Our Team

CAHF Staff

Kecia Rust is the Executive Director and founder of the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF). She is a housing policy specialist and has worked with both public and private sector practitioners in promoting access to affordable housing and housing finance in Africa for the past 20 years. She was the Housing Finance Coordinator at the FinMark Trust from 2003-2014, from where CAHF was established. Over the span of her career, Kecia has consulted and undertaken research in affordable housing finance, residential property assets and property markets, rental and social housing, and the creation of sustainable human settlements, among other issues. Kecia participated in the Wharton School’s International Housing Finance Programme, U.S.A. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, U.S.A., and a Masters of Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.  Email: kecia@housingfinanceafrica.org

Kudakwashe Mativenga is the Finance and Office Manager at the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF). In this capacity, Kuda is responsible for financial management, donor and contract management, governance and risk management, as well as office administration. He has extensive experience in the not-for-profit arena, having worked for Oxfam GB, PATH and the Synergos Institute prior to joining CAHF. He has a personal interest in development finance, especially the role development finance institutions play as catalysts for economic growth and development. He holds a Bachelor of Business Studies Degree with Honours in Finance and Banking, from the University of Zimbabwe, an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), and has attended the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Cape Town.  Email: kuda@housingfinanceafrica.org

Alison Tshangana joined CAHF as the Head of Research and Market Intelligence in June 2018. With nearly 10 years experience in the public sector, her areas of interest include human settlement policies and programmes, inter-governmental finance and public expenditure analysis. She recently joined CAHF from the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), where she led SALGA’s work on human settlements, acting as a local government sector advocate and policy analyst. She has senior management experience at provincial level in South Africa in both the housing sector and Treasury. During her time with the Western Cape Department of Local Government and Housing, she was responsible for developing Western Cape housing policy, as well as research and information management. Prior to this, Alison spent two years heading the budget office at the Western Cape Provincial Treasury. Her experience in the NGO sector includes four years at IDASA, a South African NGO supporting democratisation, where she founded and led a unit which undertook research and capacity-building activities on budgeting for government’s response to HIV/AIDS. She has also worked with an international NGO based in Washington DC which undertook conflict resolution programmes in the Middle East and elsewhere. Alison obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2000, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science (cum laude) and Religious Studies from Brown University in Rhode Island, United States.  Email: alison@housingfinanceafrica.org

Alfred Namponya is the Business Intelligence Architect for the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. He comes from a background of data mining and analytics, with special expertise in credit risk management and financial risk modeling. He has extensive experience in enterprise data architecture, advanced big data analytics and business intelligence applications. He is an ACL Certified Data Analyst (ACDA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours Degree in Accountancy from the University of Zimbabwe. Alfred completed the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Cape Town in 2017.  Email: alfred@housingfinanceafrica.org

Thandiwe Dhlamini is the AUHF Coordinator within the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa. She holds a BA in History and Development Studies from Midlands States University in Zimbabwe. She has experience in project support, implementation and management which she has gained through working with Local and International Non- Governmental Organisations which focused on human rights, women’s rights, land grabs and tax campaigns, parental and family matters, Social Behaviour Change Communication and Capacity development of Social Services Practitioners. She is passionate about community development and curbing injustices and inequalities affecting the underprivileged. Thandiwe completed the Housing Finance Course for Sub-Saharan Africa at the University of Cape Town in 2018. Email: thandiwe@housingfinanceafrica.org

David Chiwetu joined CAHF as a Junior Research Manager in April 2019. In this capacity, his work focuses on overseeing and managing CAHF’s research in Nigeria, Ghana and the Central African Region. He has a personal interest in exploring the role that financial institutions and town planning authorities can play in positively shaping the development of African cities. He has completed a MSc in Development Planning where his masters research report looked at how small scale developers are supported in the property development process. He also holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Witwatersrand.   Email: david@housingfinanceafrica.org

Sona Nongqayi joined CAHF as an Intern to the Transaction Support Centre in August 2021, having worked with the TSC for three months before.  Based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Sona engages with clients to the TSC, responding to queries and providing advice.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Management from CPUT. In the past, she has worked at the New Somerset Hospital as an Administration Clerk, and through Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, was placed at Direct Axis as a Loan Specialist. Most recently, before joining the TSC, she worked with the Western Cape Department of Human Settlements as a graduate intern.  See the TSC on Facebook.  Email: sona@titledeed.org.za