Our Trustees

Mary Burton
(Patron)

Mary Burton has served as the Chairperson of Black Sash, and also as deputy chairperson of the Council of the University of Cape Town. She was a Commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She was co-founder of the Home to All campaign which was a plea to all white South Africans to acknowledge the ways in which they were benefited by the policies of apartheid in an attempt to help reconcile South African society. She has been involved in various capacities with the Black Sash since 1965. She serves on the Programme Committee of the Black Sash.

Yasmin Turton
(Chairperson)

Yasmin (Jessie) Turton, is currently a lecturer in the Social Work Department at the University of Johannesburg. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant providing services largely to NGOs, government departments and foreign donor agencies in South Africa, the SADC region as well as Anglophone Africa. Her areas of service are in  organisational development, human resource development, strategic planning, capacity building, training and evaluation. She serves on the Programme Committee of the Black Sash.

Mary-Jane Morifi
(Deputy Chairperson)

Mary-Jane Morifi is currently the Global Campaign Lead for the Mandela Children’s Hospital helping the Mandela Children Hospital Trust achieve the R1 billion target required to complete the Hospital which is Mandela’s last legacy to South African and African Children. Mary-Jane joined the Mandela Children’s Hospital from Anglo American Platinum where she held the position of Executive Head Corporate Affairs for 6 years, from 2007 until 2013. She serves on a number of not for profit boards and is the Chairperson of Leratong Hospice a palliative care organisation. She serves on the HR Committee of the Black Sash.

Sibongile Mkhabela

Sibongile (Bongi) Mkhabela, a social worker by profession and an activist by orientation, is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) as well as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust which was established by the NMCF to spearhead its flagship project The Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. Bongi has both local and international experience on development issues having been at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Education Programme in Southern Africa, and the South African Council of Churches.    She has also been part of government serving in the office of the then-Deputy President Thabo Mbeki as Programmes Director. She is a published author, having penned the story of her role in the June 1976 student uprising in her book "Open Earth and Black Roses”. 

Mieke Krynauw

Mieke Krynauw is a lawyer working in the public sector. Mieke has an interest in commercial mediation, dispute settlement and the effective use of strategic litigation. She is a CEDR UK accredited mediator. Mieke has previously lectured jurisprudence at Wits Law School and has experience in constitutional law, having clerked for the late Justice Skweyiya during his tenure on the bench at the South African Constitutional Court. She obtained her undergraduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics as well as her LLB at the University of Cape Town and her LLM at NYU. Her involvement with the Black Sash started as a toddler getting under everyone's feet at Sash meetings attended by her mother, Paula Krynauw.

Janeen de Klerk

Janeen de Klerk is currently Chief Operating Office in the Competition Tribunal in Pretoria – where she has been since September 1999. Prior to this Janeen was employed in SALDRU (Southern African Labour and Development Unit) and the DPRU (Development Policy Research Unit) at the University of Cape Town. Janeen's expertise lies in the areas of finance and governance and she currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Board.

Nolundi Luwaya

Nolundi is currently a reasearcher at the Centre for Law where she continues to develop her interest in the struggles and strategies of women living in rural South Africa. She takes a particular interest in what the strategies for transforming their particular circumstances can teach us about transformation and change on a societal level. Previously, she was the Deputy Director of the Land Accountability Research Centre(LARC) and, from 2013-15, was the Programme Co-ordinator of the Rural Women’s Action Research Programme. She has a BA (English, Sociology and Law) and an LLB from the University of Cape Town.

Maleshini Naidoo

Maleshini Naidoo is a BCom (Hons) graduate who has 18 years of extensive financial and auditing experience.  Since 2007, she has been a director of MG Associates, which is a black-owned chartered accountant and consultancy business. In her consulting role, Maleshini has been involved in various projects at an executive level, namely: Acting Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the National Arts Council; Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (EWSETA); Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC).  Other entities where she has been involved at a consulting level include, amongst others, Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), Astrazeneca Pharmaceuticals Ltd and ABB Power Technology South Africa (Pty) Ltd. Maleshini currently serves on numerous boards, both within the public sector and private trusts.  She also served as an independent audit committee member for the Competition Commission and Competition Tribunal. Maleshini serves on the Black Sash Finance committee.

Matilda Smith

Matilda Smith is currently the Director of the Law Clinic at Nelson Mandela University. She is also mediator who has practiced in the commercial sector as well as with communities, NGO’s and Chapter 9 institutions. She has previously worked in Local and National Government as well as in the NGO sector providing training to Rural Advice Offices. Having first conducted research on the Street in respect of female Street Children, she founded the first Homes for Female Street Children in Cape Town with Child Welfare. Her relationship with Black Sash started when she worked with the Legal Education Action Project (LEAP) and both institutions serviced Advice Offices and were co-publishers of the Paralegal Manual.