Robert Donnelly – Regional Hub Director for CBM Southern Africa
Mr. Robert Donnelly is the CBM Southern Africa Director since 1 June 2018. In this role he is responsible for the overall leadership and management of CBM’s programmes in the Southern Africa region, which currently includes work in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar, Angola, Swaziland and South Africa.
Mr Donnelly, holds a Master’s degree in Social Development and has 25 years’ experience in leadership positions in International NGOs. Prior to joining CBM he worked as the Director of Programmes for Scotland’s largest international NGO and prior to that he worked for 15 years as the Head of Africa Programmes in an NGO based in the North East of England. He has also lived and worked in Ireland, West Africa and Southern Africa.
Catherine van Staden – Project Administrator
Catherine van Staden is a project administrator at the CBM Regional Office and lends her financial know-how to CBM South Africa, ensuring that the organisation’s administrative and financial obligations are met. She has always been a sporty person, but when she was diagnosed with spastic paralysis, she thought she would have to give up on her dreams.

Then Catherine started working for CBM and her ideas of her disability started changing as she saw the work CBM was doing, and how people with disabilities were given hope. She realised that she was the only obstacle in her path and of the fulfilment of her dreams. Her first wheelchair was a racing wheelchair!She is currently the only South African female PT1 (wheelchair/handcycle) triathlete. Her main goals this year are to keep racing and start moving from sprint triathlons to Olympic distances and eventually onto half Ironman and then a full Ironman.

Nomvuyo Mabusela – Capacity Development Officer

Nomvuyo Mabusela joined CBM Southern Africa Region in July 2014 as a Capacity Development Officer. She is also a focal person for the country plan development processes in the region, i.e. coordinating and supporting country plan development in participating countries, namely Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Prior to joining CBM, Nomvuyo has worked with various ministries of government in the SADC region, coordinating civil society and governments in the implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action, ICPD and MDGs. She has worked with civil society organisations, both national and regional, with specific focus on Gender Based Violence, HIV/AIDS, SRHR Advocacy for the rights of women and girls in Africa.
A qualified Clinical Social Worker (Bsoc. Sci.SW (Hons) by training from the University of Cape Town (UCT), she worked as a therapist in the field of mental health, trauma and employee assistance. Over the years, she has completed training courses in Project Management, Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Traci-Lee Sassenberg – Social Media and Communications professional

Traci-Lee Sassenberg has extensive marketing, advertising and public relations experience. She has successfully managed a range of advertising campaigns and brand strategies from conceptualisation to implementation and prides herself on maintaining integrity and a strong work ethic.

With an interest and aptitude for developing and executing social and traditional media campaigns, her passion for communications has served her well, resulting in a great track record of successful projects.

Traci manages CBM South Africa’s online presence and social media campaigns.

Melanie Jackson – Fundraising and Communications professional

A trained journalist with public and media relations experience, Melanie Jackson has successfully raised money for a range of organisations including a hospital and a university and has held senior positions in a number of large non-profit organisations. Writing remains a core component of her work, including strategic plans, funding proposals and media releases. Melanie is adept at developing and directing demanding marketing and fundraising projects, particularly in resource-poor settings.

Melanie also has extensive experience in research, writing, editing and the layout of brochures, newsletters and annual reports as well as photography for such documents. She develops appropriate copy for non-profits’ websites, and conceptualises and manages online media initiatives aimed at both awareness and fundraising.