Zak Mbhele

Programme Officer, Multi-Agency Grants Initiative

Zak Mbhele oversees the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues at the Multi-Agency Grants Initiative (Magi). A Dutch International development donor organisation, Magi � which, locally, is a collaborative venture between the Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries, Atlantic Philanthropies, Uthando and the Ford Foundation � deals mainly with grassroots and community development. As Mbhele says, he looks forward every morning to "the feeling of satisfaction in knowing that the work I am doing in some small way contributes to development efforts in communities.� "It's all usually rights-based community work, gender rights, gay and lesbian rights, farm worker rights,� he says, and he's involved in it all, but takes the lead in LGBT issues. But there is a lot of work to be done, which is evident in the number of hate crimes in townships. � "That's always a cause to pause and say there's still a long way to go if people are still prone to these kinds of attacks.� � Vuvu Vena

Lunch spot: Primi Piatti, Rosebank, Johannesburg