Board of Trustees

Although SANAC is the high level public face of the HIV, TB and STI response in the country, the legal entity through which it operates is the ‘SANAC Trust.’ The Trustees are responsible for the governance of the Secretariat and are appointed by the Deputy President.

On 14 November 2015, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the new Trustees of the SANAC Trust at the SANAC Plenary meeting held at the Protea Hotel, OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg. He thanked them for accepting the invitation to become part of the critical work that SANAC is doing. The Board of Trustees is chaired, in an acting capacity, by Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba, a former Director-General in the Departments of Health and International Relations and Co-operation, he is also a former Executive Director for Discovery Health LTD.

Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba

Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba – Chairperson: SANAC Board of Trustees.

Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba – Chairperson of the SANAC Board of Trustees

Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba graduated with a medical degree from the then University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal: Nelson Mandela School of Medicine) in 1982 and worked as a medical doctor at uMthatha General Hospital before going into exile in the late ’80s. He also completed a Master of Sciences Degree with specialisation in Health Policy, Planning & Financing from the London School of Economics (University of London). Between 1991 and 1995, he undertook his specialist training in obstetrics and gynaecology and was subsequently admitted as a fellow at the College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of South Africa.
Dr. Ntsaluba chaired the steering committee of the SA AIDS Vaccine Initiative and served as a member of one of the Working Groups of the WHO Commission on Macro-Economics and Health.


The SANAC Trustees are:

  • Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba (Board Chairperson – see above)
  • Ms. Sheila Mbele-Khama
    Commissioner Mbele Khama has been a practising traditional healer (sangoma) for close to 2 decades and serves as a commissioner for the CRL Commission (Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities), a body mandated with fostering the rights of communities to freely observe their culture, religion and language.
    She was nominated among the ‘Top 100 Women of South Africa’ by the Mail and Guardian newspaper in 2010. Ms Mbele-Khama is passionate about research into matters concerning traditional medicine.
  • Mr. Mluleki Zazini
    Mr Zazini studied electrical engineering at the then John Knox College (now Buffalo City College) and currently serves as the National Director of NAPWA (National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS). He has been with the organisation since 2001 and has served on various capacities from branch secretary to provincial coordinator.
    He used to be the National Executive Council member of the Positive Men’s Movement of South Africa. Mr Zazini also serves as one of the leaders for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Sector under the SANAC Civil Society Forum. He has been living openly with HIV since he was diagnosed in 2001.
  • Ms. Esther Letlape
    Ms Letlape is a businesswoman and an entrepreneur who has been a finalist for South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business Award. She has held executive roles for various companies, including Sappi, Murray and Roberts, Sasol and Transnet. She has also chaired the Johannesburg branch of the Businesswoman Association.
  • Ms. Steve Letsike
    Ms Letsike is a well-known activist, not only within the LGBTI sector but also on issues of feminism, human rights and social justice. Among other roles, she currently serves as the deputy chairperson of SANAC, a seat that represents the voice of civil society in SANAC structures. She also co-chairs the National Task Team on Hate Crimes, an initiative by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development, and is the Founding Director of Access Chapter 2, a human rights organisation with a specific focus on LGBTI populations and issues of gender equity. She has previously worked with Anova Health, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Department of Social Development.
  • Dr. Yogan Pillay
    Dr Pillay serves as the Deputy Director-General for the National Department of Health. He is responsible for key healthcare programmes including HIV, AIDS, STIs, TB, maternal and child health. He has extensive experience in strategic planning.
  • Ms. Grathel Motau
    Ms Motau serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Mmoni Advisory Services, having previously worked as an Audit Partner at KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources division. Additionally, Ms. Motau has worked for organisations such as Blue IQ Investments, the Industrial Development Corporation and the National Treasury. She has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of EOH Holdings Limited since March 2017. She serves as a non-executive director of Metair Investments Limited and a commissioner of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MPhil in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch.
  • Ms. Andile Mthombeni
    Ms Mthombeni holds a Sociology degree from Wits University and is currently reading for a Masters in Research Psychology. She is part of an advocacy research organisation, African Gender Institute (AGI), that aims to empower young women. She is a passionate scholar who currently works as a Research Assistant for the Department of Psychology at Wits University. She has a keen interest on researching issues relating to HIV and AIDS, young women and LGBTI populations. Ms Mthombeni is also an activist who has been appointed as a student representative in the Ministerial Technical Task Team for sexual and gender-based violence in institutions of higher learning.
  • Mr. Abba Omar
    Mr Omar is Head of Strategy and Communications at the Banking Association of South Africa.
    Prior to that, he worked for Mapungubwe Institute (MISTRA), a Johannesburg-based research institute. He served as South Africa’s Ambassador to Oman from 2003 to 2008 and then the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to December 2012. He also worked for various private and public entities including Meropa Communications and GCIS (Government Communications and Information System). He is currently reading for a PhD at Wits University. He graduated with an M.Phil from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Mr Omar currently serves on the South African Tourism Board, on the advisory committee of the University of Witwatersrand’s Centre for Diversity Studies, and as an Advisory Board member of the Institute for International Management Practice, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
  • Prof. Kholeka Mlisana
    Prof. Mlisana is the Associate Professor and Head of Medical Microbiology Department at the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) and National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) based at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. She served as the Project Director of the tenofovir gel trial in eThekwini under the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), as well as the Head of HIV Pathogenesis and Vaccine Research Programme (under CAPRISA as well). Her research interests now include TB diagnostics, drug resistance as well as sexually transmitted infections. Prof Mlisana has been a member of the Board of the South African Medical Research Council and currently sits on the National Advisory Group on Immunisation (NAGI).
  • Adv. Thandi Orleyn
    Adv. Orleyn holds various qualifications within the legal fraternity with 30 years’ worth of experience. She is a social justice activist who co-authored a book titled, ‘Sexual Harassment in the Workplace’ and is an accredited Mediator and Arbitrator. She has mediated on various bodies such as the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), South African Local Government Association (SALGA), National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) and South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) among others. She holds various executive positions on numerous boards and is involved in many community initiatives across South Africa. She is a Founder, Director and shareholder of Peotona Group Holdings, which is an investment company with a vision to contribute to the development of women in business.