Lynette Maart has been the National Director of the Black Sash since 2013. She played an important part in the conception and management of the successful Hands Off our Grants (HOOG) campaign. Lynette co-chaired a Ministerial Task Team, constituted by the former Minister Dlamini, to find solutions for unlawful and fraudulent deductions from social grant bank accounts.
Lynette has extensive experience of working in various capacities in the not-for-profit and heritage sectors. Lynette worked as Trainer, Trainer of Trainers and senior manager in early childhood development, in disadvantaged communities. She has also worked as Senior Organisation Development (OD) consultant at the Community Development Resources Association (CDRA) with clients in the land, urban development and heritage sectors. Lynette worked as independent OD consultant with clients in community philanthropy, international donors and local foundations.
Lynette served as Deputy Director of the Robben Island Museum. During her tenure as project manager at the St. George’s Cathedral Crypt Witness and Memory Centre three books and two exhibitions were produced – Glimpsing of Hope, Marching for Peace and An African Tale to the Mother City.
Hoodah Abrahams-Fayker, is an attorney who began her career at the Legal Aid Board and gained some international experience in the UK as a legal consultant. On her return to South Africa, she developed her experience in management at a legal expenses insurance company and worked for a private law firm extending her legal experience.
Before joining the Black Sash as the National Advocacy Manager, she advanced women's rights through impact litigation. She holds a BA degree from the University of Cape Town and an LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape.