Dr. Desiree Manicom - Chairperson
Dr Manicom’s key strength is her experience and training as a social scientist. This experience entails research, supervision of research projects and teaching at tertiary level for the past 17 years in Sociology and Policy and Development Studies Programme.
Her current areas of teaching are Research Methods, Policy Monitoring and Evaluation, Civil Society and Policy, Public Policy Analysis, Rural Studies, Gender and Development at a post-graduate level in the Policy and Development Programme in the School of Sociology and Social Studies.
She has graduated over 22 Masters students in policy areas which include: Employment Equity, Environment, Transport, Education, Social Development, Health, Local Government, and Gender. Her own area of research has been in areas of Gender and Policy, Labour Policy and Social Policy and Community Engagement and tertiary education.
She is a research associate of EcoAfrica Environmental Consulatants, a board member of the ngo Mahlatini Development Foundation and member of Pietermaritzburg city stakeholder forum convened by MIDI.
Dr. Friederike Voigt
Friederike Voigt is German and is married to a South African for over 10 years. They have 2 children together (8 yrs, 6 years) and live in Pietermaritzburg. Friederike has a PhD in Ecology and is passionate about God's creation.
In recent years, she focuses her energy on environmental education and organizes environmental education events. Friederike is a founding member of the Happy Earth Environmental Education and Sustainability Forum. She is involved in the Prestbury Methodist Church and after being part of their worship team, she runs now the children church. Missing the German food and cakes, she started her own bakery business, focusing on German specialties, especially German soft pretzels.
Rev. Janet Trisk - Vice Chairperson
Janet Trisk is the rector of St Alphege's Anglican Church in Pietermaritzburg. She originally trained and practised as an attorney, but was ordained in 1992. For twelve years she taught systematic theology at the College of the Transfiguration in Grahamstown.
She co-edits the Journal of Theology for Southern Africa. Her recreational interests include reading, walking and gardening.
Mr. John Inglis – Treasurer
John Inglis was born in 1945 and grew up near Cape Town where he trained as a teacher. He settled in Natal (as it was then) in 1973 and taught at Michaelhouse and Maritzburg College.
In 1981 he became an editor of educational books at Shuter & Shooter Publishers and remained there as a publisher for 25 years. He continues to edit as a freelancer, and was on the editorial team of "Journeying for Justice", the book compiled to celebrate 30 years of PACSA's existence in 2009.
He has been a member of PACSA since the early 1980s, not long after settling in Pietermaritzburg. He was elected to PACSA Council in 1992 and has served on the Council continuously since then, including some years as Treasurer and Chairperson.
He was married to Margi Inglis (nee Murray) for 27 years, up to her death in 1999. They had three children, Helen, Robert and Michael. He shares a life partnership with Marie Odendaal.
Ms. Bridget Phillips
Bridget Phillips is a Project Coordinator for Springs of Hope Support Group for People living with HIV/AIDS, HIV Counsellor, Healing of Memories Facilitator and currently working as IHOM Workshop and Community Healing Program Manager, a facilitator for KZN Stress and Trauma Network', a facilitator for AVP (Alternative to violence Program) and a Business Woman.
Ms. Joan Kerchhoff
Joan Kerchhoff worked as a librarian, mostly in the Natal Society Library, until 1975 when she was asked to join the local staff of the Christian Institute. When the C.I. was closed down by the apartheid government, she was employed by the South African Council of Churches to manage the work of the Dependants' Conference (support for Robben Island political prisoners and their families). She later set up a Resource Centre in AFRA (Association for Rural Advancement).She was a co-founder of PACSA in 1979. She also assisted with the archiving of the PACSA Collection which was donated to the Alan Paton Centre, University of KwaZulu Natal.
Mr. Moeti Lesuthu
Moeti Lesuthu is the programme manager for the sexual and reproductive health rights programme at the AIDS Foundation of South Africa - AFSA. Prior to this position, Moeti was a senior project officer for the Culture and Health programme at AFSA. Previously, he worked for the Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (PACSA) at the inception phase of the men, gender and HIV+AIDS programme. He has gained vast experience in culture, gender and health programmes having worked in various communities in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape as a trainer/ facilitator, organisational mentor and programme manager. Moeti is passionate about men, gender and health issues. Moeti’s voluntary work involves serving on the board of PACSA, COUNT and a facilitator for the Alternatives to Violence Programme (AVP).
Rev. Thulani Zikhali
Thulani Zikhali is an Anglican Priest, currently serving at St Lukes, Woodlands. He is currently working on his Masters in Systematics theology at UKZN and married to Sindiswa and they have one son, Lubanzi. He is passionate about Christian faith and social justice.
Mr. Glen Farred
Glenn Farred is the Programme Manager at the Association for Rural Advancement (AFRA), a land rights NGO working with farm dwellers, farm workers and labour tenants primarily in the UMgungundlovo District. He has worked extensively on development and social justice both nationally and across the Southern Africa region. He is particularly passionate about exploring creative ways to connect those directly affected by poverty, deprivation and social exclusion with pathways to self-organisation, self-representation and mobilization to achieve systemic change at all levels of society.