Skip to Content

Centre for Environmental Rights – Advancing Environmental Rights in South Africa

Support Us Join our Mailing List

Meet the Team

Staff

Danjelle Midgley

Danjelle Midgley

Environmental Law Specialist

Danjelle joined the Centre For Environmental Rights in 2019 as the Environmental Law Specialist. Her duties cut across the CER’s various programmes and include legal research and drafting, training and empowerment, monitoring and knowledge dissemination as well as parliamentary liaison.

Danjelle holds a BMus (Jazz Composition), an LLB and an LLM (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.

Melissa Fourie

Melissa Fourie

Executive Director

Wandisa Phama

Wandisa Phama

Deputy Director

Brandon Abdinor

Brandon Abdinor

Climate Advocacy Lawyer

Lerato Balendran

Lerato Balendran

Head of Communications

Sibo Buyangane

Sibo Buyangane

Activist Support and Training Project Administrator

Sonia Chu

Sonia Chu

Manager for Human Resources and Office Administration

Leanne Govindsamy

Leanne Govindsamy

Programme Head: Corporate Accountability and Transparency

Thobeka Gumede

Thobeka Gumede

Attorney

Daiyaan Halim

Daiyaan Halim

Researcher: Corporate Accountability and Transparency

Catherine Horsfield

Catherine Horsfield

Programme Head: Mining

Matome Kapa

Matome Kapa

Programme Head: Activist Support & Training

Michelle Koyama

Michelle Koyama

Attorney

Noriza Lamani

Noriza Lamani

Cleaning Assistant

Khumo Lesele

Khumo Lesele

Candidate Attorney

Tim Lloyd

Tim Lloyd

Attorney

Nicole Loser

Nicole Loser

Programme Head: Pollution & Climate Change

Agnes Ludada

Agnes Ludada

Cleaning Assistant

Danjelle Midgley

Danjelle Midgley

Environmental Law Specialist

Tarisai Mugunyani

Tarisai Mugunyani

Attorney

Tatenda Muponde

Tatenda Muponde

Attorney

Ambre Nicolson

Ambre Nicolson

Senior Writer

Alice Nqoko

Alice Nqoko

Senior Administrator

Zahra Omar

Zahra Omar

Attorney

Nozuko Poni

Nozuko Poni

Communications and Digital Officer

Fadia Samuels

Fadia Samuels

Receptionist and Assistant Events Coordinator

Dimakatso Sefatsa

Dimakatso Sefatsa

Candidate Attorney

Michelle Sithole

Michelle Sithole

Attorney

Phumla Yeki

Phumla Yeki

Executive Assistant