Phiwe Viwe Ngcengi was born on the 27th of September, in East London in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. She proudly identifies as a transgender woman. Phiwe who lost both parents at the age of five years, has always been resilient to the cultural norms on gender. She grew up with a strong desire for gender transition. She was a co-chair of the Eastern Cape LGBTI Provincial Task Team in 2016 established by Department of Justice and Constitutional Development to address hate crime and gender-based violence affecting LGBTI people.
Phiwe is a founding director of Eastern Cape Paralegal Network Alliance, human rights, sexual right organization that focus on LBTQI women and civil society’s participation on public policy development process. She is passionate about supporting human rights for all women. Furthermore, she previously have worked with Health4men,Eastern Cape Office of the premier, Masivuke Community Development Project, University of South Africa Student health and Wellness, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and University of Fort Hare Student Counselling Unit.
Lusanda Millicent Klass was born on the 12th of January at small township called Stutterheim in Eastern Cape, South Africa.She identifies as a lesbian woman, a sister, mother and human rights activist who strongly believes that human rights are LGBTQI rights. She is doing office administration at Ikhala TVET College in Queenstown Campus and merit award winner for office administration first place in 2017.Currently hold position of Student Representative Council at Ikhala TVET college SRC 2018. She’s a motivational speaker, aspiring writer and a poet.
I am twenty three year old Siphosethu preferred name “Sethu” Pama from the beautiful city of saint Makhanda known as Grahamstown. I reflect a variety personality including ambition and the quality of being the voice of voiceless in the LGBTQI+ community also thoughtfulness. I am also a well determined individual, yet pleasantly calm. I am also known as transgender woman in Makhanda through health4men, Anova health institute project, as Their Ambassador under Sarah baartman district in Eastern cape province.
I have been a member of ECPNA since March 24,2017 as your Vice Chairperson I will do my best to support our team and the other members of the Executive Committee. I also hope that I will have the opportunity to visit groups around the country.
Vuyokazi Funani has a strong Administration background where she has worked as a Switch board operator, Receptionist and after promoted to Student Finance Administrator and assisted at Marking Department with Events and Expo’s. With her passion for media, she furthered her studies in Film and Television Production under learnership from NEMISA and SABC with mentorship from 043 Group Holdings PTY LTD media company. She gained the experience as assistant Director, Video Editor, Script Writer, Cinematographer and Sound Operator. Vuyokazi further volunteered at the SABC news and TvOB sport as Camera Operator and Editor. She currently work as a volunteer at a Community Center where she transfers skills, teach healthy lifestyle and training. She is the Chairperson of Duncan Village Artists Producer structured by the office of MEC. Vuyokazi also works as Secretary under an NPO company, Buffalo City International Easter Arts Festival which she is also part owner and is owned by six young professional women. Vuyokazi is a young entrepreneur with her own small business as videographer and photographer which is slowly, but surely progressing. She joined ECPNA since March 2018 as Treasurer.