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.
Erika du Plessis – Chairperson
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).
Christine Breet – Secretariat
Christine is a communication consultant. With more than 20 years of corporate communications experience, both on the agency and client side, she has a wealth of experience and a thorough understanding of what a business really needs from its communication function.
She specialises in the full spectrum of corporate communication aspects; including internal and external communication, change management, project management and planning.
She is a social mobilisation practitioner (community development) and has excellent organisational and execution skills with great experience in marketing, public relations, media relations and advertising. She is a guest speaker, facilitator and lecturer for short courses.
She currently serves as Chairperson of the International Accredited Business Communications (IABC) for the African chapter and serves as the Secretariat for the IAP2SA.
She served on the Silver Quills (SA) and Blue Ribbon judging panel for the International Quills in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She obtained a Master’s
degree in Communication Management on the role of communication during change management.
Timothy Hart – Vice Chairperson
Tim is a social and development practitioner with 40 years of experience. Areas of expertise include social and environmental policy and strategy, social assessment, social and development planning, resettlement planning, organisational assessment, stakeholder engagement, mediation and conflict resolution, and corporate social investment.
Tim has led and contributed to projects in the natural resources sector (mining, water and land) in many parts of Africa. Clients include financiers, donors, mining and infrastructure companies, regional development agencies and government regulators charged with resource management and regulation.
Tim has a particular interest in mobilizing sustainable local development, building on opportunities presented by projects and project investments. In this context he has designed and promoted inclusive development planning, development partnerships (including local communities) and the establishment and mobilization of locally grounded, owned and run community development trusts.
The engagement process leading to the establishment of development trusts for the Anglo American Platinum Alchemy empowerment programme was awarded IAP2 Core Values Project of the Year in 2014.
Dr Thato Shale
Dr Thato Shale obtained her Doctoral Degree in Natural Science from the University of Natal in 2003. She has a vast experience in Environmental and stakeholder management through her various positions which she occupied in mining industry, academia, consulting and government sectors.
She is currently at Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority (TCTA) as an organisation’s Social Specialist. Her role is to manage, guide, monitor and oversee the performance of social teams in the implementation of TCTA bulk water supply projects.
She ensures that the professional service providers and the contractors align the implementation of the projects to the desired stipulated outputs in projects’ specifications, legal requirements and best practices. Her specialist involvement in the projects focuses on:
• maximizing stakeholder participation and benefits;
• minimising negative impacts;
• maximising job creation;
• developing skills;
• sharing of information and education and awareness;
• mentoring the social team;;
• restoring livelihood for the directly impacted; and
• Managing and mitigating of social risks.
She worked at Gold Fields mining company as a Stakeholder Relations Manager, implementing social and labour plan (SLP) and building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders. She further worked as a consultant for different mining houses as Senior Transformation Advisor, under the Managing Transformation Solutions Company, where she compiled social and labour plans for new and amended existing mining rights. Prior to these, she worked as a conservationist for Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment and consulted on biodiversity conservation for Lesotho Highlands Water Project during the construction of the Mohale Dam. She project managed the study on health and economy relationship conducted by Wits and Princeton Universities.
Basetsana Motha holds a National Diploma in Environmental Sciences.
She has accumulated an understanding of South African Environmental Legislation, especially concerning the National Environmental Management Act which outlines public participation.
Basetsana is currently a junior environmental assessment practitioner, who is also part of the communications team at Tshikovha Green and & Climate Change Advocates.
She has acquired experience through working on numerous projects which required her to conduct public participation processes and compile Environmental Impact Assessment reports which include Public consultation reports.
Qondile has more than 23 years of experience in public participation/stakeholder engagement. As such, she has been involved in various capacities in some of the country’s largest and most complex public participation processes since 1995, notably those for the development of new the Forest Policy, the Land Reform Policy, the country’s new Energy Policy as well as South Africa’s new Biodiversity Policy. In particular, she acts as community facilitator, facilitating the contributions of grassroots community leaders, local members of NGOs, tribal and other leaders to the process.
Being able to speak seven languages herself, Qondile is able to assist previously disadvantaged people to understand the nature of proposed projects and their potential impacts, a key requirement in public participation. She has facilitated consultation with grassroots groupings in many areas of the country, has mobilised grassroots people to contribute meaningfully to policy development and environmental impact assessment processes, and has assisted in interpretation of technical material to grassroots audience’s country wide. Qondile assists in interpretation of technical material and translation of information to non-technical and non-English speaking audiences and communities countrywide. She also assists project managers with the day-to-day management of projects, database establishment and verification, document distribution and logistical arrangements for workshops, meeting and other events.
Qondile has an invaluable knowledge and experience of community, key stakeholder engagement and public participation process and has participated in and coordinated various stakeholder engagement meetings. She also liaise with mine workers, representatives of labour unions, Tribal Authorities and Municipality representatives in terms of mining projects. Clients she has worked with include, amongst other, Department of Water Affairs, Department of Land Affairs, Anglo Platinum, International Union of Forest Research Organisations (IUFRO) via the CSIR, Sasol Synthenic Fuels, ASA Metals, Ingwe Colliery, Samancor Chrome, Rand Uranium Mine, Anglo Platinum and Coal, Sibanye Gold and many more. Qondile has also worked on Exxaro’s Burial Ground and Graves Census for the Grave Relocation and Heritage processes, working closely with the relatives and Next of Kin.
Qondile’s experience includes work in some African Countries such as Ghana, the DRC
(Congo), West Africa and the Central African Republic. She is a member of International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) and she holds an IAP2 certificate in (Module 1, 2 & 3), Diploma in Project Management, NQF Level 5 Certificate and she is currently pursuing a Degree in Criminology.
A graduate from Boston Media House, with a 3 years Diploma in Media Practices. And further attained a Higher Certificate in Economic Management Science at the University of South Africa. She had internship at SABC in the Content Hub: Entertainment Division from 2012 – 2013. And worked as a Production Assistance for the Production Division in 2014 – 2015.
Her passion lies in Communications where she would like to connect people the information they need and make them understand that by participating makes a great difference in their lives.
With the background of being exposed to the Media Co-Operate world such as SABC has opened doors to understand and gain knowledge of aligning the people to their environment. She is the Senior Communications Officer at Tshikovha Communications under the umbrella of Tshikovha Green and Climate Change Advocates.
Amelia Visagie fulfils the role of Senior Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Consultant at Aurecon, Tshwane South Africa.
She started her career working in local, provincial and national government departments and subsequently established her own training and development company which further strengthened relationships with government and the private sector.
Her portfolio has expanded to stakeholder engagement strategies, sustainable socio-economic development initiatives, skills development, community livelihood restoration and awareness creation. Her vision is to ensure that these initiatives are both interactive and co-creative to the benefit of all.
Amelia strongly believes that stakeholder engagement and communication between role players is the glue of any project and is the differentiator that sets great projects apart. She is serving on the African board of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and was part of a team who won the International Aurecon Sustainability and overall People’s Choice award in 2017 for her excellent initiatives in community sustainability.