Who We Are

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

At the Hout Bay Partnership we strive to harness talent and goodwill to address Hout Bay’s social and economic challenges and to contribute to a better, more inclusive and more integrated future for us all.

Our Staff

Chief Operations Officer

Chantal Richey

Chantal Richey has joined the Hout Bay Partnership in a part-time capacity as Chief Operations Officer.

After 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 consortia 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.  She is currently working with the World Bank as a Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist in addition to her role as Chief Operations Officer of the Hout Bay Partnership.

Project Coordinator

Ashley Newell is the Project Coordinator of the Hout Bay Partnership.

Having completed her studies in Psychology and Sociology, she has spent the past five years working throughout the country, particularly in the Cape Flats and Hout Bay communities with a number of non-profit organizations. She has a particular passion for connecting and capacity building within the social and economic development spheres to enable Hout Bay to reach its potential.

Our Contributors

Hout Bay is home to many talented people with the goodwill and drive to contribute towards the Hout Bay Partnership’s work to promote a model of integrated and inclusive social and economical development. We are very appreciative of the time and knowledge they contribute to our organization. Find out more information on how you can get involved here.

Tanya Blacher

Tanya Blacher volunteers her time as our communications & digital strategist. As a Hout Bay resident she is passionate about communicating the diverse range of stories and experiences in our community.  Tanya brings 15 years’ experience in digital media and marketing gained in the UK and, for the last 3 years, Cape Town, where she’s worked for agencies such as Ogilvy One.

David Schmidt

David Schmidt volunteers his time to collaborate on the Hout Bay Partnership’s education and leadership training initiatives. He began his career as a researcher and a teacher in the 1980s. He played a key role in creating the climate for South Africa’s transition to Democracy as the Western Cape Regional Director of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa from 1991 to 1995 and has previously worked for the City of Cape Town, facilitating its transition to a non-racial local government system and overseeing new urban policies, notably in the transport sector. Currently he is director of Strategies for Change.

Our Board

About the Hout Bay Partnership board of directors

The Hout Bay Partnership is registered as a not-for-profit company in terms of the Companies Act. It is governed by an independent board of directors. Western Cape government and the City of Cape Town both nominate a person to serve on the board of directors. Other board members are elected through a public nomination process. The board is not a representative board and does not represent specific organisational, business or government interests. The board is structured to be reflective of the diversity within Hout Bay, and to reflect the views and perspectives of communities, business and government.

The chairman and  government-nominated board members are presented first; thereafter board members are presented in alphabetic order.

Sanele Gaqa (Chairman)

Sanele Gaqa studied at Rhodes and earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences and went onto start an Honours Degree at Wits before he as head hunted by British American Tobacco. He has also completed 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.

George Zacharias (Deputy Chairman)

George Zacharias is chairman of the Board of Directors of Hout Bay Partnership. He is a commercial and corporate law attorney, with a particular interest in governance and corporate administration law, with specialist knowledge in the mining, oil and gas and renewal energy sectors of the economy. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of a number of Small and Medium Enterprises in the retail, logistics and information technology economic sectors and is the Chairman of various Audit and Risk and Social and Ethics board committees. George is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Business Management and currently serves as Chairman of the Western Cape Branch of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. He lives in Hout Bay with his wife and two children and enjoys spending family time outdoors in the amazing Western Cape environment.

Garreth Bloor (City of Cape Town)

Garreth Bloor is nominated to the board by the City of Cape Town. He is an elected public representative in the City of Cape Town and a member of the Mayor’s cabinet for economic, environment and spatial planning portfolio committee. Before serving as a Mayoral Committee member, Garreth served as chair of the directorate’s portfolio committee following his election at age 23. In 2012 he was a member of the 2012 Regional Leaders Forum in Brazil as well as being selected as one of 20 international experts on the Green Urban Economy, working with the European Union on the global submission to Rio+20 UN summit in Brazil to advance sustainable development, especially in the developing world. In 2013 the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, named Garreth a Global Shaper. Garreth has board experience with several non-profit and business boards, including the Cape Town Partnership, University of Cape Town and Sable Accelerator in California. He has worked on policy collaboration in over a dozen countries, primarily in the realm of emerging markets.

Rolfe Eberhard

Rolfe Eberhard  has 25 years of experience assisting government, public and development agencies in water and electricity policy, institutional reform, regulation, strategy, and financial and economic analysis. Rolfe’s work contributes to better contexts for sound public management. He has convened leadership programs for metropolitan mayors and city managers in South Africa and the CEOs of water utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa. Rolfe has degrees in economics (PhD), engineering and philosophy. He was a senior partner and finance director in a public management consulting firm and now works independently. His clients include governments, regulatory agencies and associations, water utilities and development agencies. He has experience in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa including extensive experience in the policy and institutional development process in South Africa from 1994 onwards.

Smangele Khuzwayo

Smangele Khuzwayo is a social worker at the Department of Social Development, Western Cape Provincial government. She is registered for her social work degree through the University of South Africa. After moving to Cape Town in 2000 she worked for a local publisher and then as an HIV counsellor at the Hout Bay Clinic.  She was chosen by the Rotary Club of Hout Bay to represent them to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, organised by an Australian Rotary Club to raise funds for HIV/Aids projects in Africa. Rotary noted that Smangele’s natural enthusiasm and close community ties made her the perfect choice to represent Hout Bay. Smangele was a HIV retroviral treatment coordinator for ARK (Absolutely Return for the Kids), an international organisation whose purpose is to transform children’s lives, and then for TB/HIV Care Association.  She was a volunteer for Victim support with the Hout Bay Police. She is a youth leader and Sunday school teacher at The Lord’s House.

Jan Lewis

Jan Lewis has worked in the fishing industry and was a skipper of fishing boats and has worked as a fish stock taker for Kaytrad. He has been involved in the establishment of four fishing cooperatives –Indigenous Coop, Korana Coop, Aboriginal Coop and Hout Bay Aquafarmers Coop – funded by the Department of Trade and Industry.  Jan Lewis had played a role as a community leader in Hangberg and is the chairperson of the Hangberg Peace and Mediation Forum (HPMF). The HPMF was elected through a democratic block election mechanism. A Peace and Mediation accord was signed between the City of Cape Town, the Western Cape Government, South Africa National Parks and the Hangberg Peace and Mediation Forum, and this multi-partner agreement was made an order of the High Court. He is a member of the Khoi-San Korana Group.

Iming Lin

Iming Lin manages Sprung, a social enterprise generator, and is developing a local food production business in Hout Bay. She came to South Africa in 2002 to study and volunteer with The Mothers Programme and the Treatment Action Campaign.  After graduation from Princeton University, she returned to Cape Town in 2003 to work with the Treatment Action Campaign. From 2005 to 2010 she developed infectious diseases health systems improvement projects at GF Jooste Hospital, obtained a Masters in Health Economics and worked as an independent consultant in public health with a range of corporate and NGO clients.  She is passionate about financially sustainable social change.

Jennifer Mannikam

Jennifer Mannikam studied at the School of Social Work in the Netherlands (1978-1982) and completed her Honours Degree in Community Work at UCT (1983). She is enrolled with the Clinical Masters Programme at UCT (2013-2015) and is completing training on group analytical psychodynamic psychotherapy (CGAS). Her career highlights include work with an Aids project in Aruba (1987) and unaccompanied minors in the Netherlands (1989-2001).  She has also worked in Curacao and Germany and was the President of the NATO Spouses in Germany – Humanitarian work (2006-2007). Through working for SHAWCO in Mannenberg she realised the importance of a bottom up approach to development. She serves on boards of the Kronendal Music Academy and the Western Cape Social Workers Veterans Forum. Is currently employed by SASSA as a Social Work Project Manager for their Foster Care Project. She is passionate about people and development – unlocking potential and enabling communities to thrive. This is about hope, mastery, ownership and a sense of belonging.

Clifford Nogwavu

Clifford Nogwavu was vice-chairperson of Hout Bay Christian Community Association in 1997 and chairperson of the Church Forum in Imizamo Yethu in 2008.  He is currently the treasurer of the Church Forum. Clifford has played a leading role in the South African National Civic Association in Hout Bay over many years, including being its chairman. He was a member of Imagine Hout Bay. He was a competitive boxer and has been involved as a youth boxing trainer. Clifford served on the board of James House in 2010.

Vuyani Ricky Pato

Vuyani Ricky Pato studied horticulture at the University of Cape Town (2002-3) and received pastoral staff training at the New Song church in Tacoma, USA (2007). He worked as a community worker for Ikhaya le themba in Hout Bay (2007-8). He was the youth and leadership development director for Sozo, working in Guguletu and Khayelitsha (2008-2009). Ricky worked for St John’s Parish Warehouse Sweet Home Farm Youth in 2011 and as a church planting pastor for Kingdom Vineyard Ministries (2013-present). He is a director of the Cape Town Leadership Foundation.

Solange Rosa

Solange Rosa is passionate about human rights and development.  She previously served as the Chief Director of Policy and Strategy in the Premier’s Department in the Western Cape Provincial Government. She worked at the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town as a Senior Legal Researcher from 2002 to 2006, focusing on children in poverty and the right to social security. She was also Advocacy Coordinator for the Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security and Chairperson of the Basic Income Grant Coalition. She has worked for Oxfam and the United Nations Development Program in Indonesia. She has a BA LLB (Witwatersrand) and LLM (cum laude UCT).