The Board of Trustees
The board members are elected in an annual general meeting and have a term of three years. The following are members of the current board:
Busani Bafana – Board Chairman
Busani is a seasoned award-winning development journalist with more than 13 years’ experience. Busani is the current contributing writer for the global online news service, Inter Press Service and also a contributor to Africa Renewal magazine in New York in which he writes on social development issues in Southern Africa. He is a founding Chairperson of the Uluntu Community Foundation and has experience in communication strategy development and implementation, communication training and programme documentation.
Lawrence Mlobane – Vice Chairman
Mr. Mlobane is a former teacher and is currently the Human Resource Manager at Datlabs Bulawayo.
He is the Human Resources Director at Datlabs. He is a former teacher and also a human resources management trainer with Institute of People Management of Zimbabwe. (IPMZ)
Abbie Dube – Board Member
Former broadcaster and teacher. Mrs Dube spent 27 years with the state broadcasting service, ZBC, as a producer and presenter. She is a strong advocate for cultural preservation and promotion for the disadvantaged. She has served on public and private sector Boards.
Jabulani Sithole – Board Member
He is a development communications knowledge management, information dissemination, research, documentation, media relations, events management, database management and learning platforms with over 18 years of experience working in various African countries. Mr Sithole has previously taken up communications and knowledge management positions with Southern Africa Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Zimbabwe; United Nations AIDS Programme (UNAIDS); United Nations Volunteer (UNV) Programme – seconded to the Zimbabwe National AIDS Council and University of Botswana. He is the Communications and Knowledge Manager for Solidaridad West Africa. Before Jabulani was with Gender Links in South Africa setting up a knowledge management unit. He has also undertaken consultancies that have resulted in the creation of Records Management Unit and a functional regional and continental Resource and Documentation Centre for international projects. His writing skills have led to the publication of various information and knowledge products and resource materials. Mr Sithole has authored and edited the following books respectively HIV and AIDS: Mapping Indigenous Knowledge Use and Communication (2010) and Dear Cousin (2006) – a story on living and coping with HIV and AIDS. He has also written communications modules for the Zimbabwe Open University. He has researched, presented and published papers on communication, knowledge management, indigenous knowledge, Millennium Development Goals and development.
Norbert Dube – Treasurer
He is the director for Zimbabwe Humanitarian and Livelihoods Development Trust. He is a well experienced and exposed person that has qualifications in agriculture, Adult Education, Environment and NGO management. Has a Masters in Arts in Leading Innovation and Change. He has been in senior positions in government, parastatals, Oxfam Senior Programmes Officer in Zimbabwe and sits in several NGOs board
Ms Thandekile Ngwenya-Board Member
A registered legal practitioner with more than 10 years of experience in private practice, local and international non- governmental organisations. She is an effective communicator who has worked on human rights and with human rights organisations over a variety of issues in the country.