Our board members

Geoff Budlender

Social Justice Initiative

Geoff Budlender, SC, is an advocate practising in Cape Town, South Africa.  He works mainly in the areas of constitutional law, human rights, administrative law and other aspects of public law.  He was one of the founders of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in 1979, and was its National Director from 1994 to 1996. He was then appointed Director General of the Department of Land Affairs during the Mandela administration, a post he held until January 2000.  He then rejoined the LRC as Director of its Constitutional Litigation Unit.

Since 1994 he has litigated cases dealing with the death penalty, evictions, HIV/AIDS, housing rights, land rights, access to justice, and the rights of women under customary law. He appears regularly in the Constitutional Court and has acted as a Judge of the High Court of South Africa in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He has a strong background in social justice philanthropy and is on the Boards of the Claude Leon Foundation and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.

Wendy Luhabe

Social Justice Initiative

Wendy has extensive board experience in Corporate Strategy, Corporate Governance and Human Capital Development in both the private and public sectors.  She is best known for her pioneering social enterprises, human resources strategy development, and promoting the economic participation of women through a portfolio investment company and a venture capital equity fund. She is an author, a public speaker and thought leader who is passionate about leadership, mentorship and women’s development.  Currently, Wendy is an adviser to The Big Break Legacy (a South African entrepreneurial initiative), on the Supervisory Board of the IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland, and a member of the International Council of Business Women Leaders. She has also received three honorary doctorates in recognition of her work with women.

Dugan Fraser

Social Justice Initiative

After studying Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Dugan worked for donor organisations that offered grants to civil society organisations and low-income banking. In 1988 he moved to government where he worked as a monitoring and evaluation specialist at the Department of Land Affairs, the Public Service Commission, the Department of Public Service and Administration, and the Department of Social Development.  He has held positions at the Presidency, the United Nations Development Programme, and has worked as an evaluation consultant for a range of diverse clients.  He’s also been a programme consultant to a range of different donors, including the Ford Foundation and Hivos, amongst others.

Georgina Jaffee

Social Justice Initiative

Georgina holds an MA from the University of Toronto, has taught Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, and written extensively on labour and women’s issues.  She has worked tirelessly in the non-governmental sector, founding Cope Affordable Housing and Urban Sector Network. She was the South African Coordinator of Rooftops Canada for two years and has sat on a number of governance boards, including the Social Housing Foundation and the Tholego Eco Village. She is passionate about strengthening civil society and is committed to the role this sector can play in ensuring social justice.

Itumeleng Mahabane

Social Justice Initiative

Itumeleng Mahabane leads Brunswick South Africa and has been working in media and communications for more than 20 years. He joined Brunswick in September 2006 and has advised a number of leading South African corporations and institutions on signature corporate action mandates, most notably AB InBev’s combination with SAB Miller. He has also advised a range of blue chip clients on issue & crisis and corporate positioning projects.

Mahabane is a multiple-award winning financial journalist who wrote for the Mail and Guardian, the SundayTimes, Business Times, the Financial Mail and Business Day. He was a political economy columnist for the last three publications and has contributed to a number of books on political economy and Black Economic Empowerment. Mahabane is a member of the Board of Trustees of Equal Education Law Centre, Waterford Kamhlaba Foundation and the Social Justice Initiative.

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