Commission Chairperson: Prof Ivan Turok
Professor Turok is a qualified planner with a Masters in Town Planning from the top planning school in the United Kingdom – the University of Wales, Cardiff. He also has a PhD in Economics from the University of Reading, UK. He has conducted international research on the development of Cities, urban planning, urban regeneration and economic development for over 30 years. He has acted as an advisor to the United Nations, OECD, European Commission, UK government, African Development Bank and South African ​government. He was a lead author and researcher on the 2011 state of South African Cities Report. He is the Deputy Executive Director at the Human Science Research Council. He is also the Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town and the Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow.
Contact number: 021 4667866 / 0827354078

Commissioner: Ms Viv McMenamin
Ms McMenamin holds an Honours Degree in Social Science majoring in Economics from the University of Cape Town, Banking and Finance Diploma and a Masters in Economic Science from the University of London.
She is a well-known figure in Durban, having been involved in a number of mega projects, including the Point Development, the casinos and used to head the Mayor’s Office. She has made a significant contribution towards the objectives of the KZN Growth Coalition. She is currently the Director of the Land & Forestry Division of Mondi, having joined the company in 2003. She became a Sustainable Development Director and a member of the Mondi South Africa Board in 2004. She has held her current portfolio as Managing Director Forestry for Mondi South Africa Division since the beginning of 2006.
Contact number: 031 4512401/ 082 8886034

Commissioner: Mr Akash Singh
Mr Akash Singh is a registered Chartered Accountant and has completed his MBA degree. He is the Chief Executive Officer at Sigma International, which is a global consulting business with offices in South Africa and the USA. He is a member of the Board of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the last 8
years and a past president of the Chamber. Prior to joining Sigma International, he was a General Manager: Product at Nedcor as well as General Manager- Finance at BOE Bank. Prior to banking, he was a Dispute Analysis and Investigations Manager at Price Waterhouse Coopers (Durban) where he had undertaken a series of investigations both in the private and public sector. He completed his articles at the Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has been selected as a representative to PUM, a Netherlands government programme that provides global mentorship and he is a member of the Council and Board of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI). 
Contact number: 083 638 0339

Commissioner: Ms Thato Tsautse
Ms Tsautse holds a B Proc, LLB and LLM (Maritime Studies), and has also completed an Executive Development Programme from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She completed her articles at Bheka Shezi & Partners, working independently and with Counsel from an early stage. This shaped her legal acumen, professionalism and personal motivation. When she had completed her articles, she was appointed as a Legal Assistant in the Durban Municipality, where she was responsible for prosecuting contraventions of City bylaws and overseeing insurance litigation. After the 1994 elections, she was tasked with merging numerous municipalities into one. In 2010, she was the first female in the
history of the Durban Chamber to be elected as Deputy President. She was elected as President in 2011.
Contact number: 083 419 1676

Commissioner: Dr Siphiwe Mkhize
Dr Siphiwe Mkhize holds a Diploma in Irrigation Sciences from Bari Institute in Italy and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University, USA. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Soil Chemistry and Fertility from University of Reading in England, a Master’s degree in Philosophy (Applied Ethics) in Environment from the University of Stellenbosch and a PhD in Sustainable Ecological Management from the University of Pretoria. Dr Mkhize is currently the Head of Provincial and State Owned Entities Performance Monitoring at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF). He was the
Minister of Agriculture at the South African Embassy in the United States of America. He represented the South African Agricultural interest in Mexico from September 2001 to July 2010. Prior to this he was the Director of International Relations at the National Department of Agriculture. He has represented the South African Agricultural sector on various forums abroad and locally. He has written a number of papers in the field of Agriculture, Development, Ethics and Agricultural Biotechnology, and he is the author of a
book titled: Towards Hope and Challenge Agricultural Biotechnology and the Catholic Social Teachings: A Catholic Ethic for Agriculture, Environment, Faith and Food (2004).
Contact number: 012 319 8469/ 072 205 9883

Commissioner Ms Lindiwe Rakharebe
Lindiwe Rakharebe holds a B.A Degree in Management Leadership (Free State University), a Diploma in Management Development Programme (Executive Education), Work Orientation and Language Certificate from the University of Natal (UKZN), a Marketing Management Certificate from Damelin Management School, and a number of professional development programmes including a Financial Services Training programme (international Training solutions) She has extensive experience in the financial services industry and established relationships in KZN. She is currently the Regional Executive RBB KZN for Absa bank Ltd, where she looks after a total of 87 branches within KZN. Her role entails serving in the financial industry and building lasting relationships in order to expand and intensify the ABSA/Barclays footprint in KZN.
Contact number: 031 563 6149/ 082 468 5723

Commissioner: Professor Urmilla Bob
Prof. Urmilla Bob holds a B.A Pedagogic in Education, English and Geography from the University of Durban- Westville, B.A Honours in Geography and a Masters in Geography from West Virginia University U.S.A.(1994) as well as a Ph.D in Geography from West Virginia University (1999). She also holds a certificate of Achievement from the University of Natal Pietermaritzburg (Currently UKZN). Professor Bob was appointed as the Research Director at UKZN (Durban Westville Campus) in 2001 where she was involved with the
Ethics Committee, conference funding, interfacing with facilities as well as research management and planning. She was previously appointed as a lecturer in Advanced Rural studies, Advanced Research Methods, the land question in South Africa, Tourism and research projects from 1998 – 2000. She is currently a full professor and Chair of UKZN Research Ethics Committee (Human and Social Sciences), the Academic project leader for South Africa on the South African Netherlands Partnerships for Alternative Developments (SANPAD) Rural migration, Urban Renewal and Slum Clearance – A challenge for Mega Cities in the South: Development of a Sustainable Livelihoods Model in Durban/ eThekwini (Comparative research in South Africa, India and Brazil)
Contact number: 031 260 2501/ 073 133 0147

Commissioner: Mr Rory Edward Wilkinson
Mr Wilkinson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from University of Natal Pietermaritzburg (UKZN), and a Master’s Degree in Town Planning from the University of Natal Durban (UKZN). He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business. He was employed as a project manager for the South African Charcoal Company and a Town Planner for the Department of Local Government and Housing. He is currently the Planning Director for Tongaat Hullets Developments
(PTY) Limited, a member of the South African Planners Institute (SAPI) and registered as a professional
Contact number: 031 560 1926/ 083 278 4299

Commissioner: Dr Malcolm Mitchell
Dr Malcolm Mitchell has 57 years engineering experience, primarily in Civil and Transportation Engineering since he graduated from Natal University in Civil Engineering in 1956. His highest qualifications are two Doctorates - in Transportation Engineering (University of Pretoria) and Transport Economics (University of Johannesburg) as well as a Master’s degree in Administration ( UNISA). He retired from the Department of Transport in 1998 after nine years as Deputy Director-General with the overall responsibility for all aspects of Land Transport at national level in South Africa, and prior to that he was the Head of National Roads in South Africa. He was instrumental in creating the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL).
He has provided specialist advice in transportation engineering and institutional and policy matters in the transport sector, the mediation of contractual disputes in civil engineering as well as the mentoring for professional registration of many young engineers. He is also a member of the Engineering Council’s Professional Advisory Committee for Civil Engineering.
Contact number: 031 765 1046/ 083 460 0353

Commissioner: Mr Eric Mtshali
Eric Mtshali is a trade unionist, leader in uMkhonto weSizwe and Member of Parliament. He became active in the anti-apartheid and trade union movement, organising workers in Durban since the 1950s beginning with the Dock and Harbour Workers Union in 1951. In 1955 he assisted in established Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU). In 1964/5 Mtshali became the first editor of Dawn magazine, a position he held until 1969. In the same year he began serving as the ANC’s Chief Representative in Tanzania, a position he retained until 1976. Mtshali then went to work as the South Africa trade union representative at the World Federation of Trade Unions in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Mtshali returned to South Africa in 1991. Between 1995 and 2000 he was the Deputy-Commissioner of Criminal Intelligence in Kwa-Zulu Natal. In the 2000 elections Mtshali stood as the ANC councillor of the EThekwini Unicity Municipality. Mtshali has been a Member of Parliament for the ANC since 2004. He has sat on the parliamentary committees on Labour, on Higher Education and Training and on Human Settlements. He is also currently on the Central Committee of the SACP.
Contact number: 083 571 8914

Commissioner: Mr Glen Robbins
Glen Robbins is a part-time Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Durban, South Africa) and a specialist consultant focusing on regional and local economic development, infrastructure planning and financing and trade and industrial policy. He previously headed the Economic Development and City Enterprises functions in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and served on board structures of a number of public and non-profit entities. He has participated in a range of projects, in South Africa and internationally, including urban and regional economic development research as well as research projects in the fields of employment, trade, labour dynamics,
transport/logistics and industrial development. Glen Robbins serves as a Commissioner on the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Planning Commission and is on the Advisory Board of the State of the African Cities Report project hosted by the African Centre for Cities (at UCT). He has a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) from the former University of Natal, an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) and is busy with a PhD. at the University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Social Science Research.
Contact number: 082 496 9396

Commissioner: Mr Pascal Moloi
Mr. Pascal Moloi, BA (Wits) has been Managing Director of The Resolve Group (Pty) Ltd., since May 2006. His key areas of expertise are Public Sector Management, Change Management and Organisational/Institutional Design. He served a five-year term as City Manager, during which time he oversaw the establishment of Johannesburg as a unicity. He was CEO for the Greater Johannesburg Northern Metropolitan Local Council. He was Transformation Manager of the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan. He served as Director of Local Government Unit for Planact where he managed the Local Government Unit which included teams advising Civic Associations in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Vaal and Benoni; and participated in the Local Government Negotiations Forums technical backup to the ANC delegation. He served as Director of Local Economic Development for the Ministry in the Office of the President of the republic of South Africa (RDP). His consulting focus is on strategy and leadership, and he draws on his strong understanding of public sector management and experience in the design and roll out of performance management systems.

Commissioner: Ms Yasmin Rajah
Ms Yasmin Rajah has obtained a BA (Social Work) Degree from the University of Durban –Westville.
She worked as a social worker at The Durban Child Welfare( now known as the Durban Children’s Society) for 2 years before moving on to work at St. Philomena’s Children’s Home for about 2 ½ years and then to Pinetown-Highway Child and Family Welfare Society for 11 years. She moved to the Mennonite Central Committee: Refugee Project in February 2003 as a social worker and became Project Coordinator in 2004 until July 2008 - when the MCC: Refugee Project evolved into an independent NGO, called Refugee Social Services. She is the founding Director of Refugee Social Services and was previously on the Boards of Children First and JOHAP (Joint HIV/AIDS Program) She is currently Director of Refugee Social Services which is the social implementing partner of the UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) in KZN for more than 6 years. She also serves on the Board of CoRMSA (Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa), and also sits on the Streetnet Financial Review Committee. 
Contact number: 031 310 3578/073 153 0597

Commissioner: Ms Beauty Zibula
Beauty Zibula is a Sample Machinist at Prestige Apparel and has served the South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union (SACTWU) for many years during which she took on numerous leadership roles. She was the chairperson of, SACTWU, Durban North. She also served as Durban South Treasurer, Regional Deputy Chairperson, Chairperson in the National Bargaining Council, 2nd Deputy President, 1st
Deputy President and National Gender Co-ordinator for the organisation at different times. She was also the Provincial Chairperson, National Gender for COSATU. Her involvement in the Union has ensured that she remains an activist in the struggle for the rights of the workforce and the vulnerable. She maintains her position in the ANC women’s league.
Contact number: 031 304 1690