The current OJA Board of Directors consists of Eric Apelgren, Chairperson; Thobi Mhlongo, Deputy Chairperson; Sibongile Mlambo, Treasurer and Kenneth Mshengu, HR Specialist.


The members of our board guide our mission and vision. Board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the nonprofit has adequate resources to advance its mission.

Our Board of Directors

Mr Eric Apelgren, Chairperson
Mrs Ellen (Thobi) Mhlongo, Deputy Chairperson

Eric Oswald Apelgren has twenty-two years’ experience in International development, civil society institutional development, local government governance and education. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science and a Higher Diploma in Education Counseling and Geography Methodology, from the then Natal University (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Durban, 1985

He is currently Head of International and Governance Relations Department in eThekwini Municipality.

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Mrs Ellen Thobekile Mhlongo is a qualified and registered Social Worker and a qualified Business Executive.  She graduated with a BASW from the University of Zululand in 1973, was awarded an Honours degree in Social Work from the then University of Natal in 1984.  She obtained both a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) and a Postgraduate Certificate of Advanced Study – Social Work in Industry from the University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA in 1993.  

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Mrs Sbongile Mlambo, Treasurer
Mr Kenneth Mshengu, Human Resources

Educated in Public Administration/Management, Finance and Business Management

Professional Public Sector Manager with vast experience in Management, Finance, Risk Management, Auditing & Investigations, Supply Chain and Human Resource Management.

Mr Kenneth Mshengu holds a BA in Psychology (UNIZUL); Higher Diploma in Human Resources (Wits); Industrial Relations Diploma (Wits) and Executive Programme Certificate for Senior Management from Henley Business School (UK).

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