Louisa Jokia

Louisa Jokia Program Officer Louisa Jokia joins the Rural Democracy Trust as a Program Officer on the EU co -funded “Sophakama Project,” responsible for implementation in Mpumalanga. She is a process facilitator with a strong background in research and stakeholder engagement. Louisa is a proud alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Centre-Southern […]

Thabisa Mhlahlo

Thabisa Mhlahlo Provincial Coordinator Thabisa Mhlahlo is a dedicated land rights activist, with a focus on women’s rights. Thabisa’s journey into activism was fueled by a desire to challenge the status quo and champion the rights of rural women who have long been marginalized in matters of land access and distribution since 2010. Since 2023, […]

Mpho Lebelo

Mpho Tiny Lebelo Program Officer Mpho Lebelo joins the Rural Democracy Trust as a Program Officer on the EU co-funded “Sophakama Project,” responsible for implementation in the North West. Mpho is  a proud alumnus of the Fundza Writing Fellowship, where she honed her skills in storytelling and narrative craftsmanship. Her dedication to fostering dialogue and […]

Tshiamo Lerumo

Tshiamo Lerumo Communications Intern Tshiamo Lerumo joins the ARD as a communications intern for 2024, supported by the RAITH Foundation. Tshiamo is dedicated to utilizing the latest technologies to amplify voices, share narratives, and contribute to societal progress through digital activism. He is committed to effective communication and has the ability to leverage digital platforms […]

David Ramohanoe

David Ramohanoe Provincial Coordinator David  Ramohanoe is a passionate land activist with a history in local governance, and community development. He is the Chairperson of Wonderkop Land Claims Committee, having a natural affinity for land justice and land reform in his community. He is also the Former Chief Whip of Rustenburg Local Municipality, as well […]

Mbhekiseni Mavuso

Mbhekiseni Mavuso Provincial coordinator Reverend Mbhekiseni Mavuso is a passionate land activist with a theological background. He is not new to activism, having co-founded the Zizameleni Youth Club in the 1980s. He has been a vocal opponent of the Bantustan system of separate development for black rural people and has worked in numerous roles to […]

Vincent Phora

Vincent Phora Logistics and administration Vincent Mpho Phora is the primary support for all of the ARD’s administrative and financial functions, with over 3 years of experience as an accounting clerk and office administrator. Since joining the Alliance in 2019, Mr. Phora has functioned as the office administrator, overseeing all finance-related work as well as […]

Tshepo Fokane

Tshepo Fokane Research and Media Tshepo 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.  Tshepo Fokane holds a BA […]

Constance Mogale

Constance Mogale National Coordinator 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 […]

Newsletter | Amplifying Rural Voices

TRIBAL LEVIES INVALID After a difficult journey to the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane, judgement is handed down in favour of the seven applicants who challenged #TribalLevies. The order confirms that levies must be voluntary, and the process requires meaningful consultation with residents in traditional communities on the purpose of the levies. This victory signals […]