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Commissioner's Bio-Notes

Mfanozelwe Shozi: Chairperson
chairperson mfanozelwe shoziMr. Shozi has a Masters in Community Development from University of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as a Bachelor of Technology in Business Administration from Technikon South Africa. He has a  background is in Human Rights with specific reference to Gender Equality, Adult Education and Community Development. He worked for a number of NGOs that were involved in Adult Basic Education in the 90s. Mr. Shozi joined the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) IN 2002 as a Provincial Coordinator for KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga Provinces.  He worked for the Department of Correctional Services as a Chairperson in the Durban Supervision and Parole Board.  He has worked with various organizations in KwaZulu-Natal promoting gender, justice and democracy.  Special attention was and is given in mobilising men to respect women and fully embrace gender equality in their day-to-day interactions with women.   Mr. Shozi holds the following public positions:
  • Chairperson of the Audit Committee at CEBISA Bank
  • Chairperson of the KwaZulu-Natal Men's Forum
  • Chairperson of the St Aidanis Hospital Board
  • Deputy Chairperson of the Domestic Violence Assistance Programme
  • Member of the Equality Review Committee – Department of Justice and Constitutional Development

 

Ms T. Mpumlwana:  Deputy Chairperson

commissionerthoko mpumlwana Ms. Mpumlwana is the Deputy Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality. She holds education degrees from the University of South Africa and the University of Natal-Pietermaritzburg. Ms. Mpumlwana was awarded an MA in the fields of Curriculum Development and Teacher Education by Michigan State University in the United States. Her professional career has focused largely on teaching and promotion of education. Ms. Mpumlwana's commitment to justice especially on political, human, children and women rights and empowerment has driven her activism. In this context, Church and involvement in NGO's in the 1980's succeeded her student activism of the 1970s where her chief interests were in the development of the black community and women.

The challenges of gender justice have held her abiding interest in championing the women's challenges of poverty and inequality in the democratic dispensation. Ms. Mpumlwana currently Chairs the Film and Publication Board and recently completed two seven-year terms at Electoral Commission of South Africa where she served as the Deputy Chairperson in the last term. Among other activities and involvements, Thoko Mpumlwana has previously chaired the World Council of Churches Women's Committee and the South African Council of Churches Women's Working Group and has been active in publishing, as both author and editor. Ms. Mpumlwana worked at the Centre for Scientific Development at the Human Sciences Research Council on gender equity and promoting research by women in higher education. She has served as a member of the Council of the University of Pretoria and sits on Boards, including: the Foundation for Human Rights, South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID), Genderlinks, Independent Development Trust (IDT) and the Women's Development Foundation.

 

Ms S. Stevens-Maziya: Commissioner

commissioner sylvia stevens-maziya Commissioner Sylvia Stevens-Maziya matriculated from Corronationville Senior Secondary School 1982. She proceeded to UWC 1983 and participated in the establishment of United Democratic Front (UDF) and all student activists.  She obtained Post Graduate Qualification Four Year Higher Diploma in Social Work, during 1987 at University of the Western Cape and has been practising Social Work since.  She further obtained Post Graduate Qualification Four Year Higher Diploma in Social Work, during 1987 at University of the Western Cape.

Commissioner Stevens-Maziya was a member of the student representative committee for 4 years and achieved the contribution towards women issues and gender equality.

She lead the men's march during 2000 held in Gauteng as part of 100 000 men's marches on gender equality issues as a civil society leader SANCO.

In 2011-2012 she worked in National Department Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs been responsible for Community Development Worker Programme and working closely with the Establishment of Ward Committees.

 

Ms L. Nare: Commissioner

commissioner lulama nare Ms Lulama Nare has a degree in Industrial Psychology and Education She further obtained a Higher Diploma in Business Management and Education.

Ms Nare serves as an overall convenor at National economic Development and Labour (Nedlac) and community constituency. She has previously served as a Nedlac Development Chamber Convenor.

She is also the Head of Department for the South African Democratic Teachers Union gender unit. She is further committed to equal opportunities in the country and civil and human rights; and that has led her to pursue an activist role in the South African society. In her capacity, she works effectively with local elected officials, organisations, churches and citizens garnering their support for civil rights to access essential services within the republic.

 

Ms Janine Hicks: Commissioner

comm_janine_hicks Ms Janine Hicks holds a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Sussex, and an LLB from the former University of Natal, Durban. She serves on the Boards of Directors of Agenda Feminist + Media, The Valley  Trust, and the Community Law and Rural Centre. Her background is in human rights, democracy and governance issues. She has gained insight into inequalities and injustices, particularly in rural communities, through my work in the early 1990's in the NGO sector, and was part of the movement behind preparations on the ground for the 1994 election, and the drafting of our interim Constitution.


Ms Hicks role shifted to engaging with new democratic governance structures and systems, where I lead an NGO working with building citizen participation in governance processes, and strengthening community advocacy interventions.


She has carried gender as an area of particular interest and focus throughout my working life, from addressing rural women's access to justice, development and governance, to working to strengthen and mobilize women's organisations and networks, and establishing linkages with women in political institutions. Director: Board of Directors, Community Law and Rural Development Centre.

Co-Acting Chief Executive Officer
Other public positions are in the non-profit sector:
Trustee: Board of Trustees, the Valley Trust
Director: Board of Directors, Agenda Feminist Media.

 

Prof. A Gouws: Commissioner

prof. amanda gouws Amanda Gouws is Professor of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa She holds a PhD from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in the USA.  Her specialization is South African Politics and Gender Politics. Her research focuses on women and citizenship, the National Gender Machinery and representation.  

She is the editor of (Un)Thinking Citizenship: Feminist Debates in Contemporary South Africa. (UK: Ashgate and Cape Town: Juta, 2005). In 2007 she was the Edith Keeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern University, USA.  In 2011 she was selected as a Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation Centre in Bellagio, Italy, where she was working on a book on the Women's Movement in South Africa.

 In 2012 she received the Wilma Rule Award for the best paper at the International Political Science Association Conference in Madrid, Spain, in the category Gender and Politics with the title "Multiculturalism in South Africa: Dislodging the Binary between Universal Human Rights and Culture/Tradition".

 

Mr. W. Mgoqi: Commissioner

commissioner wallace mgogi Wallace Mgoqi is the former City Manager of the City of Cape Town, the former Chief Land Claims Commissioner on the Restitution of Land Rights dealing with land claims.  He is a former Attorney and Advocate of the High Court  of South Africa. He   was born in Goodwood, grew up, schooled both in   Cape Town and in Fort Beaufort. He matriculated at Healdtown High School, Fort Beaufort.

Thereafter he joined the Legal Resources Centre, first as a Fellow and later as an admitted Attorney. He practised as such until the beginning of 1995.Whilst still in the employ of the Legal Resources Centre he was seconded to serve as an Administrator of collapsing Black Local Authorities administering the black townships of Langa, Nyanga and Langa, including KTC and New Crossroads and Khayelitsha.

The University of Cape Town was the first to confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa on Wallace Mgoqi, in recognition of a lifetime of extra-ordinary achievement in promoting and using law as an instrument of justice.

On 22 – 23 July 2004 he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree at the Walter Sisulu University (formerly Unitra) where Dr Nelson Mandela, Professors Ali, Mazrui, Ngugi, Wathiongo and Vilakazi also received doctoral degrees, in recognition of work done in the area of human rights promotion,
 protection and development, especially through land restitution.

In 2007 Minister of Social Development, appointed him to the Board of the National Development Agency, a grant – making organisation to projects aimed at alleviating poverty, until the end of his term in November, 2010.

He has  recently been  Legal Consultant undertaking a wide variety of matters which come his way, including advising on setting up businesses, crafting business plans, and operational plans. He spent a year in a Monitoring and Evaluation Consultancy, using the Results-based Monitoring and Evaluation Methodology.

 

Ms. Ndileka Loyilane: Commissioner

Comm_Ndileka_Loyilane Ms Loyilane obtained her B.Comm Degree at the University of Fort Hare in 1982 and Higher Education Diploma at UNISA in 1998. She completed her MPhil in Disability Studies with the University of Cape Town and graduated in 2008.


She has worked for the Ciskei Government in the Department of Finance in the Statistics division, the Ciskei Industrial Development Board and the Department of Economic Affairs in the SMME division. In 1999, Portia was appointed to run the Office on the Status of Disabled Persons in the Office of the Premier in the Eastern Cape, until her appointment in 2007 as a full time Commissioner with the Commission for Gender Equality.


Ms Loyilane holds several other leadership positions in the disability sector including deputy chairperson of the then Thabo Mbeki Development Trust for Disabled Persons, now known as the South African Disability Development Trust, Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Disability Economic Empowerment Trust and National Treasurer of Disabled People South Africa. She was a Non-executive Director of the DEC Investment Holding Company, Remuneration committee and served on the DEC Trust Audit, Finance and Remuneration Committee until May 2012. In Dec 2009, appointed Board member of the National Lotteries Board.

 

 Ms N. Maphazi: Commissioner

commissioner nondumiso ranuga Dr Maphazi holds Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Public Administration from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University focusing on good governance and service delivery at municipality level with special focus on Public Participation. She also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration (Cum Laude), focusing on the implementation of Expanded Public Works Programme. She previously graduated as a registered professional nurse with Community; Psychiatry and Midwifery. She has worked in trauma; community and occupational nursing fields with post graduate diploma in the management of HIV/AIDS. She has attended different training and workshops, both in South Africa and Internationally.

She grew up and developed through community engagement and active participation in various civil-society structures, as a self-starter and self-reliant person, and acquired leadership abilities such as analytical skills, debating, mobilizing and organizing, lobbying, and ability to differentiate the political power versus the administrative functions and other related competencies. 

She has served in many organizational structures in the community at branch, zonal, regional and provincial level which gave her an opportunity to engage and develop more knowledge on social issues related to women; youth, local government and traditional leaders. These exposures and interactions have increased her knowledge and interest in community development and she has learnt more about gender based violence as well as development, community development and leadership. She have served as member of parliament and as a Councilor as a Chairperson in Social Services and Infrastructure and Engineering portfolios and later became an Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Municipality where she acquired knowledge on theory and practices of Municipal legislative and environment and policy; integrated development plan and Budgeting as well as Implementation and Municipal Supply Chain Management. She has worked as a Special advisor to the Premier of the Eastern Cape and is presently serving as a Commissioner for Commission for Gender Equality.

 
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