Meet the Team

Viva con Agua supports water-related projects with the vision

“WATER FOR ALL – ALL FOR WATER”

Sivuyile Tembani
Sivuyile Tembani

Sivuyile loves the outdoors – like a true Capetonian! She is originally from Butterworth in Eastern Cape and after many years in Cape Town she will be moving back to work in rural development. Through her extensive experience of working with a range of communities she has developed a key set of skills necessary for rural development which include critical thinking, problem-solving, observation and interpersonal communication. Her previous work has involved Consulting and Mapping for the City of Cape Town as well as assisting with Project Coordination for the Genius of Space Project – Langrug (an innovative water and waste treatment solution in an informal settlement in the Western Cape, South Africa). Sivu’s talents go beyond the sciences as she vibrant and creative. Her interests are people, communities, and the systems that form around creative and artistic spaces. Sivuyile holds a BSc in Earth Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch.

Hombakazi Mercy Nqandeka
Hombakazi Mercy Nqandeka

Hombakazi Mercy Nqandeka was born in Mqele location at Elliotdale (Xhorha) in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. She is a driven young woman who takes pride in the betterment of the preservation and promotion of the Xhosa culture. She is passionate about Rural Development and Africa at large. She has authored and published two books: The Dissonant Rainbow (2019) and To My Young Self (2020). She was until recently investing her time in volunteering at Bulungula on a women's farming project. Mercy also teaches bead-making to the Bulungula youth. She holds double Masters degree in Agriculture Climate Change Transition from the National University of Ireland, Galway and SupAgro, Montpellier, France.

Ajay Paul
Ajay Paul

Ajay is guiding the development of Viva con Agua in South Africa. He started his professional career working for an IT company but quickly worked out his preference of talking to people and not machines. After volunteering for a local NGO in Nepal to install water and sanitation at schools, he was hooked and went back to university to study water and environmental management. This led to work for many different organisations in many different countries in Asia and Africa until he was overwhelmed by the warmth and friendliness he received in Zimbabwe. He built a home and raised a family there but had to leave with great regret after decent schooling for his children was not possible anymore. In 2018, he moved to South Africa and, with support from Viva con Agua in Germany, co-founded Viva con Agua South Africa. Before moving, he had been advising Viva con Agua on improving its impact by making its work in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector more sustainable. Our work in South Africa is not only focusing on building toilets and installing water facilities. We are also keen to support human rights, water governance, accountability and developing an approach to bring about sustainable behaviour change using the Universal Languages of arts, music and sports. All of these things done together help to build a robust system that delivers WASH services to people.

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