President: Ntsizi November
Ntsizi is in possession of three university degrees ranging from education, history and political science – a Master Degree in Political Science as the highest qualification. He completed a couple of law modules as part of his LLB degree with the University of South Africa (not completed). He has also obtained a couple of short courses on “Negotiation Skills for the world of work” with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation in Italy; “Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development” with the World Bank; “Programme and Project Management in Public and Development Management” with the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management of the University of the Witwatersrand; and “Advanced Management Development Programme” with the School of Public Management and Administration of the University of Pretoria. In his career, Mr November had the privilege to work with the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) as a provincial manager in the North West province and also as a Deputy Director: World Heritage Management, before taking over his current position as a Deputy Director: Intergovernmental Planning and Coordination both with the national Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA). Mr November is currently serving as the President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) South Africa and as a World Heritage Advisor to ICOMOS International. He had been a mentor to a number of African Country’s during the Africa Periodic Reporting cycle and had also undertaken a couple of World Heritage nomination evaluation missions in Africa. Mr November had been involved with and worked on projects in partnerships with the African World Heritage Fund, IUCN and UNESCO.
Vice-President: Jenna Lavin
Jenna received her Masters degree from the UCT Department of Archaeology in 2010 and has, since then, been employed in the service of various heritage authorities, currently Heritage Western Cape. As the Assistant Director for Policy, Research and Planning, Jenna is responsible for the research and declaration of new Provincial Heritage Sites. She is currently working on finishing her second Master’s degree in Conservation of the Built Environment from the UCT Department of Architecture.
Office bearer: Stéfan de Kock
Stéfan has more than 18 years professional experience working as an Urban and Regional Planner both locally and internationally and has been working as an accredited Heritage Practitioner since 2006. He formerly served as an Executive Committee member of the Association of Professional Heritage Practitioners (2011-2014) and presently serves on Heritage Western Cape’s Inventories, Grading and Interpretation Committee (2013-2016).
Treasurer: Laura Robinson
Laura qualified as an architect at the University of Cape Town and now specialises in the field of heritage conservation, management and policy development; she has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Cape Town Heritage Trust for the past 15 years.
Laura is a Past President of the Cape Institute for Architecture, a previous Board member of the SA Institute of Architects and has convened both the local and national Heritage Committees of the professional bodies as well as being very active in the promotion of the profession of architecture within the membership. She is one of the first honorary life members of the CifA.
As Treasurer-General of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) Laura has been active in World Heritage in South Africa, the African continent and internationally where she has undertaken missions and reviews for sites in Australia, as well as Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. One of Laura’s roles apart from that of Treasurer is to promote the cultural heritage of the African continent within the broader framework of the international organisation; this is very much needed as Africa has not enjoyed the profile that it deserves in terms of the rich cultural heritage that our continent deserves.
Particular interests include the built heritage of the 20th century and sites of memory and conscience such as Robben Island (For which she developed the nomination dossier for World Heritage Site status).
Other areas in which Laura is actively involved include the restoration, rehabilitation and development of business plans for significant heritage buildings in Cape Town, site interpretation, the development of routes associated with slavery in the Cape, intangible heritage and the national Historic Schools Restoration Project which is headed up by Archbishop Njongo Ndungane.