Introducing the new members of the PACSA team
In January 2018 two new staff members joined the PACSA team. They are Mandla Gcwabasa, a process facilitator in the practice team, and Marcel Lee who took on the position as PA to the Director.
Mandla Gcwabasa was born in SOBANTU village Pietermaritzburg (KZN) and has collaborated with of PACSA for many years. In his childhood days organizing and resisting apartheid laws was the order of the day in Sobantu and this community actions has shaped Mandla’s outlook on life. In 2010 he, (together with some friends) founded SAKH’BUNTU Youth Organization, a community based organization focusing on organizing young people towards community actions and for education for a true form of liberation. Mandla is also amongst the founding members of the Electricity Action Group (EAG) a grassroots movement that campaigns for access to and affordable electricity in the Msunduzi Municipality on the basis of dignity. Mandla says: “In January 2018 I joined PACSA to serve and am excited to work together with the PACSA team to support people who are organizing on the basis of dignity and universality to improve their daily lives and those of others in their communities. My work at PACSA is about seeking to create a just society where every-one experiences their lives as meaningful and dignified.”
Marcel Lee was born in Port Elizabeth and studied Secretarial Studies at the Port Elizabeth Technicon. She married in 1987 (now divorced) and moved to Pietermaritzburg with her then husband. She started her secretarial career with the KZN Government the same year. She worked her way up to Senior Secretary and has worked as Private Secretary of MECs (representing the majority of our countries political parties). She also served as the Parliamentary Officer for the KZN Agricultural Department and the Private Secretary to one of our Provinces’ Premiers. Marcel sees her work in PACSA as to serve our Province’s people and help them improve their daily lives with the dignity we all deserve.