Core Team

Core TeamThembani Mbadlanyana                     Bulelani Futshane                         Nosisa Mhlathi 

Chairman of the Board                         Founder & Director       Fundraising & Resources Director

Meet the team:

BulelaniFutshane, Founder and Director: Passionate about people and social justice, Bulelani has focused his career on community development. Having worked with a number of award-winning nonprofits including the South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP), love Life and Nal’ibali, he was selected as one of the top three most promising social entrepreneurs at the Spark* Changemakers Summit in 2012; chosen as one of 15 young people worldwide to participate in training from The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in 2010; and is currently studying towards his diploma in adult education at the University of Cape Town.

NosisaMhlathi, Fundraising and Resources Director: Having worked in the development field for the past nine years, Nosisa has worked with prominent South African non-governmental organisations including the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation and the South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP). Passionate about advocacy work and writing, she is a published author and has been invited to present her research at conferences both locally and internationally.

ThembaMbadlanyana, Chairman of the Board: Currently a researcher for the portfolio committee on police at the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, Themba has also served as a research specialist in the Governance and Security programme at the Africa Institute of South Africa and as a researcher at the Corruption and Governance programme at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree in Politics, Public Policy and Administration as well as an Honours Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, both from the University of Cape Town. He recently completed a Master of Public Affairs degree in France at the Institutd’etudespolitiques de Paris (the Paris Institute of Political Studies).

Zolani Barnes, Board Member:  Zolani heads up the Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilisation department at TB/HIV Care Association. A skilled networker and public relations specialist, Zolani has worked as the Cape Metro Regional Manager for loveLife and as a consultant for the Western Cape Education Department and the Western Cape Department of Health where he concentrated on social mobilisation and peer education. He has a BTech in Public Relations Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and a National Diploma in Sports Administration and Marketing. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Relations Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.