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
He has a Masters Degree in Housing Development and Management obtained from the University of Cape Town, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration obtained from the Management College of Southern Africa.
He holds a PG Diploma in Land Management & Informal Settlements From Erasmus University, Rotterdam; and a Diploma in Building Management from the Institute of Commercial and Industrial Education. Frederick has over 22 years of work experience in urban planning and development.
He has undertaken assignments in various aspects of urban planning and development, piloting alternative building technologies, architectural designing and management, local governance development processes and organisational development, within the public and private sectors.
Previously he worked for: Afesis-
Hloniphile Simelane (PhD)
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
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 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.
Her key function includes content management, 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.
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.
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.