Management Commitee

 

Unathi Fihla – Executive Member

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Unathi is one of the founding members of Unako, has served as both deputy chairperson and chairperson previously. He assumed the position of Executive Member this year. He's also part of the organising team - Southern African Youth Network. Former Deputy Convener - Nelson Mandela Bay NPO District Forum.  Has worked as Research Assistant for the Centre for the Community School. He has a Btech in Public Management from Nelson Mandela University.

 

Nangamso Nxumalo - Director Strategy and Development 

Nangamso is currently pursuing BCom Law degree at NMU. Apart from being a student, she has worked at NMU' s Transformation, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit - as the content creator facilitator for the university's anti-gender based violence campaign. 
She has always had a keen interest in working with community based organizations around the Nelson Mandela Bay area with a keen interest in gender, politics, research, writing and advocacy.
Due to these interests she has been a delegate and presenter at many conferences, namely Rethink Africa and UN Women's anti-gender based violence conferences, but most recently she presented a paper at the South African Education Research Association called "Decolonising the Market Space: An Intersectional Approach to the Neoclassical Economy". She participates in mentorship programs as well as advocacy programs in and around the Port Elizabeth region.
 

Nkqubela Ntloko – Associate

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Nkqubela is a grounded, determined and daring leader. He acquired Bachelor of social Work (BSW) from NMMU, B.A Honours in Development Studies and  his Master’s in Social Work Research (MSW). At Unako, he previously served as a Programme Coordinator and Chairperson of the Management Committee. His interest is in Youth Development in marginalised communities. 
He currently works with/for Columba Leadership Trust, as a facilitator, he facilitates a leadership programme for high school learners, educators and corporates. In the organisation he contributes towards building a national movement of engaged and responsible young leaders, to improve youth employment and education in South Africa.  
 

Qhama Zondani - Programme Development 

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Is an improviser, a qualified music teacher, holds a BA Honours degree in Sociology and is currently reading towards a Masters degree in Sociology (with a focus on the philosophical concepts of Jazz musicians in the Eastern Cape) while also being a sociology teaching assistant. His research interests include: Human Rights Education, Black Youth related issues and music education.

He joined Unako in 2015 as an Arts Wing Coordinator and later assumed the role of Stakeholder Relations. Qhama was also responsible for the establishment of the Youth Development programme. This was done through attending youth exchange programmes and education forums.

 

Sive Mbolekwa – Programme Development

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Sive is currently the director of programmes. He is a literacy activist and storyteller who started working in the townships of Port Elizabeth with/for Unako. As part of Unako, he received Nal’ibali training in how to run reading clubs in 2012. In 2014, he went to work for Axium Education in Zithulele, a rural area in Mqanduli near Coffee Bay on the Wild Coast. In 2016, he worked with his mentor Xolisa Guzula in her Stars of Tomorrow Literacy Club in Khayelitsha. Here he received training in critical literacy strategies before returning to Axium Education to curate a Literacy Festival for the Zithulele area. In 2017, he was a storyplay mentor for the Langa cluster at PRAESA where he received training in the philosophy for children approach in Early Childhood Education. Sive has worked and trained young people and teachers in early literacy strategies for reading clubs through storytelling. His career in early literacy was sparked by his experience in a township book club for adults that was run by Loyiso Rawana, a poet from Port Elizabeth. He wanted to share this culture of thinking critically.

about our social conditions with children. Hence, he worked closely with activists in Port Elizabeth (with Unako) to spark conversations about our everyday experiences, using strategies from the theatre of the oppressed approach and working with the Unako Arts Wing group.

 

Somila Mjekula – Programme Development

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Somila Mjekula is a Masters graduate from Nelson Mandela University. She began volunteering at Unako in 2014 as a Reading Clubs facilitator and Lesson Planner and later became a member of Unako’s management committee, assisting in the monitoring and evaluation of Unako’s (then) Reading Space. Somila now works as a Participatory Action Researcher for Unako’s Literacy Club programme which started in 2016, working with 11 schools in the Mandela Metro.

Somila is also the Eastern Cape Programme Officer for The Learning Trust, a Cape Town based NPO that provides financial funding and capacity support to NGOs working in the after-school education development sector across the country. This opportunity came through The Learning Trust’s recognition of the valuable research work Somila performs at Unako, as the NPO is one of Unako’s main funders.

Finally, Somila is the assistant coordinator of the OASIS (Organising After-School & In-School) Community of Practice project, which worked to create a mobile application that provides a central platform which contains information on schools and NPO/NGOs. This is done with the aim of facilitating effective collaboration between various stakeholders to strengthen the formal and informal education space in the Metro.

 

Nolusindiso Makosa – Finance Manager

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Nolusindiso, born and bred in Port Elizabeth, first joined Unako in 2016, where she was Facilitator for 2 high schools, and was later made Finance and Admin Manager at the beginning of 2017. Enrolled for a BCom General Accounting at Nelson Mandela University in 2015 and still pursuing that degree. Was part of the Unako Spelling Bee Competition in 2014, while still in High School. Joining Unako for her, was to be part of a programme that gave back to the community at large, and later gained communication skills, negotiation skills, working as a team and how to delegate work within the team.

 

Fezile Fani – Programme Development

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Fezile, is a current UNISA student pursuing her Honours degree in Community and Health Psychology. She has a BA degree majoring in Sociology and BA Honours degree in Sociology, both from Nelson Mandela University. She also has a TESOL certificate which laid the foundation for her interest in using alternative methods to teach children second language.

She joined Unako in 2016 and hopes to improve the learning experiences of all Unako participants and play a positive role in their growth as upstanding members of society.

 

Lukhanyo Kepe - Youth Development Coordinator

Lukhanyo is an aspiring academic/social activist who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science, an Honors Degree in Political Science and a MPhil in Conflict Management & Transformation and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Sociology. In his own words, He is "characterized by the enigmatic 'juxtaposed reality' purported by South Africa's post-Apartheid Apartheid democratic project where socio-economic imbalances, racism, patriarchy are definitive of the existential conditions which perpetually displace black people". The young man who hails from Grahamstown is an advent scholar of Pan-Africanism and Black Consciousness who also happens to be largely influenced by the schools of thought such as of Critical/Cultural Political Economy, Decoloniality and Fallism. With his background as a researcher, he has acquired critical analysis of the tapestries which make up the imbalanced society as we know it . He's passion for youth and development led to the inevitable gravitation towards serving as an activist and a facilitator in the organisation.

 

Khayalethu Zono - Human Resource and Admin Manager

Khayalethu was born in Port Elizabeth but raised in King Williams Town the first 9 years of his life and he came back to PE. He studied his lower primary at Mdizeni Primary school and his Higher primary at Zanoxolo Primary School. he went to high school at Ncedo Senior Secondary school, Lukhozi High (KWT) and Thembalabantu High. Studied Badmin (Public Administration & Industrial and Organisational Pyschology) at NMU

 
 
Xola Quvile - Student Chapter Chairperson

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Xola is a third year Social Work Student at Nelson Mandela University, born in a small Village called Mabomvini in Ngqeleni but originally from Tsolo. He’s former deputy chairperson of Social Work Society. Currently Chairperson of Unako Student Chapter Society and a Youth Development Facilitator a popular education programme to promote Social Justice. 
 

Ncumisa Makha – Student Chapter Secretary

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Ncumisa is a 2nd Year BA General Student and South Campus ambassador.

 

 

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