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


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

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, Strategy and Partnerships

Nosipho is an urbanist with extensive experience in strategy development and implementation. Her focus is program development and evaluation across different sectors, including the built environment, finance, social services and economics in public, private and non-profit industries.

Nosipho Hlatshwayo

Executive Manager: Programmes

Programmes Team


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 & Resilient 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

Rebecca is a qualified Project Manager & Business Analyst holding vast experience in Project Management having, implemented a number of Strategic Projects and Programmes at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and previously at Dimension Data.

Rebecca Gatangí

Programme Manager: Innovation

Nicolette focuses on the lack of spatial transformation, exclusion from opportunities, informal settlements, inadequate transport, youth and vulnerable groups’ lack of participation in shaping cities.

Nicolette Pingo

Programme Manager: Inclusive Cities

Kgomotso places emphasis on rethinking urban economies, with efforts towards job creation and skills development as well as creating an enabling environment for vibrant and resilient informal and township economies.

Kgomotso Tolamo

Programme Manager: Productive 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

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: Programmes

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.

Siwe Ntombela

Researcher: Programmes

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

Project Manager: Innovation

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

Project Manager: Programmes

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

Junior Researcher: Programmes

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

IT Specialist

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

Fleshia Mokwana

Administration Officer

Governance, Strategy & Partnerships


Pholisa is an experienced professional in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and program development. She is passionate about development in Africa and believes that each of us have an obligation to contribute to the creation of a prosperous Africa.

Pholisa Magqibelo

Manager: Stakeholder Relations

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

Lebogang Lechuba

Manager: Marketing and Communications

Lwazi is responsible for driving the research agenda of SACN while keeping the focus of the organization and its member cities on the shifts in the complex policy landscape as it affects the business of local government. He brings a vast set of skills and experience in urban planning, international relations, local economic development, stakeholder relations and applied research.

Lwazi Sikiti

Programme Manager: Policy, Research & Advocacy

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

Multimedia and Communications Specialist