Staff

Psychosocial Trauma Professional

Amina Mwaikambo

Senior Administrator

Aneesa Hassen

Gender Fellow

Athini Magodla

Advocacy Specialist

Bobuin Jr Valery

Legal Officer

Cathy-Ann

MHPSS Practitioner

Charlotte Motsoari

MHPSS Practitioner

Gaudence Uwizeye

Advocacy Specialist

Gugu Nonjinge

Senior Research Specialist

Jasmina Brankovic

Research Fellow

Lesego Sekhu

Gender Assistant

Lindokuhle Malambe

Senior Research Associate

Malose Langa

Office Assistant

Mandisa Tindleni

Senior Community Practitioner

Modiegi Merafe

Gender Officer

Naledi Joyi

Senior Gender Officer

Nonsikelelo Ncube

Advocacy Specialist

Nyaradzo Pariola

Senior Human Resources Officer

Patience Mazwi

Research assistant

Sinqobile Makhathini

Senior Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation (LME) Officer

Stacy Norman-Hector

MHPSS Specialist

Sumaiya Mohamed

Community Practitioner

Tsamme Mfundisi

Community Specialist

Tsholofelo Nakedi

Psychosocial Trauma Professional

Amina Mwaikambo

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.

Senior Administrator

Aneesa Hassen

Aneesa Hassan is a Senior Administrator within the Operations Department. She provides administrative and logistical support to the projects and programmes in the organisation.

Gender Fellow

Athini Magodla

Athini Magodla is a Gender Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and a Gender Studies Master's candidate at the University of Cape. His research interests include Black masculinity, violence, deconstruction and decoloniality, as well as gender mainstreaming and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

Advocacy Specialist

Bobuin Jr Valery

Bobuin Jr Valery is an advocacy specialist. His work spans across influencing policy makers at regional, continental and global level to incorporate of transitional justice tools at the expense of overly militaristic/securitised approaches in the global response to  addressing radicalism and violent extremism. He also  looks to build relationships and develop the capacity of states, regional and continental organisations on exploiting the enormous potential of the African Union Transitional Justice Policy not only for conflicts but also as an effective tool for dealing with governance deficits and developmental challenges.

Before joining CSVR, Bobuin was research assistant to the Chair of the UN Working Group on People of African Descent. He also served in various positions at the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA).

Bobuin possesses two Masters Degrees in Law, and is currently awaiting graduation for a PhD in Constitutional Law from the University of the Free State, South Africa. In 2023 he was appointed joint AU/UN Migration Youth Ambassador to Central Africa, participating in high level discussions globally, while pushing an agenda of transitional justice in migration governance. He has managed projects in the Sahel Region, relating to violent extremism in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, engaging with multiple stakeholders including states, regional bodies, civil society and traditional authorities. He has also been involved in advocacy work in Sudan, Cameroon, Somalia, The Gambia, South Sudan, amongst others. On the issues of transitional justice and constitutionalism, Bobuin has amassed a substantial body of written works. Bobuin has research and advocacy interests in the areas of transitional justice, transformative constitutionalism, constitutional democracy, and the rule of law.

Legal Officer

Cathy-Ann

Cathy-Ann is the Legal Officer in the Advocacy Team at CSVR. She had previously worked at CSVR as a Research Fellow in 2022. She is an admitted attorney and holds an MPhil in Justice and Transformation. Her thesis looked at the capacity of the law to effect transformation in the South African mining industry through the lens of the Nkala class action. Her fields of interest include corporate accountability for human rights violations, corporate social responsibility and policy change, human rights, gender rights, and transitional justice.

MHPSS Practitioner

Charlotte Motsoari

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.

MHPSS Practitioner

Gaudence Uwizeye

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.

Advocacy Specialist

Gugu Nonjinge

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.

Senior Research Specialist

Jasmina Brankovic

Dr. Jasmina Brankovic is the Senior Research Specialist at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. 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. Jasmina 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). She has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Marburg.

Research Fellow

Lesego Sekhu

Lesego Sekhu is a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. She is a Justice and Transformation Honours Graduate from the University of Cape Town. Her research interests include transitional justice with the particular focus in Africa, conflict and violence, conflict resolution, transnational feminism(s), and gender studies.

Gender Assistant

Lindokuhle Malambe

Lindokuhle Malambe is a dynamic young South African professional with a Master's degree in Health Promotion in Psychology. Currently serving as a Gender Assistant at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), she channels her expertise and fervour into advocating for human rights, healthcare, women's empowerment, and peace and security, with a special focus on marginalized communities. Lindokuhle has been instrumental in violence prevention efforts at various levels, from the community to the continental stage, utilizing diverse platforms to share African expertise. Through her research and advocacy work addressing gender-based violence (GBV), she has cultivated networks and partnerships to combat this pervasive issue. Lindokuhle's dedication to addressing societal challenges has garnered recognition, including her participation in the Young African Leadership Initiative Training (YALI), where she collaborates with other young experts from the SADC region. Additionally, she has been recognized for her involvement in the African Youth for Transitional Justice Training and currently part of the Youth Organisation for Research and Advocacy (YORJA), promoting social and sustainable change through research and engaging youth in post-conflict reconstruction and transitional justice endeavours.

Senior Research Associate

Malose Langa

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).

Office Assistant

Mandisa Tindleni

Mandisa Tindleni is the Office Assistant at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation.

Senior Community Practitioner

Modiegi Merafe

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.

Gender Officer

Naledi Joyi

Naledi is a gender officer at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Her work focuses on gender dynamics within communities affected by violence. Her research interests include Gender studies, diversity equity and inclusion, human security, women peace and security, and the effects of hegemonic masculinity in African communities. Naledi is responsible for organisational collaboration, gender mainstreaming, and support for all programs at CSVR. Her responsibilities include participating in developing and implementing CSVR's gender strategy at national, continental, and international levels. Supporting the implementation of the gender strategy through policy making and implementation, capacity building and technical support, and raising public awareness. Contributing to maintaining partnerships and network building/social mobilisation. Providing capacity building for gender mainstreaming at national, continental, and international levels.

Naledi holds a master's degree in Critical Diversity Studies. She holds an Honors in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts double major in Psychology and Media Studies. Before joining the civil society, Naledi worked as a research assistant at Wits Psychology Department, Wits Health Consortium, and the Chicago School of Psychology.

Senior Gender Officer

Nonsikelelo Ncube

Nonsikelelo Ncube is Senior Advocacy Officer at 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."

Advocacy Specialist

Nyaradzo Pariola

Nyaradzo Machingambi-Pariola is an Advocacy Specialist at CSVR. She is a human rights lawyer and a peace and security scholar. She has considerable transitional justice and peacebuilding, conflict and development research experience gained from a Post-Graduate Peace and Security Research Fellowship at Kings College, London and subsequent research consultancies that she has undertaken. She worked as a Research Consultant for The UNHCR Regional Liaison Office for Africa in Addis Ababa, for UN Women, Mozambique and for The ICJ. She has undertaken extensive research on gender justice in post-conflict Africa.

She was the Head of Office for Lawyers for Human Rights, Durban and the Director of the Refugee Rights Project at the UCT Law Clinic. She lectured Administrative Law and Interpretation of Statutes at NMMU. She was an EXCO member of the National Consortium on Refugee Affairs in South Africa and was an Expert Participant at the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Hearings of the Global Commission on International Migration. She has a BA in Sociology, LLB and an LLM in International Human Rights and Refugee Law from UCT. She is a Fellow of the prestigious Tutu Leadership Program run by the African Leadership Institute (AfLI), Oxford University.

Senior Human Resources Officer

Patience Mazwi

Patience is the Senior Human Resources Officer at the Centre for the Study of Violence & Reconciliation. She holds a BCom Honours degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a registered member of the South African Board For People Practices (SABPP). She has ten years multidisciplinary human resources experience with emphasis on recruitment, remuneration and benefits, learning and development, performance management, policy development, compliance and wellness.

Research assistant

Sinqobile Makhathini

Sinqobile Makhathini is a research assistant at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. She has an honours degree in International Relations and Development Studies and is currently pursuing her master's degree in Anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her achievements include being a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow (2020). Her research interests concern urban violence and alternative social orders; gendered nationalisms; and quotidian feminist productions within the African context.

Senior Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation (LME) Officer

Stacy Norman-Hector

Stacy Norman-Hector joined the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in July 2021 as the Senior Learning, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer. Before starting at CSVR, she worked as an M&E specialist at Sonke Gender Justice creating M&E systems for regional and national projects. She developed results-based frameworks for projects and proposals, ensured all data collection tools were aligned to indicators, and collected relevant and valid data related to projects. An experienced project manager, she was also responsible for setting up the cloud-based data management system for the organisation.

Prior to Sonke, Stacy worked as M&E officer at Nacosa on the national gender-based violence programme funded by Global Fund, specifically monitoring the Thuthuzela Care Centre programme, plus the Men Who Have Sex with Men programme. She developed data collection tools and Excel-based reporting systems, provided feedback at national quarterly meetings, and verified data in this position. Stacy has also worked as a fellow for the Foundation of Professional Development funded by PEPFAR/USAID and was hosted at Salesian Mission.

Stacy holds a Bachelor's in Social Science in Psychology and Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town, and an Honours in Psychology and a Master's in Research Psychology from the University of the Western Cape.

MHPSS Specialist

Sumaiya Mohamed

Sumaiya Mohamed is a Mental Health and Psychosocial Specialist 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.

Community Practitioner

Tsamme Mfundisi

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.

Community Specialist

Tsholofelo Nakedi

Tsholofelo Nakedi is the Community Specialist at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, with more than a decade of experience working in communities. She is passionate about working with the grassroots in violence prevention interventions and reconciliation efforts. She works with individuals and groups affected by violence and conflict, including victims and survivors of torture and other forms of trauma, organised violence, youth and school violence, and domestic and gender-based violence, as well as internally displaced people, forced migrants and military veterans. As a human rights and peacebuilding practitioner, a large component of Tsholofelo's daily work is dedicated to understanding the root causes and various manifestations of collective and urban violence and designing interventions to address these within communities. She holds a BA in psychological counselling from Commonwealth Open University. She is also an alumna of the US State Department's International Visitors Leadership Program and of the Norwegian Agency for Exchange Cooperation.

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