Charlene (Truter) Lackay has worked in the media and creative industry for fifteen years, including for the South African public broadcaster, followed by five years in communications and corporate social investment.
She holds a Masters in Journalism from the University of Stellenbosch and believes her firm grounding in media and communication has enabled her to tell the story of corporate social investment more effectively. She enjoys building integrative social investment projects where multiple stakeholders make up teams that are driven and flexible. She is currently the group CSI manager for Momentum Metropolitan and keeps her media interest alive by being an on-air presenter for Afrikaans SABC Channel RSG and news anchor for eXtra’s Nuusdag Om8.
Gill Bates’ thirty year career has been dedicated to social development. She has managed trusts and foundations of companies listed on the JSE, primarily in the financial services sector. Prior to this, Gill practiced clinical social work. With experience both in the corporate and non-profit sectors, Gill understands the pivotal role CAFSA plays as an intermediary in its work to support a strong civil society in our young democracy. Gill holds a BA in Social Work and Psychology, an Honours Degree in Education Social Work and a Masters Degree in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Noxolo Hlongwane, Head of Philanthropy - Nedbank Private Wealth
Samson Nkosi has had a varied social investment and community development career spanning the corporate, public and non-profit sectors. He emerged from ‘grassroots’ work with communities before joining loveLife where he conducted youth development programmes and later managed a youth centre at Goedehoop Colliery. Samson commenced his career in social investment at Tshikululu Social investments in 2006 as a Corporate Social Investment Practitioner and joined Absa Bank in 2008 to head up corporate social investment in Mpumalanga. He is currently a Senior Development Officer at Tshwane University of Technology. Nkosi holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies (Wits University) and an Advanced Diploma in Business Project Management(UCT), amongst others.
Dawn Green is editor for Innovation & Technology here at Corporate Social Responsibility News South Africa. She has twenty years of editing and writing experience in academic and corporate sectors and is fully invested in social development and decolonised practice. She is committed to the use of plain and sensitive English language and recognizes the multiple and changing identities that people claim. She loves research and exploring the many ways we can improve our practice to improve the lives of others.
Simphiwe Mtetwa is the Managing Director and Editor-In-Chief for Corporate Social Responsibility News South Africa. He grew up with his late grandmother, who ran an NGO. As a high schooler, he took typing, mostly to escape more demanding subjects, but soon found himself using the skill to type up his grandmother’s funding proposals. The 13 year old boy, while typing for his grandmother, naturally acquired a wealth of knowledge on the challenges of NGOs.
After school he applied to an agency for a job; as fortune would have it, he was placed in an agency managing Eskom's CSI portfolio - he was the lead coordinator for Eskom's CSI programmes, having moved from requesting funding to granting funding. His experiences enabled him to understand development from both the NGO’s and the funder’s perspective.
Noticing the many gaps between funders and NGOs, he eventually broke away to form Corporate Social Responsibility News South Africa (CSRNEWSSA). As a challenger and ideas person, he now heads a team dedicated to improving the practice of CSI in South Africa through events, publications and projects. He is a disruptor, writing challenging and sometimes radical pieces that get CSI managers and boardrooms talking.
His mission is to help corporates and NGOs to ‘do’ CSI in a way that makes better sense.
Reana Rossouw is a Corporate Social Responsibility News South Africa Industry Contributor and a management consultant who works with social and impact investors to develop strategies for enhanced impact and return on investment. She has assisted numerous corporate social investors moving from traditional grantmaking to impact investing. Her particular expertise in impact management and measurement has ensured a successful transition to a new environment for her clients that has led to increased opportunities to create shared value for all stakeholders.