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Council of advisors

The Council of Advisors is made up of respected South Africans who, collectively, reflect the objectives of the Institute. The role of the Council is, inter alia, to:

  • act as an advisory reference group on the broad direction of the Institute’s work, utilised individually and collectively
  • contribute to the Institute’s broad strategic content
  • collectively and severally, reflect and advise on strategic issues within the research agenda of the Institute
  • promote the profile of the Institute domestically and internationally
  • contribute to institutional development and resource mobilisation
  • assist in building partnerships within South Africa and internationally

The Chairperson of the Board of Governors, the Executive Director and the Director Operations attend meetings of the Council of Advisors.

The members of the Council are:


Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi - (Chairperson)


Mrs. Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi is the Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group, overseeing the organizations strategic and policy work in the area of Democratic Governance in 197 countries and territories around the globe. This includes UNDP’s democratic governance work in conflict and post-conflict settings, supporting governments and communities manage transitions and building long term sustainable democratic institutions.

She was appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations as Board member of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). She is an International Advisory Board Member Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) at McGill University;

Prior to joining UNDP, she served as Minister for Public Service and Administration in South Africa for two consecutive terms (1999 to 2008). Her focus was on the transformation of the South African public service into an effective vehicle, capable of supporting the socio-economic development of a post-Apartheid South Africa. Under her leadership, the Senior Management Service was formed within the South African Public Service and later an Occupational Specific Dispensation (OSD) was introduced into the remuneration system to retain and recruit professionals. The South African Management Development Institute (SAMDI) was transformed into a National Academy and led to the creation of the South African Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA). During her tenure the Government Employee Medical Scheme (GEMS) was estblished – the largest restricted medical scheme – with a focus on equity and access.

From 1996-1999 Mrs. Fraser-Moleketi served as Minister for Welfare and Population Development.  She was involved in the restructuring of the social security system to introduce equity in social grants to all race groups. She was involved in the introduction of a new child support benefit program – through commissioning the Lundt report - which extended social assistance to nearly three million children in poor households, particularly in the rural areas at the time.

As Deputy Minister of Welfare and Population Development, in 1995, she played an instrumental role in developing the National Gender Machinery in South Africa.  She was also the leader of the Beijing process mobilizing government, the women’s movement and civil society in developing South Africa’s position of the Beijing Platform of Action.

Ms. Fraser-Moleketi worked as National Deputy Elections Coordinator for the African National Congress (ANC) from 1993/1994 in the lead up to South Africa’s first democratic elections of April 1994. 

She served as a Member of Parliament of three consecutive Parliaments from 1994 to 2008.  She also served as a member of the Constituent Assembly (1994 – 1996) whilst drafted and adopted the 1996 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.  She served on a number of Parliamentary Committees and on Committees of the Constituent Assembly.

Geraldine was elected to the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress until December 2008. She served among others on the ANC's Social Transformation Committee and the National Elections Committee.

Ms. Fraser-Moleketi was a fellow at the Institute of Politics, at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.  She also holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. 

She is South African, married and a mother of three children.

Jenny Cargill


Jenny is an author, a protagonist in an award winning film on the struggle against apartheid, founder of a think tank as well as a specialist in transformational investment and black economic empowerment.

Jenny is the author of Trick or Treat: Rethinking black economic empowerment which was published in 2010. She offers a unique experiential and analytical journey into the controversial policy to promote black corporate ownership and the mega deals that have characterized South Africa's efforts to reverse the legacy of apartheid.

Her book is underpinned by the same principle that motivated her to join the African National Congress in the early Eighties — notably that all South Africans should have the opportunity to participate equitably in their society and economy. Her experiences as an underground operative, first inside South Africa and them from exile in Zimbabwe are captured in the film, Memories of Rain released on the 10th anniversary of democracy at the Berlin Film Festival.

On returning to South Africa, Jenny went back to financial journalism and founded BusinessMap SA in 1994, which monitored the economic transition as the country sought to integrate into the global economy. BusinessMap became internationally renowned for its penetrative reviews and publications as well as foreign investment and empowerment databases. Jenny was a weekly commentator on an anchor talk-radio show on SAFM. During this time, she was also a guest lecturer, conference speaker and an initiator of an annual international investment conference Europe-South Africa.

In 2002, Jenny placed BusinessMap's research activities in a not-for-profit foundation. Since then she has focused on advisory work, in the main, structuring BEE transactions for South African and multinational corporations.

Jenny was born and educated in Natal. She was the head girl of her senior school. She is a mother to one son (Marc 19), an avid gardener who is passionate about environmental sustainability and her dogs, who are her constant walking companions, swimmer and scuba diver. She believes that South Africa's future will be defined by how it treats its young citizens and therefor continues to focus on her voluntary work on children.

Reuel Khoza


Distinguished thought leader, Businessman, President of the Institute of Directors in South Africa, Africanist, Public Speaker and Changed Agent at the forefront of transformation in the South African Political Economy, Dr Reuel Khoza has been hailed as a role model in the duties and responsibilities that a citizen can and should take on in the public and national interest.

Reuel Khoza is currently Chairman of Aka Capital and the Nedbank Group Limited and a director of several companies including Old Mutual PLC, Nampak, Sasol Oil and the Protea Hospitality Group.  

He has chaired the Boards of such corporations as Eskom Holdings, GlaxoSmithKlein South Africa and served as a director of the JSE Limited, IBM South Africa, the Standard Bank Group and Liberty Group.  He has been involved in the formulation of the King Codes on Corporate Governance in both King II and King III.

Reuel Khoza’s qualifications include BA Hons in Psychology, MA in Marketing, an Engineering Doctorate in Business Leadership, and LLD (honoris causa). 

He is Emeritus Professor Extraordinaire of the University of Stellenbosch Business School, Visiting Professor at Rhodes Business School and the University of the Free State and Chancellor of the University of Limpopo.

He is an accomplished author in Leadership and Management and his books include Let Africa Lead, Attuned Leadership, The African In My Dreams and the Power of Governance (with Mohamed Adam).

Antjie Krog


Antjie Krog is a poet, writer, journalist and Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape. She has published twelve volumes of poetry in Afrikaans, two volumes in English and three non-fiction books titled: Country of my Skull (1998) which is about the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, A Change of Tongue (2004) which about the transformation in South Africa after ten years and Begging to be Black (2009) which about learning to live within a black majority.

Antjie has also co-authored an academic book titled There was this Goat (2009) with two colleagues Prof Kopano Ratele and Nosisi Mpolweni which  investigated the Truth Commission testimony of Mrs Notrose Nobomvu Konile. 

Her work has been translated into English, Dutch, Italian, French, Spanish, Swedish, Serbian and Arabic. Country of my Skull and A Change of Tongue have been nominated by South African librarians (LlASA) as two of the ten most important books written in the ten years of democracy.

She was also asked to translate the autobiography of Nelson Mandela ‘Long Walk to Freedom' into Afrikaans.

Antjie had been awarded most of the prestigious awards for non-fiction, translation and poetry available in Afrikaans and English, the Stockholm Award from the Hiroshima Foundation for Peace and Culture for the year 2000 and also the Open Society Prize from the Central European University.

​Barbara Masekela


Barbara Masekela was born on 18 July 1941 in Johannesburg. She completed her primary education at St. Michael's Anglican School in Alexandra Township. Later she attended Inanda Girls Seminary between 1956 and1960, where she was exposed to leading lights of the African National Congress (ANC) such as Chief Albert Luthuli and MB Yengwa, who were some of the distinguished invited speakers to the girls’ college.

Here, she also came into contact with Johnny Makatini, a leading ANC activist who recruited her into the ANC and became her mentor. After matriculation, Barbara worked in a textile factory in Johannesburg and through a family friend found employment in the subscription department of New Age. Her supervisor was Wolfie Kodesh and here she was introduced to activists of the ANC Youth League, the South African Communist Party and the ANC. In 1962, she attended Roma University in Lesotho and subsequently left South Africa in 1963 Togo to Ghana.

Masekela is a long-serving ANC activist, cultural worker and diplomat. During her 27 years in exile, she served the ANC in Zambia, Ghana, Britain and the United States of America (USA).

She left New York to work full-time for the ANC in 1982. Here, she was charged with establishing the ANC Department of Arts and Culture, which proceeded to debate and develop policy, including the strengthening of the Cultural, Sports and Diplomatic Boycott to exclude the apartheid regime; to manage the Amandla Cultural Ensemble as well as other developmental and promotional cultural ANC projects, including post-apartheid cultural policies.

As part of the cultural collective of the ANC, Masekela organised various anti-apartheid conferences and cultural festivals, including the "Culture in Another South Africa" festival, which took place at the end of 1987, in Amsterdam. The festival entailed a series of exhibitions and performances in Amsterdam's major theatres, presented by 200 South African photographers, fashion designers, actors and musicians. It was a significant example of the uninterrupted line of unity among South Africans at home and abroad and included the call for the release of political prisoners, some of whom had been sentenced to death by the apartheid regime.

In 1990, after the unbanning of the ANC, Masekela moved to the ANC’s fund-raising department and later became Nelson Mandela’s chief of staff, until 1995. She served as a member of the ANC’s National Executive Committee, from 1991 to 1994.

In 1995, she became South Africa’s official ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation and served as the democratic South Africa’s first ambassador to France from 1995 to 1998. Masekela was appointed as ambassador to the USA from2003 to 2007.

Masekela served as deputy chairperson of the SABC from 1999 to 2003 and chaired the Board Subcommittee on Programming and Language. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

Barbara Masekela has overcome the gender limitations of her era to become a robust intellectual with a fiercely independent mind and uncompromising position against the apartheid system. She has proved to be quite an outstanding manager, organiser, campaigner and diplomat.

Barbara Masekela is also a poet and is presently writing her memoirs.

Abdul Minty


Abdul Minty was born in 1939 and now happily married to Khatija Minty,

In 1969 he obtained an MSc (Econ) in International Relations from University College, London. From 1969 to 2975 he was a Research Fellow at the Richardson Institute for Conflict and Peace Research, London. From 1994 to 1995 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the International Peace Research Institute at Oslo.

He is currently Deputy Director-General: Ambassador and Special Representative for Disarmament and NEPAD in the South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation. 

He is also the personal representative of South Africa's President on the NEPAD Steering Committee, South African Governor on the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Chairperson of the South African Council for the Non-Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction, member of the Board of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa, representative of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation on the South African National Conventional Arms Control Committee and vice-convenor of the Council of the South Centre, Geneva,

From 2007 to 2008 he was Chairperson of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. In 2006 he was President of the IAEA General Conference. 

From 1995 to 2004 he was Deputy Director-General responsible for Multilateral Affairs in the South African Department of Foreign Affairs during which period he frequently served as acting Director-General of the department. 

From 2001 to 2002 he was a member of the UN Secretary-Generals Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. 

From 1995 to 2006 he was Chairperson of the South African Council for Space Affairs. From 1979 to 1994 he served as Director of the World Campaign against Military and Nuclear Collaboration with South Africa in Oslo. 

From 1962 to 1995 he was Honorary Secretary of the British Anti-Apartheid Movement.

Abdul has written extensively for the United Nations and various anti-apartheid and solidarity movements on topics related to the fight against apartheid, human rights, disarmament and the arms embargo against South Africa.

​Eric Mtshali


Eric Mtshali was born in Durban, Natal. After completing high school he became active in the anti-apartheid movement in Natal.



Mtshali became active in the trade union movement, organising workers in Durban in the 1950s. His organising began with the Dock and Harbour Workers Union in 1951. He later moved into organising textile workers. In 1955 he assisted in established Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU). In the same year he assisted in collecting ‘freedom demands’ as part of the African National Congress (ANC)’s process of writing the Freedom Charter.


In 1957 Mtshali was recruited into the South African Communist Party (SACP) by Stephen Dlamini, M.P. Naicker, Wilson Cele and Harry Gwala. The following year he joined the ANC. In 1961 Mtshali was part of the Congress Alliance’s group which founded uMkhonto weSizwe (MK). He was elected as a member of the command structure of MK’s Natal underground. In July 1962 Mtshali left South Africa and went into exile. He was sent to both the Soviet Union and Cuba to receive training. On his return Mtshali became Chief of Personnel in MK in Tanzania. During this time Mtshali worked closely with Moses Kotane transporting military hardware from Tanzania into the Zambezi valley in Zambia.


In 1964/5 Mtshali became the first editor of Dawn magazine, a position he held until 1969. During this time Mtshali helped found the ANC’s intelligence division. With his intelligence work and responsibility for rescue operations he assisted in the Wankie and Sipolilo Campaigns of 1967. During this time Mtshali led a group of 12 MK and Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) cadres to rescue a section of the Luthuli Detachment that had been surrounded by Rhodesian forces. The group crossed the river in three dinghies, however, on the way two boats capsized with most of the occupants being attacked by crocodiles. In 1971 he was elected into the central committee of the SACP. In the same year he began serving as the ANC’s Chief Representative in Tanzania, a position he retained until 1976. During this time he also spent two terms at the Party School in the Soviet Union.


Mtshali then went to work as the South Africa trade union representative at the World Federation of Trade Unions in Prague, Czechoslovakia. He worked with the trade unions in Anglophone and Francophone Africa, Argentina and the Philippines. During the 1980s Mtshali worked to revive the trade union movement inside South Africa. He also served on the Revolutionary Council. 


Mtshali returned to South Africa in 1991. Between 1995 and 2000 he was the Deputy-Commissioner of Criminal Intelligence in Kwa-Zulu Natal. In the 2000 elections Mtshali stood as the ANC councillor of the EThekwini Unicity Municipality. He is still the councillor. Mtshali has been a Member of Parliament for the ANC since 2004. He has sat on the parliamentary committees on Labour, on Higher Education and Training and on Human Settlements. He is also currently on the Central Committee of the SACP.

Njabulo Ndebele


Njabulo S Ndebele, Emeritus Professor and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, is Senior Research Fellow at the Archive and Public Culture Project at UCTs Department of Social Anthropology.

He was educated at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, Cambridge University and the University of Denver where he obtained his PhD in Creative Writing. He was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in New York. 

He served extensively in South African Higher Education as Chair of the South African Universities Vice-Chancellor's Association, founding Chair of the Southern African Regional Universities Association and President of the Association of African Universities.

He is the author of - Fools' and Other Stories (1983), which won the Noma Award for the best book published in Africa in 1983 and the novel The Cry of Winnie Mandela (2003), published to critical acclaim. 

A public commentator, in his highly influential essays on South Africa literature and culture Rediscovery of the Ordinary (1991, 2006) were followed by Fine Lines from the Box: further thoughts about our country (2007) which won the K. Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award.

He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Research Foundation in 2009. 

He holds honorary doctorates from Universities in the Netherlands, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. He is an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College in Cambridge University and also a Fellow of the University of Cape Town.

Oyama Mabandla


Oyama Mabandla holds BA in Political Science from University of California and Juris Doctor from Columbia University.  He has served as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of South African Airways (Pty) Ltd.; as General Counsel for South African Airways (Pty) Ltd. (SAA) and as the Chairman of Vodacom.  He has also served as an advocate at the South African Bar and is an Executive Chairman of Langa Group, as well as former Member of the advisory board of JP Morgan. 

He held several Directorships, including at Mvelaserve Ltd (November 2010 to November 2012), at Group Five Ltd (August 2011 to May 2013), as Independent Non-executive Director of Mvelaphanda Group Ltd. (2004 to 2012), at South African Airways (Pty) Ltd, as well as an Independent Non Executive Director of Mvelaphanda Resources Ltd. (March 2004 to April 2007.)

Adrian Enthoven


Dr Adrian Enthoven is Executive Chairman of Yellowwoods, a European based private investment group. He is responsible for the African portfolio of financial services, hospitality and wine investments. He serves on the boards of the Group’s South African based businesses, including chairing the Hollard Insurance Group.

He is also involved in various projects and initiatives in youth employment, education, social justice and the arts. He is a board member of Citizens ZA, the African Leadership Initiative (chair) and Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), and a Trustee of WWF South Africa. He is a member of the advisory boards of MISTRA, CASAC and the CDE, and an ambassador of the Social Justice Initiative.

He was educated at Michaelhouse School and at Oxford University (BA Hons in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, and PhD in Political Science). He is married with four children.​


Luli Callinicos


Luli Callinicos is an historian and heritage consultant. She is the author of The World that made Mandela (STE 2000) and Oliver Tambo: Beyond the Engeli Mountains (David Philip 2004). 

In 1988 she received the Noma Award for Publishing in Africa for Working Life: Factories, Townships and Popular Culture (Ravan 1987), her second book in the labour and social history trilogy, A People's History of South Africa – Gold and Workers (1981), Working Life (1987) and A Place in the City (1993). .

Under the Mandela government she was appointed to the policy-making Arts, Culture Task Group from 1994-6; she also served as advisor to the Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology on Legacy Projects. 

She sat on the National Monuments Council from 1996-2000 and helped to transform it to the South African Heritage Resources Agency, contributing to the Heritage Resources Act of 2000. She was the first chairperson of the National Heritage Council, a founder member of the Workers' Library and Museum and a Trustee of Freedom Park for nine years. 

Callinicos continues to serve on a number of other heritage and research boards, including Robben Island Museum and the South African History Archives.

In addition to numerous articles and chapters in books, Luli Callinicos has been a scriptwriter and historical advisor for museum exhibitions, including on Nelson Mandela on his 90th birthday (Apartheid Museum. Nelson Mandela Museum and Stockholm) and -Albert Luthuli and Nelson Mandela: In Conversation' (Albert Luthuli Museum. Nelson Mandela Museum). Most recently, her book Who Built Jozi? Discovering Memory at Wits Junction (WUP), was published in 2012.

Lull Callinicos also has extensive experience teaching school and university students, workers in the labour movement as well as a political and curriculum educator in history.  Of Hellenic descent, Callinicos was awarded The Order of the Phoenix by the Democracy of Greece in 1997.