About

amandla.mobi leads campaigns that build real power for Black people, with a particular focus on low-income Black women. We challenge injustice by bringing together our community in critical moments to take targeted, co-ordinated and strategic action to bring real change. Our work is to connect people so that our collective voices have maximum impact and power to hold political and corporate interests to account and advance solutions that build a more just and people-powered Mzansi. 

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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. She has worked and consulted for a wide range of national and international organisations. Koketso is a 2019/20 Atlantic fellow for racial equity. She is also part of the inaugural class of Obama Foundation fellows and an Aspen New Voices senior fellow. She is also an expert advisor to the World Economic Forum’s ‘Partnering with Civil Society in the Fourth Industrial Revolution‘ initiative and serves as the Chairperson of the SOS Coalition, as well as a reference group member for the Civic Tech Innovation Network.

Koketso is an alumnus of the Inclusive Global Leadership Initiative (IGLI) summer institute, hosted by the Sié Chéou-Kang Center at the University of Denver. When not working, she can be found writing and has been published by City Press, Salon, The Guardian, Daily Maverick, Africa is a Country, Al Jazeera and the Mail & Guardian, among others.

Nombulelo Gwadela
Finance and Operations Manager

Nombulelo is a promoter of good governance. Nombulelo has dedicated her career as an accountant and tax practitioner to the non-profit sector, with a focus on community development and advocacy. She is registered with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) and completed her articles with SNG-Grant Thornton. Nombulelo has great experience in governance, financial management, local and international funding management and reporting, operations management, and stakeholder management.

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 people 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.

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: