About Us

The Migration Project is an initiative of the European Union, facilitated the Democracy Development Program, an NGO based in Durban that works to help deepen the practice of democracy in the country.

Lily Hlophe – Project Manager

Lily is an accomplished academic scholar who is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology, at the University of KwaZulu Natal. Her achievements include a Master’s degree in Sociology and two Honours degrees, in General Psychology and Psychological Counselling, to name just a few.

Having been trained by the University of Wits, the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the University of Los Angeles (UCLA), she is a skilled researcher, with over 7 years’ experience in research in the social sciences. Moreover, she is passionate about skills development and rural and township-based research with the aim of developing custom-made interventions, for the betterment of the lives of the residents of these areas.

Lily is a member of the South African Sociological Association (SASA) and she is also an ETDP-SETA-accredited Skills Development Facilitator and Assessor.

Wiseman Mavundla – Project Coordinator

Wiseman is an active community developer who seeks to bring forth positive contribution towards development in Africa and at a global scale. He strongly believes in the need for continuous learning in order to better understand the complex dynamics of development, democracy and globalization. He is currently completing his Masters in Population Studies.

Noxolo Precious Sithole – Project Admin Assistant

Noxolo holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law, as well as a Bachelor of Social Science Honours degree in Policy and Development Studies, both obtained at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She developed her passion for Monitoring and Evaluation during her undergraduate degree, when she discovered the growing importance of prioritizing M&E as a platform for learning and accountability, this importance being caused by the growing voice of civil society’s scrutiny on good governance and demand for efficient public administration.

She has spent the past three years acquiring experience in institutional and project-based M&E, coordination of skills development projects, analysis and development of various M&E systems.

Noxolo hopes to contribute towards the growing body of knowledge in strategic public sector governance through the Master in Public Administration degree she is currently studying for.

Her interests lie in social justice, local economic development, rural development, civil society and policy.

Nontobeko Zuke – Project Administrator

Nontobeko is a driven Accounting professional with over 6 years’ experience in External Auditing, Internal Auditing, Bookkeeping, Financial Accounting and Taxation.
Eligible to register with SAICA as an Associate General Accountant (AGA SA), She holds a BCompt degree from UNISA and has completed CA training at SNG Grant Thornton.

Thando Lamula – Project Communications Officer

Thando is a seasoned communications practitioner, having earned her stripes working for agencies for the first part of her career. With more than 7 years’ experience under her belt, she has worked in and for different organisations across various industries such as the arts, textiles, agriculture and non-profit, to name a few.

Her specialties include media and stakeholder relations, crisis communications, PR strategy and social media management.

She boasts a Media and Communications degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and continues to work towards improving her craft and reinventing herself through various short courses.

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