Our Board

Simanga Sithebe- Chairperson of the Board

Simanga Sithebe is a son of the South raised in Ladysmith, Burford and later in Botha’s Hill, KwaNyuswa. He started off as a Youth Worker in 1988 in the Valley of the Thousand Hills. He initially attended an innovative National Youth Leadership Training Programme(NYLTP) and joined an ecumenical organisation called Vuleka Trust. Over the last 20 years he has been a youth worker, mediator, development and training facilitator and OD Practitioner within South Africa and other parts of the continent. He is married to Grace and lives in New Germany with their two daughters and son. He holds a university diploma in Adult Education and training and currently is the Director of Sinani-KZN Programme for Survivors of Violence. He is still passionate about youth work and loves children. Simanga believes that people should do things for themselves and outside agencies should be invited to contribute.He makes his contributions and learns from others through his involvement with Dlanathi, Project Empower and recently CLP.

Mercio Langa- Vice- chairperson of the Board

Mercio is originally from Maputo, Mozambique. He is studying at UKZN since 2009 and is currently doing his honours degree in Theology and Development focusing on food sovereignty discourse. He’s passionate about the churchs’ involvement in social justice and human dignity discourse. Mercio is involved in Youth Ministry for 4 years at a local Parish. He did a 6 month internship at CLP during 2011. Mercio loves music, all kinds of arts and mostly people. He’s looking at doing his Masters in the same field of Theology and Development.

Karen Read- Treasurer

karenKaren Read has worked for a number of non-profit organisations over the past 30 years. These include South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA), Diakoina Council of Churches and Biowatch South Africa. She is a committed environmental justice activist, and believes that we all have a responsibility to heal the unjust systems that cause poverty and the destruction of the planet.


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