Board of Directors & Management Committees
The foundation is led by a Board of 3 Executive Directors, namely Lisa Viola (CEO), Hlubikazi Zibi (COO) and Jasmen Chundurduth (CFO), with a Non-Executive Management Board that is comprised of various Advisors that provide the necessary oversight and direction. Our Financial advisor, Zoe Maseko is responsible for daily finance control and budgeting requirements, while our Legal advisor is Richard Botha. A Management Committee is in place to handle daily operational tasks, from project coordination to fundraising, marketing and community engagement. These members also play critical roles within the Steering and Subcommittees that are established as required. We employ an open-membership process into the foundation, whereby anyone my register and choose to join as basic members. Membership shall be applied for on the prescribed membership form, and shall be approved through the organisation’s Management Committee and Board.
Why is governance important to us?
The Healing Africa Foundation has been established with a solid organisational structure and is well grounded through the ratified Constitution that clearly defines the objectives and outlines the procedures for all members to adhere to. We as a collective strive to support, uplift and add value to communities through projects coordinated within our various departments, and partner and work alongside other NGOs and cooperatives in order to achieve the overall objectives of the Foundation and provide project management, financial planning as well as events coordination services to any who may need it.. We aim to create lasting change and align projects to the vision and mission of the foundation, with special focus on sustainability, job creation for the unemployed, and skills development. We will furthermore advance the recognition of art, culture and music of the peoples of South Africa through community centres, cultural villages, cultural tourism and festivals. Our goal is to benefit all South Africans especially the previously disadvantaged people of Our Rainbow Nation.
We furthermore align our governance structures to the outline provided within the King IV Report.
“The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (agreed by all governments in 2015), the Africa 2063 Agenda and the (South African) National Development 2030 (NDP) are unanimous in setting out what needs to be done to achieve growth and sustainable development. Those charged with governance will be stretched beyond their comfort zones and will need to entrench a broader vision and thinking if they want to be part of accomplishing this. Governance is indispensable for growth and prosperity. Every organization that adopts good corporate governance contributes to sustainable value creation in South Africa, Africa and ultimately, globally.” – King IV
Sub-Committees or Steering Committees
Committees are created and dissolved according to project requirements. Key community members, stakeholders, municipality officials and partners will be involved in the project management to ensure adoption and sustainable, viable long term upliftment and inclusion.
Brief look at our Constitution
The Board shall be responsible for securing adequate resources for the organisation for it to fulfil its mission. The Board shall assist the CEO and the Management Committee in developing an annual budget and in ensuring that proper financial controls are in place, and is responsible for articulating prerequisites for candidates, orienting new members, and periodically and comprehensively evaluating their own performance. Board members shall hold at least one meeting per 12 week period.
The CEO shall appoint Management Committee and Fundraising Committee members for the purposes of ensuring the day to day running of the organisation. The Board shall ratify all Non-executive Committee appointments, with all appointments to this effect being documented and shared as per the Constitution. Management Committee members shall hold at least one meeting per 4 week period. A quorum shall be fifty percent plus one, of persons entitled to attend and vote, at any meeting of the organisation. The chairperson or the CEO may call a special meeting if they reasonably deem necessary. All meetings shall be committed to in writing, noting those present and minutes shall be distributed to all applicable members.
The Management Committee may establish and appoint any required Steering and Subcommittees, advisory groups or working parties of their own members and other persons as is required from time to time. It is at their discretion to determine the scope of their work, and may further determine their terms of reference, duration and composition. All such Steering and Subcommittees shall make regular reports on their work to the Management Committee.
The Management Committee may delegate any of its powers to the respective committees, as per section 7.3.3 of the Constitution. Any committee so formed shall conform to any regulations that may be imposed on it by the Management Committee. Steering and subcommittees will be responsible for engaging with and understanding the specific needs of any community, and for the appointment of patrons from the community to sit on the various committees as required. These committees will be responsible for outlining project proposals and presenting them to the Management Committee or Board.
They will also be responsible for creating budgets and developing initial costings, manage and coordinate suppliers of the project, as well as conducting research within communities.They will further focus on fundraising initiatives, and the management of the projects once funding has been acquired. The Steering committees are tasked to ensure there is community involvement and buy-in into the project. Make recommendations to the Management Committee on all the finance and personnel matters. The Management Committee is responsible for the final Decisions to be executed.