OUR PEOPLE

Our campaign is run by our director, supported by a small active management team (our board), campaign teams, support and communications teams, and volunteers.

We are grateful to our 20 or so members, individuals who strongly support our work and whom we have invited to join our voluntary association. 

OUR TEAM

The people behind Fossil Free SA

Clean Creatives SA

Stephen Horn

CLEAN CREATIVES SA COUNTRY DIRECTOR

An award-winning producer and director, Stephen brought the Clean Creatives campaign to South Africa and is helping launch and lead Clean Creatives SA as a key programme of Fossil Free SA.

Noni Poni

CLEAN CREATIVES SA COORDINATOR

Noni (Nozuko) is a digital campaigner and project manager with 10 years’ experience in the environmental and human rights sector; a Berlinale Fellow for the 2020 Berlin Film Festival, and past campaigner for the groundbreaking Deadly Air court case in which the residents of Mpumalanga took the government to court for the air pollution in the province and won.

Emma Del Cuore

CLEAN CREATIVES SA CAMPAIGNER

Emma Del Cuore is a campaigner for Clean Creatives South Africa with a Master’s degree in Climate Change and Sustainable Development from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She is passionate about earth and the people on it, and her mission is to inspire change through effective storytelling of many different forms.

Fossil Ad Ban

Lazola Kati

Lazola Kati

FOSSIL AD BAN COORDINATOR

Lazola Kati, a campaigns media and communications specialist, with a background in social justice and public policy research and activism, is our Fossil Ad Ban coordinator from June 2024.

Thameena Dhansay

FOSSIL AD BAN CAMPAIGNER

Thameena is a campaigner on the Cape Town Fossil Ad Ban campaign. Having just graduated with an Honours degree in Media Theory and Practice from the University of Cape Town, she is passionate about harnessing the power of storytelling to shift perspectives and enact meaningful change in society.

James Granelli

FOSSIL AD BAN CAMPAIGNER (VOLUNTEER)

James was involved in our UCT divestment campaign and after a year on staff is now a volunteer campaigner on our Cape Town Fossil Ad Ban campaign. He is passionate about climate and socio-ecological justice, political ecology, and transdisciplinary research. He is also an avid photographer.

Fossil fuel divestment

Sandrine Mpazayabo

Sandrine Mpazayabo

DIVESTMENT CAMPAIGNER

Sandrine Mpazayabo has a Master of Arts in Migration and Displacement Studies (Cum Laude) from Wits, and diverse work experience in project management,  administration, content creation, stakeholder engagement and advanced research and writing.

Steph Cookson

Steph Cookson

DIVESTMENT CAMPAIGNER

Stephanie Cookson is a Master’s student with a passion for social impact, connecting the right people to the right information, and experience in youth leadership, qualitative research and communication; and hopes to dedicate her skills and values to organisations that prioritise social impact, sustainability, and resilience.

Communications and events

Emma Fookwe

EVENTS AND COMMUNITY

Emma is a trained social worker with a passion for people, human rights and excellent organisation. Emma manages our events planning and stewards our community of supporters.

Jo-Anne Smetherham

MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS MANAGER

Jo is an award-winning journalist and PR practitioner with 25 years’ experience and a passion for telling stories of those working to create a more humane and sustainable world. She focuses on our external media relations.

Thameena Dhansay

SOCIAL MEDIA OFFICER

Thameena divides her time between our social media and campaigning for the Fossil Ad Ban campaign. 

Support team

David Le Page

CO-FOUNDER, DIRECTOR & COORDINATOR

David is an environment and human rights journalist who has worked with the Mail & Guardian, Treatment Action Campaign, and Southern African Faith Communities Environment Institute. David works with the divestment, Fossil Ad Ban and comms teams.

Sarah Robyn Farrell

SENIOR ADVISER

Sarah has spent her career advocating for sustainability and socio-environmental justice. She fulfils a multiplicity of roles in the climate justice space including FFSA divestment campaigner and general adviser. She is also a writer and musician. She has been an indispensable contributor to FFSA’s long-term development.

Eugene Fisher

ADMINISTRATOR

Eugene is a human rights activist, administrator and outdoor lover who has also worked with Harvest of Hope and the Children’s Resource Centre.

Tracy Caderberg

Tracy Caderberg

FINANCE OFFICER

Tracy Caderberg is an experienced financial manager and administrator who has dedicated her career since 1999 to serving the NGO/NPO community. Past experience includes Edu-Peg, Children’s Resource Centre, Abalimi Bezekhaya and Harvest of Hope. She has a passion for justice and helping people realise their worth, value and purpose through strong and healthy relationships; believing that all possibilities begin from deep individual well-being.

Mark Volmink

Mark Volmink

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Mark Volmink, our operations manager from June 2024, has extensive leadership and management experience in the private, government and civil society sectors. He has a passion for development and assisting those experiencing exclusion, hunger or  poverty. Mark is pursuing his PhD at UWC on the water, energy and food (WEF) nexus in food security. He is married with three children and enjoys road running and squash.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (BOARD)

The people behind our people

Nicola Wills

CHAIR

Nicola is an economist with DNA Economics who volunteered for our ManCo in March 2024 and became our chair in June 2024.

Andrew Park

TREASURER

Andrew is a trained counsellor, teacher, educational content developer and past volunteer with Extinction Rebellion South Africa and FFSA. Based in Johannesburg, he is now an instructional designer in the field of entrepreneurial development.

Jigisha Mandalia

SECRETARY

Jigisha supported our Fossil Free UCT campaign as a student activist in the Green Campus Initiative and now works for a renewable energy company.

Prof Mark New

Mark New

MEMBER

Professor Mark New is a climate scientist and former head of UCT’s African Climate and Development Initiative who volunteered for our ManCo in early 2024.

Dean Bhebhe

Dean Bhebhe

MEMBER

Dean is a climate activist with Power Shift Africa and former consultant to our Fossil Ad Ban campaign, who joined our ManCo team in early 2024.

This page was last updated on 28 June 2024.