SAHA Staff

An insight into the SAHA team

The current team is made up of seven core staff members and five interns, who between them hold various degrees and diplomas in disciplines including law, library and information studies, international relations, history, accounting and archival studies. The team speaks eight of South Africa's official languages among them, with some also conversant in Swahili, German and Shona. The team has between them, spent time working in seven countries, including the UK, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Taiwan, Canada and Korea and among them they have traveled to a total of 62 countries.

 

The SAHA team

 

Catherine Kennedy

Catherine Kennedy, Director

Catherine holds a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Cape Town and has worked in the South African book trade, developed accessible online library services and information literacy training within universities in the UK, and promoted libraries to support teaching and learning in Tanzania. Catherine joined SAHA in December 2007. Her professional interests revolve around the development of inclusive information services to promote and defend human rights and to foster participatory democracy.

 

Nala Ramohlokoane, Administration & Information Officer

Nala Ramohlokoane, Support Services Coordinator

Nala's background is Information Technology (technical) and Communications. She has worked for government, United Nations and the private sector. She joined SAHA in April 2014 and she supports the SAHA team administratively and on the communications side.

 

Khuselwa Ntshikose, Support Services Intern

Khuselwa Ntshikose hails from Matatiele in Eastern Cape and holds a BCom Accounting degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her professional interests focus on financial advisory services, with the purpose of contributing to civil society in the areas of finance and administration. Khuselwa is hopeful that this SAHA internship will give her a solid foundation towards building a career as a financial analyst for community-based organisations. This is Khuselwa’s first employment opportunity.

 

Freedom of Information Programme (FOIP)

 

Toerien van Wyk

Toerien van Wyk, FOIP Coordinator

Toerien joined SAHA in 2014 after having worked as a research associate in the office of the CEO and COO of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and later as a legal consultant to the Gauteng provincial office of the SAHRC. She is an admitted attorney with an LLB degree from the University of South Africa who has experience in many facets of human rights law. Toerien started her legal career at Dreyer and Dreyer Attorneys where she completed her articles and has previously worked as a lecturer, teaching various legal courses at Varsity College and Damelin.

 

 Imraan Abdullah, FOIP Research Officer

Imraan Abdullah, FOIP Research Officer

Imraan joined the FOIP at the beginning of February 2016 as a research officer. He is an admitted attorney and is also enrolled in the LLM (Human Rights) program with the University of Johannesburg and is currently in the second year of the two-year program. He has also obtained an LLB as well as a BA (International Relations and Law) degree from the University of Witwatersrand. He is passionate about social justice and has volunteered for a number of organizations in the past.


James Ekron, FOIP Advocacy Officer

James completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, Philosophy and Law before obtaining an LLB degree from Rhodes University in 2012. He completed his contract of service at the Rhodes University Law Clinic and was admitted as an Attorney in January 2016. He joined SAHA in January 2016 as an Advocacy Officer under the Freedom of Information Programme.

 

Kelsey Jones

Kelsey Jones, FOIP CBA Intern

Kelsey Joined the FOIP team as an intern in September 2016 through the CBA Young Lawyers International Program. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Dalhousie University in 2008, and her Juris Doctor from the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law in 2014. During her last year of law school, Kelsey held the position of President of the Dalhousie Black Law Students’ Association. After graduation, Kelsey articled at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice in Halifax and was admitted to the bar in June 2015. 

 

Boitumelo Maleke

Boitumelo Maleke, FOIP Intern

Boitumelo joined the FOIP team in September 2016. She graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then proceeded to complete an LLB degree from the University of Cape Town. The FOIP internship is Boitumelo’s first working experience outside University and she anticipates that the experience will help her navigate the civil society industry, particularly in compliance. 

 

Struggles for Justice (SFJ) Programme

 

Geraldine Frieslaar

Dr Geraldine Frieslaar, SFJP Coordinator 

Geraldine holds a PhD in History, M.A degree (cum laude) in Public and Visual History, Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies from the University of the Western Cape, (UWC), and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations from the University of Stellenbosch. Geraldine started work as a teacher in Japan, before moving to the Holocaust Centre in Cape Town as an education assistant, then to the District Six Museum as a researcher and subsequently to the UWC-Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives, where she worked as an archivist and completed her doctoral dissertation on the International Defence and Aid Fund archival collection housed at the Mayibuye Archives. Her research and professional interests is on the cultivation of critical citizenship and advocacy for social justice through archival activism. 

 

 Nonhlanhla Ngwenya, Archival Assistant

 

Nonhlanhla Ngwenya, Archival Assistant

Nonhlanhla Ngwenya is the Archival Assistant of SAHA’s Struggle for Justice Programme (SFJP), she joined SAHA in 2010 as a community intern for the Entering Tembisa Oral and Photographic History Project.

 

Inez McGregor

Inez McGregor, Archival Intern (RTT Project)

Inez completed her studies at the University of Cape Town in 2015. She has a PgDip in Library and Information Studies preceded by Honours in Historical Studies, and a BA in Economics, Classical Studies and Economic History. She is passionate about history and the role of archives in contributing to South Africa’s heritage and historical narratives. Interning at SAHA is her first full time position after completing her studies. Her hope is to continue working in special and archival collections of historical significance to Southern Africa.

 

Ian Mangenga, Struggle for Justice Programeme Intern

Ian joined SAHA in July 2016. She holds a BSc in geography, archaeology and environmental sciences from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her work at SAHA falls in line with her interest which include the researching and retrieval of forgotten, silenced and silent histories; capturing the voices and experiences of women and young people; as well as social and economic inclusion. Ian is also a founder of a reading and book drive initiative called the Nomzamo Club, which collects mainly African literature with the intent to fill up the library back in her hometown in the East Rand. 

 

Consultants / Contractors 

Nozipho Mahlangu - Consulting Bookkeeper

Frances Andrew - Consultant (Struggle t-shirt Project

Mumsy Malinga - Facilitator (History education workshops)

Michelle Friedman - Facilitator (History education workshops)

Vaughn Sadie - Consultant (Exhibitions)

Debora Matthews - Consultant (SFJP)

 

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Contact Details
Tel: +27 (0) 11 718 2560
Fax: +27 (0) 865 001 600
Postal Address
Box 31719
Braamfontein
2017
Johannesburg
SOUTH AFRICA
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