Our Valuable Team Members
Executive Director’s Office
The Executive Director’s office is responsible for the effective and efficient operations of the
Frederick Kusambiza – Kiingi
Frederick joined Planact in January 2013. He is the Executive Director and is responsible for the overall leadership, direction and decision making toward achieving Planact’s vision through the set strategic objectives. Prior to this appointment, he was the Executive Director at Afesis-corplan amongst other employment in the architectural fraternity and property development firms.
Frederick is an urban development planner with more than 25 years of experience in the non-governmental (public) sector and private sector. He has undertaken assignments in various aspects of planning and development in the urban and peri-urban forms related to; local governance development processes, alternative settlement development, architectural designing and management, as well as organizational development.
During the past twenty five years he has been involved in designing methods on citizen inclusion specifically in urban areas and participation in local governance processes; has worked on developing conceptual frameworks and models that enable citizens’ engagement with government institutions to improve their living conditions; has led teams in negotiations with metropolitan municipalities in various processes including securing permanent tenure and municipal services in informal settlements; and has advised on alternative energy efficiency models in low cost-housing.
Frederick holds a Masters Degree in Housing Development and Management from the University of Cape Town, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Management College of Southern Africa.
Hloniphile Simelane (PhD)
Hloniphile joined Planact in April 2015. She is responsible for the overall operations related to programmes. Her duties include analysing, developing, reviewing and overseeing the implementation of the organisational programmes and coordinating research.
Hloniphile completed her PhD in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex (United Kingdom) in 2013. She obtained a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University in the United States of America.
She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from the University of Swaziland and a Diploma in Development and Management of Small Businesses and Industries from Israel. She served as a
Previously, for a period of twelve years, she worked as a development practitioner in a non-governmental organisation, government institution and Municipal Council. She was involved in large development projects implemented in rural and urban settings of Swaziland.
Programme Staff Members
The programme unit comprises of coordinators at different levels and it is responsible for planning and coordinating the implementation of all programmes to meet all the set contractual obligations.
Senior Programme Coordinator
Mike joined Planact in March 1999. He is responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes. He leads the team that is responsible for community relations. Mike is enrolled in part-time studies in Housing Masters at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is an accredited Trainer/Facilitator and Assessor. He has a diploma in Informal Settlement Upgrading obtained from the Institute for Housing Studies at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He also has a Certificate in Housing Policy Development and Management with Wits University. He has worked as a trainer in the local government field and been involved in the organisation’s major programmes including conduction training on governance. He has extensive experience liaising with government representatives and community leaders. Previously Mike worked for COPE Housing Association, an NGO involved in Social Housing as a project officer.
Siphiwe joined Planact in January 2018 as a Programme Coordinator. He is responsible for planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes.
Siphiwe has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Policy Studies and is currently pursuing BA Honours degree in International Politics with the University of South Africa. He has received training on ethical and accountable governance from Freedom House.
He has project management skills and 10 years of experience in community initiatives support work, including defending and promoting human rights. He is member of the Thembelihle Crisis committee – a community based organisation – since 2001.
Previously, Siphiwe worked as Project Officer for the Freedom of Expression Institute with the primary focus on coordinating a national grassroots Freedom of Expression Network advancing various struggles and projects.
Resource & Communication Coordinator
Chelesile joined Planact in April 2016. She is responsible for coordinating communication and resources, branding and stakeholder engagement as well as supporting programmes.
Chelesile holds a BSc Honours degree in Journalism and Media studies and has certificates in Development Communication from Wits University; Social Media Management as well as stakeholder engagement. She is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Law (Local Government) with the Dullar Omar Institute at the University of the Western Cape.
Her key function includes content creation, branding, publications, stakeholder relations, online and social media management.
Previously, Chelesile has worked for a non-profit organisation focused on developing high level skills for biodiversity in South Africa, as a Communications Officer.
Assistant Programme Coordinator
Wetu joined Planact in October 2016 on an internship programme.
Wetu provides assistance in programme coordination and is involved in project components that the organisation implements.
Wetu has completed her Bachelor of Science, as well as, an Honours Degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Witwatersrand. She is currently completing her Masters in Development Planning from the same university. She is passionate about development issues and eager to gain the experience and knowledge in order to register as a professional planner.
Assistant Programme Coordinator
Bafana joined Planact in June 2019 on an internship programme. He provides support to programme coordinators, communication and resources.
Bafana has completed his National Diploma in Public Relations and Communications at the University of Johannesburg. He is currently completing his online certificate course on Street Addressing and the Management of Cities with the World Bank Group – Open Learning Campus.
Bafana is passionate about learning new things which will contribute to his experience in the Civil Society Sector and also bring change in the lives of people living in unproclaimed areas.
Administrative Staff Members
The administration unit provides support to the entire organisation and links Planact to the external stakeholders. It is made up of three staff members.
Spiro joined Planact in 2003.
Spiro is responsible for the overall financial management of the organisation. He is also responsible for organisational administration and policy matters. He provides essential support for developing and monitoring
He holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree from the University of Cape Town and a Diploma in Bookkeeping. He has 20 years of experience in accounting and financial management which includes commercial and micro-lending experience.
Tshidi joined Planact in 1995.
Tshidi is responsible for providing day to day administrative support, including financial monitoring, human resource administration, equipment resource allocation, information and communication systems, logistics and travel arrangements, record keeping and secretarial support for meetings. She holds a Diploma in Basic Bookkeeping and Pastel Accounting.
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How we are funded
Katholische Zentralstelle fur Entwicklungshilfe e.V./MISEREOR.
Since 1992 Misereor has been providing support across the full range of Planact’s program activities. Read More »
Open Society Foundation – South Africa ( OSF-SA)
Planact has received support from OSF-SA since 2011. OSF-SA is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society.
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Raith Foundation has been providing funding and support for social justice and believes that given South Africa’s particular history and current challenges. Read More »