Shaun Samuels started his working career in the NGO sector and spent most of his youth and working life fighting for social change, equality and justice in South Africa and continues to do so. He worked for the Government of South Africa post 1994 in the Mandela administration; and has been consulting for over 20 years for a number of client institutions in South Africa, on the African Continent and globally. He was part of the founding team of Simeka Management Consulting and subsequently managed Simeka for a few years. Shaun has acquired expertise and experience in organisational development, change management, strategy development and business planning, human resource development, facilitation processes and skills training, monitoring and evaluation, grant-making and business process reengineering. He works extensively with results-based planning and monitoring processes. He consults to national, provincial and local government in South Africa, and has been integral to many transformation programs and processes in government in South Africa during the last fifteen years. He also works in the African continent for the United Nations and the Global Fund.
SGS Consulting has been appointed as Co-Coordinator and administrator of the Constitutionalism Fund (CF). The Joint Fund was set up to promote and advance Constitutionalism in South Africa. The Fund is a collaboration between The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation and The Open Society Foundation, with a combined investment of US$25 million to be spent on grant-making over a ten to twelve-year period.
Shaun founded SGS Consulting that is a social enterprise based in Johannesburg, South Africa. SGS works in four fields within South Africa, on the continent and globally. These include access to social justice for the poor, building philanthropy in the country and continent, education and constitutionalism. SGS also consults to the United Nations system, working with institutional strengthening processes with UN agencies, as well as HIV and AIDS. SGS has a team of six staff members and has been operating since 2003.
Olwethu graduated from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University with a BCom Honours in Mathematical Statistics. In 2012, she volunteered for a year at the African Enterprise, a Christian Mission organization based in Pietermaritzburg. Her work focused on facilitating Life Skills lessons in previously disadvantaged schools and hosting youth sessions using dance and drama as the main medium. Olwethu joined SGS in February 2013 as an intern. In 2014, she started the SGS Youth Givers’ Circle that aimed at not only prototyping givers’ circles amongst youth, but also create a platform for young people to give back to organisations and causes they were passionate about. Over the years, the givers’ circle has hosted two Street Stores at the Bethesda Methodist Mission. In 2015, she was one of the founding and current Steering Committee members of Vois-Africa. Vois-Africa is a group that aims to advocate for the voice and presence of young people on decision-making platforms. It promotes inter-generational learning as well as encourages young people to begin to document their own narrative on philanthropy. In 2016, she assisted to pilot the YouthBank concept in Alexandra Township and remains as one of the facilitators. Currently, Olwethu works as the Head of operations at SGS Consulting. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the organisation including managing a team of 5 staff members. She is also heavily involved in the content work of the organisation, playing a lead role in some of the Monitoring and Evaluation projects, Education programmes, Youth philanthropy, as well as supporting the work on Community Foundations. In 2017, she was also appointed as the Administrator of the Constitutionalism Fund.
Yolisa holds a Master of Arts in Development Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. After completing her studies, she was a fellow at the Foundation for Professional Development for a year. As Programmes Coordinator, she manages the Asset-based Community-led Development (ABCD) programme which focuses on influencing and assisting with the application of the ABCD approach in policy making at a local government level, contributing research regarding the integration of ABCD in institutions of higher learning and incorporating ABCD into youth philanthropy and Community Foundations. Yolisa has also been involved in youth philanthropy, particularly with YouthBanks. She is also a member of Vois-Africa, which is a group of young people that aims to advocate for the voice and presence of young people on decision making platforms, it promotes inter-generational learning as well encourages young people to begin to document their own narrative on philanthropy. She is also involved in research studies for the Kagiso Shanduka Trust, as well as some of their M & E work. Most recently, Yolisa was one of the main organizers of the ABCD Imbizo which was the first of its kind on the African continent and hosted over 160 international delegates from 21 countires. In 2017, Yolisa completed a course in ABCD Course at the Coady International Institute in Canada. Yolisa is currently completing her studies in Project Management with the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) and is passionate about career development for young people and believes it should start at a young age, specifically for disadvantaged youth located in places with scarce access to resources, so as to make informed choices about their futures.
Troshini Naidoo started her career in the Education Sector for the Government of South Africa. She then moved on to work in the Public/Private Educator Sector both nationally and internationally. Troshini has also worked extensively with the European Union promoting Astronomy to young children between the ages of 4-9 years in South Africa. Through her work in the educational transformation field, Troshini developed strategic development plans for public/private partnership programs, co-written funding proposals, developed curriculum training material for primary school teachers in the United Arab Emirates and Malaysia, and conducted post evaluations on educational programs. Troshini holds a degree in Education and went on to study Project Management. She has also completed her Honours Degree in Curriculum Development (Cum Laude) at North West University. Troshini joined SGS Consulting in 2017 as the Program Manager for the KST District Whole School Development Programme with the prime focus on Research, Monitoring and Evaluation and other educational projects.
Ntombekhaya works as an office administrator at SGS Consulting. Her job entails financial management, management of the office calendar, events administration, management of travel arrangements, and general office management. She started her journey with SGS Consulting in January 2015. Ntombekhaya matriculated in the year 2008 at Ngwayibanjwa Senior Secondary School in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, she then proceeded to do a six months computer literacy course at Siyakhula Computer School in Ebony Park, Midrand. She completed a Higher Certificate in Office Administration at Rosebank College in Braamfontein. She is also a facilitator in the Alexandra YouthBank which was established in 2016. Ntombekhaya is passionate about administration and working with young people, and feels that young people should be given an opportunity to contribute towards their own community development.
Research and Writing Coordinator
Khanyisa joined SGS Consulting as Research and Writing Coordinator in January 2018 and holds an Honours degree in Political & International Studies. She is currently a Master’s Candidate in African Literature with her research focusing on Black femininity and traditional healing within prison confinement. Previously, she has interned at the National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices (Nadcao), MSF South Africa and SECTION27. In December 2017, she was selected to participate in the Legal Empowerment Course at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. In June 2018, she completed an Asset Based Citizen-led Development course at the Coady International Institute. She also had the opportunity of participating in the Foundations for Community Change under the OceanPath Fellowship at St. Francis Xavier University, Canada. Khanyisa is an activist, feminist and researcher. Her passion areas are education, SRHR, access to justice and African feminist literature. Khanyisa joins SGS to work closely with the team on research projects on Community Foundations in Southern Africa.