Promoting excellence in public participation in Southern Africa

Board of Directors

Meet our board

IAP2 SA relies on the passion and leadership of a board of volunteer directors elected annually by members. Our directors bring a diverse range of skills, talents and experience to grow the organisation into a powerful professional network. We are always looking for committed individuals to join this team. If you are interested to get involved, let us know.

The 2015 Board was elected at our 2015 Annual Meeting on the 6th of May. Read more about our Directors below.

Lerato Ratsoenyane – Chairperson

Lerato Ratsoenyane: Social and Labour Plan Practitioner: Ledjadja Coal (Pty) Ltd

Lerato is a certified IAP2 Public Participation Practitioner with more than 10 years’ experience in stakeholder engagement within the environmental consultancy and mining industries. She currently serves as a Social and Labour Plan (SLP) Practitioner for Ledjadja Coal (Pty) Ltd. Key focus areas: Effective planning, budgeting, implementing, monitoring and reporting of Social and Labour Plan, Mining Charter Scorecard targets, as well as Corporate Social Investment initiatives, through strict governance and legislative compliance. She is also responsible for the development, mentoring, coaching and capacity building of local Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises. She was previously involved in local and international EIA projects in Liberia, Mali and Botswana and served as a Committee Member and Secretary for the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA): Gauteng Branch. Lerato has served on the IAP2SA board and Executive Team since 2013.

Erika du Plessis – Vice-Chairperson

Erika du Plessis: Stakeholder Engagement Specialist and Owner: African Stakeholder Engagement Consultants (AFSEC)

Erika is the Regional Service Line Lead for the Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Unit at Aurecon South Africa. She has been involved in social and public participation processes for the past 19 years in various parts of the world, mostly in developing countries like Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa and has extensive experience in public participation, social impact assessments and dealing with sensitive stakeholders.

She builds trust relationships between companies and their stakeholders; conveys risk information; conducts public participation for environmental authorisation processes in mining, industry and other; Erika conducts public sensitivity analyses pertaining to companies and projects (existing or proposed), conducts corporate or community risk assessments as part of SHECQC assessments.

Erika manages communication and awareness creation campaigns to achieve clients’ goals while maintaining close contact with the needs of marginalised communities. She is experienced in building capacity of communities by way of posters, fact sheets, one-on-one discussions and site visits to similar projects.

Erika holds international certification from the International Association of Public Participation (USA), and is currently the Vice Chair for the International Association for Public Participation (South Africa) (IAP2SA).

Nicolene Venter – Secretary

Nicolene has 19 years’ experience in the public participation and stakeholder engagement . She has managed the stakeholder engagement components of large and complex environmental authorisation processes across many sectors in Africa, including in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Kenya. She is well versed with local regulatory requirements as well as international best practice principles for community consultation and stakeholder engagement, as well as international guidelines and performance standards. She has particular experience in the power sector, most notably on large linear power lines and distribution lines, as well as renewable energy projects. Existing and previous clients include Eskom, various Independent Power Producers (IPPs), and Environmental Consultants (Lidwala Environmental, Savannah Environmental, SiVEST, Naledzi Environmental).

Ken Smith – Representative to the IAP2 Federation Board

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

Ken Smith has been involved in various aspects of environmental management in Southern Africa since 1985, after having studied in the mid-70’s for a B.Sc. (Zoology and Entomology) at Rhodes and graduating with a B.Sc. Agric. Degree in 1985 at the University of Natal. Ken became increasingly involved with the communities associated with the mining activities as a result of the introduction of Integrated Environmental Management to the mining sector.

Consequently he undertook public participation in the areas of scoping the terms of reference for impact assessments and closure objectives, amongst others. He gathered skills and experience in Stakeholder Participation, Conflict Resolution and Risk Communication by completing an internationally recognized five module certificate course and several associated special courses. Ken is registered as a Professional Natural Environmental Scientist, is a Life Member (and currently a Board member) of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and a member of the IAIA. He currently represents the Southern African Affiliate of the IAP2 on a Task Force with the US and Canada to develop a programme for the certification of Public Participation professionals.

Timothy Hart

Tim Hart: Corporate Social and Development Specialist at SRK Consulting

Tim is a social and development practitioner with more than 40 years of experience in the field. Areas of expertise include social assessment, social and development planning, resettlement planning, organisational assessment, stakeholder engagement and relationship building, mediation and conflict resolution and corporate social investment.

Tim has led and contributed to projects in the natural resources sector (mining and water) in Southern, West and East Africa. He has also worked in South America and Russia. Clients include financiers, donors, mining companies, regional development agencies and government departments charged with resource management and regulation. Tim has a particular interest in securing community benefits and lasting development through mining, and advises in this context.


Maketele Annah Motalane

Annah Motalane

Annah is a Senior Environmental Advisor for Eskom Holdings SOC Limited Group Capital: Eskom Real Estate Land Development Department. She graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences (Honours) in 2001 and worked for the South African National Parks as a Project Manager. She then moved to the then North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment as an Assistant Director for the Protected Areas Section from 2004 until 2007. In 2007, Annah joined the National Department of Environmental Affairs as a Deputy Director for Waste Management Support. During her year with the DEA she gained valuable experience in dealing with municipalities and providing capacity building on waste management issues.

Annah joined Eskom Holdings SOC Limited in October 2008, where she is currently working as a Senior Environmental Advisor. She is responsible for Environmental Authorisations, Water Use Licenses, Biodiversity and Heritage Permits. One of the key responsibilities is to ensure the public participation undertaken for Eskom’s EIA projects is thorough and adequate. This position has enabled her to deal with stakeholders from various organisations, including Farmers Unions, tribal leaders, NGOs, homeowners associations, and environmental organisations such as Birdlife Africa. She is currently finalising a Masters of Science degree with the University of Pretoria. Her main focus is the improvement of the Social Impact Assessment to ensure that affected people’s concerns are addressed adequately and timeously. She has a great passion for the socio-economic development of our country while managing the natural environment.

Kabelo Mphake

Kabelo Mphake

Kabelo completed an Honors Degree in Community Development (University of Pretoria) and an Honors Degree in Development studies (Unisa). International Certification includes: Public Participation, Crisis Communication, and Communication Strategies & Stakeholder Engagement. Kabelo has more than 13 years of progressive and widely varied management experience in the areas of community & stakeholder engagements, crisis communications, conflict management strategies and research, having worked in various industries, including Mining, Environmental & Social Consulting.



Sediko Rakolote

Sediko Rakolote

Sediko has over 15 years’ experience in the NGO, Government, and Corporate sectors. His expertise includes stakeholder/public relations management, communications, resource mobilisation, marketing, policy formulation, policy analysis, policy implementation, policy monitoring and evaluation, research, writing, strategic planning and leadership. He is a proponent of participatory democracy and in 2015 passed the NQF Level 8 certificate in Public Participation at Stellenbosch University with distinction. He is currently a part-time student at Unisa studying towards Masters of Public Administration. His thesis is on the role of ward communities in encouraging community participation. He is also studying towards a Certificate in Advanced Conflict Resolution with the Advanced Dispute Resolution Network.