Amina Mwaikambo is a Psychosocial Trauma Professional at the CSVR Trauma Clinic. She holds a Master's degree in Community-based Counselling Psychology and is pursuing a PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her areas of focus include working with survivors of violence-related trauma, continuous- and post-traumatic stress, and mood- and personality-related impairments. She has a particular interest in research around the intersections of inequality, identity and violence, and is an enthusiast for raising awareness of mental health services and promoting psychosocial wellbeing.
Aneesa Hassan is a Senior Administrator within the Operations Department. She provides administrative and logistical support to the projects and programmes in the organisation.
Boikanyo Moloto is an Industrial Sociologist/Researcher who holds an MA Industrial Sociology (Cum Laude) degree from the University of Johannesburg. Her academic interests range from gender studies, urban sociology and violence and conflict to strengthening legislatures and capacity building through evidence use, labour law and the lived experiences of workers in the South African context, as well as the world at large. Furthermore, she has a keen interest in protests, strikes, collective action and labour movements. Boikanyo was previously affiliated to the Centre for Social Change, based at the University of Johannesburg, and the Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results–Anglophone Africa (CLEAR–AA), based at the University of Witwatersrand. Her goal is to use academia as a catalyst to contribute towards effective, context specific, social change. "I am here to disrupt the status quo!"
Charlotte Motsoari is a qualified and registered social worker with an Honours degree (BSW) in Social Work from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She is currently working as a Mental Health and Psychosocial Practitioner within the clinical programme at CSVR. She provides psychosocial support and therapeutic services to victims of war trauma and torture, SGBV and other gross human rights violations. Part of her work involves advocating for clients' access to social and legal services with the aim of promoting holistic wellbeing. Her professional interests are focused on providing trauma-informed MHPSS to individuals, groups and communities, as well as the integration of contextually relevant MHPSS interventions within processes of rehabilitation from human rights violations. She also has an interest in child and youth trauma-informed interventions that seek to address issues of transgenerational transmission of trauma. In her work at CSVR, she has had the opportunity to provide training, debriefing and supervision support to students and partner organisations on trauma-informed interventions and self-care.
Gaudence Uwizeye is a Mental Health and Psychosocial Practitioner at CSVR, with 20 years' experience. She has been working with refugees and migrants in the mental health sector, providing rehabilitation and redress to those impacted by human rights violations through war, conflict and torture at the individual, family, group and community levels in South Africa and around Africa. She has provided capacity building, debriefing, group interventions, supervision and mentorship to mental health psychosocial support workers and human rights activists. She has also enhanced coalitions among citizens and non-nationals, and facilitated integration among communities. She advocates for the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of marginalised communities.
Gugu Nonjinge is an external communications and advocacy professional with extensive experience in the social policy sector. Her areas of interest are gender justice and climate justice. As an NDP2030 ambassador, her personal work through her foundation is focused on the holistic development of the African girl child and active inclusion of the youth demographic at all levels of governance. She also works to shine a gendered lens on climate change mitigation policies on the African continent. Gugu has been recognised by the British High Commission in South Africa as a woman leading on climate change activism ahead of COP26. She has also received awards such as the Social Cohesion and Civil Society Main Award by the National Youth Development Agency, and recognition as a MaSisulu Woman of Fortitude by the Department of Energy for her work on gender justice.
Gugu Shabalala is a trained social worker and mental health and psychosocial professional with 13 years' experience working in the mental health sector. She has a particular focus on rehabilitation and redress for those affected by human rights violations through war, conflict and torture and their impact on the overall mental wellbeing of individuals, families, groups and communities.
Jacqui Leigh Chowles
Jacqui Leigh Chowles did a Master of Arts in Community-based Counselling Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand and is a qualified and registered counselling psychologist. She is working as a Mental Health and Psychosocial Practitioner within the clinical programme at CSVR, where she has spent the last six years working with trauma and violence, particularly in relation to gross human rights violations. She is currently seconded to The Gambia, where she is providing MHPSS technical support within the transitional justice processes of the country. Her professional interests are centred on working from a trauma-informed MHPSS approach with individuals, groups and communities in the process of reconciliation and healing from these violations as they relate to countries and states that are in transition. Incorporated within this is the importance of utilising contextual and culturally relevant practices in facilitating these processes for those affected by the violence.
Jasmina Brankovic is a transitional justice researcher and practitioner. She is a Senior Researcher with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Transitional Justice. With a focus on participatory methods, she conducts research on inequality and socioeconomic transformation, climate justice, gender in conflict, and civil society strategies for social change in transitional contexts. She is co-author of Violence, Inequality and Transformation: Apartheid Survivors on South Africa's Ongoing Transition (2020) and The Global Climate Regime and Transitional Justice (2018) and co-editor of Advocating Transitional Justice in Africa: The Role of Civil Society (2018).
Prof. Malose Langa is an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in the School of Community and Human Development, Department of Psychology, at the University of Witwatersrand and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Recompilation. His research interests include risk-taking behaviours among the youth and their role in politics, the Community Work Programme, substance abuse and addiction, the trauma of collective violence and the psychology of men (masculinity) in post-apartheid South Africa. He has published book chapters and journal articles on violence and other topics on masculinities. He is the author of "Becoming Men: Black Masculinities in a South African Township" (2020).
Marivic Garcia-Mall is a registered social worker who currently serves as a Senior Psychosocial Trauma Professional with CSVR. In the 23 years that she has worked with CSVR, 17 years were spent with the Trauma Clinic and 6 years with the Community Interventions Team. Her current position involves counselling victims of violence, torture and war in the community setting, running psychosocial wellness workshops with victims of torture, and facilitating workshops with the aim of developing stakeholders' capacities in communities affected by (collective) violence, in working towards, and achieving, healing.
Marivic has worked in the field of refugee mental health since 1983, in various refugee camps in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Tanzania before starting working with CSVR in South Africa in 1998. She has counselled child and adult victims of trauma and violence on an individual, family, couple and group basis. She has trained service providers in the mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS), trauma healing, victim empowerment, community empowerment and healing, and forced migration fields. Marivic has served in assessment missions in Rwanda, Turkey and Jordan that made recommendations towards programme development for MHPSS services with victims of genocide and war. She also trained and supervised refugees as well as professional staff in their roles as counsellors, psychosocial supporters, paraprofessional counsellors and community organisers. She has managed community services projects with UNHCR funding. Marivic holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the University of the Philippines. She was a Master's of Social Work candidate at the same academic institution and holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Forced Migration Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Melissa Hunter has been with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation since 2012. She oversees the human resources, administration, information technologies and risk mitigation functions in the organisation. She also manages projects with high-level administrative requirements.
Modiegi Merafe is a Senior Community Practitioner at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. He has worked mainly with South African ex-combatants, victims of violence and youth at risk. He has collaborated with communities on preventing violence and addressing its consequences, focusing on gender-based violence, state-sponsored violence, youth violence, collective violence and peacebuilding.
Mpfareleni Mabidi holds a BSC in Psychological Counselling from the University of South Africa. She has five years' experience in working with communities and doing psychosocial work through psychosocial wellness trainings, capacity building, facilitating trainings and dialogues, offering emotional support and basic counselling to clients. Mpfareleni provides wellness trainings to victims of torture, trauma, war, SGBV and collective violence (xenophobic attacks). She also provides supervision to community psychosocial supporters (volunteers) who work in the community and mobilise community members and form partnerships with other stakeholders within communities. She is currently in capturing, monitoring and analysing data in the M&E team within CSVR. Her interests lie in working with different communities (migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and South African communities) who have experienced extreme violence at different levels: individual, group, community and family.
Nonsikelelo Ncube is the Executive Assistant at the the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Law degree from the University of South Africa and is currently pursuing her postgraduate studies. Her passion lies in gender and human rights work. She is part of the Pillar 5 (Economic Power) working group of the National Strategic Plan on gender-based violence. This pillar seeks to "address the economic vulnerabilities that women face making them more vulnerable to GBV both by partners and the system and to address deeper structural drivers that gives rise to women's social and economic position and required targeted accelerated efforts to transform."
Patience Mazwi is a human resources generalist with nine years' multidisciplinary experience, with an emphasis on recruitment, remuneration and benefits, learning and development, payroll processing, performance management and compliance. Patience provides a wide range of human resource support to the organisation.
Sonto Mbatha has been with the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation since 2007. She is the first point of contact in the organisation, with numerous years' experience providing reception and client services.
Steven Rebello is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, as well as a counselling psychologist based in Johannesburg. Steven's tertiary education journey included completing his MA in research psychology at the University of South Africa and his MA in community-based counselling psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has valued his involvement in a number of research projects, including a baseline assessment of young people's sexual health-related attitudes and behaviours prior to the establishment of a youth centre in Kwanobuhle (Eastern Cape), as well as his recent involvement in working with Community Work Programme participants to conceptualise, implement and revise violence prevention initiatives through their work.
Steven's key research interests include youth economic inclusion, participatory action research and the pathways between experiences of inequality (relative deprivation) and violence. Three of his key research products have included CSVR's integrated model for working with communities (2017), a case study of the support and services provided to the people of Marikana between 2012 and 2014 (2019) and CSVR's guidelines for clinical work with migrant African families affected by complex and continuous traumas (2020).
Sumaiya Mohamed is a Mental Health and Psychosocial Practitioner at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. She holds a Master's degree in Community Based Counselling Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Sumaiya has 13 years' experience working in the field of mental health and trauma. She provides psychotherapeutic services to trauma and torture survivors (individuals, groups and families) as well as mental health and psychosocial support workshops in communities nationally and regionally. She provides supervision support to mental health practitioners who provide trauma counselling. An advocate for mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, her research interests include exploring the systematic impact of trauma and understanding expressions of mental health and rehabilitation in relation to social contexts.
Tsamme Mmammone Mfundisi is a Community Practitioner at CSVR. She has a diploma in Community Development and Leadership from the University of Johannesburg and completed the short course on Project Management through UNISA. She works on issues of sexual and gender-based violence and advocating for a better system in that regard, and has also being part of the Gender Focal Points at CSVR. She has 13 years' experience in the community development field and working closely with different community stakeholders and networks in South Africa, as well as the region, particularly Zimbabwe. Tsamme is currently working in the Marikana Wonderkop community in North West Province, South Africa. Above all, in her work with CSVR, she has had the opportunity to provide training, debriefing and supervision support to community partners and organisations on trauma-informed interventions and self-care. She has also presented at different symposia and conferences, including the PSYSSA conference.
Zamokuhle Lekwape joined the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in 2018. She is a Senior Administrator with over five years' experience in administration, events management and customer care. She provides administrative and logistical support to projects and programmes in the organisation.