Mukelani is the executive director of the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC). Mukelani is responsible for training, research coordination and advocacy. The ODAC training unit provides assistance to public and private institutions on best compliance strategies for South Africa’s Right-to-Information laws (Promotion of Access to Information Act and the Protected Disclosures Act). The unit also provides services to civil society formations and members of the public on using the Right-to-Information laws.
Gabriella is a law graduate working at ODAC as the head of research. She has a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town, graduating with distinction in Sociology. She formerly clerked with Justice Yacoob of the Constitutional Court and worked with University of Witwatersrand. She has a particular focus on access to information and freedom of expression issues, and has served as an active member of the Right2Know Campaign, Coordinating Committee Member of the National Information Officers Forum and is an Honourary Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Public Sector Lawyers Association.
Lorraine manages the Whistleblowing Programme at ODAC, assisting whistleblowers via a confidential helpline, doing advocacy and training. Lorraine has a Commerce degree and Labour Relations diploma. She has a background in teaching and labour dispute resolution. She has assisted with the formation of the Whistleblowing International Network of which ODAC is member and has been an active participant in Transparency International’s Anti Corruption Conferences.
Levi is our Regional Advocacy Officer. His responsibilities include growing our work in southern Africa, focusing on Access to Information, Freedom of Expression, Natural Resources Governance and Media engagement. Over the past seven years, Levi has been worked with various organisations and institutions in southern Africa, all of which focus on Democracy and Governance work. Occasionally, he also publishes opinion and analyses in media.
Radiyah is the senior administrator at the Centre. Formerly a litigation secretary, she manages the ODAC office, and the administration of the organisation. She joined the organisation in 2001.
Pumla Sithole is the junior administrator, and joined the organisation in 2007.
Alison is the head of advocacy and special projects at the Open Democracy Advice Centre. She has a BA LLB degree from the University of Cape Town. She is an attorney, who was formerly in private practice. She was the National Advocacy Manager at the Black Sash, before becoming the Centre’s first manager in 2001. She is a founding trustee of the Women’s Legal Centre, and is a member of the South African Law Reform Commission Project Committee on Data Protection.