David N Morema is an urban development and human settlement practitioner who, for the past 25 years, has served and pioneered initiatives in various institutions and human settlement programmes. Currently, he is a founding member and partner in Kuhle Solutions and Development Services, a company specialising in human settlement processes. Previously, he held senior executive positions as managing director in various social housing companies, senior politician in Germiston and Ekurhuleni municipal councils, chief executive officer for the National Association for Social Housing Organisations, and lastly executive director for human settlements at the City of Ekurhuleni.
In the realm of human settlements, David’s areas of specialisation include social and rental housing, inner city housing projects, in-situ upgrade projects, private sector affordable rental initiatives, public housing initiatives, housing construction programme/project management. His development expertise lies in urban renewal conceptualisation and implementation, and funding and institutional considerations. David has also accumulated a wealth of experience and exposure in the organisational or institutional development arena, strategy and policy development, and implementation. He is skilled in facilitation, negotiation, mediation, planning, monitoring, critical thinking and problem solving.
David has had extensive exposure to international best practice and study tours in human settlement and urban renewal in addressing spatial, economic and social dysfunctionalities. These include informal settlement and inner city upgrading in Brazil, new town developments in China, community self-help schemes and housing in Kenya, and social and rental housing in the Netherlands and Canada. He has presented and was a panel member for the 9th and 10th World Urban Forum sessions.
Mike’s experience in engaging with communities and municipalities spans more than 20 years. He is currently employed as a senior programme coordinator at Planact, a non-governmental organisation based in Johannesburg, Gauteng Province.
Mike has conducted several training programmes for communities and municipal officials on the following concepts: integrated development planning, municipal budgets, key performance area/indicators, leadership, conflict management, project management, housing policy, and local government legislations. He recently completed an Advanced Diploma Public Administration through the University of the Western Cape (2019).
In 2012, Mike made a written contribution in the publication of Good Governance Learning Network: “A case of participatory budgeting in South Africa” (pg.82) in Putting participation at the heart of development//Putting development at the heart of participation. A civil society perspective on local.
Mike joined IAP2SA in 2020, and currently holds the position of vice chairperson.
Thea Weeks has more than 20 years’ experience in stakeholder engagement, communication, social safeguarding and assessments. She leads conceptualisation, design, implementation, and management of communication and stakeholder engagement processes.
Thea has managed and contributed to communication strategies, stakeholder engagement, social performance and safeguard assessments in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
As an advocate for human rights, diversity, inclusion, and equity, Thea designs and implements communication strategies and processes that are inclusive and culturally appropriate within the context of local customs and language. All processes include detailed stakeholder mapping, geo-mapping, and data visualisation, an audit trail of the communication process and assisting technical teams to meet with stakeholders. Through mentoring and capacity building, she actively promotes inclusive stakeholder engagement, and provides guidance and direction to newcomers.
Thea is an experienced guest lecturer, keynote speaker, facilitator and motivational speaker. Philanthropy forms part of her ethos and, as such, previous volunteer initiatives include mentoring ‘Young African Leaders’ of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (a flagship project of Barack Obama) and mentoring and training entrepreneurs’ as part of the Paradigm Shift programme (United States’ NGO). Thea has also co-established a place of refuge for destitute people, a home and nursery school for orphaned and vulnerable children, and a home for the impoverished elderly (with more than 4 000 beneficiaries over a five-year period).
Thea is a member of the International Association of Public Participation, the International Sociological Association, International Association for Impact Assessment, International Society for Sustainability Professionals, and South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association.
Lorato founded NSVT Consultants in 2011 as the sole member. She has over eighteen (18) years of experience as an environmental consultant and has completed a myriad of environmental management applications such as basic assessment, environmental impact assessment, waste management licence, and water use licence applications for various developments. During the course of her employment, Lorato has provided professional advice on various environmental issues, e.g., air and water pollution, conservation and preservation, and waste management. She has a thorough understanding of environmental legislation and the interpretation thereof.
Lorato has considerable public participation experience gained through her work in undertaking environmental impact assessments and understands that an effective public participation process provides an opportunity for the successful implementation of projects. Through her involvement in various projects, Lorato has acquired excellent analytical, problem-solving and research skills. She is registered as an Environmental Assessment Practitioner with the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa and a Professional Natural Scientist (Environmental Science) with the South African Council of Natural Scientific Profession. She is an active member of the International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa and the International Association for Public Participation Southern Africa. In 2013, Lorato was part of the team that coordinated the IAIAsa Conference that was held in Black Mountain Hotel, Thaba Nchu in Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.
Lorato has mentored a number undergraduates in the environmental management field and provided experiential training through her company. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, running and is also a volunteer for Heidedal Parkrun.
Snowy Makhudu is a practising environmental assessment practitioner with over 20 years of experience and is the managing director of Tholoana Environmental Consulting. She is a qualified meteorologist/climatologist, holding a National Higher Diploma in Meteorology. Her experience in environmental management includes integrated waste management and sustainable development. She has worked with the SALGA climate change mitigation strategy, Eskom distribution and generation environmental impact assessments and on municipal mining permits and licensing, among others.
Snowy is currently the national president for Women In Environment, which was launched by the National Department of Environmental Affairs’ Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi on 22 August 2010. She is also the chairperson of the Environmental Assessment Practitioners Association of South Africa and Hand-in-Hand South Africa.
Moudy, managing director at Tshikovha Environmental and Communication Consulting, is a versatile entrepreneur armed with vast experience and expertise in variety of fields. Moudy, who boasts several qualifications from a number of institutions, is an environmentalist, communication strategist, philanthropist and an ardent academic. He strives to be a leader in advocating for environmental compliance and human development throughout the world by ensuring people understand the relationship they have with environment. He believes in collaboration rather than competition.
After graduating at University of Venda for Science and Technology, where he obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences degree, Moudy worked as a reporter for Caxton West Rand where he served the Krugersdorp News and Roodepoort Record. He has also worked for larger environmental consulting companies (Zitholele Consulting, PDNA, BKS) and waste management companies (EnviroServ and Enviro-Fill), successfully managing large multi-disciplinary projects. Moudy intends to launch an environmental newspaper in the near future.
Sue is an independent copy editor, document specialist and virtual assistant, with more than 35 years’ experience in document layout, copy editing and proofreading of written documents (agricultural publications, environmental reports, company contracts, educational training manuals, journal articles, doctoral dissertations).
After 20 years’ working with an environment scientist, Sue made the scary yet exhilarating decision to broaden her horizons and work independently for a more diverse client base. Three years later, and the beautiful town of George beckoned … now her home and workplace!
Sue is a member of the Professional Editors’ Guild, the South Africa Freelancer’s Association (SAFREA), Agricultural Writers SA (North) and the International Association for Public Participation.