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Staff

Danjelle Midgley

Danjelle Midgley

Attorney

Danjelle is an attorney in the Activist Support and Training programme at the Centre for Environmental Rights. She joined the Centre in 2019 as the Environmental Law Specialist. As part of her programme work, Danjelle regularly provides training workshops on a range on Constitutional and environmental law topics, conducts legal research on issues affecting communities and supports the work of environmental justice activists across South Africa. Danjelle is also responsible for monitoring and knowledge dissemination as well as parliamentary liaison.

Danjelle holds a BMus (Jazz Composition), an LLB and an LLM (specialising in Environmental Law) from the University of Cape Town. Her Masters dissertation was on biodiversity offsets in South African environmental law. As part of her LLM, Danjelle spent a semester at the University of Maryland in Baltimore (USA).

Danjelle completed her articles in 2016 at Cullinan & Associates Inc, a specialist environmental law firm in Cape Town. As an associate attorney, Danjelle was very involved in litigation representing AmaPondo communities in the Wild Coast opposing the construction of a highway through the communities’ lands.

Danjelle has experience in the water, waste, air quality, biodiversity and coastal sectors as well as customary and administrative law. She is passionate about environmental justice and the realisation of the Constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to health or well-being.

In her spare time, Danjelle plays in a jazz band called The Lady Day Big Band which is South Africa’s first all-female big band. Danjelle also enjoys being in nature, especially through hiking and trail running. She loves animals and the ocean and would one day like to be able to grow all her own veggies in a garden.

Wandisa Phama

Wandisa Phama

Executive Director

Palesa Madi

Palesa Madi

Deputy Director - Programmes

Majury Chada

Majury Chada

Head of Operations

Brandon Abdinor

Brandon Abdinor

Climate Advocacy Lawyer

Armando Ayala-Robles

Armando Ayala-Robles

Senior Researcher

Lerato Balendran

Lerato Balendran

Head of Communications

Kim Blessie

Kim Blessie

Programme Administrator

Adelaide Chagopa

Adelaide Chagopa

Candidate Attorney

Annah Chirwa

Annah Chirwa

Office Assistant

Sonia Chu

Sonia Chu

Human Resources and Office Manager

Concelia Digoro

Concelia Digoro

Candidate Attorney

Linda Dlamini

Linda Dlamini

Candidate Attorney

Nonjabulo Doyisa

Nonjabulo Doyisa

Programme Administrator and Office Support

Leanne Govindsamy

Leanne Govindsamy

Programme Head: Corporate Accountability and Transparency

Thobeka Gumede

Thobeka Gumede

Attorney

Catherine Horsfield

Catherine Horsfield

Programme Head: Mining

Matome Kapa

Matome Kapa

Programme Head: Activist Support & Training

Gabrielle Knott

Gabrielle Knott

Attorney

Michelle Koyama

Michelle Koyama

Attorney

Paul Lado

Paul Lado

Attorney

Noriza Lamani

Noriza Lamani

Office Assistant

Agnes Ludada

Agnes Ludada

Office Assistant

Gift Mabaso

Gift Mabaso

Financial Accountant

Ntombi Maphosa

Ntombi Maphosa

Attorney

Danjelle Midgley

Danjelle Midgley

Attorney

Itumeleng Mphake

Itumeleng Mphake

Candidate Attorney

Tarisai Mugunyani

Tarisai Mugunyani

Attorney

Tatenda Muponde

Tatenda Muponde

Attorney

Tefo Mxakaza

Tefo Mxakaza

Bookkeeper

Margo Newman

Margo Newman

Executive Assistant

Thami Nkosi

Thami Nkosi

Programme Administrator

Alice Nqoko

Alice Nqoko

Senior Administrator

Zahra Omar

Zahra Omar

Attorney

Tabitha Paine

Tabitha Paine

Attorney

Fadia Samuels

Fadia Samuels

Receptionist and Assistant Events Coordinator

Dimakatso Sefatsa

Dimakatso Sefatsa

Attorney

Michelle Sithole

Michelle Sithole

Attorney

Phumla Yeki

Phumla Yeki

Human Resources & Compliance Administrator