Our Council & Board


Xola has been instrumental in leading ongoing substantive change and institutional
transformation in Buffalo City through effective leadership and the provision of guidance to municipal officials. He has held numerous leadership roles in various fields.

Cllr. Xola Pakati

SACN Council Chairperson

Yolisa has extensive knowledge in the government sector and in public and transport policy, and has wide-ranging experience in integrated transport planning, managing stakeholders and planning and implementing complex and multi-disciplinary capital projects.

Yolisa Kani

SACN Board Chairperson

Ashraf has held senior positions at the South African Local Government Association, the Drakenstein Municipality, the Department of Public Works, the Municipal Demarcation Board, the South African Planning Institute and the Commonwealth Association of Planners.

Ashraf Adam

Board Member

At afesis-corplan, Nontando deals with matters of local governance and urban settlements, and previously worked with the Urban Services Group and the Academy of Science of South Africa. She has held numerous leadership roles.

Nontando Ngamlana

Board Member

Modjadji is well-versed in matters of development and planning, cooperative governance and traditional affairs and led the teams that finalised both the Integrated Urban Development Framework (IUDF) and the IUDF implementation.

Dr. Modjadji Malahlela

Board Member

Executive Committee


Sithole has been with South African Cities Network since 2002 and is arguably one of South Africa’s most knowledgeable people regarding the journey that our current system of local government has travelled, and particularly the evolution of our municipalities.

Sithole Mbanga

CEO: South African Cities Network (SACN)

Yolisa focuses on financial reporting and compliance, risk management, establishing guidelines for budget and forecast preparation, preparation of annual budgets and ensuring that South African Cities Network’s HR, IT infrastructure and legal needs are met.

Yolisa Dambuza

Executive Manager: Finance and Corporate Services

Managing integrated research and knowledge sharing in the built environment thematic areas of land, spatial planning, human settlements and transport. He previously managed the municipal finance research portfolio. He holds a masters degree in transport studies and a BSc in urban and regional planning and recently completed social entrepreneurship programme.


Geoffrey Bickford

Executive Manager: Programmes

Luncedo has extensive experience in local government, municipal entities and non-profit organisations and has expertise in organisational planning and strategy, corporate governance, communications, stakeholder engagement and partnerships.

Luncedo Njezula

Executive Manager: Governance and Communications

Programmes Team


Nomfundo focuses on strengthening urban economies, job creation and infrastructure investment through spatial transformation, expanding economic participation and improving local economic governance.

Nomfundo Faith Dlamini

Programme Manager: Productive Cities

Danga focuses on the management of municipal finances, the development of human capacity in the public sector and the participation of vulnerable communities in municipal governance.

Danga Mughogho

Programme Manager: Well-Governed Cities

Liteboho focuses on the acceleration of sustainability transitions in cities with emphasis of the institutional shifts and governance approaches required for climate resilience, water security, energy diversification and integrated waste management.

Liteboho Makhele

Programme Manager: Sustainable Cities

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

Sadhna Bhana

Programmes Coordinator

Jonathan is an urban development professional with experience in planning, data and design and exchanges best practices and research pertaining to urban data and smart cities to South Africa’s largest cities and municipalities.

Jonathan Wilson

Urban Data Project Manager

Siphelele is a researcher in the Urban Safety Programme at South African Cities Network and has a special interest in the interface between urban informality and the world-class aspirations of post-colonial Africa.

Siphelele Ngobese

Researcher: Inclusion and Well-Being

Siphelelisiwe is a researcher in the Built Environment Programme at South African Cities Network. Her interest in the urban agenda lies in the ability for community voice to be activated to fundamentally drive co-created spaces.

Siphelelisiwe Ntombela

Researcher: Built Environment

Monique has a particular research interest in ethics-, justice- and rights-based approaches to urban development and is currently contributing to developing and delivering the State of Cities 2021 programme of work.

Monique Damons

Researcher: State of Cities (SOC)

Kayla works as a project manager at South African Cities Network, conducting research into the issues and dynamics affecting municipalities and their goals of achieving built environment integration.

Kayla Hanna Brown

Built Environment Project Manager

Tlholohelo works as a research intern in the Sustainable Cities Programme, providing research, stakeholder engagement and programme coordination support for the programme.

Tlholohelo Mokgere

Research Intern: Sustainable Cities

Kopano is an intern in the Productive Cities Programme. His research interests as they relate to development span the areas of urban access and informality, urban politics and governance, migration and gender studies, among others.

Kopano Ntsoane

Research Intern: Productive Cities

Finance & Corporate Services


Jean has worked predominantly in the accounting firm/auditing firm environment and joined South African Cities Network in April 2019.

Jean Chang


A qualified CA with 9 years of experience and expertise in accounting and auditing ranging from compilation of financial statements to consolidations and corporate governance compliance.

Sophia Hajee

Financial Accountant

Makhosazane is the Office Manager at South African Cities Network, providing support to the Chief Executive Officer and Corporate Services.

Makhosazane Nxumalo

Office Manager

Clement’s passion is to provide easy-to-understand IT solutions that result in efficient systems and improve business productivity. He provides leadership and technical expertise across the entire technology spectrum.

Clement Mhlekwa

Consultant: IT Manager

Fleshia is the administration officer at South African Cities Network and has been with organisation for over a year.

Fleshia Mokwana

Administration Officer

Governance & Communications


With a background in digital communications and design, Shaun’s core focus is driving the internal and external communications of South African Cities Network across all digital platforms.

Shaun Watson


With over 10 years of experience in Consulting and Managerial roles in both the private and public sectors, Pelisa is responsible for managing strategic planning processes. 

Pelisa Manqoyi

Senior Manager: Strategy, Governance and Reporting

Makungu Baloyi is responsible for the implementation of the IUDF communication strategic plan and stakeholder engagement.


Makungu baloyi

IUDF Communications

Lebogang is a Communications Specialist with Built Environment experience in the public and private sector. She is responsible for South African Cities Network’s marketing, communications and stakeholder relations.


Lebogang Lechuba

Marketing and Communications Specialist