Board Members

Ilan Lax – Chairperson; Tim Hobden; Kajal Singh; Marcel Jakubec; Daphne Motsepe.

 

Staff Members

 

EASTERN CAPE

Nolufefe Nonjeke-Dlanjwa nolufefe@saveact.org.za
Simbongile Dube simbongile@saveact.org.za
Teboho Doda teboho@saveact.org.za
 Moleboheng Nonkevu  leboheng@saveact.org.za
Nolufefe Mkwaqa nmkwaqa@saveact.org.za
Mteto Mfikili mteto@saveact.org.za
Xola Nqabeni xola@saveact.org.za
Siyabonga Msani siyabonga@saveact.org.za
 

 

 

EASTERN CAPE COMMUNITY-BASED PROMOTERS

Nolubabalo Ethel Majikijela Luxeni, Matatiele
Makhauta Tloti Likhetlane, Matatiele
Bulelwa Dzingwa Nkau, Matatiele
Nobuzi Harriet Dada Xaxazana, Mt Fletcher
Nokhawunti Mbungendlu Makuoatlana, Mount Fletcher
Thobeka Masoka Makhuoseng, Mt Fletcher
Mamotlatsi Mendela Mapeng, Matatiele
 

QUEENSTOWN

Thembekile Tafi thembekile@saveact.org.za
 

QUEENSTOWN CBPs

Nokwanda E Mjuza Lower Machibini, Lady Frere
Ntombikayise B. Nduna Didimana, WhitleSea
 

NORTHERN CAPE

SPRINGBOK
Geniene Nero Geniene@saveact.org.za
 

FREE STATE

Neo Mokone neo@saveact.org.za
 

KWAZULU-NATAL

BERGVILLE
Bongekile Cecilia Mchunu bongekile@saveact.org.za
Busisiwe Sechaba busisiwe@saveact.org.za
BERGVILLE CBPs
Nelisiwe Khumalo
Goodness Ngobese
Ntombizethu Ntuli
Nompilo Shelembe
Makhithi Zikode
Thandeka Shabalala
 

MARGATE

Nomthy (nomthandazo) Mbonambi nomthy@saveact.org.za
Julia Mkhize julia@saveact.org.za
Phumelele Maphumulo
 

UNDERBERG

Yenziwe Helen Masuku yenziwe@saveact.org.za
Dumisani Magubane dumisani@saveact.org.za
Silindokuhle Zikalala silindokuhle@saveact.org.za
 

UNDERBERG CPBs

Nelly Khuboni
Gugu Miya
Sithembile Molefe
 

ESHOWE

Nosipho Shezi nosipho@saveact.org.za
 

KZN COMMUNITY-BASED PROMOTERS

Zodwa Sokhela Msinga
Phyllis Ngubane Table Mountain
Nombuso Phoswa Richmond
Thandeka Mbele Richmond
 

PIETERMARITZBURG

Jean-Pierre Andrews jean-pierre@saveact.org.za
Angela Pillay angela@saveact.org.za
Claudia Taylor claudia@saveact.org.za
Sazile Mtshali Sazile@saveact.org.za
Paul Forsyth paul@saveact.org.za
Anton Krone anton@saveact.org.za

 

 

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    Ilan Lax: Chairperson of the Board of Trustees
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    Ilan Lax: Chairperson of the Board of Trustees


    Ilan Lax is an experienced attorney and legal consultant. Admitted to practice since 1985, he served in the Human Rights Violations and Amnesty Committees of the SA TRC. He assisted in setting up the Sierra Leone TRC. He has also worked with other commissions of inquiry. Ilan works in a range of areas dealing with legal issues in the fields of land rights, environmental, biodiversity conservation, organisational and project governance, human rights and community-based development issues. Ilan also works with a range of adjudication and commissions, inquiries and investigations matters. He is an experienced facilitator and strategic planning advisor.

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    Tim Hobden: Member of the Board of Trustees
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    Tim Hobden: Member of the Board of Trustees


    Tim Hobden (MCom) is currently an MPP student at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and is an independent consultant. He is formerly a manager in the Business in Development practice at Genesis Analytics, a leading economics consulting firm specialising in market-based solutions to development issues. At Genesis he worked in the area of programme design and management across a number of African countries, and for three years was a technical advisor on governance and operations to the SA National Treasury's Jobs Fund, a R9bn (€695m) job creation fund which operates on challenge fund principles.

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    Kajal Singh: Member of the Board of Trustees
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    Kajal Singh: Member of the Board of Trustees


    Kajal Singh is a chartered accountant, with 10 years’ experience in a management role at Umgeni Water, specialising in Treasury Management and financial planning. Kajal was previously a senior audit clerk at Deloitte where she completed her articles in 2005. Her role at Umgeni Water involves the management of UW’s available investments and funding as well as the determination of the annual pricing increase proposal and the associated funding strategies to ensure the continued financial viability.

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    Marcel Jakubec: Member of the Board of Trustees
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    Marcel Jakubec: Member of the Board of Trustees


    Marcel Jakubec is a strategy consultant for Genesis Analytics. He is currently a Manager in the Banking Practice. Since joining Genesis, Marcel has developed technical expertise in growth strategy, product and value proposition design, pricing, payments strategy, operating model design, and applied behavioural economics. He has also engaged in various technical assistance projects for numerous local and international banks, card associations and donor organisations.

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    Daphne Motsepe: Member of the Board of Trustees
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    Daphne Motsepe: Member of the Board of Trustees


    Daphne Motsepe is on the executive committee of CGAP (the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor), a World Bank entity advancing financial inclusion to improve the lives of the poor. Prior to her retirement in June 2012, she was chief executive for the unsecured lending cluster at Absa. In 2007, Daphne was named the most influential woman in finance and banking in South Africa by CEO magazine. She has enjoyed a leadership career of almost seven years as a senior executive in the South African banking industry. Prior to joining Absa, Daphne was Managing Director of the South African PostBank. She has a long track record in unsecured lending, mass market banking and SMME finance and has also served on several boards of microfinance and development finance institutions.

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    Anton Krone: Executive Director
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    Anton Krone: Executive Director


    Anton is SaveAct Founder and Executive Director. 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.

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    Nqe Dlamini
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    Nqe Dlamini


    Nqe Dlamini is a development worker who is also a consultant to SaveAct. Together with Anton Krone, he created the successful SaveAct savings and credit model. He works closely with the organisation with respect to enterprise development.

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    Paul Forsyth – Contract Manager
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    Paul Forsyth – Contract Manager


    Paul Forsyth is the Contract Manager for SaveAct and provides contract, programme and management support for the organisation. He has two masters degrees and 25 years of experience in research and management consulting working for donors, development agencies, government and NGOs. Paul is hugely inspired by being involved with SaveAct as it is a practical and innovative organisation at the frontline of development, making a difference in people’s lives, with results that can be measured.

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    Sazile Mtshali – Programme Coordinator, KwaZulu-Natal
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    Sazile Mtshali – Programme Coordinator, KwaZulu-Natal


    Sazile Mtshali works for SaveAct as a Programme Co-ordinator for KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State. She is qualified in the professions of Nursing, Home Economics and Rural Development and has experience in teaching trainers of adult learners. This is all relevant and appropriate for what Sazile does for SaveAct as she wants to make a difference in people’s lives, particularly those who come from vulnerable and poor rural households. Sazile gains personal satisfaction from seeing individuals building up their savings, making investments in durable household goods, improving their homes, and paying for education. The Save Act programme provides financial inclusion by encouraging people to save in groups and allowing them to borrow at affordable rates. Direct benefits are general improvement of the quality of life for rural households and women’s economic empowerment. Sazile says that savings groups encourage a strong urge to save, hence access to sustainable livelihood opportunities is increased. The SaveAct programme helps poor and vulnerable rural households to contribute to the economy of the country as a whole.

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    Nolufefe Nonjeke-Dlanjwa – Programme Manager, Eastern Cape
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    Nolufefe Nonjeke-Dlanjwa – Programme Manager, Eastern Cape


    Nolufefe Nonjeke-Dlanjwa is based in Matatiele, where she works as the Programme Manager. Nolufefe’s key responsibilities include on-site savings programme support in the Eastern Cape region, as well as technical support to new SaveAct partners in the area. Nolufefe’s personal vision is to witness the success of community development and she gets job satisfaction from hearing the positive testimonies of those savings group members who successfully achieve their financial goals. She enjoys being part of the process of helping people to reach their financial goals and to see the success that this brings to their lives.

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    Alberto Gualtieri – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
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    Alberto Gualtieri – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning


    Alberto Gualtieri is a recent graduate of the United Nations University/Maastricht University, NL where he obtained his Master of Science Degree in Public Policy and Human Development with a specialisation in Social Protection. In addition, he also holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and worked for the UNDP in Shanghai, China were he acquired experience in CSR and South-South Cooperation. In his academic career Alberto has been part of numerous research projects where he acquired quantitative and qualitative skills. At SaveAct Alberto is involved in designing and implementing tools to monitor operations and impact of savings as well as enterprise focus groups. Moreover, Alberto drives the implementation of innovative technology projects and data set integration.

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    Jean-Pierre Andrew – Digital Monitoring & Evaluation
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    Jean-Pierre Andrew – Digital Monitoring & Evaluation


    Jean-Pierre Andrew is the Digital, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for SaveAct. He has a background in media and communication studies, and his work includes the management and upkeep of online databases, in which saving group activity is tracked and reported. Jean-Pierre joined Save Act because he believes that it is through financial education that poorer communities in South Africa will be better equipped for self-reliance.

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    Angela Pillay – Programme Support and Administration
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    Angela Pillay – Programme Support and Administration


    Angela Pillay has a Diploma in Business Administration and Management and heads up administration and programme support for SaveAct. She has worked in the NGO sector for the past 18 years and 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. Prior to that she worked in an NGO that supported communities who suffered social, economic and political exclusion under apartheid. Angela has watched SaveAct develop from a distance and has been quietly confident that it would develop into something of importance. She has been encouraged by developments in recent years, and responses from participants in the programme have encouraged her to become more directly involved.

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    Claudia Taylor – Administrative Assistant
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    Claudia Taylor – Administrative Assistant


    Claudia Taylor joined the SaveAct team in July 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. She has been in the NGO sector since 1998 and has a vast knowledge and experience, particularly in participatory facilitation and human settlement support. Claudia says her passion was sparked whilst working in the informal settlements in Msunduzi as a site inspector, where her work revolved around housing support as well as facilitating livelihood and tenure security workshops and climate change adaptation strategies in communities in peri-urban and rural areas. Claudia believes that working for SaveAct is another step forward on her path to fulfilling the passion she has to work with NGOs in the communities.

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    Nasreen Visajee – Finance
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    Nasreen Visajee – Finance


    Nasreen Visajee has over 16 years of audit, taxation, accounting and financial experience and works with a number of non-profit organisations as a consultant financial manager. Nasreen joined the SaveAct family in 2008 and has been very encouraged by the growth of the organisation over the past few years.

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    Silindokuhle Zikalala – Field Officer, KwaZulu-Natal
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    Silindokuhle Zikalala – Field Officer, KwaZulu-Natal


    Silindokuhle Zikalala has a BSc in Agricultural Management from the University of the Free State. Before joining SaveAct, Silindokuhle worked at Agri Frontier as a facilitator teaching farm workers the science and theories of agriculture. Now, as a Field Officer with Save Act he focuses on rural community development through financial training. He sees his role as that of a facilitator of sustainable mental and physical livelihoods. For Silindokuhle, SaveAct has not only impacted the people he works with but it has also changed his life as he too has learnt the importance of saving money.

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    Thembekile Tafi – Field Officer, Eastern Cape
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    Thembekile Tafi – Field Officer, Eastern Cape


    Thembekile Tafi took up the post of Field Officer in Queenstown when Save Act opened its office there in 2015. He manages the office and is involved with training and mentoring new groups. With two colleagues, he mobilises new groups and develops partnerships with other NGOs in the area. Thembekile studied Electrical Engineering, and also completed short courses in financial management and communication. He is also a highly skilled carpenter and handyman. For Thembekile, working with the community and savings groups is a calling. He says he "lives and breathes" his work, and is filled with joy when people tell him about the small changes in their lives. He believes that changes in a community come from the renewal of the minds and hearts of those working together. He sees his role as one of leading others away from hopelessness towards success.

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    Busisiwe Sechaba – Field Officer, KwaZulu-Natal
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    Busisiwe Sechaba – Field Officer, KwaZulu-Natal


    Busisiwe Sechaba has had seven years' experience within the NGO sector and recently completed her studies in events management. Busisiwe has worked with SaveAct for three years and is experienced in applying and developing the SaveAct programme and methodologies to train communities and uplift those who desire change in their lives.

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    Xola Nqabeni – Enterprise Development Officer
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    Xola Nqabeni – Enterprise Development Officer


    Xola Nqabeni graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2014 and is currently pursuing an honours degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management. Before becoming an Enterprise Development Officer at SaveAct, she did an internship at Tsolo Agriculture and Rural Development Institute. Having been with the organisation for a while now, she has been humbled by the experience of engaging with communities, assisting them with their enterprise commodities and learning together with them. Enterprise activities initiate learning and skills development by finding better and low-cost ways to grow crops sustainably, increase production and create an income for farmers. She feels her role will make a difference as it incorporates Enterprise Development activities into savings groups and complements the SaveAct model, which aims to provide financial services and promote sustainable livelihoods for the poor.

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    Moleboheng Nonkevu – Field Officer, Eastern Cape
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    Moleboheng Nonkevu – Field Officer, Eastern Cape


    Moleboheng Nonkevu grew up in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape near Matatiele. Wishing to bring positive change to his community, she went on to become a paramedic with the Department of Health. After hearing about SaveAct, she became interested and inspired by its impact in her area and decided to join the team. Since then, she has not looked back as he is passionate about community development, and is now able to pursue her vocation.

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    Geniene Nero – Field Officer, Namaqualand
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    Geniene Nero – Field Officer, Namaqualand


    Geniene Nero is involved with forming, monitoring, and mentoring savings groups in her area. She previously worked for Conservation South Africa as an administrator. As part of SaveAct, she enjoys the feeling of knowing that she is part of the changes that are happening in both rural and urban communities. She believes the strength of the SaveAct model is its accessibility to all communities and she enjoys witnessing the successful outcomes of the programme. It is highly satisfying to see the incredible changes that take place in lives of individual families and communities. No matter what the amount saved, these changes have significant and beneficial results for all, she says.

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    Neo Mokone – Field Officer, Free State
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    Neo Mokone – Field Officer, Free State


    In 2010, Neo Mokone graduated with a Marketing Management Diploma from Flavius Mareka College and also completed Level 1 of an Early Childhood Development programme. Neo worked as a volunteer at Mosa Community Project before joining SaveAct in April 2016. Based in the Free State (QwaQwa and Harrismith areas) she is stimulated by working with the community and enjoys building relationships. For Neo, the SaveAct model is the best vehicle for people to start taking care of their finances and individual households, whilst enjoying the support and fellowship of working together in their communities.

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    Nomonde Mncube – Enterprise Development Officer, Eastern Cape
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    Nomonde Mncube – Enterprise Development Officer, Eastern Cape


    Nomonde Mncube has a BScAgric (Hons) Degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management. She is passionate about helping people, and hence is pursuing a career in rural development. Before joining SaveAct she served an internship at an NPO called Zimele Developing Community Self-Reliance as a Junior Agriculture Field Trainer. Now an Enterprise Development Officer at SaveAct, Nomonde provides technical support to smallholder farmers in the Matatiele area. She describes her work as a humbling experience and says that a lack of education, information and resources is largely what leaves people trapped in inter-generational poverty. Nomonde is committed to the SaveAct programme which she believes is effective in capacitating people. She believes she can also play a significant role in uplifting smallholder farmers towards improved food security and income generation through their farming enterprises.

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    Nolufefe Mkwaqa – Field Officer, Eastern Cape
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    Nolufefe Mkwaqa – Field Officer, Eastern Cape


    Nolufefe Mkwaqa has a BCom Degree majoring in Economics. She recently joined SaveAct as an area-based Field Officer. She sees her job as an exciting new experience and is enjoying seeing the rewards when peoples’ lives change for the better. She says meeting new people every day and seeing what is actually happening out there, people's struggles and willingness to change their lives for the better, makes all the challenges and hard work worth it.

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    Julia Mkhize – Field Officer, KZN
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    Julia Mkhize – Field Officer, KZN


    Julie Mkhize graduated from the Mangosuthu University of Technology in 2012 with a National Diploma in Agriculture (Animal Production). She volunteered at Siyavuna Development Centre for a period of 11 months as a facilitator and was also part of Siyavuna Farmers' Association before joining SaveAct as an area-based Field Officer. Julia is passionate about community development and self-sustainability. She has seen the results that the SaveAct model has already achieved and firmly believes that it is through continued awareness and training that the lives of more people will be uplifted.

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    Bongekile Mchunu – Field Officer
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    Bongekile Mchunu – Field Officer


    Bongekile Mchunu has a National Diploma in Information Technology. Prior to joining SaveAct as a Field Officer in 2014, she was a facilitator at World Vision SA for two years and also worked on a life skills project with youths in the uKhahlamba Municipality in Bergville. As a part of the SaveAct team Bongekile feels confident that the methodology she introduces to communities will contribute to greater sustainability. She is proud that she is contributing to change in community members’ lives and finances, and enjoys working together as a united team.

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    Yenziwe Masuku – Field Officer
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    Yenziwe Masuku – Field Officer


    Yenziwe Masuku was privileged to be part of a Women’s Leadership and Training Programme (WLTP) as a participant and, later, as a facilitator. A student at the University of South Africa, Yenziwe is studying towards a degree in Human Resource Management. She works as an area-based Field Officer at SaveAct, creating and mentoring savings and credit groups in rural communities around Underberg. Through financial education, Yenziwe’s work empowers members of SCGs to better handle their finances. She believes that by saving, people’s lives are changed as they learn responsibility, and it is especially empowering for women who are aspiring to achieve their dreams of a better life.

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    Dumisani Magubane – Enterprise: Team Leader
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    Dumisani Magubane – Enterprise: Team Leader


    Dumisani Magubane has a BSc (honours) degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management and is passionate about agriculture and rural development. He completed a cattle judges' course at the SA Hereford Breeders’ Society as well as short courses at the KwaZulu-Natal Poultry Institute. Dumisani acquired practical farm experience at Cedara College of Agriculture, worked for Mahlathini Organics in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, and was a UNISA Household Food Security Promoter in Newcastle and Hluhluwe before joining SaveAct. His work for SaveAct is to facilitate agricultural production training and assist in with research, monitoring and evaluation. Dumisani believes that enterprise development improves people’s livelihoods. The SaveAct programme enables people to become more self-sufficient and provides them with a better quality of life.

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    Teboho Doda – Field Officer, Eastern Cape
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    Teboho Doda – Field Officer, Eastern Cape


    Teboho Doda has been involved with community development since 2003 when he was involved in an agricultural initiative called the Massive Food Programme. He then joined Mt Fletcher Advice Centre in 2006 as an HIV/AIDS activist and it is there that he developed his passion for working with rural, disadvantaged communities, especially those being discriminated against. In 2010 the Mt Fletcher Advice Centre entered into a partnership with SaveAct which gave Teboho the opportunity to fulfill his commitment to communities by forming savings groups in the rural areas of Mt Fletcher. He joined SaveAct full-time in November 2012. Teboho loves seeing people grow in every angle of life and is encouraged by the response to the SaveAct programme which gives people the opportunity to grow financially.

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    Nomthandazo Mbonambi – Field Officer
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    Nomthandazo Mbonambi – Field Officer


    Nomthy Mbonambi is a Field Officer at SaveAct. She trains and mentors community groups with regard to the savings methodology, and also takes on some supervisory responsibilities. Nomthy is passionate about development and graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a Bachelor of Social Science degree majoring in Rural Resource Management and Sociology. Further studies earned her a Postgraduate Diploma in Food Security. Nomthy is grateful to be part of the SaveAct team, and is certain that economic empowerment is what will improve and enrich peoples’s lives.

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    Vuyokazi Nkisimane – Administration Support, Matatiele
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    Vuyokazi Nkisimane – Administration Support, Matatiele


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    Nosipho Shezi-Ndlela – Field Officer, KwaZulu-Natal
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    Nosipho Shezi-Ndlela – Field Officer, KwaZulu-Natal


    Nosipho Shezi-Ndlela has a National Diploma in Agriculture from Mangosuthu University of Technology and is working towards attaining a BTech Degree in Agricultural Management through UNISA. She was previously employed as an Agricultural Science Educator and has worked on an offender rehabilitation programme with the Department of Correctional Services in Eshowe, equipping offenders with farming skills. Facilitation work has always been close to her heart as it is a means of empowerment through knowledge sharing. Working with SaveAct for the past two years has confirmed her passion for development work, particularly among rural communities where SaveAct and its workers are drivers of change. Nosipho believes that empowering women and youth in particular with the necessary financial skills to own their lives and future and ensure sustainability is the most rewarding part of her job.

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    Simbongile Dube – Zis’Ukhanyo leader
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    Simbongile Dube – Zis’Ukhanyo leader


    Simbongile Dube joined SaveAct in 2009 at a time when it was launching its Local Economic Action Project (LEAP), having previously worked for SaveAct implementing partner organisation the Masangane Treatment Programme. As part of the SaveAct team she was exposed to the great demand for the kind of work being done by SaveAct. Groups started to unite and to address social matters together. Women became financially independent and were able to provide for their families and make informed decisions as a result of financial education. She also changed her own savings habits, learning a great deal from the people she was working with. She is still excited to hear about and witness the impact of SaveAct on people’s lives.