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Executive Members

Please see below the national executive members of MDF.


    Phindile is a researcher at the Multi-level Government Initiative of the Community Law Centre (UWC). He holds LLB and LLM degrees from the University of the Western Cape and is currently pursuing LLD studies in the same University. His area of interest is professionalisation of local government, aimed at addressing the capacity deficit at the local sphere of government. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in Federalism, Decentralisation and Diversity from Fribourge University (Switzerland). Phindile has worked for chapter 9 institutions as well as the public service.
    As the Chairperson, Phindile is the leader of the organisation and has a legal duty of ensuring orderly and correctly conducted meetings. He also takes the chair at meetings of the Forum and is responsible for good meeting procedure. He is sometimes also the Forum's spokesperson and signs all official letters of the forum. He is also a signatory on all financial matters of the Forum.


    Tembela is a Geography educator at Sosebenza Senior Secondary School in Mhlanga under the Lady Frere education district. She started working as an educator at St Augustines J S S. She has 25 years of teaching experience. She holds a Secondary Teacher's Diploma from Lumko college of Education; Bachelor's degree in education from UNISA; BED honours in education from university of Pretoria.
    Her duties as Deputy Chairperson entail helping the Chairperson in steering the Forum. Essentially, she and the Chairperson must have a good working relationship and understand their roles to ensure that duplication or confused direction does not occur. As the Deputy Chairperson, therefore, she assists the chairperson and fills in when he is unavailable. The role of chairperson is a large and responsible one and there are many aspects of this work which can and should be shared with other committee members. Thus the role of deputy chairperson is largely the same as has been described for chairperson.


    Thozama Ntliziywana is a Quantity Surveyor currently working for PetroSA, he holds a degree in Construction Studies, Honours in Quantity Surveying both from the University of Cape Town and Diploma in Project Management from Varsity College. He has experience in both the Public and Private sector.
    As a Special Projects Officer, his role is to facilitate and initiate infrastructure development through identifying infrastructure requirements within and around Mhlanga Village, ensuring the inclusion of these in the municipal IDP (Local and District), engaging various government entities and private donors.


    Sibongile is a Labour Relations Case Manager at Pick n Pay Retailers (Pty) Ltd. He has held various Store Manager positions in various Pick n Pay supermarkets across the Western Cape with over 15 years of experience in Store Operations Management. He holds a National Diploma in Retail Business Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology & has also completed Executive & Management Development Programmes from the Universities of Johannesburg (UJ) & the University of Pretoria (UP) The Secretary General is the chief administrative officer of the MDF.

    He shall:
    • Keep the minutes of all executive committee meetings as well as other records of the MDF.
    • Conduct the correspondence of the NEC and send out notices of all meetings.
    • Convey the decisions and instructions of the executive meetings and see to it that all portfolios of the MDF carry out their duties properly.
    • Prepare annual reports on the work of the NEC & any such other documents which may, from time to time, be required by the NEC

    Monde Mkethi was born in Mhlanga, Lady Frere. He holds an Assistant Directorship position as - Cluster Accounting Head of Supply Chain Management at the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the West Coast of Cape Town. He has held various positions as Admin Manager for Logistics in various Correctional facilities across the Western Cape, including the infamous Victor Vester Prison that housed former President Mandela until his release in 1990. He has over 15 years experience in Security Operations Management. He has also had a stint at Woolworths as a trainee manager. He holds a National Diploma in Retail Business Management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology where he also served in various student leadership structures including being Supervisor of the Student Housing Council. He has also completed a National Diploma in Supply Chain Management at University of South Africa (UNISA)and he holds a BTech in Total Quality Management at Cape Peninsula University of Technology respectively. His main area of interest is Quality Management on Tender Administration.

    Mandla is an aspiring vibrant journalism & media scholar; a product of the Tshwane University of Technology. He has written for Record Noweto and Journexpress blog. He is currently one of the bloggers for News 24 and is also heading a corporate newsletter for First Assist Management in (JHB). His role as a Media Communications Officer is to:

    • Deal with media inquiries for official response.
    • Write pitches, articles, backgrounders, press releases, key messages, and to also coordinated the social media and blog posts.
    • Manage and monitor reporter hotline, global media relations calendar, media relations processes and press release approvals.
    • Propose ideas pro-actively for media pitches to stimulate media coverage.
    • Manage and supervise media events along with initiatives defining MDF history.
    • Develop and maintain close media relations across other divisions to improve press efforts
    • Support framing and development of main message points for better position prior to media interviews.
    • Perform as media spokesperson as supervised by leadership.

    Xolisa Guzula is a biliteracy teacher and community trainer, researcher, storyteller and young author and translator of children's literature. She is well known advocate and trainer of bilingual isiXhosa- English literacy development, with an emphasis on promoting the joy of reading through a balanced literacy approach. She is one of the founders of the network of community literacy reading clubs emerging across the country. She has worked for The Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development and The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in SA managing both school based teacher support programmes and community reading and writing club programmes. She is currently doing full time doctoral studies at the University of Cape Town.
    She shall:
    Provide and practical programme development in the area of language and literacy maths in education and rural development, with special focus on teacher professional development and building ECD, Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase and Senior phase classrooms

    Nosipho is working as Merchandise Planner at Woolworths. Before this, she held different portfolios in Finance ranging from Creditors, Debtors and Treasury Accountant at the same company. She holds a B.Comm (Accounting) from the University of Western Cape and Post Grad Diploma in Management Practice from University of Cape Town

    As the Treasurer of MDF, she is responsible for:

    • Audit and check on the finances of the forum.
    • Control the day to day finances of the forum.
    • Keep proper records of all finances.
    • Ensure proper procedures are followed when withdrawing funds.
    • Submit financial reports to Director of Non-Profit Organisation when due.
    • Ensure that Forum invest funds with registered financial institutions.