PACSA STAFF: COMING AND GOING
After a number of years of staff stability we have now had some changes. At the end of May 2016 we say good-bye to Madalitso Mtine who had been with us for 8 years. Mada will take a position of Programme Manager at ESSET in Johannesburg. We are very sad to bid farewell to Mada.
She has contributed immensely to PACSA over the years especially in the area of economic justice and building our practise of process facilitation. We do hope however that we will not lose her all together because her move to ESSET, a fellow ecumenical organisation, will strengthen our collaboration and joint action.
We are also pleased to announce the appointment of three new Process Facilitator members of staff. They are Faith Shabangu, Michael Phakamani Malinga, and Skhumbuzo Mpisane. They fill the three vacancies which have emerged since January this year.
Faith Shabangu has facilitated Development Work for more than ten years. She is a development facilitator who works with a wide range of social development processes including leadership, entrepreneurship, counselling, coaching and facilitation processes. She has previously worked as a Community Capacity Building Manager and as a Senior Community Manger in Dlalanathi, Pietermaritzburg. She also brings with her many years of leadership from the NGO sector facilitating groups and community processes.
Faith has decided to join the PACSA team specifically because she feels strongly about our “everybody can think; everybody can act, and everybody belongs” principle. She believes that true change only happen when we allow this idea to be a guiding principle in our work- allowing change from the inside, out.
Michael Malinga has been a Project facilitator at Farmers Support Group at the University of KZN, an Agricultural Program Manager at Zimele and more recently Field Officer for the Mahlathini Development Foundation C/o Lima Rural Foundation. He has travelled and worked in other African countries and is excited to share the experiences he has gained in these fields.
Michael is currently pursuing study towards a MAgric and extension at the University of South Africa. He has a post-graduate Diploma in Land and Agrarian Studies and a Higher Certificate in Participatory Development from UKZN. He has an undeniable green fingers and will be an asset to our work on livelihoods and food security at household level.
Skhumbuzo Mpisane joins us from a Johannesburg-based NPO called ‘enke’ - Make your Mark, which focusses on youth leadership development, and where he worked as programme coordinator. Skhumbuzo is originally from Durban and has worked in youth development since the age 17. He holds a Social Sciences degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a 3 year Diploma in Law. He is excited to return to his home province and to continue working in youth leadership development as well as making his legal knowledge available to PACSA in a time when legal strategies are becoming increasingly important in social justice work. We are very happy to welcome Faith, Michael and Skhumbuzo on our team and hope they will be happy with us for a number of years to come.