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Staff

Nozuko Poni

Nozuko Poni

Communications and Digital Officer

Nozuko Poni studied Film & Media at the University of Cape Town. Before joining CER, she worked as a Project Manager, for a solar-powered impact film organisation using cinema and human rights films to empower communities. In 2020 she was selected as a fellow for the Berlinale Film Festival. Her passion for cinema and advocacy saw her tour with the Plexus Films documentary, “This Land” raising awareness about land rights, explicitly mining and the environment. The film tour connected Nozuko to the Alliance For Rural Democracy where she worked on the Stop The Bantustan Bills as a Communications Coordinator. The organisation resources grassroots activism, and challenges bills that violate the rights of rural and indigenous communities.

In 2020, she managed the Sunshine Cinema #RenewYourEnergy tour that took “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” from Cape Town to the tea-farming regions of Malawi. Nozuko is passionate about work that empowers and amplifies the voices of rural communities and protects their rights.

She joins CER as the Communications and Digital Officer.

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

Kim Blessie

Kim Blessie

Programme Administrator

Majury Chada

Majury Chada

Finance Manager

Adelaide Chagopa

Adelaide Chagopa

Candidate Attorney

Annah Chirwa

Annah Chirwa

Office Assistant

Sonia Chu

Sonia Chu

Human Resources and Office Manager

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

Khumo Lesele

Khumo Lesele

Candidate Attorney

Nicole Loser

Nicole Loser

Programme Head: Pollution & Climate Change

Agnes Ludada

Agnes Ludada

Office Assistant

Nonzukiso Malima

Nonzukiso Malima

Part-Time Receptionst

Ntombi Maphosa

Ntombi Maphosa

Attorney

Danjelle Midgley

Danjelle Midgley

Attorney

Tefo Mxakaza

Tefo Mxakaza

Bookkeeper

Tarisai Mugunyani

Tarisai Mugunyani

Attorney

Tatenda Muponde

Tatenda Muponde

Attorney

Timothy Nel

Timothy Nel

Legal and Finance Researcher

Ambre Nicolson

Ambre Nicolson

Senior Writer

Thami Nkosi

Thami Nkosi

Programme Administrator

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

Attorney Designate

Michelle Sithole

Michelle Sithole

Attorney

Phumla Yeki

Phumla Yeki

Human Resources & Compliance Administrator