SAHA Staff

An insight into the SAHA team

The current team is made up of six core staff members and one intern, who between them hold various degrees and diplomas in disciplines including law, library and information studies, international relations, project management, history, museum & heritage studies, political science, economics and tax. The team speaks, between them, nine of South Africa's official languages, with some also conversant in Japanese, German and Shona. The team members have spent time working as far and wide as England, Japan and Canada, and among them they have travelled to a total of 35 countries.

The SAHA team




Dr Geraldine Frieslaar, Director, 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 are the cultivation of critical citizenship and advocacy for social justice through archival activism. 


Zandile Nkumane, Support Service Officer

Zandile joined SAHA as a Support Services Intern in September 2017 intake. She holds a B Com degree in Supply Chain Management, Human Resources Management and Economics from the University of KwaZulu- Natal and her career interest focuses more on economic development and equality in South Africa. She strongly believes this opportunity will enable her to make contributions in the civil society in the aspects of ethical procurement and finance processes. 






Nobukhosi Ntombifuthi Zulu, FOIP Coordinator

Nobukhosi is a passionate human rights defender who joined SAHA in 2018. She holds an LL.B. from University of KwaZulu-Natal. In 2013, she conducted research with a focus on economic development and governance systems. Zulu began articling at Lawyers for Human Rights in 2014, where she worked in the refugee and migrant rights clinic. After completing her articles, she was awarded the prestigious UCLA Sonke Fellowship that allowed her to earn her LLM in Los Angeles graduating with a dual specialization in International and Comparative Law as well Public Interest Law and Policy. Her interests include gender equality, access to information, community development, human rights education, migration and economic justice.



Yewande Adeleke, FOIP Legal Officer

Yewande hold a Masters in International and Maritime Law from the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, as well as an LL.B from the University of Abuja, Nigeria. She has experience as a litigitigation attorney prior to begin her pursuit towards a PhD. Yewande’s research works focus on International Law, Human rights Law and Intellectual Property Law. Her current focus is on the utilization of the right to access information and its intersection with protection of other human rights.              



Vanessa Shingange, FOIP Legal Researcher


Vanessa Shingange joined the SAHA FOIP team as a legal researcher in July 2018. She obtained an LLB degree from the University of Venda in 2015. Since then she has served as a legal researcher in both the Constitutional court of South Africa and the Supreme Court of Kenya. As a young  woman growing up in a rural village, she was exposed  to hardships that people were compelled to endure in life due to lack of justice and access to legal facilities. It thus inspired her passion for human rights and public interest law. She wants to continue to grow intellectually and academically in order to become an inspiration to her fellow black women and in turn revolutionize rural communities. 


 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 Assistant (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. She joined SAHA as an intern in January 2016. 








Consultants / Contractors 


         Nozipho Mahlangu - Consulting Bookkeeper





         Mumsy Malinga - Facilitator (History education





  Michelle Friedman - Facilitator (History education workshops)


         Vaughn Sadie - Consultant (Exhibitions)





Frances Andrew - Consultant (Struggle t-shirt project)

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