SAHA Staff

An insight into the SAHA team

The current team is made up of seven core staff members and four interns, who between them hold 15 degrees and diplomas in disciplines including law, library and information studies, international relations, history and archival studies. The team speaks five of South Africa's official languages with team members also conversant in Swahili, German and Shona. The team has 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.

Congratulating a new father in the FOIP team

Please join us in congratulating Imraan on the arrival of his first born! The new member of the Abdullah family arrived on Sunday, 28 February 2016 and we wish the new dad all the best with his new role.


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.

Thandeka Zulu. SAHA Admin Intern

Thandeka Zulu, Support Services Intern

Thandeka is a graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in political studies and international relations. With a keen interest in serving the public she looks forward to getting her post-graduate honours degree in public service. Thandeka initially joined SAHA in June 2015 for a six month internship with the FOIP. 


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 has completed the requirements for admission as an attorney and will be attending to his admission application shortly. He 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.

Kim Hui, FOIP Intern (CBA)


Kim Hui, FOIP Intern (through the Canadian Bar Association)

Kimberly joins the FOIP team as an intern after her recent admittance to the Law Society of Upper Canada in June 2015. Kimberly received her Honours Bachelor of Arts for a double major in Criminology and English from the University of Toronto. Subsequently, she attended the University of Windsor to complete her Juris Doctor degree. Prior to joining SAHA, Kimberly worked in Toronto, Canada as a civil litigation associate specializing in medical malpractice.

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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.


Struggles for Justice (SFJ) Programme

Debora Matthews

Debora Matthews, Archival Coordinator

Debora joined SAHA in 2009 to continue her archival career after nine years at the Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archive on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She started her career in the heritage field in the mid-1980s in Pietermaritzburg at the then Natal Provincial Museum Service. She has a BA (Honours) in Afrikaans Cultural History from Stellenbosch University and a post-graduate National Higher Diploma in Archival Studies from Technikon SA. Debora was for many years the archivist of the St Stithians Boys' College on a part-time basis.


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.

Chavonne Cupido, Archival Intern


Chavonne Cupido, Archival Intern

Chavonne joined SAHA as an archival intern in January 2016. Originally from Cape Town, she obtained her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Stellenbosch as well as an Honours degree in History at the University of the Witwatersrand. She joined SAHA to gain more archival experience. Her research interests include the history of Cape slavery and women’s history.

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.


Consultants / Contractors working on current SAHA projects

Frances Andrew - Consultant (Struggle t-shirt Project

Mumsy Malinga - Facilitator (History education workshops)


Send a general enquiry to SAHA

Send an enquiry to the Freedom of Information Programme

Send an enquiry to the SFJ archival team

Contact Details
Tel: +27 (0) 11 718 2560
Fax: +27 (0) 865 001 600
Postal Address
Box 31719
Visiting SAHA?
SAHA is based at Constitution Hill, within the Nursery Section of the former Women's Jail, on 1 Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.