Executive Director-Joel Netshitenzhe
Joel Netshitenzhe has a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Financial Economics and a post-graduate diploma in Economic Principles from the University of London, and a diploma in Political Science from the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow.
He is a Member of the Boards of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Nedbank Group and Life Healthcare Group; and a Champion within Programme Pioneer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Life College Association. He is a member of the ANC National Executive Committee, and also served as a member of the National Planning Commission (2010 – 2015).
Before joining the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) as CEO in 1998, Mr Netshitenzhe was Head of Communication in President Nelson Mandela’s office. In addition to being GCIS CEO, he was appointed Head of the Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) in The Presidency, in 2001. He headed the PCAS on a full-time basis from 2006 until his retirement in 2009.
Before 1994, he served in various capacities within the ANC: Radio Freedom, Mayibuye editor, member of the ANC Politico-Military Council and Deputy Head of the Department of Information and Publicity, and as part of the ANC negotiating team.
Director: Operations-Barry Gilder
From 1990 to 1992, Barry Gilder was Administrative Editor of Africa Information Afrique, a development news
agency, first in Zimbabwe and then in South Africa after his return from exile
in 1991. He then served as Head Communications and later Deputy Director of the
Matla Trust until he was deployed into the new democratic government at the
beginning of 1995. He served as General Manager and later Deputy Director-General
of the South African Secret Service from 1995 until 1999 and then as Deputy
Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency from 2000 to 2003.
In 2003 he was
appointed Director-General of the Department of Home Affairs and in 2005 was
appointed Coordinator for Intelligence until his retirement from government in
In 2010 he helped to
set up the Mapungubwe Institute and served as its Director Operations until
early 2013 when he left to spend a year and a half in New Delhi, India. He continued
as a Fellow of the Mapungubwe Institute.
In September 2013 he
was appointed as a Senior Visiting Fellow in the University of the
Witwatersrand’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (now known
as the Wits School of Governance) and in October was appointed to the
Council of South Africa’s new National School of Government. He took up his new
post in MISTRA on 1 October 2014.
He is the author of Songs and Secrets: South Africa from
Liberation to Governance (Jacana 2012, Hurst 2012).
Director: Research -Ralph Mathekga
Ralph Mathekga started his studies in political
science, law and economic history in 1998 at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he completed his BA degree. In 2000, he subsequently completed a Honours
degree in Political Science as well as a Masters in Political Science, at the
Ralph worked as a Political Researcher with Institute for
Democracy in South Africa (Idasa) where he focused on political, social and
economic research. He was part of the team that drafted South Africa‘s Self
Assessment Report as part of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM). Ralph also
worked as a Lecturer at the University of Western Cape, teaching courses in
politics and also development. He has worked at the National Treasury (Ministry
of Finance) in the Budget Office as a Senior Policy Analyst. Ralph continues to
contribute opinion article to different newspapers, interviews on TV and Radio
station on current affairs in South Africa and abroad.
Ralph initially joined MISTRA as a Head of the faculty of Political Economy. He has since been promoted to Director of Research.
Director: Project Management-Xolelwa Kashe-Katiya
Xolelwa Kashe-Katiya studied towards a BSc degree at
the University of Cape Town where she majored in Archaeology. After graduating, she went on to complete an Honours degree in Physical Anthropology,
at the University of Pretoria. In 2010 she was awarded a fellowship by the Archives and Public Culture Research Initiative to complete a
Master of Philosophy degree in Heritage and Public Culture at the University of
Cape Town’s Centre for African Studies.
She has in the past worked as a researcher and project
manager in donor-funded, public and academic environments. Her past duties
included quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation of complex projects,
specifically in the media, cultural and creative industries. She has also
assisted in providing intellectual, political, and professional direction to
projects that serve as a platform for the arts, archives and heritage
practitioners. She is passionate about critical engagements with knowledge
production and the dissemination of knowledge within African contexts.
is also a correspondent at the Archival Platform and has
recently been appointed as an Honorary Research Associate by the University of
Xolelwa has also worked as MISTRA's Head of Consultancy Services. In December 2016, she was promoted to Director: Project Management.
Financial Manager -Lorraine Pillay
Lorraine Pillay joined the Mapungubwe Institute as a Financial Manager in February 2014. Prior to joining MISTRA, she worked at MOSCON OPTICS (PTY) Ltd where she started as Junior Credit Control in 1992 and progressed to be a Financial Manager. In this role, she also drove the financial functions for other companies within the MOSCON group such as Moscon Medical and Moscon Properties.
After completing her Bcom in Accounting at the University of South Africa, Lorraine continued to further her studies at the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts where she completed her T4 – Part B. CIMA is recognized as the world’s largest body of management accountants.
Lorraine’s interest is in art and reading and travelling.
Company Secretary-Gloria Britain
Gloria Britain is a seasoned Public Sector
Management specialist who has worked in the public and private sectors on
various transformation and development programmes and projects over several
She has held various full time positions as
well as set up a consultancy which provided organisational & management
development services to diverse non-profit organizations, companies and
institutions including Nedbank, South African Broadcasting Corporation, various
local government departments, the National Prosecutions Authority, National
Departments of Education, Health and Social Development, UNICEF and UNAIDS.
Gloria, through her consultancy also provided facilitation services such as
strategic planning and training on various non-profit board matters and other
areas of organisational development.
Gloria consulted in the donor funding
environment, conducting organisational evaluations for local and international
funders both nationally and in the Southern African region. She also worked in
grant making for civil society organisations. She has worked in resource
mobilisation in the areas of: advanced proposal writing, funding raising from
High Networth Individuals, conducting funding audits and fund raising planning.
Gloria worked in the Human Capital
Development space both in the public and private sectors, with the focus on
strategic learning and growth.
Gloria has a BA Social Science Degree from
the University of Cape Town, an adult education qualification from the
University of British Colombia, a Coaching qualification from Results Systems
Coaching in the neuroscience coaching methodology and is a member of the
Coaching & Mentoring Association of South Africa, (COMESA).
Project Officer-Dzunisani Mathonsi
Dzunisani Mathonsi holds a Bachelor of Arts in social science from the University Of Limpopo where her majors were Psychology and Criminology. She is currently doing her Honours in Psychology at the University of South Africa.
She has worked herself up MISTRA's ranks as she joined the Institute as an intern and was later promoted to Consultancy Services Officer thereafter was promoted to Project Manager.
She envisions herself as Social Scientist who is very much interested in society’s development and growth. She also strives to learn how individuals and groups make decisions and gain insight into their different behaviour patterns.
Dzunisani interests lie in acquiring skills and perspectives to solve complex social problems, to engage in communication and collaboration across the social science discipline, and to utilize a shared infrastructure for social science. During 2013-2014 April Dzunisani participated in volunteer work as a care worker and a team leader at an NGO called future families.
Senior Researcher: Faculty of Humanity-Jeffrey Sehume
Jeffrey Mathethe Sehume was born in 1972 in Kwa Thema Ekurhuleni. He studied at the University of Witwatersrand for his B. A. in Social Sciences and MA Degrees. He taught at Rhodes University (Grahamstown), AFDA College (JHB) and Fort Hare University, specialising in Media, Communication and Social Science Theories.
He joined the then University of Natal in 1999-200 as a postgraduate in the Centre for Cultural and Media Studies (CCMS). He is also a former recipient of a CODESRIA Fellowship served at Legon (Ghana) and North-western Universities (USA). At CCMS he had an opportunity to participate in research field trips aimed at analysing ‘representation and identity” issues of, amongst others, the Khoisan social groups
He was previously the editor of the Critical Arts Journal.
From 2007 to 2010, he was a researcher and speech writer at the Presidency. He joined the Mapungubwe Institute as a researcher in September 2010.
Senior Researcher: Faculty of Political Economy-Dr. Salimah Valiani
Salimah Valiani, PhD is Senior Researcher in MISTRA’s faculty of political
economy. She holds a visiting professorship with the Centre for
Researching Education and Labour at the University of Witwatersrand. With an
academic background in world historical political economy. Her research
specialisations are in the areas of economic development in historical
perspective, international labour migration, the political economy of health
care, and the global caring economy. Since 2001, she has worked as a researcher
in non-governmental organisations and unions in Canada, Indonesia, the
Philippines, India, and South Africa.
She is the author of the research
monograph, Rethinking Unequal Exchange: the global integration of nursing
labour markets (University of Toronto Press: 2012); a range of policy
papers and academic journal articles, and several popular articles on economic
policy and economic justice. In June 2012 she was awarded the Feminist
Economics Rhonda Williams Prize – an award recognising feminist scholarship and
activism in the spirit of the African American economist and activist, Rhonda
RECIPIENT OF THE 2012 FEMINIST ECONOMICS RHONDA WILLIAMS PRIZE
Research Monograph: Rethinking Unequal Exchange - The Global
Integration of Nursing Labour Markets
Poetry: Land of the Sky
Poetry: Letter Out: Letter In
Poetry: Breathing for Breadth
Researcher: Faculty of Political Economy-David Maimela
David Maimela is a graduate of the University of Pretoria. He holds an Honours Degree in International Relations and a Political Science degree and has a certificate in United States Studies collaboration between Indiana University and the University of Pretoria). Between 2007 and 2009 he was awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship by the Mandela Rhodes Foundation.
In 2010 David was chosen as one of the Mail and Guardian 200 Emerging Young Leaders in South Africa. He has an extensive background in student and youth politics in South Africa and as a result has a deep appreciation of the challenges, progress and prospects of education and youth development in South Africa.
David has worked in the defunct Gauteng Youth Commission and the Gauteng Office of the Premier in the policy and Governance Branch. In his period in the Office of the Premier, he acquired extensive experience in the policy making process in government.
David has an interest in international political economy with emphasis on alternative economics and emerging economies, international relations with focus on Africa, foreign policy and diplomacy and security studies. David joined the Mapungubwe Institute in November 2010.
Researcher: Faculty of Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement-Zamanzima Mazibuko
She has a patent filed with WITS Enterprise for a nano-enabled drug delivery system designed and formulated for her Master's Degree. Zamanzima was awarded a Carnegie Bale Scholarship for black women in Science and Engineering between 2007- and 2011. In 2013, she was awarded a Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD) bursary to complete her Master's degree. She has been a member of the Golden Key International Society since 2008.
Zamanzima joins MISTRA as a Researcher in the Faculty of Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement (KESA). Previously, she was a Project Research Assistant at the Student Equity and Talent Management Unit (SETMU) at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is passionate about social justice and more specifically, gender equality. She plans to pursue a PhD degree in the near future.
Researcher: Humanity-Dr. Beth Vale
Dr. Beth Vale's research
interests span youth body politics, nocturnal cities, HIV interventions, and
quotidian productions of sociality as well as power and privilege in South African
society. Before joining MISTRA, Beth served as a postdoctoral fellow under the
NRF Chair in Local Histories, Present Realities at the University of the
Witwatersrand. Her postdoctoral research explores urban nightclub cultures
in Southern Africa, which she also discusses in regular postings for Bubblegumclub’s online
magazine, as well as other print and online publications.
Beth has a
DPhil from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral thesis investigated the
medication-taking practices of HIV-positive adolescents in the Eastern Cape.
Here, she took interests in the ways that adolescents used and interpreted
HIV-treatment, incorporating pills into their everyday pursuits of recognition
and belonging. Articles deriving from this work have been published in the Journal
of Southern African Studies, Development and Change, Medical Anthropology
Quarterly and Medical Anthropology.
Prior to her
time at Oxford, Beth studied for an MA in Sociology at the University of Cape
Town, over the course of which she investigated the challenges and successes of
community health providers. Her BA Honours degree in Politics and Philosophy is
from Rhodes University, where she also served as the university's HIV Advocacy
Officer and President of the Student HIV/AIDS Resistance Campaign. Over the
years, Beth has worked as a pro bono intern/consultant for a range of advocacy
organisations including Anthrologica, Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa, The
Treatment Action Campaign and Kheth'Impilo seeking to bridge the worlds of
research, policy and practice.
Assistant Researcher: Faculty of Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement-Duduetsang Mokoele
Duduetsang Mokoele is an Assistant Researcher in
the Faculty of Knowledge Economy and Scientific Advancement (KESA). She has an academic background in International Relations, Political Studies and Public Policy and Administration.
In 2010 she was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society. In 2011 she was the recipient of the postgraduate Merit Award and the Chief Justice Ismail Mohamed medal. In the same
year she was a tutor at the University of the Witwatersand’s International Relations Department.
Before joining MISTRA she was an intern at the Department of Science and Technology’s International Resources Programme.
In future she hopes to study for a Masters Degree in International Security with a regional concentration on Africa and East Asian countries and thematic concentrations on Defence/Security Economics and Innovation and sustainable development. She aspires to playing a role in policy making in South Africa.
Junior Researcher: Faculty of Political Economy-Patience Kelebogile Salane
Patience Kelebogile Salane is a Kimberley-born gender activist who matriculated from Vryburg High School in 2009. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Johannesburg as well as an Honours degree in Philosophy. Her research interests centre on African Philosophy, Black feminism, existentialism, postcolonial studies, as well as socio-economic studies.
Before joining MISTRA, she tutored Philosophy at UJ as well as tutoring both high school and university students within the context of the Model United Nations. In addition, Patience believes in scholarship that includes black lived experiences in general and those of black women in particular; and aspires to contribute as much as possible to theories dedicated to advancing these experiences.
Resource Mobilisation Officer-Magati Nindi
Magati Nindi was born in Dar –es –Salaam, Tanzania. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations majoring in peace studies and conflict resolution from the University of the North West. Her interest lies in Africa’s foreign direct investment post-independence and fundraising
Before being appointed as a Resource Mobilisation Officer at MISTRA, Magati worked as a Fund Developer at Jo’burg Child Welfare and the Legal Resources Centre. She also worked at the University of the North West Politics Department.
Communications Officer-Siphokazi Sigenu
Siphokazi Sigenu’s experience in media and communication started as
a Communications, Outreach and Education Intern at the Public Protector South
Africa. In this capacity, she provided a supportive role in all media
relations, outreach, event planning and coordination as well as internal and
external publication production activities.
At the end of her internship, she joined the National Youth
Development Agency (NYDA) as a Social Media and Web Specialist. The core
functions of the role included research and sourcing of information as well as
extrapolating data for reporting, including content development and analysis,
online communication strategies as well as proofreading and editing.
She holds a BA Corporate Communication degree from the University of
Johannesburg (UJ), majoring in Communication and Psychology and a Bachelor of
Business Administration (Marketing Management) from the IMM Graduate School of
Marketing with majors in Business Management and Financial Management. She also recently completted a BCom Honours in Business Management, majoring in Marketing at the
University of South Africa (Unisa).
Thabang Moerane was born in Johannesburg and grew up in the North West Province. She matriculated at Pres Mangope Technical High School.
She has a Secretarial and Advanced Secretarial Diploma. She is presently studying with UNISA for a Bcom in Business Management. She previously worked on a contract basis before joining the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) in 1999 as a secretary. She was later promoted to the post of Personal Assistant. In 2006 she was seconded to the presidency as Personal Assistant to the Head of Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS).
Thabang joined Mapungubwe Institute as an Administrator in July 2010.
Intern: Consultancy Service-Solomon Thoka
Solomon Thoka holds a BA in Social Science & Health Science from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is currently doing his Honours in Psychology at the same University. He has a strong passion for human behaviour and human transformation and intends on furthering his studies and wishes to complete his Masters in Clinical Psychology.
One of his outstanding works was his research proposal on studying the relationship between mental health and child development conducted for his assignment purposes.
Before joining MISTRA as an Intern, he worked as a Library Assistant at UNISA and also worked as a Peer Helper at UNISA's Student Support.
Intern: Faculty of Political Economy-Wandile Ngcaweni
Ngcaweni has a BA (Development Studies) degree with a major in Historical Studies from the University of Johannesburg. During his undergraduate studies he volunteered as an intern at MISTRA. It is during this time, Wandile found his calling in academic research.
Wandile attended the Decolonial Summer School at the
University of South Africa. He is also an Alumni of the Thabo Mbeki African
Leadership Institute (TMALI) where he completed a course in African Political
Economy-The Africa Economic Challenge.
He is currently completing
another course from TMALI in Policy Making and Analysis for Africa’s Development.
Wandile is currently doing his BA Hons (Development Studies) at UNISA. He
enjoys writing commentary and opinion columns in various publications , focus
being what’s relevant to the youth, such as decolonisation and Fallism and
Intern: Operations-Mlungisi Makhanya
Makhanya attended both Primary and High school in Kempton Park then later moved
on to pursue his studies at the University of Johannesburg where he graduated
majoring in Public Relations and Communications.
his undergraduate studies he volunteered at Kaya FM working closely with the
Marketing team finding new and innovative strategies on developing and implementing
promotional activities and public relations campaigns relating to youth
the year 2014 Mlungisi completed his Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at the
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) where he served as a Marketing
intern at iKwekwezi FM. In this capacity, Mlungisi gianed exposure and garnered experience in developing marketing plans, press releases, media monitoring, public relations, proposals, event coordination and client communication. He later joined Ole Media Group:
TeamTalk Media where he took on the role of Digital Content Producer prior
joining the Mapungubwe Institute.
Mlungisi is an aspirant Public Relations and
Communications prodigy with future
ambitions in studying further in Business Communication and
Administration. He has a passion for events
Office Assistant-Rose Maleke Ngwato
Rose Maleke Ngwato was born in Glen Cowie, Limpopo. She completed her primary schooling at the Sebajaneng Primary and went on to study at Matshumane Secondary.
In 1997 she moved to Johannesburg where she found employment at Cyber Cleaning and Security Services and thereafter joined MISTRA in 2010 as an Office Assistant.
Rose is an avid church lover and a devoted mother of three boys. She strongly believes that Ubuntu should be the principle that guides people into living harmoniously with each other.