A New Chapter for the Hout Bay Partnership

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From Left to Right: Deputy Chair: George Zacharias, Chairman: Sanele Gaqa, Chief Operations Officer: Chantal Richey

As the Hout Bay Partnership continues to work towards its vision of promoting integrated social and economic development to improve the livelihoods and quality of life of Hout Bay residents, capacity of the organization has now expanded marking the beginning of a productive new chapter!

As of March 2016 Chantal Richey has joined the Hout Bay Partnership in a part-time capacity as Chief Operations Officer. After working in the private sector in Southern Africa until 2006 and then garnering many years’ experience working in post conflict, developing and developed nations across the African continent she is excited to return home to South Africa and enact positive change within her own community. She is an expert in establishing and managing partnerships and coordination in both the emergency stage and the post conflict transition and holds a Master of Science degree from Cranfield University, School of Applied Sciences.  In addition to her role as Chief Operations Officer of the Hout Bay Partnership she is also currently working with the World Bank as a Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist Consultant.

Chantal has picked up the reigns from board member Rolfe Eberhard who has been acting as interim CEO in a voluntary capacity for the last year. Rolfe has put in a lot of time and tireless passion leading the executive function of the organization along with board member Iming Lin who voluntarily assisted as acting Chief Operations Officer. The leadership team has been instrumental in transitioning HBP from incubation stage into an independent organization with growing capacity and potential to make a positive impact within Hout Bay. We wish to thank them for their time and dedication which has made significant impact in establishing a strong foundation for the Hout Bay Partnership.

Additionally, George Zacharias has handed the chairmanship of the board over to Sanele Gaqa who took over as Chair with effect from 15 April 2016,  to ensure continuity George will continue  as deputy chair..

Sanele studied at Rhodes and earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences and went onto start an Honours Degree at Wits before he was head hunted by British American Tobacco. He has also completed a Management Development course at Henley Business School as well as an Executive Leadership Course at Cambridge in the UK. Sanele is currently employed in a special service delivery unit in the office of the Premier of the Western Cape. Previously he was head of portfolio in his capacity as the Alcohol Policy Manager at the South African Breweries. His time in this highly regulated environment, and close engagement with regulators, civil society and NGO’s with a real interest in the reduction of alcohol abuse has helped him acquire the necessary tactical skills required to grow a brand amidst challenging policies. As a resident of Hout Bay Sanele is looking forward to supporting the Hout Bay Partnership to deliver on its vision for our community.

In Sanele’s words:

My first order of business as Chairman today is really just to thank George for his stewardship over the last few years and also thank him for offering to stay on as Deputy Chair to ensure continuity and serve as a sounding board in this new and exciting chapter for the HBP. Secondly I would like to thank Rolfe for his dedication as interim CEO and the Board for the support you gave him in this very challenging period.”

For any inquires about the work of the Hout Bay Partnership or if you would like to be connected with our team please send an email to info@houtbaypartnership.co.za