked in the financial and administration fields. She was later recruited into the NGO sector and in 1991 joined the Development Resource Centre (DRC) at its implementation phase as head of Administration and Finance. The DRC was responsible for the drafting of the NPO Bill, in order to create an enabling environment for NGOs. Between 1997 and 2009, she worked at various companies, including Public Services International, Southern African Grantmakers Association, SANGONeT and Women’s Net, in an advisory capacity, and assisting with implementing financial account systems for quality management.
Unsettled many times in her childhood days due to the Group Areas Act, her fighting spirit was sparked, and she became a passionate and dedicated activist. As an activist, she mobilised and chaired a number of forums fighting for human rights and justice, with a specific focus on women and children’s issues.
Ms Khan was a founding Steering Committee Member of South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID), established in 2003, and she is also a National Steering Committee Member of the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa. In 2004, she teamed up with individual women from the NGO and CBO sectors to establish the Southern Forums region of South African Women in Dialogue. The SAWID Southern Forum Chapter was formalised on the 8th of March 2005, International Women’s Day, to ensure community ownership and participation in the movement. SAWID encourages women to attend open dialogue meetings whereby moral regeneration, racial integration, poverty alleviation, issues of drug abuse, promotion of BEE charters and harnessing ICT at grassroots level are discussed and implemented.
Ms Makgoro MannyaMember
Agriculture and agro-processing, fundraising and project management.
Ms Mannya holds a BA degree in Administration from the University of Venda, a Project Management Qualification from the United States Telecommunications Training Institution in Washington DC and the 10 000 Women’s Programme certificate from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
She is currently the owner of Ditubase Business Enterprise, a 100% black women owned business in agriculture and agro processing. She is the ex-officio member and former President of Women in Agriculture and Rural Development (WARD). Ms Mannya is a council member of the South African BEE Charter Council, a position she held since 2013 to date.
She sat on various committees as a member and Board member ranging from the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC), Perishables Products Experts Control Board (PPECB), Presidential Working Committee in Commerce and Agriculture, to mention a few. Her working career spans organisations such as the South African Chapter of African Renaissance, Limpopo Forum for Women in Agriculture, National Agricultural Council, Perishable Products Exports Control Board amongst others. She was the Co-ordinator of the Limpopo Forum for Women in Agriculture whereby she assisted women farmers in the areas of marketing, milling and food processing skills. She has strong marketing, fundraising and project management skills. She was also mainly responsible for developing the current atchaar recipe.
Ms Mannya is the founder of Botlokwa Community Radio Station and the Botlokwa Multipurpose Community Centre. She has the following awards under her belt: 2007 Female Farmer of the Year, Top 10 Toyota new Harvest of the Year 2008, Position 2 in The Most Influential Women in Business and Government (run by CEO Magazine), Best Achiever 2008 of the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network and Certificates of Excellence from both the Black management Forum and the Sowetan Women’s Club.
Ms Mashila MatlalaMember
Research, governance and public management
Ms Matlala has extensive experience in the field of policy and regulatory development. She has held positions of Executive: Regulatory Affairs and Networks at Telkom, Chief Director: Policy and Research Development at the Department of Communications where she was instrumental in developing, including drafting, of the current Electronic Communications Act of 2005 and licensing of various entities including INFRACO, NEOTEL and the listing of Telkom. She initiated the policy process in the Local Loop Unbundling and for the development of policy guidelines for the deployment of the undersea cables.
Ms Matlala has sat on the boards of Telkom International (Pty) Ltd, Lesotho Telecommunications Authority and Northern Theological Seminary. She currently sits on the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Ms Matlala is a director of Mothipa Business Solutions (trading as MB Solutions), a company she joined in 2003, which undertakes technical installations, ICT and Project Management assignment for various clients such as Multi Choice.
Ms Sebenzile MatsebulaMember
Disability mainstreaming, governance, research, policy formulation, capacity-building, monitoring and evaluation.
Ms Sebenzile Matsebula is an entrepreneur and a development consultant who has, for the past 30 years, been actively involved in advancing mainstreaming disability in South Africa, on the African Continent and internationally. She also serves key roles in governance structures of businesses and Trusts. She has facilitated numerous strategic development sessions for organisations such as Disabled Children’s Action Group and the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. She has conducted several research projects and developed interventions to address gaps in the organisational structures of institutions. She is active in policy formulation, interpretation and implementation of integrated policies; technical reviews of projects; mainstreaming disability; capacity building processes; conducting public awareness campaign; developing economic empowerment initiatives; developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems; implementing advocacy campaigns to promote rights of marginalised communities; developing and implementing systems to transform protective; and sheltered workshops to mainstream business entities.
Her vast work experience includes serving as Director in the Presidency of South Africa; as head of the Office on the Status of Disabled Persons; to working as development consultant at Lindandanda Consulting which focuses on infrastructure development; publication development and development on human rights and social justice issues, with a focus on mainstreaming disability and gender perspectives. She is also an executive director of Motswako Office & Document Management Solutions. Since 1998 she has been instrumental in development work in creating an enabling environment and an understanding of disability as a social construct
Throughout her working life, she has been an active advocate in the disability movement. She currently chairs the Disability Empowerment Concerns Holding Company and Divuseni Women with Disabilities. She serves on the boards of the Centre for Alternative and Augmentative Communication at the University of Pretoria; I_CAPITAL Financial Services Group; First Rand Foundation; National Library for the Blind; Ministerial Transport Sector B-BBEE Charter Council, Presidential Working Group on Disability, Kuzuko Legacy Group Lodge, South African Business Women in the Arts, ; South African Development Trust for Disabled People; South African Business Women in the Arts- and Taquanta Investment Holdings Company.
Ms Matsebula is the past chairperson of the Disability Workshop Development Enterprise and has served as a board member of International Action on Disability and Development, Presidential Advisory Council on Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment, TRANSFARMS - an initiative to develop emerging farmers and Cheshire Homes of South Africa. In 2012, she was nominated to serve on the Committee of the United Nations Convention for Persons with Disabilities and was also one of the 12 women with disabilities who were selected for the 2012 TRIBUTES, an award to recognise achievements of outstanding women with disabilities in SA. Ms Matsebula won the category of Research & Development. In 2014, she was recognised as an entrepreneur with a disability who has displayed outstanding personal achievements in business.
Ms Farzana VarachiaMember
Finance and entrepreneurship.
Ms Varachia is the CEO of a women’s business organisation called Xanopia Women’s Business Group. Xanopia’s current business projects are widely spread across, Financial Consulting, Agriculture, SMME Training and Development and Women in Energy all of which encompasses her passion to empower. She sits on the Executive Management team of Commonwealth Business Women (CBW), which is the only accredited organisation focused on women’s economic empowerment and recognised by 53 governments. Xanopia Women’s Business Group is a CBW Africa Regional Partner.
Her extensive career in finance and accounting stretches through companies such as Kelly Personnel Group, Lockbolt Fastening Systems and Morvest, to mention a few. She held positions of Accounts Clerk, Accountant, Assistant Finance Manager and Managing Director.
Ms Thabi ShangeMember
Ethics, governance and leadership.
Ms Shange holds three degrees and three certificates, MBA in Public Sector Management from the University of Exeter Business School (UK) specialising in Finance and Marketing , BA (Hons) in Development Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), BA in Geography & History with a Concurrent Certificate in Education at the National University of Lesotho, Teachers Certificate from William Pitcher Teachers College, Manzini Swaziland and Certificate in Governance from the Institute of Directors –South Africa (IoDSA). Her High schooling was at St Theresa’s Girls in Manzini Swaziland.
Her career and professional experience has been in all sectors such as the Public Sector (Government), Corporate Sector (Business) and Social Sector (Not for Profit organisations). She currently runs her own management consulting business - Ubuqotho Integrity Institute (Pty) Ltd focussing on Governance and Leadership development and support.
She has extensive Board and leadership experience spanning over 30 years, having served on different boards and committees of different organisations and at different levels of responsibility.
Mrs Thamo MzobeChief Executive Officer
Strategic planning and execution, leadership and governance.
Mrs Thamo Mzobe is the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Development Agency, effective 01 November 2016.
Prior to this, she was seconded to the Office of the Minister at the Department of Social Development where she held the position of Senior Manager: Cooperatives Unit.
Mrs Mzobe has also held positions of Senior Manager: Office of the CEO, responsible for Stakeholder Relations and Partnerships at the NDA; Provincial Manager at NDA‘s KZN Provincial office; Chief of Staff and Director: Institutional Capacity at the Department of Social Development; Deputy Director: Portfolio Committees at KZN Legislature; Principal at Ndwedwe Primary School; Head of Department and Educator at iSibonise Primary School. Mrs Mzobe is currently studying for a Masters in Administration with the University of Potchefstroom. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership from the National School of Government, Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts from UNISA.
Ms Lebogang MahayeCompany Secretary
Ms Mahaye has more than 15 years’ experience in the corporate governance and legal sector.
She has gained her experience having worked in positions such as Company Secretary for Tshwane Economic Development Agency; Legal Research Specialist in the Office of the President – President Mbeki; Executive Head: Governance Support at the City of Tshwane, where she also served in other capacities such as International Relations; and Legal Researcher at the Cosatu Parliamentary Office. She holds a B IURIS and LLB from UNISA and is currently pursuing the CIS Board examination.