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30 July 2014: Our next Vociferous Wednesdays event with the Book Lounge and the Daily Maverick will be held on the last Wednesday of July at the Book Lounge on 71 Roeland Street, Cape Town (or join us via livestreaming) at 1730. Join Terry Bell, Gilaad Isaacs, Greg Nicolson and Saliem Fakir for what promises to be a lively debate on the politics of platinum. Tweet your questions @osfsa #vociferouswednesdays.
New staff that have and will be joining OSF-SA
Alan Wallis joined our team in June 2014 as our Senior Research and Advocacy Officer. His work will involve setting up and expanding OSF-SA’s Research and Advocacy Cluster. Alan is a human rights lawyer and throughout his career he has been involved, within a variety of contexts, in human rights litigation and advocacy in Southern Africa. Alan holds a LLB and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town and a LLM in International Law and Human Rights from the University of Michigan where he held the Ismail Mahomed Human Rights Fellowship and Grotius Scholarship. On completion of his studies in South Africa, Alan clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa under Justice Bess Nkabinde. Prior to joining OSF-SA, Alan was a lawyer with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) where he coordinated SALC’s International Justice Programme’s litigation, research and advocacy initiatives.
Jacquiline Wadi joined our team in July 2014 as our Front Office Administrator. Her role involves front office management and providing administrative support to the office. Before joining OSF-SA, Jackie worked for various organisations, gaining a wealth of experience and exposure. She has over ten years’ experience in the field of administration, customer service, marketing, travel and logistics. She is working towards her IMM qualification.
Surene Beagley will join our team on 1 August 2014 as the Finance Manager. Surene completed her CA (SA) training at KPMG in Cape Town in 2011. During her training she was responsible for delivering audit work on clients in a variety of sectors, including not for profit organisations. After completion of her training she joined Deloitte and Touche in Edinburgh where she was part of the management team on the audit of one of the largest banks in the UK. Surene returned to South Africa in 2013 and joined Kheth’Impilo Aids Free Living as a Finance Project Manager responsible for implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. While there, she was also responsible for the development, review and implementation of a number of standard operating procedures over Finance and Procurement Processes.
She holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting Honours degree from the University of Stellenbosch and is an admitted Chartered Accountant.
Vinayak (Vinny) Bhardwaj will join our team on 1 August 2014 as the Free Flow of Information and Freedom of Expression Programme Manager. He joins OSF-SA from the M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism where he was the advocacy co-ordinator and where his role was to secure information rights for investigative journalists through exercising the right of access to information laws and by coordinating challenges to laws affecting freedom of expression and information. His work has included submissions on the Protection of Personal Information law. He was part of the amaBhungane team that was awarded the 2013/4 Taco Kuiper prize for investigative journalism. He has also previously served on the Right2Know Campaign’s National Working Group where he specifically worked on the protection of the rights of whistleblowers.
He holds a Masters’ degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, an Honours degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelors’ degree in Molecular biology.