Senior Management Team

Gugu Shongwe-Xaba, Director of Programmes


Gugu has over 30 years’ experience working with government, civil society as well as local and international development organisations. After spending the last two years as programme delivery lead at BroadReach, Gugu has returned to SCSA to oversee programme strategic direction, implementation, and impact measurement. She brings with her a wealth of experience in programme design and implementation as well as quality improvement. Gugu has extensive organisational strategy development, leadership, research, and business development experience and has previously led teams to deliver on projects valued at over R100 million.

Start date: February 2022
Email: Gxaba@savethechildren.org.za

Hlobisile Nsibande, Director of Finance

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Hlobisile obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2001, her Diploma in Management Accounting through CIMA in 2015 and qualified as a Professional Accountant SA in 2016. She has 21 years of practical experience as an accountant having worked for various companies such as Sanlam Employee benefits, and Alexander Forbes, prior to heading up the accounting division Transparent Financial Services, a medium sized licenced retirement fund administrator where she was responsible for the largest fund under administration with assets in excess of R5 Billion, for a period of six years.

Start date: May 2020
Email: HNsibande@savethechildren.org.za 

Suzanne Wessels, Director of Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning

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Suzanne is a development professional with extensive experience in Management, Monitoring and Evaluation.  She brings 20 years’ experience in the Development Sector, thirteen (15) of which in the Children’s Sector, working for Save the Children in South Africa. Prior to transitioning to SCSA, Suzanne worked for Save the Children UK.  Suzanne has broad technical knowledge through working across various sectors in the development arena including Education, child protection, community development and engagement, health and nutrition, HIV/AIDS, children’s rights, local government. Since SCSA was formed in 2013 she has been leading monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning in the organisation in its objective to growing SCSA’s research portfolio and evidence base to support the development and roll-out of quality programmes.

Start date: May 2020
Email: SWessels@savethechildren.org.za

Yani Horn, Director of Partnerships, Advocacy and Communications

Yani is a development specialist with a passion for social justice. Her background in psychology has led her to spend the last 16 years sharpening her skills in fundraising and communications to inspire others to change the world. Throughout her career, Yani has fundraised for the Homeless in the United States, for children and unemployed youth in South Africa. She has also developed programmes across the African continent. No matter what hat she wears, Yani’s goal is simple: to activate the private and public sector to support, serve and advocate for the most marginalised citizens of the world community. Yani lives in Johannesburg with her husband and 2 sons.

Start date: March 2020
Email: YHorn@savethechildren.org.za