I Week – Speakers

Dr Joe Manyane Makua holds a PhD from the University of Limpopo and is halfway through a second PhD at Bath University, UK.  He is currently the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Teaching & Learning at MUT.  Before this, he is substantively appointed as the Senior Director of the Teaching and Learning Development Centre at MUT.

Dr Makua serves as member of the Higher Education Quality Committee and is also Deputy Chair of South African University Teachers (SAUT). His research interests are in higher education, Teaching and Learning; quality assurance; academic development, and policy

He has established the Focus Conference, a premier Teaching and Learning Conference which is now in its 9th year. This which is organised by the Teaching and Learning Development Centre (TLDC) at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) and draws on delegates across South Africa’s universities, Namibia and Botswana and international speakers.

His appointment to the position of DVC Teaching and Learning came at the time higher education globally was at the crossroads of Covid-19. Working with the Vice-Chancellor and the deans, the University’s academic year was saved, not once but twice. Dr Makua’s mandate to support the University’s internationalisation agenda has contributed to the upscale of MUT’s international programme and is growing.

Prof Mosa Moshabela, MBChB, M.Med (Family Medicine), MSc (Demography and Health), PhD (Public health) is a Professor of Public Health and Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. An esteemed academic and clinician scientist, he held a Wellcome Trust Fellowship (2015 -2018), and was awarded a Ministerial Special Covid-19 Award (2020 – 2021) for Covid-19 Science Communication and Public Engagement.

Prof Moshabela leads the Quality Health Systems and Transformation (QuEST) Center in South Africa, a collaboration with the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University, USA, and he is a faculty member in HIV, Infectious Disease and Global Health Research Institute (HIGH IRI) at the University of Washington in St. Louis, USA.

His contribution has primarily been in the improvement of access and quality healthcare to combat infectious diseases, in relation to HIV and TB, and in the areas of health systems, services and policy research.  His research focus on implementation science cuts across multiple disciplines, and involves the design, implementation and evaluation of complex interventions in healthcare services and programs, and seeks to improve access, quality and equity in healthcare, for resource-poor settings in sub-Saharan Africa.

He is the chairperson of the Standing Committee on Health in the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), and chairperson of a committee to evaluate the Covid-19 health sector response in SA, commissioned by the National Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. He is also the Health Commissioner to the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, as one of the seven multi-sector commissioners on the Premier’s Provincial Planning Commission.

Globally, he is a member of the international advisory board for the Lancet Healthy Longevity, Lancet commission on synergies between Health Promotion, Universal Healthcare Access and Global Health Security, and the commission of the US National Academies for Science, Engineering and Medicine on the Global Roadmap to Healthy Longevity.

Dr Aldo Stroebel is Executive Director Strategic Partnerships, and Acting Group Executive for Strategy, Planning and Partnerships at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. He serves as South Africa’s National Contact Point for the European Research Council, as Board Member of the Water Research Commission, and as the co-chairperson of the Executive Support Group of the Global Research Council. He is a Foreign Fellow of the Ugandan National Academy of Science, a Senior Fellow of the Pan-African Scientific Council, and a founding member of the SA Young Academy of Science (SAYAS). Education credentials: University of Pretoria (BSc- and Hons-degrees); University of Ghent, Belgium (Masters in International Agricultural Development); University of the Free State and Cornell University, USA (PhD); Postdoctoral research at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He is a recognised scholar in sustainable agriculture, and acknowledged as a leader in the internationalisation of Higher Education, and research and innovation management.

Dr Moncef Meddeb is working with academic partners and both government agencies and is responsible for strengthening the ties between France and South Africa in scientific cooperation.

Dr Meddeb is an academic in applied mathematics at University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. He also has a degree as an engineer from Ecole Polytechnique. In research, he contributed to general equilibrium theory and risk measure theory in finance.

He has always been interested in international cooperation and worked with the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs for more than ten years. In Turkey he headed, for 3 years, the French cooperation with the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Galatasaray. In Phnom Penh, he was counsellor to the Director of the Institute of technology of Cambodia and worked on major projects for the strategic development of the engineering school. In Thailand he was the Attaché for Academic and Scientific cooperation where he restructured the modalities and the instruments to enhance the bilateral cooperation.

In June/July 2022, he embarked on a huge project to bring together South African Higher Education and French Higher Education. The two MoUs which MUT has recently signed with two institutions in France are solely attributed to the ambitious project initiated by Dr Moncef MEDDEB.

Dr Phethiwe Matutu is USAf’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 October 2022.  For the immediate past five years, she was the Group Executive: Strategy, Planning and Partnerships at the National Research Foundation (NRF), where she was responsible for long-term strategy, i.e., strategic planning and performance monitoring, strategic partnerships to leverage resources, and information and analysis to enable evidence-based decision making. In that capacity, she successfully drove the formulation of the macro-organisational strategy, led the conceptualisation of the establishment of a Research and Development Information Platform for the National System of Innovation (NSI), and had oversight of the management of key strategic partnerships that are instrumental in leveraging knowledge, human, and financial resources from partners.

Ms Susan Knowles, EducationUSA & Educational Exchanges, U.S. Consulate General, Durban. Ms Knowles has been instrumental in providing educational exchange opportunities for all universities in KZN and has a special interest in the advancement of education. MUT’s association with Ms Knowles has been through the placement of MUT academics particularly through the Fulbright Scholarship programme and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) which is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. The selections from MUT have ranged from middle management to the executive and have resulted in academic achievement and capacity development. Ms Knowles’ commitment to MUT’s internationalisation agenda is now over a decade and the results speak for themselves.

Professor Bakare is also Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Mangosuthu University of Technology. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher. His research activities are aligned with the National Priority focus of South Africa as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. His research focus area and outputs have proven to have significant societal and environmental impacts, both nationally and internationally. His area of research expertise lies in the field of (but not limited to) water and wastewater treatment processes, municipal solid waste management, Feacal sludge management from onsite sanitation systems, and renewable energy.  He is currently the research leader for the Environmental Pollution and Remediation Research group a transdisciplinary/ Multidisciplinary research group at the Mangosuthu University of Technology which focus is to address issues related to pollution in the environment and developing mitigation measures.

Prof Bakare is a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Engineering, Design, and Technology, an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology and Springer Nature Journal “Discovery Sustainability”.   He has been recognized as an expert in South Africa by the Water Research Commission in the field of water and sanitation and served in various panels and steering committees. Prof Bakare has enjoyed a successful track record of research publications in high-impact accredited journals.

In 2022 he has received two awards to represent MUT funded by the NRF to attend the South Africa Higher Education Week in France and at the end of November, he will be jetting off to Germany for training by GIZ which will be setting up a Climate Change Centre to the value of R12 million.

Dr Bheka Ntshangase: Acting Dean in the Faculty of Management Sciences: Mangosuthu University of Technology.  Dr Bheka Ntshangase has more than 23 years in higher education ranging from lecturing to middle management and thereafter to senior management at universities in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. He has made considerable contributions in public sector professional development programmes and as part of MUT’s executive management he played a pivotal role as the Convenor during the 2022 MUT Institutional Quality Audit for Focus Area 1 which focused on governance, strategic planning, management, and leadership support the core academic functions.

Dr Ntshangase has presented papers at local and international conferences. He has also published several papers in accredited journals. He is the accredited facilitator for the National School of Government.  He has successfully supervised master’s students and promoted PhD students. His faculty’s flagship projects are Student Entrepreneurship, local governance, human settlements, and climate change.

Prof Roger Coopoosamy is a Full Professor in the Department of Nature Conservation. His research centres on Phytomedicines which has seen him gaining international recognition. He published over 60 accredited articles in DHET accredited journals and supervise many Masters, PhDs and Postdoctoral candidates to completion. He is currently the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Technology. His involvement with international collaborators stems from his expertise in the phytomedical and traditional medicine niche areas. Recently he was involved in the Curriculum development and changes to the Microbiology studies at the Bharathidasan University as the International Subject expert. Prof Coopoosamy also developed collaboration with Babcock university in Nigeria, publishing over 20 manuscripts in this collaborative partnership. He has nominated one of his staff (Ms Nkosi) to the international conservation and tourism programme which is to be held in Ireland. The nomination received a positive outcome resulting in the nominee to be fully accepted into the programme. Prof Coopoosamy also collaborates with institutions in the UK as well as nationally with DUT, UKZN, UFS, UFH to mention a few. He often serves as the Chair of funding panels for the postgraduate, rating, and postdoctoral funding cycles since 2012. He also serves as chairperson on many committees at the Mangosuthu University. Prof Coopoosamy serves as external examiner to programmes in UKZN, DUT, UFS, Bhathair University (India), Bharathidasan University (India), to mention a few.

Dr Linda Meyer is the Head of Operations at Universities South Africa (USAf). Linda holds a Doctor of Philosophy (RSA), Doctor of Business Administration (USA), Masters of Business Administration (UK), Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies (UK), Bachelor of Business Administration and several other Diplomas and Higher Certificates and professional certifications. A serving member of the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Board and Audit and Risk Committee, the ETDP SETA (HE – Chamber) Board, the QCTO-Occupational Qualifications, Assessment and Certification Committee (OQACC), the Higher Health Technical Task Team (TTT) on Gender-Based Violence and the DHET Future Professors Programme (FPP) National Advisory Board. Dr Meyer served on various governance structures (past and present) including, the South African Magistrates Commission, South African Qualifications Authority, Higher-Health, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (DoJ&CD), Services SETA, SA SMME Foundation, South African Private Higher Education (SAPHE), DHET, ETDP SETA etc. Former positions include the Head of Justice College (DoJ&CD), Chief Operating Officer (COO), Executive Dean, Dean, Academic Executive, Acting Deputy Director General, Chief Director, CCMA Commissioner and various other senior and executive management and consulting positions. A published author, thought leader and a regular media guest and speaker at industry conferences.

Prof Victor Ibeanusi is a Dean at the School of the Environment, Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University (FAMU). He is leading the efforts of addressing vexing global challenges on access to safe water, sustainable energy, and food security through an EnergyWaterFoodNexus. This is a new science enterprise that examines the interactions within this nexus and how these three systems impact one another. Prior to coming to FAMU, Professor Ibeanusi served as the founding Chair and Director of the Environmental Science and Studies Program at Spelman College. Professor Ibeanusi, an international scholar has a heartfelt vision of making access to safe drinking, sustainable energy, and food security to become a global reality. Professor Ibeanusi is a Fulbright Fellow, and a recipient of the Senior Fulbright Fellow designed to support curricular and institutional planning at academic institutions in 140 countries, including an AT&T Foundation Industrial Ecology Fellow. Professor Ibeanusi has a PhD in Environmental Microbiology that included Fellowship training at Oakridge National Lab, Space and Naval warfare System, Research Triangle Park, National Exposure Research Lab, and has conducted extensive research at Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site on radionuclides and toxic metals.

Prof Takalani Mashau is the Interim Deputy Dean Research and Postgraduate Studies. He is a member of all research related committees in the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education at the University of Venda. He has published extensively in peer reviewed and accredited journals. He has worked in the higher education sector for over 11 years. He specialises in Educational Management, Educational Law, Multicultural Education and Comparative Education. He has supervised several Honours, Masters and PhD students right through completion.

Professor Takalani is a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) fellow in the Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies. He has been part of the cohort trained in the National Multiplication which was awarded to the University of Venda and University of Free State together the University of Potsdam in Germany.

Toni Gumede, I hold a BSocSc (MSD) which I obtained in 2013 from the University of the Free State and am currently busy with my master’s in development studies.

I am a seasoned Reputation Management and Stakeholder Relations Professional with over 12 years comprehensive and proven experience in initiating and executing multi-stakeholder collaborations across small to large public entities, government departments and corporate SA within the infrastructure development, energy industry and investment promotion sectors, domestically and internationally. I also have solid experienced in CSR, community engagement and communication.

I have had the responsibility to successfully manage both the internal and external stakeholder management programmes in support of the State-owned entities where I’ve served as a key Stakeholder Relationship Manager in the conceptualization and implementation of reputation management projects by identifying, evaluating, influencing, and managing the expectations of various stakeholders.

My ideal work environment has growth potential, is challenging and is performance driven.

Umesh Bawa is a clinical psychologist and academic in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa.  He is the Director of International Relations at UWC and SANORD, a consortium of Nordic and Southern African institutions. He also serves as a senior team member on key community-engaged research projects led by the University of South Africa’s Institute for Social and Health Sciences. He has worked in the fields of violence rehabilitation, trauma and human rights in South Africa, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Chile. He has served on the Council for the International Society for Health and Human Rights, and was until recently the Director of the Children for Tomorrow- South Africa Project, a free psychological service for children traumatised by violence in impoverished communities in the Western Cape province of South Africa. His research, training and clinical interests are in the areas of the psychological effects of violence on children, trauma counselling, the re-integration of ex-combatants and child soldiers in post-conflict countries, and safety and peace promotion. He has published his work on visual methodologies like Photovoice, youth engagement, community based participatory research and the relevance and utility of psychology interventions in LMIC.

Bulelwa Moikwatlhai is passionate about student life & integration; internationalisation; the development of students’ international and intercultural competencies as well as ensuring that all UFS students have an international experience during their studies at UFS. Bulelwa achieves this by developing co-curricular activities that help to improve the students’ experiences at the UFS. As the university’s expert in internationalisation at home, she uses her knowledge to improve first-year experiences in her capacity as the committee member of the UFS First-Year Experience (FYE) committee. Bulelwa is also the university’s expert in student mobilities, and coordinates & manages the UFS’s first virtual mobility programme. Additionally, she coordinates and manages the UFS’s flagship integration programme for the UFS local and international students the Umoja Buddy Programme.

She currently leads the University of the Free State’s Internationalisation at home and inbound student mobility portfolio at the Office for International Affairs.

Chrissie Faupel is the Executive Director in the Office of International Education and Development. In this position, she plays a key leadership role on campus in internationalizing the university and implementing programs that further university-wide academic initiatives. Chrissie received her BA in International Studies and French from the University of South Carolina, her MA in International Education from the School for International Training (VT), and her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of South Carolina.

Prior to joining App State in May of 2020, Chrissie worked in the Study Abroad Office at the University of South Carolina as the Assistant Director of Study Abroad Advising. She worked for SIT Study Abroad with their programs in Africa, South of the Sahara. Chrissie served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 2012 to 2014. She is active in NAFSA: Association of International Educators and the Forum on Education Abroad.

A native of Alabama, Chrissie is married with two children. She is a gardener, a francophile, a fermento, a bread baker, an enthusiastic backyard flock owner, and a world traveler.

Prof Nokuthula Sibiya has just been appointed at MUT as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement. Prior to this appointment, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning at the Durban University of Technology (DUT). She has served as the Executive Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences and Head of Department of Nursing. For recognition of her scholarship, in 2015, she was inaugurated as a Fellow of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa. Prof Sibiya was awarded by the Department of Science and Technology as the 2018 South African Distinguished Woman Scientist in Humanities and Social Sciences. She has also received a number of research awards from DUT that includes being the Top DUT Female Researcher of the Year, Top Researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences. In 2019, she was awarded as the 2018 Senior Researcher of the Year. She was also awarded by the Forum of Professional Nurse Leadership as the 2019 Regional Nurse Leader. She has published over 100 articles, books and book chapters. Prof Sibiya has successfully supervised over 80 Masters and PhD students. She is an NRF rated scientist. She is a board member of a number of professional organisations.

Dr Papy Numbi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering

He is the recipient of Most Productive Researcher Award in the Faculty of Engineering and his research focus is on:

  • Renewable and Sustainable Energy
  • Energy Optimization
  • Power System dynamics: stability and control

These are his current projects:

  • Optimal energy management of residential buildings under TOU tariff with electric vehicle-grid integration in the South African context.
  • Energy optimization of an ice thermal storage cooling system.
  • Blue energy for electricity production in the South African context.

BN Zikhali is a BCom Economics graduate from the University of the Free State and a Post Graduate student in Financial Planning Law, with a knack for internationalisation and initiating new programmes at institutions. He is a results-oriented international and intercultural project leader with three + years of experience and a zest for integrating students in higher education. Mr Zikhali is professional, diplomatic, personable, and adept at managing sensitive situations, as well as highly organised, self-motivated, and an independent worker who also works well in teams, with proven student life and project management skills to improve the quality of students’ experiences at the University of the Free State. Under the supervision and guidance of Mrs Bulelwa Moikwatlhai, he has developed, coordinated, implemented, promoted, and organised intersectional programmes, including the International Cultural Diversity Festival, Africa Day, Heritage Day, and national independence days relevant to the different members of the university community. The development, coordination, implementation, promotion, organisation, and management of new projects/ideas is one of his strongest points, especially projects that speak to internationalisation at home and promoting institutional strategy.

Mr Zikhali is currently in the portfolio of Internationalisation at Home within the Office for International Affairs at the University of the Free State, and the pioneer in developing the project: Intercultural and Skills Exchange (ISE) programme.

Dr Godson Gatsha is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor-Student Services at the Botswana Open University and a Research Fellow – Open Distance Learning, at the Research Unit, College of Education at the University of South Africa. He holds a PhD in Education Policy Studies (University of Pretoria), MA in Distance Education & Post Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (Indira Gandhi  National Open University, MEd in Educational Management & Diploma in Accounting and Business Studies (University of Botswana), BA, BEd & Higher Education Diploma (University of South Africa) and several  other Diplomas including in Monitoring and Evaluation (Stellenbosch University) and Graduate Diploma in Leadership in ICT (Dublin City University).

Dr Gatsha has 38 years working experience in both conventional and open and distance learning environments as a teacher in Secondary Schools, ODL Practitioner, ODL Regional Manager, SADC-CDE Director, ODL Technical Advisor in Malawi, Education Specialist-Higher Education at Commonwealth of Learning stationed in Vancouver Canada. Has worked in various countries, both  virtually and in-person, in the SADC region and in Commonwealth Member States namely; Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific with Ministries of Education and Training, Colleges and Universities as a Facilitator and Consultant for ODL systems, ODL National and Intuitional Policy formulation, Quality Assurance Policies, ODL Programme Accreditation Standards, Open Educational Resources, Print based Self-Learning Materials, Monitoring and Evaluation, Leadership capacity building for Women and Vice Chancellors. He has been an External Examiner for PhD & Masters Thesis  since 2015 for University of South Africa, University of Johannesburg and University of Fort Hare besides being a National Research Foundation (SA) Reviewer of Applications for NRF Researcher Rating.

Dr Segun Obadire holds a PhD in Rural Development with a background in Computer Science and Economics. He is an international higher education professional and currently the Acting Director, International Relations and Partnerships, University of Venda, South Africa. He was a member of the Management Council for International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) from 2018-2020. He has more than 20 years of extensive teaching/research experience in the field of Rural Development, internationalisation of higher education, Entrepreneurship, and computing. He is highly skilled in international education programme development and leadership. Segun has continued to provide strategic direction to the internationalisation of the campus and curricula resulting in students acquiring global competence skills to adapt and succeed in a dynamic and highly interdependent global economy.

Prof Theophilus Clavell Davies currently holds the post of Research Professor at Mangosuthu University of Technology. He is now involved with development and research in the emerging science of Medical Geology. Former Council Member and Trustee of the Geological Society of London (1996 – 2000), he is presently Regional Councillor for Africa of the Association of Applied Geochemists (AAG), Member of the Scientific Board of the UNESCO International Centre for Global-Scale Geochemistry, member of the ‘Supervisory Board’ of the International Medical Geology Association (IMGA), among others. Davies’ geoscientific activities are as disparate as they are profound, but his abiding interest now centres around the role of geoenvironmental variables as causal cofactors in the aetiology of some obscure diseases (of unknown aetiology). He has taught and carried out research, community engagement and consultancy in Germany, Great Britain, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Zimbabwe. He has published over 200 papers in course of these activities, some of which appear in the most reputable international environmental geoscience journals. Major awards include two from the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany (1986;1988) and another from the NMGS/Shell Petroleum Ltd. (2014) in recognition of “… persistent and consistent excellent research on the environmental geology of the African continent” [sic].

Matome Mokoena was born in Ga Kgapane, Limpopo Province, South Africa.   He has been an Internationalisation practitioner in higher education since 2007.  He is the first South African in history to complete the DAAD DIES Management of Internationalisation training course in 2018.  He is a 2022 NMT Committee member and Mentor responsible for the capacity development of other internationalisation practitioners from across six provinces in South Africa at the forefront of building a community of practice.  He was mentored by Merle Hodges, one of the Internationalisation experts for the NMT project.  He is currently an Officer: Incoming Exchange and Special Projects in the Office for International Affairs at the University of the Free State. He obtained ND: Office Management and Technology (Tshwane University of Technology), BTECH: Office Management and Technology (Cape Peninsula University of Technology) and PG Dip in Public Administration and Management (University of the Free State).  He is currently enrolled for his Masters in Public Administration and Management.  He is a former University Sports South Africa (USSA) Basketball National Committee member, Basketball Coach, Team Manager, Basketball Video Analyst, Basketball Statistician and Talent Manager.

Batabile Msengana, affectionately known as Tabi, is the International Enrolment Specialist at the University of Pretoria (Department of Enrolment and Student Administration). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology (UNISA), as well as, a Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Management (University of Pretoria).

Her portfolio focuses on institutional international student enrolment processes, regulations and communication. Batabile is involved in the coordination of University of Pretoria’s internationalisation strategic goals. She spear-heads the University’s Foreign Qualification Review process which is responsible for the evaluation of foreign postgraduate qualifications, in close consultation with the South African Qualification’s Authority.  Her experience in international enrolment began as a Postgraduate Program Coordinator, where she was in charge of the coordination and stream-lining of Doctoral and Masters Programs. Her experience has afforded her extensive knowledge of the Higher Education International landscape. Batabile is passionate about expanding Higher Education into the global space: promoting diversification, flexibility and accessibility of Higher Education institutions through blended Teaching and Learning models.

Eric Apelgren has over 22 years’ experience in International development, civil society institutional development, local government governance and education. He is currently, responsible for all Durban’s sister city relationships, municipal international relations policy formulation, international donor relations, liaison with UN agencies and other multi-lateral organisations that are accredited in South Africa. The role includes protocol and event management support to all key city events that involves national, provincial and international partners and participants.

This includes protocol and logistics support to other key civic and intergovernmental relation events. Also involved in working on bids to bring international conventions and conferences, big sports and cultural events to Durban. Works with the office of the Mayor and the City Manager on all international relations, events and protocol. Provides strategic advice and support to all political office bearers and senior management on all matters relating to international relations and cooperation, intergovernmental relations, events and protocol. Managing all PR and media relations on the municipality’s international and intergovernmental relations programmes.

His previous experience includes being:

  • Senior Manager – New Tourism Product Development, KwaZulu Natal Tourism Authority, responsible for the facilitation and implementation of tourism related development projects in the province, with an emphasis on democracy and exclusivity of disadvantaged communities.
  • Regional Director, KwaZulu Natal, Idasa – Institute for Democracy in South Africa, responsible for designing, managing, and implementing programmes to promote democracy and a culture of human rights.
  • Regional Coordinator, KwaZulu Natal – Institute for Multi-Party Democracy (MPD), responsible for identifying opportunities for programme work to promote political tolerance and national reconciliation in South Africa, particularly among aspirant politicians, youth and rural communities, with a focus on involving women.
  • Development Officer, KwaZulu Natal – Catholic Archdiocese of Durban, responsible for identification, support and appraisal of urban and rural development projects benefiting poor communities in and around Durban. Also supporting community-based structures to facilitate development in areas experiencing high levels of violence, poverty, and natural disasters. Working with OXFAM UK, Christian AID, German International donors, and USA donors.