Bukelwa Makasi, Office Administrator
Bukelwa grew up in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape and has a Diploma in Commercial Administration from PE Technikon (DipComAdmin). As the PSAM office administrator she interfaces daily with the public, answering or redirecting queries and ensuring the smooth running of the organisation. Bukelwa deals with day-to-day financial and administrative tasks.
Gertrude Mugizi, Head: Regional Learning Programme (RLP)
Gertrude was born in Tanzania and grew up in several African countries. She holds an MSc in Public Policy and Management from the University of London. She held several positions in the private sector, development agencies and research institutions before she was hired by a loose coalition of NGOs interested in policy advocacy to set up and coordinate what eventually became Policy Forum Tanzania. She held a chief executive position there for five and a half years after which she joined the PSAM.
Zukiswa Kota, Head: Monitoring and Advocacy Programme (MAP)
Zukiswa joined the Public Service Accountability Monitor as a researcher and has since amassed vast experience within the social accountability sector. An Environmental Science graduate, she is currently the Lead Coordinator of Imali Yethu, a civil society coalition working with the National Treasury to develop South Africa’s first online portal for provincial and national budget data, vulekamali. Zukiswa serves on the Board of Trustees of the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) and on the Reference Group of the Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN). Zukiswa is passionate about promoting social and environmental justice and contributing to transformative open governance in Africa.
Esteri Msindo, Human Settlements Researcher
Esteri is from Zimbabwe and she joined PSAM in April 2017. She did both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Rhodes University and is currently a doctoral student in the sociology department. Her passion is to see socio-economic rights being realised by the less advantaged members of the community.
Nicholas Scarr, Environmental Researcher
Nicholas holds a post-graduate degree in coastal and marine science. For a decade he was involved in coastal research and extra-mural environmental conservation. In 1996 he was recruited by Eastern Cape Environmental Affairs, where he served as an environmental and coastal manager until 2008. His appointment to PSAM in 2012 is synonymous with the organization’s entry into environmental governance monitoring and advocacy.
Tlamelo M Mothudi, Health Researcher
Tlamelo was born in Botswana but grew up in South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Law from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, a Bachelor of Laws from Rhodes University and is currently a Masters student in International Law at the University of Cape Town. She was appointed to join PSAM in 2018, has a background in Public interest Law and is passionate about Public Law and Human Rights.
Lindelwa Nxele,Programme Officer AIP
Lindelwa grew up in Durban. She holds a masters degree in Social Anthropology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She is currently an Anthropology PhD candidate, focusing on human rights and wellbeing. She has extensive experience in research, project and knowledge management. Her research and advocacy interests include organisational culture wellbeing, personal and spiritual wellbeing, human rights and social development. She’s a member of the Anthropology Southern Africa Association (ASnA).
Jay Kruuse, Director
Jay was born in the Eastern Cape and studied law at Rhodes University before being admitted as an attorney in 2003. He initially worked in private practice before joining PSAM in 2005 where he evaluated a joint anti-corruption initiative and a commission of inquiry into public sector maladministration. He headed-up PSAM’s research and monitoring activities since January 2007. In April 2013 he was appointed as PSAM Director. He is particularly interested in socio-economic rights, public interest litigation, and accountability issues.
Mary Fike, Finance Officer
Mary moved to Grahamstown with her parents in the 1960s and loves living in the Eastern Cape, which she feels is South Africa’s best kept secret. She has personally witnessed the many changes in the Grahamstown political landscape during the past fifty plus years. Mary holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (B.Compt) degree from UNISA. She was delighted to have joined the PSAM in April 2015 as their accounting officer, in a part-time capacity. Mary has vast experience in the managing grant funding, having spent the last nine years prior to joining the PSAM as an accountant in the Rhodes University finance division. She headed up the research finance section, which is tasked with the financial management of the university’s grant and project funding. During her time there, she passionately promoted a culture of transparency and accountability in the governance of donor funding.
Luyanda Shilangu, Training Coordinator (RLP)
Luyanda grew up in Driekoppies, Mpumalanga. He holds a Bachelor of Administration in Local Government and Bachelor of Administration Honours in Public Administration from the University of Limpopo. He joined PSAM in June, 2019 with experience in coordinating and administering capacity building programmes. Luyanda is passionate about good governance and the achievement of social and economic development.
Clayton is a Zimbabwean national and holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. He also holds a Masters in International Relations and a Bachelor’s Degree in (Public) Administration (both from the University of Zimbabwe), alongside a Diploma in Community Development and a number of Certificates in Public Policy, Governance, International Trade, Regional Integration and International Development. Before joining PSAM, Clayton was a Research Fellow in International Relations (within the UKZN School of Social Sciences) and Lecturer (within the UKZN School of Management, IT and Governance). He also worked as a Research Fellow at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Prior to that, Clayton worked in the Ministry of Regional Integration and International Cooperation in Zimbabwe, and also held non-residential appointments as an Associate Researcher at the SARDC and Lecturer in Public Administration and Local Government Management at Speciss College in Harare. Clayton’s work interests include approaching issues of governance from different perspectives (research, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation).
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons) in Political Science and an MA in Social Science. Rachel has work experience in community mobilization, community monitoring of health service delivery and evidence based policy advocacy. Her research interests include gender, governance and accountability. She previously worked for PSAM as a Senior Programme Officer from mid- 2013 to December 2019 before relocating to her country of birth, Zimbabwe where she currently provides a range of consultancy support to CSOs.
Khazike grew up in Lusaka, Zambia. He attained a Bachelor of Development Studies Degree at the Zambia Catholic University and is currently completing his Masters in Development Studies at the University of Lusaka. He has work experience in advocacy for sustainable livelihoods, accountable governance and pro-poor policy reform. Khazike is passionate about civic engagement, community empowerment, gender equity as well as promoting social and economic equality. Khazike was PSAM’s Programme Officer for Zambia from mid-2017 until early 2019 before he returned to Lusaka where he now provides consultancy support.