SERI is delighted to welcome Yvonne Erasmus, Amanda Duma and Tebogo Tshehlo to the team. 

 

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Yvonne joins us as a senior researcher. Prior to this she worked as an independent research consultant and senior researcher at the University of Johannesburg’s Africa Centre for Evidence. She holds an interdisciplinary social science PhD from St George’s, University of London, a MA in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, a BA Honours in Development Studies and a BA in Political Sciences both from RAU (now University of Johannesburg). She has expertise in research and evidence synthesis for decision-making and has worked closely with a wide range of stakeholders on research uptake. Her multi-disciplinary training and research methods background has led her to work across social topics such as women’s economic empowerment, poverty and the environment, race and identity, gender and development, sexual and reproductive health, and inner city housing.

Amanda joins us as a litigation fellow. She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). She served her articles of clerkship with SERI before joining the South African Human Rights Commission as an advocacy and research officer. Amanda has an interest in human rights law. Her passion lies in protecting the rights of indigent members of the South African society and using the law as a tool to bring about social change.

Tebogo joins us as a research intern. She holds a BA Law and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Human rights Advocacy and Litigation at the same university. Tebogo previously served a legal internship with Lawyers for Human Rights at the Refugee and Migrants unit. At university, she served as the community outreach co-ordinator for Students for Law and Social Justice. She has further volunteered as student assistance and Graduate Recruitment Programme Ambassador for the Counseling, Careers and Development Unit at Wits University. Tebogo was also selected by the Gauteng South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges to be a mentee in the organisation. Tebogo has interests in community development, advancing the rights of marginalised communities and using the law as a conduit for socio-economic change in South Africa.