Our people are our strength. NACOSA board and staff have extensive experience of programming, policy, training and development in the non profit, public health and social development sectors.
Dr Saadiq Kariem, Chairperson, is Chief Director General, Specialist & Emergency Services in the Western Cape Department of Health. His qualifications include MBChB, Master of Philosophy in Public Health (MPhil), Fellowship of the Colleges of Medicine South Africa (FCPHM) and the Executive Masters in Business Administration (EMBA) degrees. Dr Kariem previously served as a member of the President’s National AIDS Council task team for prevention and has sat on the NACOSA board since its inception.
Other members of the board include:
Provincial advisory committee chairpersons:
Our senior management team are:
Dr Maureen Van Wyk, Executive Director, has led NACOSA since June 2005. She holds an MA degree in Social Work, a D Phil in Social Development and a graduate management qualification from the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She has vast experience of HIV and AIDS dynamics, government and the civil society sector in South Africa. Having worked in management in the departments of Health and Social Development, Dr Van Wyk also has in-depth technical knowledge of community engagement, public health and social development issues. She believes passionately in the involvement of community organisations in the development of public services.
Marieta De Vos, Programme Director, joined NACOSA in 2010 and manages the Global Fund Programme. Marieta holds an MPhil in HIV and AIDS Management (cum laude) and has over 20 years’ experience in programme and grant management, training and policy development. Before joining NACOSA, she was the Executive Director of MOSAIC Training, Service and Healing Centre and has also worked for government in the Departments of Health and Population Development, Welfare and Education and Training. Marieta has a special interest in linking sexual reproductive health and rights and HIV and AIDS programmes and led the development of the SANAC Women's Sector input to the country UNGASS reports in 2008 and 2010.
Mokgadi Malahlela, National Manager, started her career as a teacher and holds Higher Diplomas in Education and a Bachelor of Education in Adult and Community Education. Mokgadi has a wealth of experience in the HIV field and joined NACOSA as Western Cape Provincial Manager after three years as Head of Community Services Cluster at Kheth'Impilo, an HIV/AIDS service organisation. Before that, Mokgadi worked as Director of Child Services at Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) and at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation’s South African mission as Education and HIV/AIDS Programme Manager and as the Executive Director of Learning for All Trust.
Menaka Jayakody, National OVC Manager, is a qualified Occupational Therapist with clinical experience in a rural hospital and as Psychosocial Coordinator for the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies in Sri Lanka. An integral part of the NACOSA team since 2003, Menaka is a programme specialist in children and youth and HIV. Menaka was the Children's HIV/AIDS Network (CHAIN) Project Manager and now leads NACOSA's Orphans and Vulnerable Children Community Systems Strengthening programme funded by USAID and PEPFAR. Menaka has a special interest in, and knowledge of, the importance of social connectedness in supporting vulnerable children.
Stellar Zulu, KwaZulu-Natal Manager, holds a Bachelor of Arts and a diploma in Human Resources Development and Training Management and joined NACOSA from Khet’Impilo where she was District Coordinator for the Community Support Cluster and Provincial Manager for KwaZulu-Natal. Stellar has extensive experience in the social development sector and an interest in mentoring young women and girls. Stellar has strong community strengthening, networking and communication skills having worked as Network Coordinator for the Children in Distress Network (CINDI) and as a junior lecturer at the University of Natal's School of Language, Culture and Communications.
Hulene Hadje, Central Region Manager, started her career as a social worker with an Honours in Social Work from the University of Cape Town and worked with young offenders as a senior social worker at NICRO. Hulene also has management and operations experience in the private sector with positions at ProSano Medical Aid Scheme, Telkom SA and as Operations Manager for Oxygen Medical. Before joining NACOSA to open its Northern Cape office, Hulene was Training Manager for Broadreach Healthcare and Mentoring Social Worker for Touching Nations, a community HIV, AIDS and TB organisation.
Sydney Davis, Eastern Cape Manager, holds a Licentiate in Theology from the University of Cape Town and a Higher Diploma in Education, Training and Development. Sydney has had a long career in the social development and health sectors, particularly working in rural areas building the capacity of emerging community organisations. With NACOSA since 2006, Sydney has led our rural programme and work in the Eastern Cape and also has experience in counselling, group work, conflict management and facilitation. Before that, he worked as Manager of the Bergzicht Training Centre and as Regional Manager for Radio Pulpit.
David Mnkandla, Gauteng Manager, is an experienced development practitioner with over 20 years of experience working in the NGO field. His key qualifications include an MSc in Development Management from The Open University UK, BSocSc Honours in Monitoring and Evaluation from Lupane State University, PGDip and PGCert in Development Management both from The Open University UK. He joined NACOSA in February 2017, straight from Right to Care where he implemented the Unfinished Business of Paediatric and Adolescent HIV project, funded by the ELMA Foundation. David has worked with the YMCA on development issues affecting young people and for networking organizations, Zimbabwe AIDS Network and Positive Women’s Network. David has a passion for evidence-based interventions and capacity building for emerging organisations. He is a member of the South Africa Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA), the Zimbabwe Evaluation Society (ZES) and the South Africa Institute of Healthcare Managers (SAIHCM).