Staff and Governing BOdy

Akani Shimange


Akani is the Founder and former director of Matimba, and currently works as the Engaging Faith Programs Officer at GIN. They are a black non-binary individual with a background in advocacy, research, and movement building.

Kellyn Botha


Kellyn is a Project Consultant at Scope Facilitation and a research consultant for ILGA World who specializes in research, data gathering and media production.

Gorata  Nzimande


Melinda Swift


Gauteng City-Region Observatory’s Operations and Partnerships Manager

Jonathan Bosworth


Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychologist

Advisory group

Matimba has an advisory group that is made of five trans and gender variant individuals between the ages of six and nineteen from different socioeconomic and racial groups.

Together, this group works with Matimba’s traditional board to examine all proposed ideas by the advisory committee and consult with the staff to develop strategies to effectively implement these ideas.

Board of Directors

Zoe Black


Tumi Mpofu

Vice Chairperson

Noam Lubinsky


Nelly Mahloko


Wandile Dhlamini