About Our Advisory Board
A longtime advocate for human rights, Mandla grew up in the township of Guguletu, South Africa. At the age of 11, he joined the Young Romans Soccer Club where a good education, grounded in strong values and ethics, provided him with the foundation for the social justice worldview that would become his life’s work.
Mandla began volunteering with the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in 1999, and by 2000 was employed as a Community Organizer and tasked with creating TAC branches in South Africa’s provinces. Within two years, TAC had expanded from two regional branches to 15 national ones. In recognition of his talents and accomplishments, Mandla was appointed the National Organizer for TAC, and was elected General Secretary of the National Congress of TAC in 2003. He remained in that position, managing TAC’s Khayelitsha branch, until 2011, when he became Campaign Coordinator for the Social Justice Coalition (SJC—an advocacy organization that campaigns for safe, healthy, and dignified communities in the informal settlements.
Mandla founded the Movement for Change and Social Justice in 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human and Social Studies from the University of South Africa.
Vuyiseka Dubula, Founder, Activist Centre for Education and Development
Vuyiseka is the former General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in South Africa, and the former Director of Programmes at Sonke Gender Justice. She lectures at Stellenbosch University on the social aspects of HIV/AIDS, and is completing her PhD at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Development Studies.
Vuyiseka is HIV-positive, and committed to ensuring that people living with HIV have a voice in the struggle against the pandemic. From 2007–2015 she served on the South African National AIDS Council as the national representative for people living with HIV. She has also been a member of the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention, and is a former Community Mobilisation Officer for Médecins Sans Frontiéres. In addition, Vuyiseka has served on the board of directors of the AIDS Law Project, Corruption Watch, and the Rural Health and Advocacy Project, been on two national Ministerial Advisory Committees on Leadership, Governance, and Service Delivery, and was appointed by the Minister of Health to the board of the National Office of Health Standards and Compliance.
A partial list of Vuyiseka’s awards include: the Mail & Guardian’s Young South Africans Worth Taking Out to Lunch Award, the John Lloyd Foundation Leadership Award, and the Department for International Development/British Council Next Generation Leadership Award. She also has been recognized by the University of Oslo as one of its “Courageous Leaders.”
Vuyiseka is the founder of the Activist Centre for Education and Development, which strives to support activists with access to higher education and creates a platform for activists’ reflective learning.
Bheki Kunene, Founder, Mind Trix Media
Bheki is the founder of Mind Trix Media, an award-winning design agency located in Guguletu that focuses on graphic design, web design, and digital media. Bheki and his company have been recognized with many national and international awards, including: Forbes Africa’s “30 Under 30 Most Promising African Entrepreneurs,” Hennessy’s “Business Man of the Year Award,” and House and Leisure’s “Rising Star.”