Jana Niehaus

Jana Niehaus

STORY Sessions Facilitator

I believe in the humanising capacity of deep listening and story telling. I feel passionate about creating and facilitating spaces where people can have transformative conversations. I’m increasingly curious about how we as human beings become compassionate and resilient. I would love to see our city become place in which people are attentive to our collective story by taking courageous, compassionate and imaginative action.

Besides loving the work I get to do on STORY Sessions project, I am privileged to be a part of the Appletree Group team as a facilitator. I am a clinical psychologist by profession and also hold a masters degree in Vocational Practice

Travis Gale

Travis Gale

STORY Sessions Facilitator

I am passionate about the idea that everyone in our city can live a meaningful life. Together we have the potential to create a city which other people turn to for inspiration and solutions to the challenges they face in their own cities.

Aside from my contribution to the STORY Session team, I am part of Appletree, which is a tribe of people supporting organisations to empower their employees and build healthy vibrant cultures. I also on team at The Sett, a co-work space in Umhlanga which brings together a community of entrepreneurs every day, creating space for each of them to build their brands.

Ntobeko Mzolo

Ntobeko Mzolo

STORY Sessions Team

Ultimately I am passionate about people and social cohesion. Over the last few years I’ve seen the trauma that people carry and how that can create a greater divide and most of it is to do with no hearing and understanding which is why I believe in stories and their power to bring people together and connect them. I see Durban as a great city to explore this in and a perfect example for the rest of the country if we do it well. I see a city with a connected people. People who see each other and know each other. Where true tough conversations and a willingness to work we can begin to cultivate a new culture that is contra to the past of this country. We are the answer we are looking for and we need community to work. That is my hope for Durban.

I am part of an NGO called Global shapers which is an affiliate of the world economic forum, my specific role in the organisation is to co-create a dialogue forum called talk 031 which talked various issues affecting our city.

Phumelele Mkhize

Phumelele Mkhize

STORY Sessions Team

I’m passionate about the urban and socio-economic transformation of Durban, that there would be shared growth and prosperity in the city - including its poorest and most marginalised people. The potential in Durban is electric and makes it most fertile for growing new ideas and ventures. My hope for our city is that we would be a city which realises its full potential and celebrates its diversity of people and cultures in a way which continues to foster a creative culture, economic opportunity and social integration (which is already within its DNA).

I work for Asiye eTafuleni NPO, as urban activists and designer – empowering informal workers to better participate in city urban development processes which impact their livelihoods and supporting local government invest more strategically in infrastructure which supports the informal economy.

Theogene (Tito) Haguma

Theogene (Tito) Haguma

STORY Sessions Team

I am passionate about my city and my faith. My vision for our city is one in which our relationships with each other is not defined by competition, but rather by understanding that we "complete" each other, in other words a city in which we see each other as a vital part of our healing and reconciliation. I see a city that will enjoy unity and justice for all where crime and substance abuse will become history. I believe that this can happen through creating relationships of love and commitment to each other as citizens of our city.

I work as a dialogue facilitator at Zoë-Life in partnership with the UNHCR. I am the manager and co-founder of the Upskill Africa Initiative in Durban where we promote social cohesion through skills transfer. I am also the founder and visionary of CFF ( Christian Family Fellowship), a platform that promotes unity among different christian denominations from Rwanda and Burundi worldwide.

Vicky Simpson

Vicky Simpson

STORY Sessions Team

I believe passionately in the potential of storytelling, generous listening, and conversation to create spaces in which people can truly hear each other and move from compassion to meaningful action. I am committed to learning and growing in the areas of peace building, conflict transformation, social cohesion, dialogue, justice, narrative therapy and using the creative arts to advocate for change and bring healing and justice in our city and nation. My hope for Durban is that we would be an inclusive city where all may find belonging, where just and humanising policies are practiced and where we have worked out how to revel in and celebrate our multi-culturalism and diversity. My vision for our city is that it would be filled with communities which are characterised by active citizenship, affirmation of dignity of all living things, collaboration and nonviolent resolution of conflict.

I work for a capacity building and development organisation called Zoë-Life. I am a dialogue and workshop facilitator, and I work with a team to promote social cohesion between refugees, asylum seekers and South African nationals in Kwa-Zulu Natal