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Meet the BoD

The Board of Directors is accountable to the community for good governance and to ensure that the levy collected from you as a ratepayer is spent wisely, in the best interest of Observatory and in line with the City’s SRA policy.

The Board of Directors provides strategic direction and prepares proposed budgets and plans for approval by the OBSID members at the OBSID annual general meeting (AGM). The AGM takes place in the last quarter of each calendar year.

  • BoD Code of Conduct

Previous Directors
& Positions

Werner Steyn
(Vice Chair)

Jeanine Schouw
(Vice Chair)

Graham Porter
(Vice Chair)

Gareth Leyman
(Vice Chair) 2009-2018

Michael Krause
2020

Tauriq Jenkins
(ASHCOM) 2016-2019

Carolyn Neville
(Social issues) 2016-2019

Trevor Hughes
(Public spaces) 2017-2019

Steve Killick
(Safety & Security) 2017-2018

Katharine McKenzie
(Vice & Chair) 28-May-14 to 10-Dec-16

Matt Rich
11-Sep-2012 to 11-Aug-2016

Kim Whitaker
(Vice-chair), from 07-Feb-11

Jackie Kruijer
(Secretary),  05-Jul-10 to 28-May-14

Lauren le Roux
02-Aug-10 to 28-May-14

Emile Young
7-May-12 to 16-Oct-13

Kris Marais
(Chair) Sep-12 to 24-Apr-16
(and 12-Sep-09 to 07-Feb-11)

Brian Amery
29-Aug-08 to 1-Jul-12

David Raphael
29-Aug-08 to 01-Nov-10

Bovin MacNab
30-Aug-08 to 12-Sep-09

Paul Haupt
12-Sep-09 to 8-Mar-11

Jonathan Endersby
from 12-Sep-09 to 03-Mar-11

Peta Brom
12-Sep-09 to 01-Jul-10

Mike Vietri
12-Sep-09 to 03-Nov-11

Tauriq Jenkins
07-Feb-11 to 6-Sep-12

Thierry Luescher-Mamashela
12-Sep-09 to 8-May-12

Chris Parker
27-Feb-12 to 6-Sep-12

Lance Van Sittert
12-Sep-09 to 17-Nov-09

Joubert Rabie
from 12-Sep-09 to 02-Aug-10

Justin Ashley
(Chair and Vice-chair) 29-Aug-08 to 04-Jun-15

Pierre-Jacques Rabie
alternate, 27-Jan-14 to 04-Jun-15

Henk Stutterheim
16-Apr-15 to 24-Nov-15

Anthea Michaels
16-Oct-13 to 5-Feb-15

Jodi Allemeier

OBSID Board Chair

Jodi is an urbanist who is passionate about collaborative approaches to a more inclusive and resilient Cape Town.  She currently works as a Programme Lead at the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership delivering partnering solutions to public sector led processes.

Jodi has been an advocate for well-located affordable housing in Cape Town for many years and has voluntarily facilitated civic dialogues in Woodstock and the inner city on this matter.

Jodi is a co-founder of Open Streets Cape Town and has served on various boards, including the South African Vegan Society (2009-2012), Open Streets Cape Town (2012-2016) and The Service Dining Rooms (2013-2016), and has served as an adviser to the Social Development Sub Committee of the Central City Improvement District (CCID).

She believes that objectives of social equity, environmental resilience and economic inclusion should guide collaborative community efforts for better neighbourhoods. She’s been an Observatory property owner since 2007.

Claire Everatt

OBSID Board Vice Chair

Claire has been a homeowner in Observatory since 1997 having moved to South Africa from the UK 3 years earlier. She is married with 2 sons.

Claire previously served on the Observatory CPF sub forum and is also actively involved with the admin of the WhatsApp groups in Lower Observatory as well as the ONW. She believes that one of Observatory’s greatest strengths is the enthusiasm of its community and would like to explore how this could be further harnessed for the improvement of all.

Claire is a Chartered Surveyor specializing in the valuation of commercial property and is passionate about the interaction of community and the built environment. She has experience in a wide range of property environments for a diverse range of clients, including parastatals and property funds. Claire holds professional memberships, has held a Chairperson role at an industry body and both lectures and serves as an external examiner.

Edwin Angless

Edwin is a founding member of the Observatory Improvement District. He was born and raised in Pinelands, moved to Observatory in 1977, whilst a student at the University of Cape Town.

After a period in exile in Zimbabwe, he returned to Observatory in 2003, and has lived in the neighbourhood ever since. Edwin has initiated various projects in Observatory. As past chair of the Arts, Sports, Culture and Heritage portfolio he was instrumental in bringing the highly successful and popular Open Streets events to Observatory and as an enthusiastic “burner” facilitated the first Streetopia event.

A lifelong social activist and filmmaker, Edwin would like to see his “Living History of Observatory” project grow into an interactive experience that enables an inclusive neighbourhood and makes Observatory a sharing, caring, safer, smarter, greener suburb.

Justin Ashley

Justin spent 22 years in the field of computer training, the first 7 with a consultancy that allowed him to work internationally. After this he set up and ran his own online learning business with an international client base for 15 years.

Justin was part of the original team that formed OBSID and served as OBSID’s founding chairperson for 7 years.

He is now involved in the North Obs Biz Forum and is able to devote time to OBSID since winding down his business.

Justin is of the opinion that OBSID has a crucial role to play in ensuring that Observatory remains a diverse, interesting and progressive environment for all its residents.

Janet Cronje

Janet has been living in Observatory since first becoming a homeowner in this neighbourhood in 1998. She has served on the Observatory Civic Association Management Committee (portfolio for Arts, Sport and Culture) and remains an active member in this organisation.

She believes that South Africans should be active citizens and through active citizenry,should  promote progressive civic action, especially in as far as this is able to redress the inequalities in society.

She works as a project administrator for a specialist energy advisory firm in Rondebosch. having previously worked in a range of organisations, most recently for non-profits, but before that, for a Chapter Nine provincial organization.

Janet is especially interested in the arts and culture sector and hopes to be  able to drive a focused arts engagement and appreciation programme for OBSID as part of the Board.  Janet wants to share her positive experience of this diverse neighbourhood with the wider Observatory community.

Tom Figl

Tom is both a property and business owner in Observatory. The son of Austrian immigrants to South Africa, he was born and schooled in Cape Town and is married with two daughters. Tom lives in Bloubergstrand.

He has owned and managed various businesses in Austria, Spain, the UK and Germany. At present he is partner and director of Transvaal Laminates (Pty) Ltd t/a Reliance Clothing and Rotex Fabrics (Pty) Ltd, a textile and clothing manufacturer with its head office in Observatory. The business employs approximately 120 people. Additionally, Tom is a partner at Heron Square No1, a business which renovates, develops and leases out commercial and residential property mainly in Observatory.

Tom is a founding member of the North Obs Business Forum, which was responsible for planting 20 trees around Lower Main Road, Stanley, Speke and Lower Scott Road. He is passionate about improving the safety, security and appearance of Observatory in general, and over the last seven years has improved, with his team, 15 buildings in Observatory.

Kari Cousins

Kari currently holds the position of Head of Partnerships & Programmes at the Spirit of Africa. She has worked with this company for more than 10 years, being in charge of developing curricula & travel programmes for (mostly) academic clients with a brief to dive deep & make the content fit the purpose.

Over the past 10 years Kari has had a deepening interest in the intersection of poverty and urban development, especially in areas impacted by human settlement. Precisely because the environmental concerns in South Africa are irrevocably (and properly) entangled in human rights and concerns about health, she undertook a Master’s degree and then, feeling limited by her own gaps of knowledge, subsequently undertook co-research (through the University of Edinburgh) with a more scientific slant, focussing on Indigenous Knowledge-based methods for the remedy of water and groundwater systems on agricultural and communal land in deep-rural areas. She recently engaged to look at similar matters through the lens of environmental education, and much of her free time is occupied with a comparative research project connecting water to global citizenship in conjunction with a team from the faculty of Education at Cambridge University in England.

Living in a divided and deeply unequal urban society Kari is fascinated (and not a little daunted) by the challenges presented by the City of Cape Town. She has worked in support of the Philippi Horticultural Area who took on a fight against wholesale development on top of the Cape Town aquifer recharge area in the closest food-growing area to the City – which was victorious!

She is also part of a steering committee which runs a full-time maintenance team on the Liesbeek River which runs through the oldest urbanised river valley in South Africa and is active in campaigns to prevent a large for-profit development on her beloved Liesbeek.

Being an enthusiastic and highly practical person, she loves to help people (really) to be enthused to garden and improve public spaces wherever the opportunity presents itself. She believes firmly that people can, and ought to, leave any space improved by their occupancy!

Kari likes to work in a community where she lives and works towards leaving a positive footprint on the world.  She chose to live in Observatory because a sense of “community” is very important – and she sensed this amongst her neighbours and even in chance encounters on the street in the suburb.

Kari is looking to add value to the OBSID by sharing her views as someone who lives and plays in the community of Observatory and to putting her time into creating realities from a collective vision.

Makgosi Letimile

Makgosi is a mother to one, is disabled and has been living independently in Observatory for 20 months.  She’s a writer and a toy reviewer aimed at disabilities and pleasure.

She is currently a contributing columnist once a month with the City Press under Sex Trending, has written about being disabled in South Africa and has appeared on various platforms as a contributor on varied issues.

She previously co-owned “Icafe” which was based at the CTSC.  It was founded in 2013, with the aim of training & upskilling matriculants in Khayelitsha, working in skills transfer & recruitment.

Makgosi lived in Ilitha Park, Khayelitsha for 3yrs before her disability in 2016 & relocated to Observatory in 2019.

Makgosi fell in love with the community of Observatory when she had a business here and can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Through involvement in the OBSID and other community organisations, she’s hoping to make Observatory more accessible to the disabled, using her lived experience of inaccessibility to drive change so everyone can enjoy the benefits of this community.

Nishendra Moodley

Nishendra works with the South African National Treasury’s City Support Programme, currently in the role of City Governance Specialist supporting all 8 metros in SA. He co-ordinates National Treasury’s oversight and support relationship with Cape Town.

He cut his teeth as a teenager in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a civic, environmental and political activist in the Durban South Basin, in the context of severe pollution and political violence.

Nishendra has lived in Observatory for 21 years. He was elected to the OBSID Board in December 2016 and as its chairperson in April 2017. Nishendra would like to improve the OBSID’s contribution to urban management in Observatory, through more creative strategies and partnerships, improved monitoring and evaluation and the strengthening of accountabilities internally and externally.