Andile has been practising professional accounting and business consultancy in Pietermaritzburg for the last 18 years. During the early years of the birth of the South African democracy, Start-ups, SMME businesses and community based enterprises began on a positive and steady rise. These were the days of Umsobomvu Business Development, hence Andile extended operations with into KZN Midlands with a branch in Ladysmith and briefly a 3rd one in Kokstad, but from the global recession of 2008, a particular type of Start-ups and SMMEs began to show signs of suffocation and led to closure of the branches.
Essentially,she has experience working in the NGO conservation sector through Midlands Conservancies Forum and Curry’s Post Conservancy, as well exposure to social impacts through spending time with the Isigodi Village on the Wild Coast (protesting N2 Wild Coast and Xolobeni mining). Recent travels around SADC countries lead her to question the type of development most often foisted on rural communities and whether the development is actually appropriate, she would prefer to see more work being done with communities that enable them to fulfil their ambitions.
She believes everyone must be treated with respect and dignity, with space to agree to disagree if/when necessary.
Her working experience as teacher, public relations officer, manager, environmental regulator and consultant have facilitated my ability to draw people together to cooperate fostering an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.
Mr. Moeti Lesuthu
Moeti Lesuthu is the programme manager for the sexual and reproductive health rights programme at the AIDS Foundation of South Africa - AFSA. Prior to this position, Moeti was a senior project officer for the Culture and Health programme at AFSA. Previously, he worked for the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) at the inception phase of the men, gender and HIV+AIDS programme. He has gained vast experience in culture, gender and health programmes having worked in various communities in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape as a trainer/ facilitator, organisational mentor and programme manager. Moeti is passionate about men, gender and health issues. Moeti’s voluntary work involves serving on the board of PACSA, COUNT and a facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Programme (AVP).
Mr. Nazim Gani
Nazim Gani is the Head and Senior Librarian at the Alan Paton Centre & Struggle Archives from1 April 2014. He was seconded to the Centre from 1 May 2012. He started his career at the Cecil Renaud Library PMB campus, and has worked there for 23 years. He completed a Bachelors Degree in Social Science with majors in History and Economics. He went on to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Information Studies and has recently completed a Bachelor of Library and Information Science Honors degree. Gani is also attached to the Centre for African Literary Studies(CALS), situated at House 9, Milner Road, PMB main Campus
Mr. Glen Farred
Glenn Farred is the Programme Manager at the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA), a land rights NGO working with farm dwellers, farm workers and labour tenants primarily in the UMgungundlovo District. He has worked extensively on development and social justice both nationally and across the Southern Africa region. He is particularly passionate about exploring creative ways to connect those directly affected by poverty, deprivation and social exclusion with pathways to self-organisation, self-representation and mobilization to achieve systemic change at all levels of society.