Trustees

Alan Fine

Appoitment date:
2016-01-31

Gender:
Male

Alan Fine is a consultant at Russell & Associates, providing services mainly to the mining industry in the fields of public policy and communications. Prior to this he was public affairs manager at AngloGold Ashanti for 11 years. His responsibilities included public policy matters in SA and other countries where the company operates.

He developed a human rights framework at AGA, managed the company’s sustainability reporting for several years; participated in the work of business organisations with which AGA is associated; and carried out media relations work for the company.

During Fine’s 18-year journalism career, he wrote about labour, politics and public policy. He worked as a trade unionist from 1978-1984 for the then Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union of SA.

Isobel Frye (ex officio)

Appoitment date:
2006-07-20

Gender:
Female

Isobel Frye was appointed as the founding Director of Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute in 2006. She has overseen the development and growth of SPII from its infancy till date. Isobel’s research focus is on poverty, socio-economic rights and social protection. She is a member of the CASAC Advisory Council, the Board of the Open Democracy Advice Centre and ASSAF.  She is the Deputy Chair of the Board of the Southern African Social Policy Experts Network and she is a representative of the Financial Sector Campaigns Coalition in the NEDLAC Community Constituency.  She has a BA LLb and a higher Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Cape Town. Previously, Isobel worked as a senior researcher in poverty eradication and socio-economic rights at National Agency of Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI) and also as the National Advocacy Manager at the Black Sash. Prior to that, Isobel practised as an attorney in commercial law.

Isobel is a regular analyst and commentator in all forms of media on issues pertaining to poverty, inequality and socio-economic rights.  She has published in a variety of journals.  Isobel was the chief negotiator for Community Constituency in the recent three year NEDLAC negotiations on the National Minimum Wage under the auspices of then Deputy President Ramaphosa, and she is currently heading Community Constituency’s negotiating team ion Comprehensive Social Security.

Langa Zita

Appoitment date:
2007-07-11

Gender:
Male

Langa Zita is a former parliamentarian in the National Assembly and a former Central Committee member of the South African Communist Party.

He was Chairperson of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Portfolio Committee before his appointment as a convener of the Economic Cluster Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) in Parliament. An independent and brilliant thinker, Zita brings depth and understanding to the trust on issues of poverty and social polarity.

He is a former Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. He is also the convenor of the South African chapter of the Third World Forum and a member of the World Forum for Alternatives. He is currently the Secretary for Political Education and Training at African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng Province.

Nhlanhla Ndlovu

Appoitment date:
2006-07-20

Gender:
Male

Nhlanhla Ndlovu has a BA and Master’s Degree in Social Policy Programme with the University of Durban-Westville now known as the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he worked as a Research Assistant and served as the President of the SRC and the University Convocation.

He has worked as a trainer with SAB’s Project Noah, as a researcher at Centre for Community and Labour Studies, and he did organisational development work for NGO and Local Government in KZN. He has served as the Director of the Rural Development Services Network.

He has worked as a Programmes Coordinator for South African NGO Coalition (Sangoco). He has been an associate with Spark! Strategic Development Services. More recently, he served as Senior Programme Manager for the National Youth Service Programme. Nhlanhla is a Keystone associate; and he chairs the Board of JOWEDET.

Sisa Njikelana

Appoitment date:
2013-06-14

Gender:
Male

Sisa Njikelana is currently the Chairperson and Acting Secretary General of the South African Independent Power Producers Association, a role he assumed after he served as a Member of South African Parliament between 2004 and 2014.

While on the National Assembly, Njikelana served of the following Portfolio Committees: Energy (Chairperson); Rules Committee; Trade & Industry; Health; Parliamentary Group on International Relations. From 1995 to 1998, he was a Councillor for the City of Joburg Eastern Metro Council.

Njikelana is also an associate at the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) and Ethicore Political Consulting. He is an entrepreneur whose qualifications include an Applied Social Studies Diploma from Ruskin College, Oxford UK, and a Leadership in Communications Certificate from Rhodes University.

Venitia Govender

Appoitment date:
2011-02-16

Gender:
Female

Venitia Govender is a South African social justice and human rights activist. She has been involved in the research, lobbying and advocacy, monitoring and challenging the promotion and protection of rights in the Southern African Region for over 20 years.

At the height of violence during South Africa’s transition to democracy, Govender coordinated the independent violence monitoring organisation Peace Action. She was the first coordinator of the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) and then a legal advisor to Gauteng’s Secretariat of Safety and Security.

Govender spent three years as the National Director of the Human Rights Committee before becoming an independent consultant on human rights, governance and peace, building issues.

She was also involved in re-establishing the solidarity linkages between Zimbabwe and South Africa by coordinating the Save Zimbabwe Campaign and recently the Swaziland Democracy Campaign. She is currently the SA director of Crisis Action.