SALO is staffed by a team of experienced programme, administrative and financial staff who manage the daily operations of the organization.  The SALO team is deeply committed to the values and ethos of SALO, ensuring that the organization itself demonstrates good governance, institutional memory, continuity, and the translation of workplans into excellent practice.

In addition, SALO supplements its full-time staff with ad-hoc, flexible competence by contracting a wide range of research and other specialist skills, creating a flexible network of practitioners that add value to the research/knowledge base of Southern Africa.

Francisca Mdleleni

Operations Manager

Francisca Mdleleni is SALO’s Operations Manager. Kenyan born and educated, but South African by marriage and residence, she joined SALO in June 2008.  Over the past 9 years SALO has been involved in a range of policy dialogue, community activism and research … Continue reading

Dr. Showers Mawowa

Deputy Director

Dr Showers Mawowa is SALO’s Deputy Director, based in the Pretoria Office. He is a member of the International Experts Panel (IEP) at the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). Showers holds a Ph.D in Development Studies (2013) … Continue reading

Joan Brickhill

Founder and Executive Director

Joan Brickhill was a journalist, broadcaster and political activist in Southern Africa over three decades.  Among others she worked for various African publications, Radio Freedom and the ANC Information Department in Lusaka, the BBC World Service/African Service, and the Zimbabwe and … Continue reading

Molly Dhlamini

Senior Associate

Molly Dhlamini is a Senior Associate at SALO. She joined SALO in 2013. She had a brief stint working as the stakeholder engagement coordinator in the Mineral Resources Ministry. For almost a decade, she worked for the National Union Of … Continue reading

Rebone Tau

Senior Associate

Rebone Tau has been with SALO since 2007. She is a Senior Associate, responsibilities include fundraising, liaison with partners, filmmaking, public speaking. She has written a short book entitled “Is there Democracy in Swaziland” which appears in our publications section. She … Continue reading

Tawanda Sachikonye


Tawanda Sachikonye is a SALO researcher. Tawanda joined SALO in 2010. He has a Master’s degree fromRhodes University’s Department of Political and International Studies. His areas of interest include International Relations; Development Studies; Political theory; Gender issues and African economics … Continue reading

Marissa van Rensburg

Deputy Manager of Projects and Stakeholder Engagement

Marissa joined SALO in 2013 as an intern during her final year of study at UCT, becoming full-time after graduating with a BA in Political Science and Media Studies. She is currently the Deputy Manager of Projects and Stakeholder Engagement. … Continue reading

Ntsako Kevin Mogobe

Youth and Community Outreach Consultant

Ntsako Kevin Mogobe is a Youth and Community Outreach Consultant for SALO. A former student and current youth activist since the age of 15, he matriculated in 2008. Ntsako was elected COSAS Tshwane Regional Chairperson during the year 2008 and … Continue reading

Judith Todd

Judith Todd

SALO Representative in Zimbabwe

Judith Todd is the SALO representative in Zimbabwe. Briefly jailed and detained by Rhodesia’s Ian Smith regime in 1972, was then exiled for nearly eight years.  She returned to Zimbabwe in 1980 and became director of the Zimbabwe Project, a … Continue reading

Virginia Brookes

Finance Manager

Virginia Brookes is SALO’s finance manager. She joined the Community Law Centre as the Financial Manager in April 2001, prior to that she worked in UWC’s Finance Department for two years. Virginia completed her B Com (Hons) at the University … Continue reading

Inger Smith

Communications and Media Consultant

Inger Smith has been working as a communications and media consultant for SALO since March 2007. Her work has included, designing the SALO logo and letterhead and other media and print material, updating the SALO website as well as filming … Continue reading

Athenkosi Thoba

Research Intern

Athenkosi Thoba is a Research Intern at SALO. He joined SALO in November 2013. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Relations at the University of Western Cape. He holds an Honours degree in International Relations and a … Continue reading

Jessey Matlou

Research and Development Officer

Jessey is a research and development officer based in the Pretoria office. She holds a BA degree in Media Studies and Psychology from Wits University. Her other subjects included Politics, Research and Design, Psychometrics which add to her abilities as an … Continue reading

Milis’uthando (Milisa) Mbete

Research Intern

Milis’uthando (Milisa) Mbete completed her BA degree in International Relations and Political Science atthe University of Pretoria. She is currently studying towards her BA Honours degree in International Politics from the University of South Africa. She joined the SALO team … Continue reading

Daisy Mbutho


Daisy Mbutho joined SALO’s Pretoria office as a volunteer in October 2017. She holds a BA (Adv) in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba in Canada. Her areas of interest include peace and security, diplomacy and peacebuilding in Africa … Continue reading

Kgamanyane Precious Malete

Research Intern

Precious is a recent graduate of the University of Cape Town. She received a Bachelor of Social sciences majoring in International Relations and Industrial Sociology. She joined SALO in November 2017 as an Intern. Besides working at SALO she is … Continue reading