Board Members

Wilhelmina is an international gender activist and trade unionist. She has a resilient education background, with a particular interest in Community Adult Education, and currently works as an independent consultant to the labour movement

Wilhelmina Trout

DAG Chairperson

Bonke possesses a rich range breadth and depth of experience and an intimate knowledge and understanding of the Built Environment. Bonke has spent over 20 years in a variety of senior management and leadership roles as a committed, diligent and passionate Built Environment Practitioner who believes in authentic, intentional, and collaborative partnerships. Bonke currently serves as a Director at Alwyn Laubscher & Associates (AL&A), a consulting company specializing in Development Management, Project Management and Construction Project Management in the Built Environment. He is Vice-President of the South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) and a Council Member of Council for the Built Environment (CBE).

Bafikile Bonke Simelane

DAG Vice-Chairperson

Moegsien Hendricks is DAG’s Executive Director. His work at the organisation involves leading DAG strategically, managing DAG’s staff, finances and sustainability, and overseeing DAG’s public relations. During his impactful career in urban development he has managed the precedent-setting in-situ incremental upgrading of 20 pilot informal settlement units and has played a leading role in developing and revising organisational visions and theories of change. He holds an Honours degree in Development Planning and a BTech in Town and Regional Planning. Moegsien is deeply passionate about facilitating collaborative processes between diverse stakeholders that lead to the development of comprehensive people-centered solutions to urban development challenges.

Moegsien Hendricks

Executive Director

Rugaya is a chartered accountant with more than 15+ years’ experience in public practice. She is the managing director at Verryn & Co Inc., an accounting and auditing firm in the southern suburbs. She is a registered member of SAICA and IRBA.

Rogaya Edwards

DAG Treasurer

Tasleema has expertise in the fields of Architectural Education and the Built Environment and has a special interest in Earth Architecture. She is currently lecturing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).

Tasleema Mohamed

Board Member

Qureisha is the local consultant for the Dreikonigsaktion, an Austrian donor organisation. She is responsible for the organisation’s projects in South Africa and joint partnerships in Africa. She also works as an independent facilitator and consultant. She has a background in social development, organisational development and the NGO sector.

Qureisha Nagdee


Over his 30 year legal career, Steven spent many years representing clients who faced an oppressive apartheid state while serving as a litigation lawyer and Director at the Legal Resources Centre. Post-1994 he litigated on behalf of the LRC's clients in cases that centered on socio-economic rights, with a particular focus on the right to access housing. His legal expertise was recognised when he was appointed as an acting judge of the Land Claims Court in 2012. The communities that he represented as a lawyer have regularly praised his commitment, integrity, honesty and determination to realise their constitutional rights. Subsequent to his retirement at the LRC he was appointed to the Rental Housing Tribunal where he currently serves as vice chairperson.

Steven Kahanovitz

Legal Resources