031 765 4729 info@omft.org.za 086 671 9966 NPO Reg. No: IT000732/2015 (N)


His Excellency, Obed Mlaba

His Excellency, Obed Thembinkosi Mlaba, High Commissioner of South Africa to the United Kingdom, the sixth since 1994. He is a former mayor of Durban, one of the biggest and commercially active cities of South Africa. He went to Inchanga Primary School and then St Augustine where he obtained his matric. He holds BA in Administration and an MBA from the University of South Africa and the International Management Centre, Buckingham Centre, United Kingdom.

Mlaba started as social worker in a government department before moving into the private sector where he has held positions that include personnel officer, industrial relations specialist as well as senior managerial positions in business development. In the process he has worked for some of the biggest companies in South Africa such as Grinrod and Co, South African Breweries and Eskom, the energy giant.

During his three terms of office(1996-2012), some major developments involving flagship infrastructure projects were commissioned or completed. He had a bias towards business and economic development and encouraged and lured investors to Durban and supported the development of local business and entrepreneurs.

One of his goals during his term of office as a diplomat is to improve and strengthen the relationship that exists between the two countries, politically and economically. With a strong bias towards business and industry, Mr Mlaba is determined to attract investment towards South Africa.

Mandla Mthembu - Chairman

Mr Mandla A. Mthembu holds an MA degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the U.K and BA Hons from the University of Natal. S.A (now UKZN).

Currently he is the Director of Policy, Stakeholder and Government Relations at the Accelerated Education Enterprises which has its footprint in most Sub-Sharan countries. He is a former Senior Policy Manager at the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA). Appointed by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr. Blade Nzimande, he currently serves as a Board Member of the ETDP SETA and a member of the Audit Committee of the Board. Over the past 25 years of his career he has served on various Boards and has been a Director and CEO of a number of NGOs, i.e. Operation Upgrade of Southern Africa, Natal ABE Support Agency, King Goodwill Peace and Development Trust and the National Literacy Cooperation.

He is a former Research Fellow at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and former Senior Manager at Umalusi Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training. He is also a former Chairperson of the Interim ABET Advisory Board (IAAB) which advised the late Minister of Education, Prof Kader Asmal on Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) Policy and Implementation in South Africa.

Nomvuza Shabalala - TRUSTEE

Newly elected Deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala is “deeply honoured” to have been entrusted with the position. The mother of four (one sadly deceased) comes from humble beginnings and has a reputation from her previous term as a community driven Councillor.

Her numerous qualifications include certificates in financial management, executive leadership development, computer studies and waste technology. Shabalala has served the Municipality since 1995, first as a municipal worker and, later, as a Councillor, chairing various committees including Infrastructure and Health Safety and Social Services.

“The key to service delivery is consultation,” Shabalala said. “We need to go into our communities and talk to the people, hear what they have to say and what they need. We must then link it to our Integrated Development Plan and provide whatever they need.”

In addition to serving as Deputy Mayor, Shabalala retains a position on the Executive Committee, which she described as a a great responsibility. “We are the decision makers and we must realize that we are not doing these things for ourselves, but for the people of eThekwini.

“Our citizens need to live a better, healthier life. Service delivery must be our key priority. There are a lot of things to be done, but if we work together we can do it. I will work hard and make sure that we work together as a team,” Shabala said.

Sibahle Ndlovu - TREASURer

Sibahle Ndlovu is a graduate in the Public Relations field and a B.Com Marketing & Advertising student with background and training in sales and marketing as well as management.

She joined the professional world through BMW SA in Johannesburg as a Diplomatic & Corporate Sales Executive she then, later advanced her skills and knowledge by working as a training facilitator for FNB management at Botswana . Still hungry for growth she then joined the Department of Sports & Recreation as a Cluster Coordinator in KZN. During this time frame, Sibahle gained exponential growth and knowledge, which then landed her a position as a Consulting Senior Events Manager.

Driven by her hunger for success and growth; Sibahle continued expanding her horizons by joining on the country’s biggest marketing networks The Creative Council, where she worked as a KZN Project Coordinator. She is a dedicated and skilled professional with a versatile business administrative skills developed through experience on her present and past projects

N F Mlaba - Secretary

Ntuthu Mlaba is a practicing attorney and conveyancer with fifteen years experience in the legal practice.

She was born at Umlazi and is now married with three children. She studied towards BA (Law) at NUL in Maseru, Lesotho and LLB at the University of Natal. Her law firm specializes in Labour Law and Conveyancing. She is an Arbitrator at the CCMA and further sits as a chairperson in several appeal Panels and tribunals.

She is a secretary of the OTM Foundation and is passionate about social justice as well as community development.

Thandeka Khumalo - TRUSTEE

Thandeka Khumalo holds a National Diploma from Mangosuthu University of Technology. She also holds a Project Management Diploma and a Diploma in Business Management from Varsity College.

She is the 100% owner of Sidibene Sonke Projects, accompany that she has owned for the past 10 years. Her company has worked on infrastructure projects for Vodacom, Neotel, and in the mining sector. She is a member of the South African Women in Construction, of which she was Chairperson in 2014/2015. She is a member of the Master Builders Association.