Our team

SaveAct has a dedicated team of staff members, all of whom have expertise in and commitment to people-driven development.

Our board of trustees comprises the following individuals:

Chairperson: Milton Ncolosi, teacher, community leader
Secretary: Ilan Lax, attorney, rights and environmental law, governance specialist

Timothy Hobden, economist, programme design, studying public policy
Daphne Motsepe, banking and enterprise experience, member of CGAP board
Kajal Singh, chartered accountant
Marcel Jakubec, economist, financial inclusion specialist



Jean-Pierre Andrew – Digital Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer

jp saveactJean-Pierre is an undergraduate student in the field of Communication Sciences. His position encompasses all activities relating to SaveAct support in design, monitoring and evaluation. This involves the introduction of new digital systems, monitoring the quality of data generated as a result of using these digital systems, and creatively approaching challenges that appear as a result of introducing these systems in an environment of limited technological literacy. Jean-Pierre wants to change the lives of the less fortunate by joining Saveact.

Nqe Dlamini – Strategic Programme Support

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Together with Anton Krone, Nqe was involved in conceptualising and piloting the savings and credit model introduced by SaveAct in 2005. Currently, he offers strategic programme support to the organisation, overseeing the FAIR project in the Bergville area and implementing the Isiqalo training. Nqe has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Higher Diploma in Education (HDE), a diploma in adult education and a post-grad diploma in health promotion as well as a string of short programmes under his belt. After a short stint as a teacher, he entered the field of community development and now runs his own rural development consultancy. He is on the board of the Lima Rural Development Foundation and is KZN provincial chair and national board member of the SA Red Cross Society. For him, SaveAct is the only programme in which participants are seeing a difference in their lives and are able to say “we are blessed to have SaveAct in our midst”.

Tehobo Doda – Field Officer, Eastern Cape

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Teboho started as a community development activist in 2003 in his village where he became a secretary for the Likhetlane Maize Massive Food Production Project. He joined the Mount Fletcher Advice Centre as an HIV/AIDS Activator in 2006 and continued to be inspired by working with needy communities. After SaveAct and the advice centre forged a partnership, he mobilised and trained SCGs in remote areas of Mt Fletcher and was amazed at what the programme can do for the poor. He joined SaveAct as a field officer in November 2012.

Simbongile Duba – Field Officer, Eastern Cape

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Simbongile has past experience working in the field of HIV/Aids with the Masangane HIV /AIDS Outreach Programme. She was drawn to SaveAct’s work because she says it is one of very few organisations working for the poor. For Simbongile, hearing participants in SCGs speak voluntarily about how much hope they have as a result of the organisation’s work and seeing the difference it has made in their lives means a lot to her. Her aim is to reach out to as many people as possible and in that way give more people a chance to engage in economic activity and to fulfil their individual dreams.

Anton Krone – Executive Director

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Anton is founder and manager of SaveAct. He has a long history of involvement in community-based development, the non-governmental sector, in consulting and in the introduction of new development models in South Africa. He is confident that SaveAct’s programme is a powerful and effective way of empowering the many socially excluded and vulnerable groups that struggle to experience true freedom in South Africa. Anton is also part of the support team to the FAIR programme running under Prolinnova, which is piloting local innovation support funds in eight countries for innovation in livelihood strategies.

Dumisani Magubane – Enterprise Development Officer

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Dumisani completed a cattle judges' course at the SA Hereford Breeders’ Society and later undertook two short courses at the KwaZulu-Natal Poultry Institute. He acquired practical farm experience at Cedara College of Agriculture. He completed his Honours degree in Agriculture, Extension and Rural Resource Management at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Before joining SaveAct, Dumisani worked for Mahlathini Organics in numerous areas in KZN and the Eastern Cape and went on to be a UNISA Household Food Security Promoter in Newcastle and Hluhluwe. His work for SaveAct has been around facilitating agricultural production training and assisting in research, and monitoring and evaluation. He advocates using enterprise development in improving people’s livelihoods through consumption smoothing and income generation. He believes SaveAct plays a pivotal role in helping people acquire the capital injection needed to establish or expand enterprises.

Yenziwe Masuka – Area-based Field Officer, Underberg

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Yenziwe comes from a deep rural area called Centocow in KwaZulu-Natal and is a part-time student at the University of South Africa where she is pursuing a BCom in Human Resource Management. In 2007 she joined a women’s leadership and training programme as a participant. In 2010 she landed an opportunity to facilitate a series of pre-teen workshops on life skills and leadership, women, health, culture and heritage, economic literacy, and ethics and morality. She was a lead actress in a documentary on climate change which aired on SABC2’s “Issues of Faith” programme. After that she was invited to travel to Copenhagen for the Conference of the Parties (COP) 15 of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change. She believes SaveAct is a good platform from which to empower women in rural areas to improve their lives.

Nomthandazo Mbonambi – Field Officer, KwaZulu-Natal

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Nomthandzao studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg. She has a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Rural Development and a Postgraduate Diploma in Food Security. She has facilitating skills and experience in facilitating rural development.

Julia Mkhize – Area-based Field Officer

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Julia graduated from the Mangosuthu University of Technology in 2012 with a National Diploma in Agriculture (Animal Production). She then worked for the Siyavuna Development Centre for a period of 11 months as a facilitator (volunteer). She remains a part of the Siyavuna Farmers' Association and has a passion for community development. She is committed to a vision of individuals moving from a state of poverty to being able to sustain themselves and believes that the SaveAct model can help to make this shift possible for the poor as it has already started in many areas.

 

Bongekile Mchunu – Area-based Field Officer, Bergville


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Bongekile has a National Diploma in Information Technology from Durban Computer College. In 2005 she joined the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry as a registry clerk and transport officer and learnt about various kinds of filing systems. She joined World Vision SA as a computer teacher for two years during which time she was connected with all members of the Ukhahlamba community. Thereafter she joined Philakahle Wellbeing Centre as a receptionist and assisted in facilitating the value-based life skills project for youth leadership. Since joining SaveAct, she says her mind has been opened and she has witnessed the development of poor and vulnerable people in South Africa.

Nomonde Mncube – Enterprise Development Officer


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Nomonde is self-motivated and has a passion for helping people, hence her pursuit of a career in rural development. She currently holds a Bachelor of Agriculture (Honours) Degree, with majors in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management, obtained at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. From 2014 to early 2015, she served an internship at a community development non-profit organisation called Zimele, aimed at developing community self-reliance, as a Junior Agriculture Field Trainer. She has since joined SaveAct as an Enterprise Development Officer.

Sazile Mtshali – Programme Coordinator, KZN


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Sazile joined SaveAct in May 2015. She is a sustainable rural social development specialist and experienced in qualitative and quantitative socio-economic research, participatory planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of sustainable livelihoods projects, household food and nutrition security, household resource management, gender relations and impact, women and youth empowerment, water, sanitation and hygiene, land reform social facilitation, institutional arrangements and capacity building of cooperatives, community-based organisations (CBOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and faith-based organisations (FBOs), multi-stakeholder process facilitation and management, poverty alleviation through livelihood diversification, adult education, appropriate technologies, indigenous knowledge systems, and policy development. She believes the SaveAct model is an effective example of holistic community-driven development.

Nolufefe Nonjeke-Dlanjwa – Programme Coordinator, Eastern Cape, LEAP project


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Nolufefe has diplomas in health education and promotion; youth development and training and development and experience in training and capacity-building – among adults and youth -- particularly with regard to HIV/Aids initiatives. She enjoys working for SaveAct because the organisation is open to innovation. Nolufefe is inspired by the early positive benefits enjoyed by SCG members once their groups are up and running and would like to see the project expand even further to benefit most of the socially and economically excluded communities in South Africa.

Moleboheng Nonkevu – Area-based Field Officer, Matatiele


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Moleboheng has a passion for community development especially as it relates to health issues. She has completed the basic assistance ambulance paramedic course in an effort to improve her knowledge of emergency health care. Growing up as she did in a remote areas near Matatiele she realised the need for local development initiatives since most people in the area live in isolated under-resourced communities. She first became aware of the work of SaveAct in 2008 when the SCG programme was introduced to her village and she witnessed first-hand how it boosted the household livelihood activities in the area. It became a dream of hers to be part of SaveAct, what she describes as a “progressive movement of change”. She eagerly took up the opportunity for part-time contract roles as a SaveAct fieldworker and is thoroughly enjoying her new role as area-based field officer.

Angela Pillay - Administration and Programme Support


Angela saveactAngela has a Diploma in Business Administration and Management. She has been appointed to head up administration and programme support for SaveAct. She has worked in the NGO sector over the past 15 years. When SaveAct was founded in 2005 she assisted with administrative and financial support to get it established. She did this on a voluntary basis alongside a position at the Institute of Natural Resources where she worked for the past ten years, gaining valuable experience which she brings to SaveAct. Prior to that she had worked in an NGO that supported communities suffering social, economic and political exclusion under apartheid. She has watched SaveAct develop from a distance and has been quietly confident that it would develop into something of importance. Its development in recent years and the responses from participants in the programme have encouraged her to become directly involved in its work.

Busisiwe Sechaba - Area-based Field Officer, Bergville


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Busi has worked in the NGO sector for seven years, starting off as an administrator and then a data capturer at Philakahle Wellbeing Centre. Here, she managed a database containing sensitive and confidential information, and dealt with various people in the Okhahlamba Municipality. In the past Busi worked for World Vision SA in the Okhahlamba area. Here she worked closely with TB/HIV affected and infected people. Busi has also worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist and field facilitator for a community support project. She is currently registered for an events management course with Skills Academy. Busi is committed to empowering both young and old in rural and peri-urban areas with knowledge and skills for sustainable livelihoods.

Nosipho Shezi - Field Officer


nosiphoNosipho graduated from the Mangosuthu University of Technology in 2010 with a national diploma in Agriculture. Concerned about with the issue of water as a scarce resource she has embarked on a research study through UNISA on the effects of using industrial waste water on the seed germination and growth of cabbages. Before joining SaveAct, whe worked as a facilitator for the Department of Correctional Services in Eshowe, in the rehabilitation of offenders programme, empowering offenders with farming skills. She views SaveAct as a driver of social and economic development for excluded rural households in South African communities.

Silvia Storchi – Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer


silviaSilvia joined SaveAct in 2011. She received her master's degree in Wellbeing and Human Development from the University of Bath in 2010 with a dissertation on women's empowerment and Sen's capability approach. Silvia has been managing research and monitoring and evaluation for SaveAct. Currently Silvia is pursuing a PhD in financial capability of the poor at the University of Bath. She is also collaborating with ACAF Italia in the promotion of savings groups in Italy. Silvia is a contributor to the book Savings at the Frontier on the worldwide savings revolution and co-author and researcher of FinMark Trust's research into SaveAct's work. Silvia believes that the SaveAct programme is effective and unique as it provides poor people with the knowledge, skills and services to become agents of their own change. She hopes the programme will reach and positively impact on many more poor people in the years to come.

Tembekile Tafi – Field Officer, Queenstown


tembekileTembekile Tafi has experience, which dates back to 2008, of working with the savings methodology. He also has extensive experience working with Saveact partners such as Mpendulo Savings, Khulumani and Kululeka Community Development Centre. Tembekile has conducted numerous training of trainer (TOT) sessions, including training for SaveAct partners.He is currently based in the SaveAct Queenstown Office and he is responsible for training new SaveAct field Officers.

Claudia Taylor – Administrator Assistant

claudia saveactClaudia has extensive experience in administration, participatory facilitation and human settlement support. She has worked in the NGO sector since 1998. Her passion for the sector was sparked when she had an encounter with a local NGO working in informal settlements in Msunduzi. She started off as a site inspector representing the community. Over the years she became a part-time administrator, and started to develop her understanding of the NGO sector. She was then recruited as an assistant facilitator, eventually becoming an independent participatory facilitator. She worked in housing support (building of houses for the marginalised), and facilitated livelihood and tenure security workshops and climate change adaptation strategies in communities in peri-urban and rural areas. Working for SaveAct is another opportunity to feed her undying passion for the work of NGOs in communities.

Jill Thompson – Technical Support and Partnership Assessment


jill thompson 2Jill is a microenterprise development specialist with 27 years of experience in project design, management and evaluation. Her technical assistance has focused on promoting innovative projects that cultivate opportunities for business growth and assessing the integrity of savings and credit delivery systems. Jill has additional expertise in analyzing household economics and the role of microenterprise services to improve the ability of families and communities to cope with the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Jill is a Certified Service Provider of MicroSave “Market Research for Microfinance” and has conducted several studies and workshops using them. She is the founder/Director of Mpendulo Savings, which promotes community managed savings and lending in low income communities in the Eastern Cape. Since 2013 Jill has been providing technical support and partnership assessment services for SaveAct.

Thibault Uytterhaegen


ThibaultThibault is a graduate of the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK, where he studied applied psychology and sociology. Currently, he is completing his MSc in Wellbeing in Public Policy and International Development at the University of Bath. Thibault’s passion is in the use of new mobile technology to facilitate poverty reduction interventions in vulnerable rural communities. Recently, Thibault has conducted research on a Comic Relief grant in Lomé, Togo, where he studied the social impact of mobile telephony in a small fishing village. Thibault believes that membership of savings and credit groups is an important step in strengthening poor people’s livelihoods and lifting them out of the poverty trap. He believes that through responsible and context-sensitive analyses, technological applications may facilitate SaveAct’s monitoring and evaluation procedures, and ultimately increase SaveAct’s accountability and organisational efficiency.

Nasreen Visajee Vandayar – Financial Manager


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Nasreen has extensive experience in financial management in both the corporate and NGO sector and at one stage opened her own practice consulting to non profit organisations. She holds a CPA (SA) and BCompt honours degree and is inspired by SaveAct’s commitment to local economic development and sustainability. She believes SaveAct is a unique organisation that generates innovative ideas in response to challenges, and is staffed by a passionate and committed team of people. She is committed to effective monitoring and management of the organisation’s finances and to ensure accountability to donors.

Gavin Wood – Enterprise Development Manager


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Gavin holds a BSc (Agric) in Horticulture from the University of Natal, South Africa. He is a successful commercial farmer with expertise in a range of horticultural and agronomic crops, including citrus, avocado's and a range of vegetables. As a commercial farmer, Gavin is experienced in all aspects of agricultural production and business management, including crop choice and selection, enterprise planning, production principles, harvesting management, packhouse management, quality control, marketing, value-adding and financial management of a farming operation. Gavin has been involved with the planning and implementation of a number of agricultural enterprises. He works well with people and has acted as a mentor for community development projects providing technical support and capacity building.