Staff and Board

At Afesis-corplan we believe that the most appropriate way to provide professional and innovative services to all our stakeholders is to ensure that our staff focus on and are organised according to the organisation’s competencies.

The organisation currently employs 10 staff members, 6 of whom have professional or post-graduate qualifications. 7 staff members are from historically disadvantaged communities. The organisation strives to achieve racial and gender representation both in terms of overall staff composition and leadership opportunity.


Nontando Zintle Ngamlana is Executive Director at Afesis-corplan, having risen from within the organisation’s ranks. She is a seasoned development practitioner, a strategist and a social justice activist at heart. She holds an MBA from the Netherlands, a MDev, B.Sc Hon and a B.Sc in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, all from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

She has worked in the public, academic and NGO sectors in the past and has extensive experience in the design and use of participatory research methodologies, an approach which still characterises her work. Her present interests are the attainment of Afesis-corplan’s strategic goals, its resilience and sustainability, as well as ensuring that it remains a partner of choice in efforts aimed at deepening participatory local democracy.

Bridget van Wyk is the Finance and Administration Manager at Afesis-corplan. She holds an Honours BCompt degree and is a registered professional accountant with SAIPA. Before joining Afesis-corplan in May 2018, Bridget worked as a Financial Controller at an insurance brokerage for 6 years and prior to that completed her article training.

In her position, Bridget is responsible for ensuring that all organisational programmes adhere to achieving the overall objectives within their stipulated budgets. She provides financial advice, planning and operational support to the organisation in line with its strategic plans. She manages and controls audit processes and prepares financial reports. Bridget also ensures effective implementation of key operational and administrative processes.

Ronald Eglin is the Sustainable Settlement Specialist at Afesis-corplan. Before joining the organisation, Ronald studied City and Regional Planning at the University of Cape Town. Ronald joined Afesis-corplan in the early 1990s as a Project Worker in the Projects Department. His present work predominantly focuses on land access and sustainable settlement work. Ronald has a keen interest in development planning, community development, environmentally sustainable development and participatory planning. Some of his more recent interests include the People’s Housing Process (PHP), co-operative housing, incremental settlement development, land access, and urban and rural land tenure and land use management.

Ronald enjoys the challenge of learning about and trying out new approaches to development that encourage community control of the development process. His vision for land and housing in South Africa is one where everyone has access to land and basic services as a first step towards incrementally improving their housing situation.

Vanessa Ramoo is the Office Administrator at Afesis-corplan. She worked for the organisation for 11 years from 1987 to 1998, before taking on various other positions in the field of finance and administration in the private sector. In August 2007, she re-joined Afesis-corplan. Vanessa provides administrative and secretarial support to the programme staff and management. Her responsibilities also include human resource administration, asset management, procurement, logistics and travel arrangements.

Vanessa’s strong work ethic coupled with 23 years of experience makes her an asset to the effective functioning of the organisation.

Lihle Skosana joined Afesis-corplan in May 2011 as the Office Administrator. She holds a BCom Accounting degree with the University of Fort Hare. Part of Lihle’s responsibilities at Afesis-corplan include finance, payroll, administration, reception/switchboard operation as well as providing support to staff.
Lindokuhle “Penny” Vellem recently rejoined the Afesis-corplan team as a Programme Officer. She holds an Honours Degree in Development Studies from the University of Fort Hare and BSocSc from the University of KwaZulu-Natal majoring in Sociology and Rural Resource Management. She has a keen interest in the development of rural spaces and the preservation of cultural identities. She is pursuing a Master’s Degree with NMMU, in African Languages (isiXhosa) looking at the Sociolinguistic makeup of the African farmer and land reform in South Africa.
Masixole Kente is currently doing his Masters Degree in Development Studies with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and holds a (BA) Development Studies Degree majoring in Development and Economics. His area of interest include participatory democracy, sustainable development, local governance and leadership. Masixole has been involved in a number of community-based development initiatives and leadership programmes with non-profit organisations. He is part of the research team with the Centre for the Advancement of Non-racialism and Democracy (CANRAD) NMMU.

Qhamani holds a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning, a Bachelor of Spatial Planning Honours and a Bachelor of science in Environmental Geography all from the University of the Free State. His Masters dissertation explored the concept of Urban Equity from the lens of Studentification. Prior to joining Afesis-corplan he worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Free State and had a short stint in the private sector working as a Trainee Town Planner for a firm in Bloemfontein. As a student at the University of the Free State he immersed himself in student politics serving as chairperson of the residence committee at House Outeniqua and later chairperson of the West College Primes Council. In pursuit of ensuring student representation in decision making at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, he was one of the founding members of the Urban and Regional Planning Student Council in 2018  serving as the organization’s first chairperson. Qhamani is an activist at heart and has a keen interest in social justice and equitable access to resources for all citizens.

Sikhander, a Programme Officer for Local Governance at Afesis-corplan graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with a Higher Diploma in Adult Education and from Royal College of Surgeons with an International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance. Sikhander has over 20 years experience in the field of local governance  and has worked extensively in the NGO, academic and private sectors. The focus of his activities at Afesis-Corplan is on Deepening Participatory Local Governance.
Zwanga holds the position of Programme Officer for Communications at Afesis-corplan. He has a BTEC in Media (Journalism) obtained at Damelin. He also has a certificate in Advanced Journalism from Damelin.

Zwanga has eight years’ writing experience and has spent six years as a Senior Reporter writing for the Daily Dispatch in the Eastern Cape.   Zwanga’s skills will assist Afesis-corplan share its insights and experiences with the broader public.

Leigh holds the position of Programme Officer for Marketing at Afesis-corplan. She has a National Diploma in Graphic Design obtained at Port Elizabeth Technikon. She also has certificates in Corporate Communication, Marketing and Public Relations from Damelin Port Elizabeth. Leigh has five years’ experience in the field of design and graphic design, as well as two years working in sales: both internal and external. With her passion for people, communication and all things creative, Leigh is an asset to the Knowledge Management Unit.

After pursuing his national diploma in Electrical Engineering with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, he had an opportunity to be employed by the first national lottery operator in South Africa where he received extensive IT training in Data Center Network Infrastructure Management through an online gaming environment using Prosys for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). He has Information and Communication Technology (ICT) qualifications from institutions such as Siemens, Unihold, NIIT and GTECH Corporation; which is a world leading transaction processing and technology integrated company based in the US; and these included deploying system solutions that ensure robust business continuance, enhance data security and cost effective storage area networks.

He also worked for UMSO Information and Communication Technology as an Operations Manager where he managed all operations in Systems Development, Promotion Media and Desktop Publishing, Skills Training, Provision of ICT Infrastructure and equipment, Communications, Marketing and Events Management. During this time he worked extensively with most FET Colleges and Municipalities in the Eastern Cape and most of the work included capacity building.

He has ventured into entrepreneurship focusing on developing and implementing events, communication and marketing strategies and some of the highlights include the hosting of an international investment conference in OR Tambo District Municipality in 2008/9. He has over 5 years solid experience in Project Management, Stakeholder Management and Fundraising. Due to his extensive experience,Vusi has considerable business acumen which spans over 20 years. He also has a Broadcast Management Certificate from Rhodes University, he strongly advocates for the need and support of community radio. Due to his exposure and contribution to the good work that Afesis-corplan and other NGO’s do for the ordinary people of South Africa, over the years Vusi has nurtured expertise that seek to add value to these dialogues aimed at advocating for social and economic justice; he extends this cause through radio programmes. He is currently chairman of a rural economic development agency that focuses on equitable use of available resources to address socio-economic needs towards Sustainable Community Development.

Zimasa Mpemnyama recently submitted her Masters thesis at the University of Cape Town’s Centre for Film and Media Studies. Her thesis examined the representation of black voices in the Weekly Mail’s political reporting and it tied together questions of race, gender, journalism history and representation. She holds an Honours in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of the Witwartersrand and a BSc in Human Physiology and Microbiology from the University of Cape Town. She has interests in the arts, feminist politics and media history. She has written and worked for a number of publications and media organisations. Zimasa is currently an intern for the Deepening participatory local governance project at Afesis-corplan.

Board of Directors

Registered as a not-for-profit Section 21 company, Afesis-corplan operates under the governance of a Board of Directors comprised of prominent members of the public and private sectors.

Gafee has a background in Local Government and Housing specifically in the Social Housing field. She has pioneered the social housing model in South Africa and has extensive experience in strategic management, development of public policy and drafting of legislation, organization development and property development and management.

Gafeee consults with government and its agencies.  She is the past president of National Association of Social Housing Organisation’s (NASHO), and is  also currently a board member of the Own Haven Housing Association and the Siyafunda Trust.  She has held membership of several national policy task teams set up by the National Department of Human Settlements and participated in the development of the housing chapter of the NDP.

Catherine Aucamp is a chartered accountant with over 10 years experience in the business consulting and accounting industry. Currently Catherine consults for a number of companies and brings knowledge in the areas of tax, strategic planning, outsourced financial compliance, risk management, business valuations and business modeling to the organisation.
Fred Hendricks obtained his PhD in Sociology from Uppsala University, Sweden, and is currently the Dean of Humanities at Rhodes University. His research interests include land and agrarian questions as well pensions and development. Fred serves the Afesis-corplan board on the Nomination Committee.