The Joe Slovo Foundation played a positive and active role in Africa in the formation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Since their adoption, the Joe Slovo Foundation continues to champion their cause and is engaged in projects to meet their targets, encouraging impact investment especially in projects that emphasize sustainability creating ‘resilient’ and self-sufficient communities.
Leading these initiatives on behalf of the Board is Mr Landiwe Mahlangu who is an Economist and Strategy expert and holds a B. Admin. degree from University of Zululand, B. Admin Honours (Economics) University of South Africa; MSc (Macro-Economic Policy and Planning) University of Bradford, UK. He completed a Higher Certificate in Financial Markets and Instruments (Academy of Financial Markets) and Executive Development Programme (EDP) University of Witwatersrand in 2001 and 2003 respectively. He was a Distinguished Research Visitor at the Centre for Research into Finance and Economics in Southern Africa (CREFSA) at the London School of Economics (LSE).
Mr Mahlangu also serves as Chief Economic Advisor the South Africa United Business Confederation,
He has previous held positions as Full time Chairperson of the Municipal Demarcation Board of South Africa and as Head: Operations Evaluation Division at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), a leading infrastructure development finance institution His responsibilities included overseeing Special Projects / Programmes and Funds that the DBSA managed on behalf of Third parties. These included: the Labour Job Creation Trust Fund, NER Electrification Fund and Electricity Distribution Industry Restructuring Project
Landiwe also served as a key interlocutor and counterpart for joint evaluation and collaborative assignments with partner development finance institutions including World Bank Group; African Development Bank; German Development Finance Agency (KFW) and French Development Agency (AFD).
M/s Reneva Fourie is a Board Member and the Head of Department for the Educational Programmes developed by the Joe Slovo Foundation.
She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration covering Public Administration, Public Management Theories, Human Resources Management, Modern Management Techniques, Financial Management, International Administration, Development Theories and Practice, Urban Development Management, Public Policy Analysis, Research Methodology Cooperative Governance and Intergovernmental Relations, Public Sector Economics and Financial Management, Public Human Resource Management, Research Methodology and Quantitative Methods/Econometrics, Theory and Practice of Public Administration and Management and Leadership, Governance and Public Policy
M/s Fourie is currently in the final year of completion of her PHD
During her distinguished career she so far has held several high-ranking positions within Government and the Public Sector in particular:
- The Civilian Secretariat for Police as the Acting Secretary of Police.
- The Department of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services as the Deputy Director General for Information Society Development and Research and as the Chief Director: for Policy Implementation, Tracking and Assessment.
- The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as the Permanent Executive Secretary for the All African Ministerial Conference on Decentralisation and Local Development (AMCOD)
- The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) as the Head of Parliamentary Services. The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) Economic Research and Policy Coordination Division as the Director for Policy Analysis and Management
Martin Dolny is the ‘Director of Programmes & Products’ and ‘Associate Lecturer’ with the Joe Slovo Foundation.
He is an ‘advocate in practice’ of utilising Technology to the benefit not detriment of disadvantaged Africans to improve their lives especially through using self-sustaining ‘green’ technologies – a subject which he also lectures on.
In recent years he has championed the development of Educational Primary Prevention Programmes (to end violence against women and children) in Schools, Universities, and Workplaces in South Africa and is presently leading the Digital transformation of the Curriculum.
Martin has approximately 20 years’ strong commercial experience of successfully leading, managing and nurturing multiple teams across multiple projects throughout multiple phases in multiple countries – providing vision, guidance, and direction from concept through to completion. During his career he has worked for several large International Companies as well as two start-ups implementing a range of Technology based Projects, and Products.
In the last decade Martin has taken this knowledge and experience of delivering solutions into multinational multicultural Financial & Government Institutions throughout Africa and re-defined it successfully for the Public Benefit.
Mr. Dolny has qualifications in ‘Effective Project Leadership’ and ‘Strategic Change Management’ and is also currently completing a degree in Philosophy and Psychological Studies in his spare time.
Martin took part in the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit Consultation Process to define the Sustainable Development Goals and has worked with organisations such as SALGA, APRM, UCLG, to improve participatory democracy in Africa.