Constance Galeo Mogale is a leading South African land activist whose experience and dedication spans over 20 years in the sector. During this time, she has led several campaigns and initiatives which have contributed significantly to land justice and its discourse in the country. Ms Mogale has a strong track record in community organization; mobilisation; and participatory research. Since 2017, she has been at the helm of the Alliance as its National Coordinator. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma (Land and Agrarian Studies) from the University of Western Cape and is part of the 2018 cohort of the prestigious Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity programme.
Research and Programs Lead
Tshepo Nnini Fokane is a highly skilled researcher with more than 10 years experience in community development and resilience building. Since 2018, Ms Fokane has served the Alliance as its Research Lead, and led the Alliance’s work on policy and law related capacity building and training programs. A dedicated social justice activist and development practitioner, she holds a BA(Hons)(CumLaude) from the University of Johannesburg and a MPhil (Land and Agrarian Studies) from University of Western Cape.
Finance and Administration
Vincent Mpho Phora is the primary support for all of the ARD’s administration and finance related functions, and has more than 3 years experience as an accounting clerk and office administrator. Since joining the Alliance in 2019, Mr Phora has been assisting the office administrator with all finance-related tasks and has been performing other admin-related or programme-related tasks. He holds a National Diploma (Financial Management) from the Pretoria Technical College.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Professor Ben Cousins holds a DST/NRF Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He established the Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (now the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies) at UWC in 1995 and was its Director until 2009. He holds a DPhil in Applied Social Studies from the University of Zimbabwe, and was in exile between 1972 and 1991. He helped to establish and operate a training centre for small-scale farmers in Swaziland from 1976 to 1983, working in agricultural extension and training in Zimbabwe between 1983 and 1986 prior to his return to South Africa in 1991. In 2013 Professor Cousines received an inaugural Elinor Ostrom Award for his contribution to scholarship on common property (‘the commons’). Owing to his extensive experience in the land sector, he is often called upon to comment on land reform and related issues in the media.
Professor Tshepo Madlingozi is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at WITS University. He has master’s degrees in both law and sociology and he received his PhD degree from Birkbeck, University of London. Professor Madlingozi is also Research Associate at the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education at Nelson Mandela University and an Extraordinary Senior Lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. He is the co-editor of South African Journal of Human Rights (and part of the management team of Pretoria University Law Press);. the Symbol or Substance: Socio-economic Rights in South Africa (Cambridge UP) and; the Introduction to Law and Legal Skills in South Africa, 2nd Edition (Oxford UP South Africa). Professor Madlingozi sits on the boards of amandla.mobi, Centre for Human Rights, University of Free State, Ikalafe Spiritual Healing Institute, Rural Democracy Trust and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution. For thirteen years he worked with and for Khulumani Support Group, a 120 000-strong social movement of victims and survivors of Apartheid.
Nolundi Luwaya is the director at LARC. Nolundi’s research interests include: rural women’s land rights under customary law and methods for understanding and protecting these rights that are informed by the experiences of rural women. She is also interested in questions of legal pluralism and the challenges involved in teaching law in a plural system such as we have in South Africa. Nolundi holds a BA LLB and LLM from the University of Cape Town.
Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi is the Executive Director of the Public Affairs Research Institute. He holds degrees from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Columbia University in New York where he completed a doctorate in Comparative Literature with co-supervision in History and Anthropology. He researches questions of governance, accountability and state building with a focus on land and traditional authorities in rural South Africa and has published extensively in these areas. He also maintains a strong interest in poetry, language and other ways in which people make meaning of the worlds they live in.
The work of the Alliance is made possible through the dedicated partnership of Communal Property Associations, Trusts and Individual Households, rural activists CBOs advancing land justice. Presently, members of the Alliance include the Land Access Movement of South Africa, Land and Accountability Research Centre, Nkuzi Development Association, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, Benchmarks Foundation, Phuhlisani NPC, Nelson Mandela Foundation and Amandla.MOBI.
The work of the ARD is supported by the generous funding of the Tshemba Foundation, Raith Foundation, Millennium Trust, and the Social Justice Initiative (grant currently managed by Social Change Agency Trust) as our core donors. We have also been supported for ad-hoc advocacy campaigns and received donations in kind from the Foundation for Human Rights, Land and Accountability Research Centre, Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.