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Staff

Sonia Chu

Sonia Chu

Manager for Human Resources and Office Administration

Sonia Chu is the Manager for Human Resources and Office Administration. Before joining CER, Sonia worked for the non-profit organisation South African Education Project (SAEP) as Manager for Human Resources, Fundraising and Sustainability where she was deeply involved in organisational and operational strategy, policy development and implementation, as well as fundraising, donor relationships and marketing. Prior to moving to South Africa, Sonia worked overseas with multinational companies such as B2B enabler Global Sources. Sonia hasa keen interest in developing talent and HR strategies, streamlining policies and procedures, and improving motivation, productivity, inclusivity and transformation in the workplace.

Environmental and climate change concerns are important to her personally, along with helping to create a better public awareness platform to educate ordinary people like herself on our individual roles in protecting our natural resources and environment.

Sonia has a Bachelor of Science Commerce degree major in Economics from Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Intramuros) in Manila. She also completed the HR Management course at Varsity College Cape Town. She’s an avid reader, a craft hobbyist, loves gardening, and follows her favourite volleyball teams on FIVB.

Melissa Fourie

Melissa Fourie

Executive Director

Wandisa Phama

Wandisa Phama

Deputy Director

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

Programme Administrator

Tim Lloyd

Tim Lloyd

Attorney

Nicole Loser

Nicole Loser

Programme Head: Pollution & Climate Change

Agnes Ludada

Agnes Ludada

Cleaning Assistant

Nabeelah Mia

Nabeelah Mia

Attorney

Danjelle Midgley

Danjelle Midgley

Environmental Law Specialist

Tarisai Mugunyani

Tarisai Mugunyani

Attorney

Tatenda Muponde

Tatenda Muponde

Candidate Attorney

Alice Nqoko

Alice Nqoko

Senior Administrator

Zahra Omar

Zahra Omar

Attorney

Fadia Samuels

Fadia Samuels

Receptionist and Assistant Events Coordinator

Dimakatso Sefatsa

Dimakatso Sefatsa

Candidate Attorney

Phumla Yeki

Phumla Yeki

Executive Assistant

Contact Us

  • Cape Town

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

    First Floor, DJ du Plessis Building, West Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, 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.