The Chief Executive Officer is accountable to our Board of Non-Executive Directors. The Board is responsible for governance and management as well as contributing to the strategic direction of Safer South Africa Foundation. They provide advice, guidance and through their network of contacts bring introductions to partner organisations. Our strategy, projects and activities are reviewed at quarterly Board meetings. Our Board plays an active role in supporting our Vision and Mission.
Members of the Board :
Dr Tshenuwani Farisani : Chairman
Dr Tshenuwani Farisani was born and raised in Limpopo. He is married and is a father. He is passionate community developer and played a crucial role in the spiritual upliftment of the community as a pastor, dean and Deputy Bishop. He loves sports and enjoys soccer, boxing and swimming, and athletics. More »
Boas Mogale prowess as a sportsman led to his appointment as the President of the Soshanguve Football Association and President of all sporting codes in the Gauteng North Region. In 1974 he joined the then South African Police Force where he occupied the position of a detective for twenty nine (29) years in his thirty two years of service. More »
Tshaka Mdiya completed his junior degree at the University of Transkei and his Master of Business Administration at the Management College of South Africa (MANCOSA). He received his basic political training in high school where he started challenging injustices he observed around him. More »
Azwihangwisi Nesenganii obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work at the University of Venda. Azwihangwisi Nesengani was opted to the executive committee of Social Work Student Association (SOWOSA) and served as a member of the Psychology Society. More »
Prof. Monique Marks is currently a Research Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the Durban University. Her key role her is to establish and direct an Urban Futures Network, which will focus on new imaginings for cities in the next 50 to 100 years, as well as ways of directly improving the everyday lives of urban dwellers. She continues to work on issues of policing and security.
Palesa Maria Oliphant joined the South African Police Force in 1984, prior to this she served as a private school teacher. In 1992 Palesa attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice (University of North West) and in 2008 a Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) in Management (HRD) from Southern Business School. Palesa holds a variety of policing qualifications spanning her illustrious a diverse career with SAPS, culminating with her appointment in 2005 as Brigadier: Section Head: Community Police Partnerships.
Shireen Motara is an experienced gender and organisational development specialist. She has worked in the business, non-governmental organisation and government sectors in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. She holds a Masters degree in Law with credits in Women’s Rights, Human Rights and Constitutional Law. Currently, Shireen is Executive Director at the Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre, which aims to end violence against women.
Saira Khan has been a non-executive board member of the Central Gauteng Mental Health Society. She played a pivotal role in the development of a public/private partnership with the Department of Social Development and MaAfrika Tikkun in December 2007. She was responsible for setting up, developing and transforming the SA Society of Physiotherapy during her tenure as CEO. She assisted with set up and operations of the Midlands Medical Centre, the first private hospital in Pietermaritzburg.
Vikela Rankin was appointed Managing Director at Motorola Solutions in April 2012. His responsibilities include management of 40 staff and growing a USD 50 million business by developing medium to long-term business strategy. He manages profit and loss of all business ventures, as well public relations interaction with the media. Prior to Motorola, he was vice president of International Sales and Marketing at South African Airways, from 2005 until 2007, responsible for a total revenue budget of ZAR 8 billion and 300 people.
The Management Team
Tseliso Thipanyane : Chief Executive Officer
Tseliso has over 25 years of professional working experience in public policy, human rights, good governance, and democracy issues. He holds an LL.M degree in human rights, criminal justice and constitutional law. His passion and commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights led to him joining the Safer South Africa Foundation in January 2015.
Tseliso spent over twelve years at the South African Human Rights Commission where he was head of research and later the chief executive officer. He has held lecturing and research positions on human rights law, politics and criminal justice at Columbia University Law School (New York), Ramapo College of New Jersey, University of the Western Cape (Cape Town) and the University of KwaZulu- Natal. He also has numerous publications on human rights, national human rights institutions, and criminal justice and has presented papers on human rights issues in several national and international conferences.
He believes that the vision of free, prosperous and democratic societies will not be effectively realized without safe and secure societies. He will continue and expand the work began by Paul Wilson in contributing towards a safer South Africa.
Jabulile (Jabu) Sishuba : Director of Programmes
Jabulile Sishuba, a retired Chief Deputy Commissioner in the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, a post graduate diploma in Community School Work and Early Childhood Education More »
International Advisor – Stanley Jacobs
Stanley is currently seconded to the Mayor of London’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) where he work as part of a Project Team ( Think Tank) alongside senior police officers from New Scotland Yard in devising new policies such as the Integrated Offender Management (IOM) Strategic Framework . Stanley has worked in the Criminal Justice Sector over the last 13 years in the UK where he represented the Prison and Probation Services (NOMS) , Ministry of Justice ( UK).
The key thrust of the IOM Strategic Framework is to deliver a consistent approach to regional and local crime priorities across London. MOPAC has established an effective IOM approach that has significantly reduced crime and reoffending across London as a region. The IOM Framework allows an effective multifaceted approach to the Criminal Justice System where Community Safety Partners come together to ensure those offenders whose crimes cause most harm locally and regionally are managed in a coordinated way.
Stanley is a high performing leader who previously worked for G4S Care and Justice Service and the Department of Correctional Service in South Africa. He has experience on a number of criminal justice issues such as prison reform, rehabilitation of offenders, integrated offender management, crime reduction strategies, community sentences and supervision, young people and diversity and equality matters.