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Adrian Combrinck
OHCHR
Regional Information Management Specialist
Adrian works with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Regional Office for Southern Africa, as a Regional Information Management Specialist. He specializes in human rights analysis for early warning and prevention, and is the focal point for the office at the UNCG.
Adrian
Author
Kate Elizabeth Pond
UNHCR
Communication Focal Point
Kate Pond is the External Relations Officer for UNHCR’s South Africa Representation Office, covering nine countries from Pretoria (Botswana, Comoros, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles and South Africa). Prior to this posting, she has worked in East and West Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and Europe. She joined UNHCR in 2017, having previously served in UNOCHA and UNESCO.
Kate Elizabeth Pond
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Masimba Tafirenyika
UNIC
Country Director
Masimba Tafirenyika, a national of Zimbabwe, is the Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Pretoria, an office that provides communications services to UN in South Africa. He assumed his current position in 2017. Prior to this, he was the head of the Africa Section in the UN Department of Global Communications and Editor-in-Chief of its Africa Renewal, the UN’s Secretariat’s premier magazine on African developmental issues. Previously, he served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Pretoria Information Centre from 2008 to 2009, and as Deputy Director from 2006 to 2008. From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Tafirenyika worked at UN Headquarters as an information analyst before joining peacekeeping operations and peacebuilding missions in West Africa responsible for strategic communications and subsequently overseeing peacekeeping missions from UN Headquarters in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He has a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from Columbia University in New York, the United States, and a Bachelor of Arts honours degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe.
UNIC Director
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Mpho Pitswane
UNODC
Communications Focal Point
Mpho Pitswane became a member of the United Nations family in South Africa when he joined United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in January 1999 as Project and Research Assistant and is currently the Programme Associate in the Office of the Regional Representative. Mpho is also UNODC Communications Focal Person and represents UNODC in the United Nations Communications Group (UNCG). He holds a National Diploma in Education and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree having majored in Psychology and Sociology. Mpho is married and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. In his free time Mpho is an avid reader and sports fan rooting for Formula One, soccer, tennis, boxing and spending quality time with his family, particularly his grandchildren.
Mpho Pitswane
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Petronella de Wet
UNIDO
Communication Focal Point
Petro de Wet has extensive experience of marketing, communications and project management, including at various business units at the CSIR, the National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) and the National Business Initiative (NBI). She has worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in South Africa since 2016, contributing to the Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) Project and the Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP-SA). She currently oversees communication and stakeholder engagement activities for UNIDO on the IEE Project, gender mainstreaming and is responsible for coordinating the implementation of UNIDO’s gender mainstreaming strategy and plan across the UNIDO Energy and Climate Change Programme in SA. She also supports the development of Phase 2 of the GCIP programme in the country.
Note: IEE project partners are UNIDO, the DMRE (through SANEDI), and the dtic (through the NCPC-SA). It is funded by the Global Environment Facility.
Petro de Wet
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Pinky Phihlela
RCO
Communications Focal Point
Pinky joined United Nations on 02 January 2012 as an Executive Associate in the office of the Resident Coordinator. Prior to joining the UNDP, Pinky was an Operations Manager for Old Mutual Retail Mass Market within the Franchise Division. She was part of the team that worked on developing the Franchise Distribution Channel within Old Mutual Retail Mass Market. Pinky has previously consulted as an Enterprise Development Advisor where her main role was offering business development advise to small and start-up businesses through coaching and technical support. Through this venture, she was exposed to the hospitality industry, private security industry as well as the cleaning services industry within the mining sector.

Prior to that venture, she worked extensively within the financial services sector (Banking and Insurance). She worked as a National Marketing Manager for a black-owned Financial services firm where she oversaw a network of more than 600 financial advisers spread across eight of the nine provinces in South Africa. This followed previous occupation as a Broker Consultant in Old Mutual Broker Division, Office Manager for Liberty Life, Financial Adviser and Bank teller for Absa Bank. Pinky holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Sciences from the University of South Africa.
Pinky