The Team

Meet Our Team

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Noxolo Malumise

Executive Director

Noxolo has extensive experience and expertise in the philanthropic sector and a depth of experience in organisational and team leadership. She is passionate about sustainable economic and social development and equality, and the strategic role private philanthropy can play. She has been an advocate for growing and strengthening local philanthropy.

An MBA graduate from the Henley Business School in the UK, she also holds a post-graduate degree in Economic Policy and Development. Noxolo spent sixteen years in the financial services industry, within capital markets and wealth management.

She was previously the head of Philanthropy at Nedbank Private Wealth, providing a range of specialist advice and services to affluent individuals and families, JSE listed corporates as well as non-profit organisations (NPO’s) on sustainable and impactful giving. In this role she was responsible for the philanthropy strategy, developing the offering and growing assets under management and administration. Her areas of expertise include giving strategies, optimal structures for giving, compliance, governance, and best practice.

Yoni Bass

Director of Resource Mobilisation

Born and raised in Durban, Yoni began working in the social justice sector soon after he completed his LLB at the University of Cape Town in 2009. After stints at Equal Education and the Social Justice Coalition in 2010, he joined Equal Education full-time in January 2011 as the organisation's Development Officer. He joined the organisation's management team in 2012 and in 2013 was appointed as the Chief Financial Officer, serving on Equal Education's senior management structure. He remained in this position until July 2020 when he began providing operations and fundraising support to several Cape Town non-profits on
a consultancy basis. Yoni joined the SJI in February 2021.

Tshepiso Mohare

Office Administrator

Tshepiso Mohare joined the Social Justice Initiative as an Office Administrator. She has obtained a BA Hons degree in Business Administration through the University of Greenwich. Mohare has worked for the corporate industry in the automotive space. Her interests are in social and economic development. Joining the Social Justice Initiative has been a new and exciting experience for Mohare. She is hoping to make a changing and a lasting impact in her new field of work.

Meet Our Board Members

“Cooperation is the thorough conviction that nobody can get there unless everybody gets there.” – Virginia Burden

Itumeleng Mahabane

Board Chair

Itumeleng Mahabane leads Brunswick’s Africa Business, Politics and Society practice. For more than fifteen years, including over a decade at Brunswick, he has advised leading multinationals on a signature corporate action, issue & crisis management and more recently on designing and demonstrating public and social value.

Before joining Brunswick, Mahabane was an award-winning financial journalist. He has written for the Mail and Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Business Times, the Financial Mail and Business Day. He was a political economy columnist and has contributed to some books on political economy.

Mahabane is the chairperson of the Social Justice Initiative, a member of the Board of Trustees of Equal Education Law Centre and the Waterford Kamhlaba Foundation of South Africa. He is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Wendy Luhabe

Board Director

Wendy has extensive board experience in Corporate Strategy, Corporate Governance, and Human Capital Development in both the private and public sectors. She is best known for her pioneering social enterprises, human resources strategy development, and promoting the economic participation of women through a portfolio investment company and a venture capital equity fund.

She is an author, a public speaker and thought leader who is passionate about leadership, mentorship and women’s development. Currently, Wendy is an adviser to The Big Break Legacy (a South African entrepreneurial initiative), on the Supervisory Board of the IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a member of the International Council of Business Women Leaders.

Wendy has also received three honorary doctorates in recognition of her work with women.

Dugan Fraser

Board Director

Dugan studied Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Dugan worked for donor organisations that offered grants to civil society organisations and low-income banking. In 1988 he moved to the government where he worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist at the Department of Land Affairs, the Public Service Commission, the Department of Public Service and Administration, and the Department of Social Development.

He has held positions at the Presidency, the United Nations Development Programme, and has worked as an evaluation consultant for a range of diverse clients. Dugan has also been a program consultant to a range of different donors, including the Ford Foundation and Hivos, amongst others.

Harald Harvey

Board Director

Harald has had more than 25 years of experience as a leader in civil society, government, corporate and strategic management consulting across multiple industries and geographic areas. He has worked on regulatory strategy, shared value, economic development, competitiveness and institutional transformation. He has occupied a number of leadership positions and has acted as a consultant for global strategic advisory firms. He held the position of Managing Director of SABMiller Asia as well as Executive Director: Strategy and Business Support at South African Breweries Ltd, the South African subsidiary of SABMiller PLC. In addition, as the Deputy Director General of South Africa's National Department of Transport, he led the process of fundamentally reinventing the national transport strategy dubbed "Moving South Africa" and restructuring the institutional landscape.

He joined the Department of Transport after serving 10 years in the labour movement, the majority of that time as a senior office-bearer and Deputy General Secretary in the COSATU-affiliated Transport & General Workers Union. Harald holds a B.Soc.Sc (Hons) in Sociology from the University of Cape Town.

Sithembile Mbete

Board Director

Sithembile Mbete is a lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria, where she lecturers international relations and South African politics. She is also a doctoral candidate at the university, writing a thesis on South Africa’s foreign policy during its two terms in the United Nations Security Council. She has published on the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) and South African elections in accredited journals. Her research has been funded by the National Institute for Humanities and Social Science (NIHSS), National Research Foundation (NRF), Social Science Research Council and the Mellon Foundation. In 2014 she was a visiting scholar at the Department of Political Science and Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. She comments frequently in the media on a range of issues in South African politics.
Sithembile joined the University of Pretoria from The Presidency of South Africa, where she was a researcher in the secretariat of the National Planning Commission. Her work in this regard was focused on public service reform and anti-corruption policy. She contributed to the drafting of the National Development Plan. Prior to this she worked as a political researcher at IDASA (Institute for Democracy in Africa), where she was responsible for Parliamentary monitoring and political analysis.

Ezra Davids

Board Director

Ezra Davids is the chairperson of Corporate/M&A at Bowmans specialising in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, and securities law. He is the relationship partner for Bowman’s major clients such as Bharti, Verizon, Barrick Gold Corporation, Microsoft, UPS, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Eskom and Transnet. He is the chairperson of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Law School of the University of Cape Town. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Legal Resources Trust and a patron of the Student Sponsorship Programme (a not for-profit organisation focusing on providing high school education to disadvantaged students). Davids is also the former chairperson of the subcommittee of the business organisation committee of the International Bar Association.