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Staff

Michelle Koyama

Michelle Koyama

Attorney

Miche joined the Pollution and Climate Change Programme in 2017. She is originally from Japan and now lives in South Africa. She holds a BA LLB from Rhodes University, and is passionate about environmental justice and human rights causes. Whilst at the ACB (an NGO), she worked with communities and traditional herbalists to prevent biopiracy; help protect their indigenous knowledge and intellectual property; and preserve the endemic medicinal plant species. She attended various international meetings of the United Nations Environmental Programme, and published in the area of biopiracy and bioprospecting. In the private sector, she worked for Bowman and Gilfillan and Adams & Adams in the commercial law, trademark law and litigation departments. Miche loves to travel, be immersed in nature (or a good book), and when the whim takes, she creates music and paints.

Melissa Fourie

Melissa Fourie

Executive Director

Wandisa Phama

Wandisa Phama

Deputy Director

Sibo Buyangane

Sibo Buyangane

Activist Support and Training Project Administrator

Leanne Govindsamy

Leanne Govindsamy

Programme Head: Corporate Accountability and Transparency

Thobeka Gumede

Thobeka Gumede

Attorney

Daiyaan Halim

Daiyaan Halim

Legal Researcher: Corporate Accountability and Transparency

Catherine Horsfield

Catherine Horsfield

Programme Head: Mining

Robyn Hugo

Robyn Hugo

Programme Head: Pollution & Climate Change

Matome Kapa

Matome Kapa

Attorney

Michelle Koyama

Michelle Koyama

Attorney

Noriza Lamani

Noriza Lamani

Cleaning Assistant

Lerato Letebele-Balendran

Lerato Letebele-Balendran

Head of Communications

Nicole Limberis-Ritchie

Nicole Limberis-Ritchie

Attorney

Tim Lloyd

Tim Lloyd

Attorney

Nicole Loser

Nicole Loser

Attorney

Agnes Ludada

Agnes Ludada

Cleaning Assistant

Danjelle Midgley

Danjelle Midgley

Environmental Law Specialist

Tatenda Muponde

Tatenda Muponde

Candidate Attorney

Ruchir Naidoo

Ruchir Naidoo

Attorney

Vuyisile Ncube

Vuyisile Ncube

Candidate Attorney

Alice Nqoko

Alice Nqoko

Senior Administrator

Zahra Omar

Zahra Omar

Attorney

Suzanne Powell

Suzanne Powell

Attorney

Saul Roux

Saul Roux

Science and Policy Specialist

Fadia Samuels

Fadia Samuels

Receptionist and Assistant Events Coordinator

Contact Us

  • Cape Town

    Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925 - View Map
  • Johannesburg

    Ninth Floor, Southpoint Corner, 87 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, 2001 - View Map

Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Report a Violation

0800 205 005

Contact the National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours) or one of the national and provincial hotlines.