About

amandla.mobi is an independent, community advocacy organisation that seeks to build a more just and people-powered Mzansi.
To do this we’re working to turn every cell phone into a democracy building tool so that no matter where you live; what language you speak or what issue you care about, you can take action with others.

amandla.mobi members from across the country come together at critical moments to take targeted, co-ordinated and strategic action to make real change. Our job is to connect you up with others, so that your voice has more impact and power to hold political and corporate interests to account. You can join amandla.mobi by signing up here or by taking action on any of our campaigns. Learn more about our impact to date here.

amandla.mobi is a non-profit company and relies on the financial support of members who fund specific campaigns or give a small amount each week, as well as grants from donors. As an independent organisation, we do not accept funding from political parties, government and corporates. If you’d like to support amandla.mobi with a donation, sign up here.

amandla.mobi’s office is based in Johannesburg. We have active members in every province of South Africa. 

The Team

Koketso Moeti
Founding Executive Director

Koketso Moeti has a long background in civic activism and has over the years worked at the intersection of governance, communication and citizen action. In 2019 she was announced as an Atlantic Fellow for Racial Equity. Koketso is also an inaugural Obama Foundation Fellow and an Aspen Institute New Voices Senior Fellow. She also serves as a reference group member of the Civic Tech Innovation Network and is the Deputy Chairperson of the SOS Coalition, a coalition of South African organisations committed to and campaigning for public broadcasting in the public interest. When not working, Koketso can be found writing and has been published by City Press, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Africa is a Country, Salon and the Mail & Guardian, among others.

When not working, Koketso can be found writing and has been published by City Press, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Africa is a Country, Salon and the Mail & Guardian, among others.

Heather Robertson
Ops, HR and Finance Manager

Heather Robertson has more than two decades experience in journalism, communications and change management. She is the sole owner and director of Change Routes Communications and is the former editor of The Herald and Weekend Post. She was Deputy Editor at The Sunday Times and Elle Magazine. She was appointed an IAB press representative on the Panel of Adjudicators for the Press Council of South Africa in 2018.

Paul Mason
Partnerships and Tech Manager

Johannesburg-born civic entrepreneur Paul has spent the last 9 years working on campaigns in South Africa and abroad, connecting citizens with tools to make a difference. Paul specialises in crowdfunding, digital campaigning and strategy. He previously worked in the aid and development sector where he helped run national advocacy campaigns on UN Millennium Development Goals as well as grassroots HIV/AIDS peer education programmes.

Siphesihle Tetwayo
Office Administrator

Siphesihle Tetwayo is Social and Human rights activist was part of the black lawyers association student chapter at the University of the Witwatersrand. She joined with the intention of creating awareness regarding gender inequalities in our societies especially student and activist organisations. As the projects and events coordinator of the National Executive Committee, all events and programmes were centred around trying to highlight these inequalities. Siphesihle had the opportunity in 2019 to be part of Knowledge Pele’s climate change initiative where she conducted talks in various communities in Soweto around climate change and how it affects the poorest members of society.

Noxolo Mfocwa
Junior Campaigner

Noxolo Mfocwa, is a Black radical feminist who is passionate about driving social change for a just and equal society. During her years as a student, she participated in student collectives such as the Student HIV/Aids Resistance Campaign, Black Management Forum Student Chapter, the Black Students Movement, #FeesMustFall and #RUReferenceList. She also served under various substructures of the SRC at the University still known as Rhodes. Noxolo is one of the Black womxn who were excluded from the university for participating in the #RUReferenceList protest against rape culture, which resulted in the widespread #RhodesWar campaign. She is a proud graduate of the first cohort of amandla .mobi Campaigner Fellows. She also spent a short time working as the Inequality Campaigns Coordinator at Oxfam South Africa.

Dineo Rabaholo
Junior Campaigner

Dineo Rabaholo served in the SRC as the secretary and student res coordinator at George Whitefield College. This experience sparked her “jealous passion to see black people thrive in anti-black institutions”. Her activism at the college contributed to various policy changes, while also confronting her serious wrestlings about injustices as they relate to the church and other faith based institutions. As an academic, Dineo lectured at the Johannesburg Bible College, and after that worked for the YMCA stationed at the University of Cape Town, as a transformation associate. During this time she got involved in the #feesmustfall protests at UCT, and used the YMCA premises as a “safe space” for students to find help, food and refuge. The safe space also provided an opportunity for negotiations regarding #FeesMustFall involving the Vice Chancellor (at the time) and student activists.

Tlou Seopa
Junior Campaigner

Tlou Seopa is a social activist with a Journalism background. She is a firm believer in the power of education, and is actively involved in the Mamelodi Initiative where she volunteers to teach English. She believes that it is through being an active member of the community that an activist is able to shift social dynamics and narratives. She takes an interest in social advocacy, specifically for women, as she believes that women are powerful and are more than capable of changing South Africa, and the world for the better. She dedicates most of her spare time to reading.

Palesa Ramolefo
Junior Campaigner

Palesa Ramolefo is a black feminist from Soweto whose artivism (art & activism) works around shifting narratives about Africa; it’s Black women, children and the LGBTQI+ community. A 2019 amandla.mobi Campaigner Fellow and journalism graduate she aims to challenge power and re-imagine an Africa which is just and equal. Palesa has done work at the Soweto theatre as well as worked with a team on the Caster Semenya for Nike campaign with Elle Magazine.

The Board

Nomzamo Zondo

Board Chair

Nomzamo Zondo is the head of Litigation at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI). She has played a key role representing the families and miners involved in the Marikana Massacre. Nomzamo brings a deep understanding of holding government and corporate power to account, and is an asset to amandla.mobi’s long term strategic goals. Nomzamo holds an LLB degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and served her articles of clerkship with the Wits Law Clinic. She was admitted as an attorney in 2008.

Adèle Kirsten

Board Secretary

Adèle Kirsten has been a nonviolent, social justice activist for more than 35 years, having joined the anti-apartheid movement in the 70s as a result of the growing militarisation of society. Through the National Peace Accord structures, Adèle helped set up a rapid response network of unarmed young people who were trained in conflict resolution and emergency services to respond to areas with high levels of violence in the lead up to the ‘94 election. She was one of the founding members of Gun Free South Africa (GFSA) and became its Director in March 1995. Since then she has led the organisation to major victories against gun violence.

Tshepo Madlingozi

Board Member

Dr. Tshepo Madlingozi is a leading South African intellectual and expert in the area of social movements and struggles for socio-economic justice. He brings legal and advocacy expertise to the board. He currently serves as the Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS). Tshepo was previously a senior law lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the national advocacy coordinator for Khulumani Support Group – a national membership organisation of over 100,000 survivors of apartheid’s gross human rights violations. He previously served on the board of Siyafunda Care Centre.

How we’re funded

amandla.mobi is funded by values aligned donors, philanthropists and small donations from our members. Click this link to learn more about how we are funded. Our multi-year funders include the following: