Trustees

Fazel Randera

Appoitment date:
2016-02-16

Gender:
Male

Fazel Randera is currently chairman of Nehawu Investment Holdings and MediTech South Africa. He served as board and council member of the World Medical Association from 1997 to 2000, participated in the World Health Organization international inquiry into the tobacco industry from 1998 to 1999 and chaired the global initiative on HIV/Aids reporting in 2004.

Randera sat on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from 1995 to 1998, founded the Ethics Institute and served as chairman from 1997 to 2000, and served on the Human Rights Committee from 1997 to 1999. Working in hospitals and facilities in the UK and South Africa, he specialised in a range of medical disciplines, including occupational health and HIV/Aids.

He served as the inspector general for South Africa’s intelligence services from 1999 to 2001.

 

Isobel Frye (ex officio)

Appoitment date:
2006-07-20

Gender:
Female

Isobel Frye was appointed director of Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) by the organisation’s first Board of Trustees in 2006. She has overseen the development of the organisation since its infancy. Frye’s own research areas are in poverty, socio-economic rights and social protection.

She has a BA LLB and a Higher Diploma in Tax Law from the University of Cape Town. Previously, Frye worked as a senior researcher in poverty eradication and socio-economic rights at NALEDI and before that as the National Advocacy Manager at the Black Sash.

Frye also practised as an attorney in commercial law at Walker’s Attorneys. She also serves as a Community Constituency Chamber representative at National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).

 

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.

 

Sharon Ekambaram

Appoitment date:
2006-07-20

Gender:
Female

Currently, Sharon Ekambaram is the head of the Dr Neil Aggett Unit established in October 2013 by Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) to engage health professionals in addressing the social determinants of health. Prior to this appointment, she held the title of Director of MSF in South Africa.

Ekambaram has also worked with the AIDS Consortium as the social transformation officer, and she was also the project officer at Chris Hani Institute.

Ekambaram remains very active in the media where she leads dialogue around issues of poverty, human rights, gender inequality and access to quality healthcare.

She has been an active member of the Treatment Action Campaign since its inception in 1999 and has served a term of office as a National Executive Committee member.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

Horst Kleinschmidt

Appoitment date:
2009-09-08

Gender:
Male

Horst Kleinschmidt has a distinguished history as an activist against apartheid and as a human right campaigner. Before being forced into exile in 1976, he had served as Vice President of the National Union of South African Students and later as Personal Assistant to Ds. Beyers Naude in the South Africa Christian Institute.

The apartheid state took various steps against him between 1968 and 1975, including charges under the Riotous Assemblies Act and the Suppression of Communism Act. In 1975 he was detained and held in solitary confinement under the Terrorism Act.

During 15 years in exile he headed the International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa and served the African National Congress in various capacities. Since his return in 1992 he was Director of both the Kagiso Trust and the Mvula Trust.

 

Julian May

Appoitment date:
2013-07-22

Gender:
Male

Julian May is a Professor at the Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape, and the NRF funded South African Research Chair in Applied Poverty Assessment.

He is a Research Associate at the Brooks World Poverty Institute, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Department of Social Policy, Oxford University and the South African Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town. Between 1994 and 1998, May led the Poverty and Inequality Report, the first review of South Africa’s poverty reduction policies in the post-apartheid era.

Internationally, he has worked on an evaluation of the World Bank’s social fund program in Jamaica, Nicaragua, Zambia and Malawi, bio-diversity studies in Mozambique and Namibia, poverty reduction strategy in Lesotho, Zambia and Uganda, and on monitoring and evaluation in Mauritius, Maldives, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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