People

Mmatshilo Motsei – Executive Director

Mmatshilo Motsei, is Founder of Afrika Ikalafe, an organisation that specialises in personal and societal transformation that is founded on African spiritual principles. Her overall aim is to uncover the old truth that Africa is great and powerful and that, because of the poisoning of our mind, our soul is afflicted. Consequently, Africa’s traumatic past has led to a condition which calls for multigenerational healing, hence the name Afrika Ikalafe, which means Afrika Heal Thyself. 

An African mystic, author, healer, and midwife, Mmatshilo started her career as a nurse, midwife, nursing lecturer, social science researcher and community development facilitator. With a BA Hons in Psychology and MA in Creative Writing, she uses writing as a tool for healing. She is an author of six books which includes Kanga and the Kangaroo Court: Reflections on the Rape Trial of Jacob Zuma, Hearing Visions, and Reweaving the Soul of the Nation, a collection of essays in African spirituality, politics, and feminism.  

In honour of the work, she received numerous awards which includes UN Scroll of Honour Award for her work in involving men as part of the solution to violence against women. She is a recipient of two Honorary Doctorates i.e., Community Psychology by the University of Zululand for her integrative healing work with women and men and another in Social Professions, Faculty of Health by Nelson Mandela University for her work in using the indigenous healing justice framework in responding to sexual violence in South Africa.

She is currently completing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Pretoria. In her quest to decolonise childbirth practices in post-apartheid South Africa, her research focus is on the role of indigenous midwifery in countering obstetric violence. 

Tshepo Madlingozi – Non-Executive Director  

Tshepo Madlingozi is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at WITS University. He has master’s degrees in both Law and Sociology, and he received his PhD degree from Birkbeck, University of London. He is a Research Associate at the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education at Nelson Mandela University. He is the co-editor of South African Journal of Human Rights and part of the management team of Pretoria University Law Press. He is a co-editor of Symbol or Substance: Socio-economic Rights in South Africa (Cambridge UP) and a co-editor of Introduction to Law and Legal Skills in South Africa, 2nd Edition (Oxford UP South Africa). He sits on the boards of the following civil society organizations: Amandla.mobi; Centre for Human Rights, University of Free State; the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution; the Rural Democracy Trust & Mining-Affected Communities United in Action/Women-Affected by Mining Action. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA), and a member of the advisory board of Health Justice Initiative. He was a founding board member of SERI and the Zimbabwe Exiles Forum. For thirteen years (2015-2018) he worked with and for Khulumani Support Group, a 120 000-strong social movement of victims and survivors of Apartheid as National Advocacy Coordinator & later the Chairperson.

Phuthanang Cenea Motseilwa – Non-Executive Director

Phuthanang Motsielwa is a Chartered Accountant passionate about Governance and African development. She has co-founded PSTM Auditors, an audit firm based in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. She has served on a number of boards and audit committees, and continues to do so. She is married with two children, and enjoys hiking, travel as well as spending time with her family. 

Buti Chakache – Non-Executive Director

Buti Chakache Chakache advocates for security of tenure for rural people, productivity and prosperity. He started his career in 1981 at primary school teaching to heading school department, then adult education that introduced him to training teachers and providing onsite training, mentoring and materials development as a Primary Science Program (PSP) fieldworker; and later training manager for the Language Methods and Programs (L-MAP), and part time educator for the then University of Port Elizabeth’s Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMATE) program. Next, he joined the NGO land sector in 2002 to provide strategic direction in training, advice, mediation, litigation facilitation and supporting land beneficiaries for the Free State Rural Development Association (FSRDA) and the Rural Legal Trust (RLT). He is currently at the RLT. He carries with him a forty-year experience in development as an adult educator, train-a-trainer, materials developer, organization development, project management, accountability and quality assurance across donor funded projects. He is backed by his qualifications in Resources Mobilisation from Ealing College, London and the then Rhodes University, Adult Education, Maths & Sciences and Education from the University of the Witwatersrand as well as his Land & Agrarian Studies qualifications from the University of the Western Cape.

Lebo Mabida –Non-Executive Director

Lebo is a strategic communications expert, a content maverick, a brand builder, a technology enthusiast and a PR maven. Her 20 year journey in PR, digital, brand and marketing includes roles in both agency and corporate, as well as the less travelled journey of entrepreneurship. She uses her blend of expertise in PR, brand and marketing, to help South African and multinational brands solve complex business challenges, and to build and protect corporate reputation. In her roles in PR, she has steered leading PR agencies Ogilvy PR and Influence, and FCB’s Redline, as well as running her own agency PR Powerhouse which she founded in 2011, until it was insourced into Etion in 2018. Lebo is passionate about the industry and gives her time to award judging panels that include the 2020 New Generation Social & Digital Media Awards, PRISM Awards, recognising the best of PR in South Africa. She has a number of industry accolades to her name including being named among Avance Media’s 100 Most Influential Young South Africans in 2018. Her entrepreneurial journey has seen her placed in the top 15 in the South African chapter of the Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women Certificate Programme for female entrepreneurs at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).