Mr Mazibuko Jara

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Biography

Mazibuko Kanyiso Jara is a native of Rabula village in the Keiskammahoek district of the Eastern Cape.

He has worked for more than 8 years in the non-governmental sector in South Africa in the areas of human rights advocacy, HIV/AIDS, media liaison, communications, public & community education, community development, local government transformation, local economic development, promotion of co-operatives, alternative economic transformation, financial sector transformation, social and economic justice, and land and agrarian reform.

At university, Mazibuko was a member of the Students' Representative Council and a student activist in the South African Students' Congress and the Young Christian Students. He worked as the chief spokesperson and strategist for the South African Communist Party (SACP) for the five years between February 2000 and April 2005.

He has previously worked as a student engineer-in-training at ESKOM Power Stations in Mpumalanga and as a Project Coordinator and National Director at the National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality (NCGLE – now known as the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project). Mazibuko has also served as a board member of the AIDS Consortium, Dora Tamana Co-operative Centre, Treatment Action Campaign, Development Update (SANGOCO-Interfund publication) and the Ceasefire Campaign for Demilitarisation. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection, the Media Development and Diversity Agency, the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust, Amandla Publishers, the Community Health Media Trust, the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project, the Don Davis People Centre and the Ntaba ka Ndoda Heritage Festival (in his Rabula home village).

 

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