Our Trustees

Maria MacDiarmid Burton (Patron)

 Mary Burton has served as the Chairperson of Black Sash, and also as deputy chairperson of the Council of the University of Cape Town. She was a Commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She was co-founder of the Home to All campaign which was a plea to all white South Africans to acknowledge the ways in which they were benefited by the policies of apartheid in an attempt to help reconcile South African society. She has been involved in various capacities with the Black Sash since 1965. She serves on the Programme Committee of the Black Sash.

Yasmin Turton (Chairperson)

Yasmin (Jessie) Turton (Deputy Chairperson since 2006) is currently a lecturer in the Social Work Department at the University of Johannesburg. Prior to this, she worked as a consultant providing services largely to NGOs, government departments and foreign donor agencies in areas such as organisational development, human resource development, strategic planning, capacity building, training and evaluation. She serves on the Programme Committee of the Black Sash.

Mary-Jane Morifi (Deputy Chairperson)

Mary-Jane Morifi is currently the Global Campaign Lead for the Mandela Children’s Hospital helping the Mandela Children Hospital Trust achieve the R1 billion target required to complete the Hospital which is Mandela’s last legacy to South African and African Children.  Mary-Jane joined the Mandela Children’s Hospital from Anglo American Platinum where she held the position of Executive Head Corporate Affairs for 6 years, from 2007 until 2013.  She serves on a number of not for profit boards and is the Chairperson of Leratong Hospice a palliative care organisation.  She serves on the HR Committee of the Black Sash.

Sibongile Mkhabela

Sibongile (Bongi) Mkhabela (Chairperson since 2006) is CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust.  She sits on various boards and has immense experience in development issues, nationally and internationally, gained from working in senior positions at the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Education Programme in South Africa and in the Development Resources Centre.  Bongi started her career as a para-legal worker under the South African Council of Churches.  Before joining the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, she was Director for Special Programmes and Projects in the Office of the then President Thabo Mbeki.

Diana June Oliver

Di Oliver was a member of Black Sash from 1978 till the membership closed in 1995, and has been a trustee of the Black Sash Trust from 1995. She is a board member of several NGOs and an active parishioner of St George's Cathedral where she is a lay minister and the Coordinator of Caritas (the Cathedral's caring ministries). She served as chairperson of the Trust from 2005-2006. She serves on the Sustainability Committee of the Black Sash.

Jennifer de Tolly

Jenny de Tolly practices architecture part-time and is involved in her family's business. She joined the Black Sash in 1982 and has been a Trustee since 1988. Jenny was at various times Chairperson of the Trust, Chairperson of the Western Cape region of the Black Sash, and National President of the Black Sash. She serves on the Finance Committee of the Black Sash.

Margaret “Dolly” Jennifer Khumalo

Alexa Lane

Dolly Khumalo is the Manager of Museum Service in the Office of the Premier, KwaZulu-Natal. She has been with the Black Sash since 2005. She serves on the Sustainability Committee of the Black Sash. 

Dr Hilary Southall

Dr Hilary Southall is a Director of the Joint Economic Aids and Poverty Programme (Jeapp). Her areas of interest and expertise are operational research, mathematical statistics theory, development statistics for policy and planning and health services. She serves on the Programme Committee of the Black Sash.

Mieke Krynauw


Mieke Krynauw is a Senior Associate at Bowman Gilfillan. Mieke has an interest in commercial mediation and dispute settlement. She is a CEDR UK accredited mediator. Mieke has previously lectured jurisprudence at Wits Law School and has experience in constitutional law, having clerked for the late Justice Skweyiya during his tenure on the bench at the South African Constitutional Court. She obtained her undergraduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics as well as her LLB at the University of Cape Town and her LLM at NYU. Her involvement with the Black Sash started as a toddler getting under everyone's feet at Sash meetings attended by her mother, Paula Krynauw. 

Janeen de Klerk


Janeen de Klerk is currently Chief Operating Office in the Competition Tribunal in Pretoria – where she has been since September 1999. Prior to this Janeen was employed in SALDRU (Southern African Labour and Development Unit) and the DPRU (Development Policy Research Unit) at the University of Cape Town. Janeen's expertise lies in the areas of finance and governance and she currently serves on the Finance Committee of the Board.