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Pro Bono Work

Although I've recently scaled back on pro bono work, I've devoted a lot of time to it in the past, especially over the past 20 years. 

Joburg Advocacy Group


As far as community-based projects are concerned, I founded the Joburg Advocacy Group in 2009 and ran it for four years. The group, which was voluntary and self-funded, advocated for best-practice governance, social justice and environmental protection in the City of Joburg. Our work focused on such issues as the Joburg billing crisis, financial management in the city, acid mine drainage, service delivery, resident/voter rights and water pollution.

The group was disbanded at the end of 2012 as the volume of voluntary work had become too great for the members to manage in addition to their own work and personal commitments.

In 2010, I also founded and acted as project manager for a fixed-term project called the Kensington Community Work Programme, which was run in association with the Expanded Public Works Programme in the run-up to and during the 2010 World Cup. The project provided part-time work for 80 unemployed people, and was aimed at upgrading public spaces in the Johannesburg suburb of Kensington, a hub for a number of World Cup activities.

Animal Protection


In animal protection, I've served on the board of the Johannesburg SPCA, the largest of the SPCAs countrywide, and have done some pro bono work for Friends of the Cat.

I'm also a member of an ad hoc group of activists called Marine Life Defenders, which works for the protection of marine life. As a group, we focus especially on marine mammals, birds and large cartilaginous species, such as sharks and rays, currently being held in captivity in marine parks.

Greenpeace and Avaaz


In a similar vein, I'm a member of and cyberactivist for Greenpeace, and a volunteer and cyberactivist for Avaaz.org, a global web-based movement with "the simple democratic mission of closing the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want". 

Mentoring


In the professional arena, I've been actively involved in mentoring black and female candidates in both businesess and non-profit organisations for many years. I do this on an individual basis, either on request or having personally identified a candidate for mentorship during the course of my own work.

The process is on-going, and covers both formal and informal issues. The objective is to assist the candidate not only with skills development, but also with insight into situational analysis, interpersonal communication, conflict management and career planning.

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