Dr Nobs Mwanda BSc, MBBCh, DCH, MSc; ASHOKA Fellow
Dr Nobulembu Babalwa Mwanda is a medical doctor and a pioneer in the field of prevention and holistic management of child abuse, a deep-rooted problem that is under reported in South African society.
Having seen the devastating effects of child sexual abuse and the severe lack of resources and skills to deal with this difficult medical and social problem, Dr Mwanda decided to look at ways to prevent the scourge in the first instance and to also provide medical assessments and social support for the victims and their families.
In 2000 Dr Mwanda established a not-for profit organisation, Zamokuhle Community Upliftment Programmes, later called COPESSA (Community-based Prevention and Empowerment Strategies in South Africa), primarily to prevent child abuse and neglect through community development and capacity building within local community.
Dr Mwanda pioneered this very successful project with vision and very little help but a great deal of perseverance and selflessness. This has given hundreds of victims of child abuse the opportunity of a better future in South Africa. In recognition of her ground-breaking services to the community, Dr Nobs (as she is affectionately known) was awarded the prestigious Checkers Woman of the Year Award 2011 in the Good Neighbour Against Crime category.
Mr. Andre Bestbier
Since 2005, Andre Bestbier has served as the Chief Executive Officer of CompreCare Joint Venture. CompreCare sources donor funds, distributes and manage funds according to donor requirements and objectives, reports back to Donors accordingly, and actively builds capacity amongst NGO’s in situ, all primarily HIV and Aids programme management through the Coordinated HIV and Aids Management Program (CHAMPs) Initiative. CompreCare co-ordinates and optimises specific HIV and AIDS related services by means of an integrated community care model that focuses on value based HIV prevention and care to, and development of orphaned and other vulnerable children affected by HIV and AIDS, including parents and parent substitutes, families and households. As the Chief Executive Officer of CompreCare Joint Venture Mr. Bestbier cooperated closely with USAID – specifically PEPFAR, the US Presidents Plan for Emergency Aids Relief in South Africa for a period of 8 years. Over 17 000 orphans and vulnerable children were consistently reached with the required services during this period of time.
Maj. Gen. (ret) Andre Bestbier is a retired soldier of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF). He served with distinction at various Army units, amongst others the School of Infantry, 1 Parachute Battalion, 1 Special Forces Regiment and as Officer Commanding of the Free State Command. He final posting was that of Chief Director Operations at the Joint Operations Division. He retired in 2001.
He will also be recognized as a Free State and Springbok rugby player of the 1970’s.