SAHA is a registered Non-Profit Trust (registration no. 2522/93) in terms of section 6(1) of the Trust Property Control Act (No. 57 of 1988). As such, SAHA is governed by a board of trustees.

SAHA is also registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (registration no.: 031-807-NPO) in terms of the Non-Profit Organisation Act (No. 71 of 1997), and a Public Benefit Organisation (registration no. 130002891) in terms of section 10(1)(cN) of the Income Tax Act (No. 58 of 1962.)


SAHA Current Board of Trustees

SAHA board at meeting in Cape Town, May 2013

Top (from left to right): Piers Pigou, Noor Nieftagodien, Horst Kleinschmidt, Verne Harris, Marlene Powell, Anthony Manion.

Front (from left to right): Luli Callinicos, Razia Saleh, Ciraj Rassool, Dumisa Ntsebeza, Sello Hatang, Catherine Kennedy (SAHA director)


Advocate Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza (Chairperson)

Advocate Dumisa Buhle Ntsebeza, LLB, BProc, BA, LLM (International Law) completed his studies for a law degree while serving a prison term for political activism in the mid-70s. He was admitted as an attorney in 1984 and practiced in the Eastern Cape, mainly in the area of human rights. He represented a number of political prisoners throughout the 80s and early 90s. In 1995 he served as a commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. While still an attorney, he was appointed acting judge of the High Court of South Africa. In March 2000, he entered the bar and took chambers as a member of the Cape Bar. Advocate Ntsebeza served as president of South Africa's Black Lawyers Association. He is also a founder of the South African National Association of Democratic Lawyers and served as its President. He has chaired numerous boards, including Barloworld Limited and Avusa.  He is currently representing the families of the deceased at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry.

Ms Luli Callinicos

Veteran activist and social historian, Ms Callinicos was a founding member of the History Workshop at the University of the Witwatersrand and the Workers’ Library in Johannesburg. Author of the three-volume People’s History of South Africa, as well as The World that made Mandela, Oliver Tambo: Beyond the Engele Mountains and Who Built Jozi? Discovering memory at Wits Junction, in 1994, she was appointed to the Arts and Culture Task Group (ACTAG), mandated to reconfigure the arts and culture landscape to redress past imbalances and reflect an inclusive democratic South Africa. To that end, she assisted in conceptualising and identifying legacy projects for the Department of Arts and Culture. She served as the Chairperson of the National Heritage Council, was a founding Trustee for Freedom Park, a Council member of the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) and served on the Education Ministerial History Committee. Currently she is a council member of the Robben Island Museum and a board member of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection.

Mr Verne Harris

Former director of SAHA, and currently employed as Director: Research and Archive at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Verne Harris has been Mandela’s archivist since 2004. He is an honorary research associate with the University of Cape Town, has participated in a range of structures which transformed South Africa’s apartheid archival landscape, including the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Deputy Director of the National Archives. Widely published, he is probably best-known for leading the editorial team on the best-seller Nelson Mandela: Conversations with Myself. He is the recipient of archival publication awards from Australia, Canada and South Africa, and both his novels were short-listed for South Africa’s M-Net Book Prize.  He has served on the boards of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Freedom of Expression Institute.

Mr Sello Hatang

Sello Hatang is the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, previously having served as the Foundation's Information and Communication Manager and spokesperson.  Prior to that, he was a senior manager at the South African Human Rights Commission. He participated in the post-1994 transformation of the National Archives, including archival support for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Director of the South African History Archive (SAHA).  He was a member of the editorial team of Nelson Mandela’s book, Conversations with Myself, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2010.   He also serves on the board of the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC)

Mr Horst Kleinschmidt

Horst Kleinschmidt was Vice President of the National Union of South African Students in 1970. Political work denied him a post as teacher. He worked for Ds. Beyers Naudé in the Christian Institute. He was detained in 1975 and fled the country in 1976. In exile, he was Director of the London-based International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF) that paid for the legal representation for thousands of apartheid opponents standing trial or detained without trial. On returning from exile, he served as Director of the development organisations Kagiso Trust and then Mvula Trust. From 2000 to 2005 he served as head of the Fisheries branch of Government. He writes on social justice and history issues and remains a social activist, serving on numerous boards, including the Claude Leon Foundation, the African Oceans Conservation Alliance and the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute.

Mr Anthony Manion (ex officio)

Anthony Manion was the head archivist for the Gay & Lesbian Archive (GALA) from 2001 to 2007. He is now the Director of GALA (renamed Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action) and, as such, has been an ex-officio trustee on the SAHA Board since 2008.

Professor Noor Nieftagodien

Currently employed by the University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Nieftagodien is the NRF Chair: Local Histories, Present Realities, and current head of the History Workshop. With Philip Bonner, Nieftagodien is the co-author of two books, Kathorus: A History (2001) and Alexandra: A History (2008). In addition to these books, he has authored and co-authored many articles and more than ten book chapters on diverse facets of the history of apartheid in South Africa.

Mr Piers Pigou

Currently employed as the Southern Africa Project Director of the International Crisis Group, Piers Pigou is a former member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Investigation Unit. A former director of SAHA, he has also worked for a number of organisations focussing on transitional justice both nationally and regionally, including the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) and the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ). He currently serves on the board of the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA) and the Visual History Archive (VHA).

Ms Marlene Powell

Marlene Powell is currently employed as the Knowledge and Network Manager at the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice at the University of Cape Town.  She was one of the founder members of SAHA in 1988 and a member of the Posterbook Collective that produced the Ravan Press / SAHA publication ‘Images of Defiance; Resistance Posters of the 1980s’. She has worked extensively as an internet, media and communications consultant, including for the WHO, ITU and Council for Science and Technology in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and as head of the Media Department at COSATU's National Head Office. 

Professor Ciraj Rassool

Currently employed by the University of the Western Cape, Professor Rassool directs UWC’s African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies, managed in partnership with Robben Island Museum. He is a trustee of the District Six Museum and a councillor of Iziko Museums of Cape Town and previously served on the councils of the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) and the National Heritage Council. He has been a member of the Archaeology, Palaeontology, Meteorites, Heritage Objects and Burial Sites Permit Committee of South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), and also serves on its Artworks Advisory Panel. Most recently he was appointed to the Human Remains Repatriation Advisory Committee of the Department of Arts and Culture. He has written widely on public history, visual history and resistance historiography and has published in the Journal of African History, the Journal of Southern African Studies, Cahiers d’etudes Africaines, African Studies, South African Review of Sociology and Kronos: Southern African Histories

Ms Razia Saleh

Currently employed as the Senior Archivist at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Razia Saleh was the SAHA archivist from 1989 – 2000 and was the ANC Archives Unit Coordinator from 2001 – 2006. She currently serves on the board of the  Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, and co-edited their 2009 book Men of Dynamite: Pen Portraits of MK Pioneers.