Anne has for close on 30 years been involved in urban management and development forums in many Johannesburg precincts, but also across South Africa. Her list of directorships includes the International Downtown Association (USA), and the Central Johannesburg Partnership (later the JICP). She has been an adviser to National Treasury and local government bodies. “I have a long history of managing evolving businesses, tight budgets and working with boards, ensuring good governance while allowing for creative thinking and for differing ideas and viewpoints to be aired and explored.” She believes in encouraging “active citizenry” in precincts and cities, where communities should strive for sustainable structures and partnerships. Her passion for Joburg is tangible – she wishes the city to be “a world leader in inclusive community and economic development – a city that is the envy of others!”
With a BCom degree in marketing and business management, and a post-graduate certificate in marketing management, Bernard is ably qualified to be an executive at the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, and a director at JICP. He is also experienced in public/private partnership management and youth empowerment, valuable skills at Harambee, where the NPO partners with business, government and other social enterprises to equip and channel youth into jobs and other income earning opportunities. He says his passion is “shifting the labour market in order to accelerate the transition of excluded, unemployed youth into income earning opportunities in the Johannesburg inner city“. He is driven in particular by “helping and inspiring others to realise their ambitions and goals!”
Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
With extensive experience in management and human resources management as well as experience at a strategic/design and operational/implementation level, Sylvester believes Joburg is “the mecca of Africa”. He has worked in the youth development space with a focus on taking unemployed youth from “learning to earning”. He brings his experience as an entrepreneur with his network of public and private sector leaders to the JICP. He is driven by the need to change the status quo, coming out of his concern to lift South Africans out of poverty. “The revitalisation of Joburg carries enormous hope for the economic upliftment of the province and the country as a whole.” He believes that Joburg needs to be re-positioned as a viable investment destination, the benefits of which will be felt particularly in getting the youth into employment. Sylvester has an MBA degree and is currently studying towards a PhD in Leadership.
Chris has a background in human resources, finance, administration and strategic planning, but his overriding passion is for the homeless, where he has served in various capacities for their betterment for the past 25 years. He admits to having had a passion for Joburg for the same number of years. His other passion is housing – he is the director and company secretary of the Madulammoho Housing Association, which has grown its housing units from 67 to 2 100 over the past 13 years. His desire is to see the city’s poorer citizens decently housed, and to that end he is in the process of establishing the Johannesburg Homeless Network. The network strives to connect citizen volunteers, non-governmental and faith-based organisations, researchers, and government departments, in an effort to raise awareness and support to the homeless. Besides raising funding, it aims to help develop new facilities, and initiate new projects on a neighbourhood basis, getting communities to help solve the homeless problem. “At heart I am a social justice guy.”
Etienne has extensive experience in the retail and risk control sectors, and is currently executive head of Group Real Estate Services for Africa, in addition to being head of Global Security Risk Management, managing jurisdictions within Africa, Asia and Europe. He is also a member of several international risk bodies. He feels with this background he makes a meaningful contribution to the strategic direction of the JICP. He is passionate about Joburg, describing it as “a special and unique place”, where he enjoys seeing how the rejuvenation of the city is happening with the combined initiatives taking place. He is driven by seeing how communities and stakeholders can make a difference in people’s lives. “The collaborative effort is nothing short of amazing.”
South African Council of Churches
Hermy has spent the better part of his working career as a Christian minister with the Charismatic sector of the broader Christian community. Having started his journey into ministry, working amongst the homeless of Rosebank, he eventually entered fulltime ministry, after completion of his ministerial training at Rhema Bible Church, Randburg and served as their resident Pastor for the Inner City for 11 years. Following on his tenure at Rhema, he was seconded by his denomination, IFCC, to be their ecumenical liaison officer to the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and other ecumenical bodies nationally. Having served as the Vice-president of the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa (TEASA) for one term, he continues to serve as an executive member of the Alliance in addition to his role as Chairman of the National Chaplaincy board for the Defence force, Police and Correctional services, as well as his executive responsibility at the newly established, professional body for Christian Ministers, the ACRP. His passion for the inner city stems from his years in the pastorate there and his ongoing involvement with the Church community in the city. Hermy has a dream to see the city harnessing its full potential as the economic powerhouse in Africa.
Ishmael Mkhabela (Chairperson)
A former school teacher and now chairperson of the JICP, Ish is the deputy president of the SA Institute of Race Relations, and chairperson of the Steve Biko Foundation. He brings his experience and knowledge of company and government law and best practices to the JICP. He serves on many boards of trusts and companies, and is a founder and former president of Azapo and the Witwatersrand Network for the Homeless. He is the recipient of several awards, in particular from the Johannesburg Development Agency for his contribution and commitment to the Joburg inner city. A Joburger by birth, he says simply: “I love Johannesburg! It remains a city of opportunities and big dreams.” He is passionate about working with communities to create sustainable solutions that change people’s lives, as well as promoting the city’s social and economic fortunes. “I would like to continuously promote, to the best of my ability, a functional and dynamic city that embraces and values the social, historical, intellectual, technical and economic capital and diversity of its people.”
Dr Michael Magondo
With extensive experience in people, strategy and organisational management in JSE-listed companies, multinational corporates and small start-ups, Michael set up the Wouldn’t It Be Cool entrepreneurial training hub with his wife in 2013. He calls it his “community impact project”. WIBC has trained 480 entrepreneurs over the past five years. “I have started and run my own businesses across multiple industries so I know what it takes to be successful as an entrepreneur.” With qualifications from Unisa and GIBS in strategy formulation, he believes that entrepreneurship is a vital skill to give to young people to transform their lives. “I have passion for young people who are willing to work hard to succeed in entrepreneurship.” He feels that the future of the economy is in its ability to change and develop. “Innovation and disruption of the status quo is what drives me.”
Nano has a BA in Social Science, a Higher Diploma in Development Planning, an MSc in Development Studies, and certificates in Project Management and Property Development. This makes him more than qualified to be a director of the JICP. He is a founder member of property development company TUHF, which has taken its loan book from R10-million in 2003, to R2,7-million in 2014/15. He oversaw the expansion of the company in Durban and Port Elizabeth. He has managed portfolios, established and maintained partnerships with the municipalities of Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Ekurhuleni and Mogale City. This includes growing over 55 new black entrepreneurs. He brings his inner city knowledge of 15 years to the JICP, and loves the “resilience and energy” of the people of Joburg. His particular passion is “regeneration, and the need to make a difference and contribute towards making the inner city a better place to stay, work and play”.
Nic has a cross section of skills over 25 years which include working in small businesses, his own ventures, and in large corporates. Since 2012 he has been CEO at Jozi Housing, which owns and manages over 3 000 inner city residential units and 20 000m² of retail and commercial space. Here he has found his passion: inner city rejuvenation and affordable housing, and to see “bad buildings refurbished and brought back to life – the homes it provides, the people it employs, the taxes it pays, the communities that develop”. And what is even more fulfilling for him is to see precincts and neighbourhoods being created. “It’s good to be part of addressing a national need, to be genuinely striving to provide a good service and constantly improving the environment, to build the communities – this is a worthy thing to be doing.”
Nickey Janse Van Rensburg
Renney is a Chartered Accountant who has for over 20 years been a driver of inner city investment, community development, and rejuvenation. He is a founder member of Afhco, which has, since 1996, developed 6 200 affordable rental units in the inner city. He believes that Joburg is a “diverse and vibrant city”, which offers its people “the immense opportunity for growth and development”. He is confident that it is possible “to address the challenges of poverty, entrepreneurship, education, community, social upliftment, housing and health” in the city. He believes fervently that this can be done with “honesty, passion and leadership”. With a string of city awards, Renney is driven to care about others, otherwise, “what are you on this earth?”
University of Johannesburg
With a BA in psychology, a master’s diploma in human resource management, and an MBA, Rudy is at present Senior Manager: Government and Stakeholder Relations at the University of Johannesburg. This role includes development, fundraising and community engagement. He has 24 years’ experience in student affairs, recruitment and development at UJ, as well as lecturing experience at Unisa. His particular passion is universities and development – his PhD thesis is entitled The role of universities in regional economic development. This is especially important as he is based in Johannesburg, the economic hub of South Africa. As to what drives him in particular, Rudy says: “The success of regions globally.”