Our Team

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Sithole Mbanga

Sithole Mbanga is Chief Executive Officer of South African Cities Network and has been with the organisation since 2002. He was previously the Local Government Coordinator at the National Business Initiative (NBI), was involved with conducting capacity building training in Municipal Service Partnerships (MSP), and participated in the development and improvisation of DPLG’s national policy on Integrated Development Planning (IDP).

Stacey-Leigh Joseph

Stacey-Leigh Joseph is the Executive Director: Programmes at the South African Cities Network. Prior to this she was responsible for managing Governance and Communications and the built environment programme which covered the areas of land and spatial planning, mobility and human settlements development. Her specific research focus areas over the past decade has been on issues related to land, human settlements planning and urban development aimed at transforming cities to be more inclusive and sustainable.

Yolisa Dambuza

Yolisa Dambuza is the Executive Manager: Finance and Corporate Services. She joined the organisation in July 2012 and is responsible for the Finance and Operations portfolio. Her work focuses on financial reporting and compliance, risk management and establishing guidelines for budget and forecast preparation and preparation of the annual budget. She is also responsible for ensuring that organisation’s Human Resources, IT infrastructure and Legal needs are met.

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Luncedo Njezula

Luncedo Njezula is the Executive Manager for Governance and Communications. 

Geoffrey Bickford

Geoffrey Bickford is a researcher at the South African Cities Network, managing the public transport and municipal finance research portfolios. Having previously worked as a transport planner at ARUP a global built environment consulting firm, he has a particularly strong appreciation of overarching transport challenges facing urban areas. At the core of his current research interests is the nexus between land use planning; property economics and development; municipal finance and transport systems.

Khumo Sello

Khumo Sello is a governance researcher at the South African Cities Network. She is responsible for providing support for effective and compliant governance structures to the Chief Executive Officer of the SACN to make sure that the mandate and business plan of the SACN is met. She also responsible for providing research support to the Chief Executive Officer of the SACN. She holds a Bsc Honours in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Witwatersrand.

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Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina

Dr. Geci Karuri-Sebina is an Associate of  the South African Cities Network. Her work focuses on city governance, policy, and planning. Geci has two decades’ experience working and publishing in the fields of urban development, innovation and foresight. Her most recent publication is the book Innovation Africa (Emerald Books, 2016).

Lebohang Mabala

Lebohang Mabala currently provides a support role in the South African Cities Network’s finance office and has been with the organisation for two years. He holds a BCom Accounting Sciences Degree and has completed South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) articles from the big five audit firms.

Liteboho Makhele

Liteboho Makhele is a Programme Manager at the South African Cities Network. Her research is focused on city transitions to sustainable urban development. She has 16 years' experience in the built environment working in both the public and private sectors with interests in applied research, sustainability, governance and urban development.

Sadhna Bhana

Sadhna Bhana coordinates programmes at South African Cities Network by providing support and assists in the conceptualisation, implementation of all SACN programme activities.

Siphelele Ngobese

Siphelele Ngobese is a Researcher in the Urban Safety Programme at SA Cities Network. She has special interest the interface between urban informality and the world class aspirations of post-colonial African cities

Fleshia Mokwana

Fleshia Mokwana is the Administration Officer at the South African Cities Network. She has been with the organisation for over a year.


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Danga K. Mughogho

Danga Mughogho is the Programmes Manager: Well Governed Cities at the South African Cities Network, focusing on the management of municipal finances, developing human capacity in the public sector and the participation of vulnerable communities in municipal governance. Danga has over twenty years of work experience in both the private and the public sector, and most recently as an independent consultant in democratic governance.

Shaun Watson

Shaun Watson is the Communications Assistant at the South African Cities Network, his core focus is driving the communication across all of SACN's social media platforms and website. Shaun has a background in digital communications and design. He has worked in Corporate Reputation Management prior to joining SACN.