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Resource Africa Directors
Resource Africa Directors
Mr. Keith Madders M.B.E. Zimbabwe-born, Keith Madders has built a highly successful career as an investment analyst, and has also devoted his considerable energies to supporting the work of Africa Resources Trust (UK), of which he is a founding member. He was awarded an M.B.E. in the Queens Honours List in 2002 for his services to Zimbabwe Trust, the sister organisation to RA. He has been the chairman of Resource Africa (South Africa) since its inception in 1995, and he is the Deputy Chairman of the Spur Corporation in South Africa
Dr. Hector Magome, vice-chairman of RA, became South Africa’s first black ecologist when he joined Bophutatswana Parks in 1986. He obtained his doctorate in 2004 from the University of Kent in the UK and is today the Managing Executive of the Conservation Services Division at South African National Parks, where he has worked for over 20 years. Dr Magome joined the Board of RA in 1996 and has guided RA to develop an enviable portfolio in community enterprise and biodiversity conservation.
Kule Chitepo joined RA as programme director in 1996 after obtaining a Master’s degree in ecology from the University of Kwazulu Natal. He ran RA’s community resource management projects in South Africa, growing the programme significantly, and linking it with regional programmes in southern Africa. He also developed skills in policy advocacy, and was instrumental in forging important links with government departments that are critical to RA’s work. Mr Chitepo was appointed to the Board in 2000, and became the CEO at the same time. He stepped down in 2012, and joined Chemonics International as the director of their RESILIM project southern Africa.
Metsi Makhetha has been a Board member since 2004. After graduating from the University of Witwatersrand School of Public and Development Management in 1994, she joined the United Nations. She has extensive experience in the development field, and specialises in formulating, managing and implementing large-scale development programmes. She has invested considerable energy in mentoring RA’s staff, and advising RA in the management of multidisciplinary projects comprising, community, state and non-state institutions. She is the UNDP Country Director in Guinea, appointed in April 2012.
Mark Farrelly joined the RA Board in 2004. He has extensive experience in the retail industry, and was a founder of the Restaurant Association of South Africa. He joined the Spur Corporation in 1990, and is today their Chief Operating Officer, and a Board member. Mr Farrelly provides RA with insight where business intersects with RA’s work. He works effectively with large teams, and his skill as a communicator and strategist has assisted RA to successfully manage multidisciplinary projects. He brings wisdom and humour to the Board room, and has a passionate interest in RA’s work.
Charles Nupen has been a member of RA’s Board for 18 years, and is a distinguished member of South Africa’s legal fraternity. He was prominent in the anti-apartheid struggle before 1994, and is today one of the leading mediators in the country. He continues to run a legal practice, and is also the Executive Chairman of Stratalign (Pty) Limited in Johannesburg. He is the Chief Technical Advisor of the International Labour Organisation. As a governance specialist, Mr Nupen has provided invaluable support to RA since he joined the Board.
Julian Sturgeon founded RA in 1995 with Keith Madders, and served as its CEO until he joined the Department of Environmental Affairs in 2000. He has been a Board member since inception. Mr Sturgeon has over 30 years’ experience in rural development and community enterprise. He integrates large scale multidisciplinary projects with the institutional capacity development of participating communities, combining his training as an engineer with his coaching skills. He is a registered PRINCE2 project manager, and is currently an executive director, and the Acting CEO of RA.
Resource Africa’s team
Resource Africa’s team
RA currently has a team of 8 core staff, most of whom have been with us for four years or more. Depending on our work programme we employ additional contractors on a project basis. Here is the ‘ A team’ ,
Dani holds a Masters degree in ethnobotany and is a rural development consultant. She has wide knowledge and experience of rural communities and their institutions, and is well respected in South Africa’s development world.
RA specialises in setting up sustainable, market related community enterprises. Our focus is people and their institutions. Dani’s job is to negotiate and formulate multi-stakeholder projects for implementation, and to liaise with stakeholders and clients.
Chunky originally joined RA as an actor, to manage our Theatre Outreach Project. He has been a TV and radio presenter, actor, director and script writer, and has become an accomplished facilitator.
Chunky is part of our community development team, and facilitates learning workshops, using the RA training manual. He is currently a mentor and assessor on the Jobs Fund project.
Nqo has been with RA for 6 years: he recently obtained his MM from the Wits Graduate School of Governance. His focus in RA is the analysis of trends and development of models that enhance the execution of our business plans.
Nqo is currently the Business Linkages Manager for our Jobs Fund project in Mpumalanga Province. His function is to coordinate our development partners in identifying social entrepreneurs, providing them with artisanal training, identifying and securing investment as well as business opportunities in the region.
Pamela has a Diploma in Tourism Management from Durban University, and a certificate in Institutional Governance at the Southern Africa Wildlife College and University Of Florida. She joined RA in 2011.
Pamela is part of the RA team supporting the ‘People and Parks’ programme for SA’s Department of Environment.. She is currently a mentor and assessor on the Jobs Fund project.
Nish joined RA in 2011. He has a diploma in Financial Accounts and Admin from Damelin College, and a teaching diploma. He has worked in company administration for the bulk of his professional life.
Tafadzwa plans to become a Chartered Accountant. She has a BA degree in accounts from the University of South Africa, and recently joined RA, having worked on one of our projects.
‘Absa’ began his career as a landscape artist, obtaining a diploma from the Pretoria Technikon in 2004. He joined RA 2008 as an assistant project manager.
Absa is currently supporting the ‘People and Parks’ programme for SA’s Department of Environment, and is part of the team preparing the Department’s report to the World Parks Congress in November 2014.
Fresh joined RA in 2005 after graduating from the University of Johannesburg with a degree in Tourism Development. He recently completed the PRINCE2 foundation course in project management.
Fresh manages the Jobs Fund project. As an experienced manager, he also meets potential clients, donors and government officials as part of programme development.