Tinashe Chipwanya is the Grants Manager for the Women’s Voice and Leadership South Africa project. She is a proficient young woman; a game-changer, a motivator who is very passionate about playing a part in the development of women and youth globally. Tina believes that transformation in our communities can only be realized by the effective support of women’s participation in all economic sectors. Prior to joining Gender Links in South Africa she was involved in women, children and health rights initiatives under the auspices of NGOs like CIVICUS, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWA), Streetlight Schools and the Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP). She has been part of cross – cutting programmes that challenge and address the exclusion of women and the discrimination against them in the economic, political, social and cultural spheres. Her education background is in social sciences; she completed a BA Honours in Development Studies and a BA in Political Science and International Relations at the Witwatersrand University. She is a qualified Technical Financial Accountant with a diploma in Financial accounting and a Certificate in Management Accounting with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Tinashe’s current role as Grants Manager involves oversight of grant calls; assessment; due diligence; developing strategies and systems to optimise the grants administration process. She is directly involved in grant submissions by coordinating with grant seeking organisations. In this position she also oversees that grants are implemented according to the operational and financial needs of the organisation, and supervises grantee organisations to ensure proper coordination of work that is aligned to the proposals submitted. She makes sure implementing partners comply with financial policies; donor reporting and statutory requirements. She analyses and reports on budget trends; monitors grantee expenditures against approved budget and programme objectives.
Nomthandazo Mankazana-Mokoa is Grants Coordinator for WVL. She started her career working as an intern at GL in 2011. She was promoted to Gender and Governance Officer, Executive Assistant, and then Alliance and Partnerships South Africa Officer. Between 2015 and 2019 Mankazana-Mokoa completed her Bachelor of Social Science degree from Monash University in South Africa, where she majored in Criminology and International Studies. She volunteered at the Kwa-Thema Trauma Centre located at the Kwa-Thema Police Station; consulted with South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) and worked as the EU project coordinator at the National Shelter Movement of South Africa based at Nissa Institute for Women’s Development office. She has contributed and gathered data for research conducted by the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the National Shelter Movement, Housing women who have experienced abuse: Policy, Funding and Practice: Profiling shelters in KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape.
Fikile Maviya is the Grants Assistant responsible for finance management and training of Grantees in the finance systems. She reviews the reports and provides feedback to Grantees and Management. Fikile, joined Gender Links in 2014 working in the Corporate Department and was later in 2015 moved to the GL Cottages to work as the GL Events Manager. In June 2020 due to COVID 19 affecting the Hospitality Industry she left the GL Cottages to join the Women’s Voice and Leadership Project team. Fikile is a holder of an administration diploma, events management diploma, CIS level 2 governance qualification, project management certificate with Norvatis and an SA Specialist certificate holder. Her experience includes finance, event management and logistics, governance, procurement, travel bookings, asset management, office management, contracts management. She has over 15 years’ experience working in different NGOs in the Finance and Administration departments.