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Announcement of resignation and appointment of new members to the OSF SA Board
The Chairperson of the OSF SA Board, Mr. Isaac Shongwe, wishes to take this opportunity to bid farewell to three long serving Board members of OSF SA:
Ms. Nomfundo Walaza, and Advocate Karrisha Pillay.
Zyda, Nomfundo and Karrisha have served as Board members of OSF SA in various capacities, for many years, and their contribution will be missed by the remaining Board members, staff and partners of OSF SA. Four new members have joined the OSF SA Board. As partners and supporters of OSF SA, we are confident that you will join us in welcoming them to the OSF family.
1. The Most Revd Thabo Makgoba, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of
2. Ms. Yasmin Carrim, a lawyer and full time Tribunal Member of the Competition Tribunal of South Africa and Chairperson of
3. Mr. Justice Malala, political commentator and newspaper columnist who presents the weekly political talk show The Justice
4. Ms. Lindiwe Bokoro, a Chartered Accountant, who serves as a non-executive director of various listed companies.
OSF SA is very pleased to confirm that the Board of OSF SA is made up of the following individuals who will work with the new ED
(Ms. Fatima Hassan) and the staff of OSF SA to fulfill its mandate to promote, defend and protect the values of an open society:
1. Mr. Isaac Shongwe (Chairperson) 2. Dr Nomsa Masuku 3. Justice Catherine O’Regan
4. Prof. Edgar Pieterse 5. The Archbishop of Cape Town, the Most Reverend Thabo Makgoba 6. Ms. Yasmin Carrim
7. Mr. Justice Malala 8. Ms. Lindiwe Bokoro
Below are the short biographies of the Board of OSF SA:
1. Chairperson: Mr. Isaac Oupa Shonwge is an Executive Director of Barloworld Ltd. He also serves on the Board. He
founded Letsema Consulting Company, a strategic management consulting firm. He is the founder and Chairman of Letsema Investments, a black-empowered investment company engaged in a range of ventures, predominantly in the
Logistics and Information Technology sectors. He is Chairman of the Wits Business School Advisory Board. He is a member of several NGO boards which include The Aspen Institute, The Ragon Institute and Endeavor an NGO focusing on
entrepreneurship development in SA. In addition, he is heavily involved in social and community upliftment projects. He started the Letsema Foundation, which focuses on leadership development, entrepreneurship and education and is also the Chairman and founder of the African Leadership Initiative in SA.
2. Justice O’ Regan Justice O’ Regan served as one of the first judges of the new post-apartheid Constitutional Court of South
Africa, from 1995 till 2009, when her fifteen-year term ended. Since then she has served as an ad hoc judge of the Supreme
Court of Namibia (from 2010), as Chairperson of the United Nations Internal Justice Council (from 2008 - 2012) - a body established by the General Assembly to help ensure "independence, professionalism and accountability" in the internal system of justice within the United Nations, President of the International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal (from 2011). She is a member of the boards of several South African and international NGOs working in the field of equality and human rights. Justice O’Regan is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford and an Honorary Professor at the University of
3. Dr Nomsa Masuku is an academic, activist and educator and currently the Deputy Chief Electoral Officer: Outreach- for the
Electoral Commission of South Africa. Prior to this, she was the Director for Corporate Social Investment at Standard Bank
and worked for the Independent Electoral Commission of SA for eight years, where her portfolio included developing
programmes to entrench constitutional democracy, and the provision and promotion of voter and balloting education. She has a PhD in Applied English Linguistics from the University of Birmingham, UK, and has taught at university level. She has also worked with a number of women’s groups including Women and the Law, in Southern Africa, and the Swaziland Action
4. Prof. Edgar Pieterse is the holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Urban Policy and he is the Director of
the African Centre for Cities. He previously served as Special Advisor to the Premier of the Western Cape Provincial Government (2004-2007) and directed a number of urban policy think tanks. He is widely published. Edgar is a founder member of Isandla Institute, serves on the Boards of Magnet Theatre, the Sustainability Institute and the Cape Town Partnership; and is a member of the Research Advisory Committee of the Gauteng City-region Observatory, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements, LSE Cities, and the Low Carbon Mobility Stakeholder Board of the Smith School of
Enterprise and Environment at the University of Oxford.
5. The Most Reverend Thabo Cecil Makgoba is the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of the Anglican
Church of Southern Africa. He was awarded te second highest international award for outstanding service to the Anglican Communion, by theHe holds a Masters in Educational
Psychology at Wits, where he also lectured part-time from 1993 to 1996. He was made Bishop of Queenstown (Suffragan Bishop of Grahamstown) on 25 May 2002, and became Bishop of Grahamstown in 2004. He became Archdeacon of
Sophiatown in 1999. He became 31 December 2007, the youngest person elected to this position. He is a Procter Fellow (2008) from Episcopal Divinity School (US). He holds two honorary Doctorates in Divinity from th and from Huron University College, 2013. He is currently the Chancellor of the
University of the Western Cape (2012). He also graduated with a PhD from the University of Cape Town in December 2009.
6. Yasmin Carrim is an admitted attorney in the High Court of South Africa. She is currently serving as a full time Tribunal
Member of the Competition Tribunal of South Africa. She also serves as a part-time member on the National Consumer Tribunal. She has previously served as Group Executive of Regulatory Affairs at MTN SA, and as a counselor on the
Independent Communications Authority of South Africa. Carrim was a director at the law firm Cheadle Thompson & Haysom before serving on ICASA. She completed her articles at law firm Webber Wentzel and served as a researcher to Justice O’Regan at the Constitutional Court. In her youth she was actively involved in community organisations, United Democratic
Front and in the establishment of ANC branches (after its unbanning) in the Western Cape. She is a founding trustee and patron of the Women’s Legal Centre and Chairperson of the Board of Soul City.
7. Justice Malala is a political commentator and newspaper columnist. Malala writes regular weekly columns for The Times
newspaper and the Financial Mail magazine. He also presents a weekly political talk show (The Justice Factor). He is the
resident political analyst for e.tv and eNews Channel Africa. Between 2007 and September 2011 Malala was general manager of Avusa Media (now Times Media Group)’s stable of 44 magazines and, following that, general manager of the Sowetan and Sunday World newspapers. Malala is a regular contributor to the Guardian in London and his work has been
published internationally in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer. He has also contributed to BBC Online and Deutsche Welle. He has given talks and rendered political advisory to international and local institutions such as JP Morgan, Liberty, Lehman Brothers, Old
Mutual, Investec and Edcon. Malala is a judge on the country’s most prestigious investigative journalism award, the Taco Kuiper Awards for Investigative Journalism. He was awarded the Foreign Correspondents Association Award for Courageous
Journalism in 1997. He was named by the New Yorker magazine as one of the eight most fascinating Africans of 2012.
8. Ms. Lindiwe Mthimunye-Bakoro qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 having served articles at KPMG. She started
her merchant banking career in 1999 with Rand Merchant Bank, as a Structured Financier focusing on property finance. Her role entailed financial advisory, BEE advisory, debt and BEE equity structuring and arranging. She has concluded transactions in various sectors including health, property, telecoms and alternative fuel. She has also worked as financial
advisor on transactions in the maritime, transport & logistics, property, ICT and power sectors. She has also worked closely with Group Five to raise capital and establish an Infrastructure fund. Lindiwe also has extensive experience in financial
management and governance. She is a non-executive director of a number of listed and private companies including Woolworths Holdings, Group Five, Sea Harvest, Hyundai South Africa, Liquid Capital and the National Empowerment Fund (NEF).
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