Chief Executive Officer

Letticia Naid is a development practitioner trained in Social Sciences and Project Management with the University of Pretoria.  She has been working in the Local Government Sector for about 10 years in programming, process management and implementation of interventions to optimize Local Economic Development and Governance from a public and private sector perspective. She has collaborated with and provided support to the three spheres of government (National, Provincial and Local Government) in South Africa on both donor funded and locally funded projects. She has been involved in contributing to policy formulation, strategy development, benchmarking of LED maturity in South African municipalities, facilitation of capability development and knowledge exchange. In the past four years, Ms. Naid provided conceptual and hands on mentoring support to municipalities in operationalizing Local Economic Development through a Town Regeneration (inclusive socioeconomic and spatial development) Approach, provided capability development support to Economic development Practitioners to enhance their effectiveness as agents of change in the sector as well as advocating for the interests of local governments in South Africa and international platforms.

Project Manager

Eve Chavalala has an honours degree in Urban and Regional Planning from University of Pretoria. She started her career as a graduate assistant under the Support to Local Government Programme within the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ), and made her way up to become a Junior Technical Advisor under the Support to Pan African Institutions Programme. She later became a Town Planning Practitioner at the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) before joining the Independent Development Trust (IDT) where she worked as a Development Planner. She joined CMRA in August 2013 as a Project Manager responsible for Local Economic Development (LED) within CMRA.

Project Officer

Andrew Kaliati is a project officer at CMRA; he attained a BA in Political Science (specialising in International Studies) from the University of Pretoria and an honours degree in International Politics at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He started working at CMRA as an intern and was later permanently employed as a project officer in 2015.

‘I am very interested in improving the cooperation between all spheres of government with the very specific goal of human and government development. I feel that it is through cooperation and the willingness to implement effective African solutions to African problems that Africa can develop’

Project Officer

Rem Tshesane has a background in Social Science from University of Pretoria. He also completed a Decentralisation and Local Governance course offered by Diputació de Barcelona (Chair of UCLG Decentralisation and Local Self-Government Committee) and a Project Management Life Cycle course offered by Rochester Institute of Technology. Rem worked for Lepelle Northern Water and Statistics South Africa before joining CMRA. He is now working as a Project Officer responsible for project administration for various projects. Rem has substantial experience in project design, management and implementation, as well as planning and organising of Peer-Learning and capacity building workshops.

Project Officer

Adaorah Iloanya is a graduate of the University of Pretoria where she obtained her Bachelor’s and Honours degree in International Relations. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations (Cum laude) from the same university. She joined CMRA as an intern in 2015 and in 2016 she assumed her new role as a Project Officer. Previously Adaorah has worked with the Golden Key International Honour Society and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE or ENACTUS). Development within the African context, International development cooperation and Local Economic Development are amongst her areas of interest.

Finance Officer

Chestar Malema, is a finance officer at the Centre for Municipal Research and Advice (CMRA). He holds a Diploma in Accounting and Financial Computing and has completed SAIPA articles. Chestar has experience in financial management, project reporting and external auditing. He previously worked as a senior financial accountant and auditor before joining CMRA. Chestar also has experience in cash flow projections, budgeting, finance and project tracking. His strong knowledge in finance and treasury gives him an edge in maintaining working capital and optimizing costs. 

Administrative Officer

Lebogang Manyala has a background in Commercial Accounting. She worked as an Office Administrator for 6 years before joining CMRA as an Administrative Officer. Lebo is responsible for the reception at the CMRA office. She is a point of contact for CMRA clients, partners and also serves as a point of contact for all employees, providing administrative support and managing their queries.