About the Humanistic Management Network South Africa Chapter

The South African chapter focuses on opening up a new network of meaning, fresh insights and actionable knowledge on how to manage people in a more dignified manner. The Chapter is grounded on the spirit of Ubuntu – a core feature of the South African culture and society. Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term that means “humanity” and is also often translated “I am because we are.”

We are living in an ever-changing world where competition is becoming fiercer by the day and organisational performance is non-negotiable. To survive in this volatile and uncertain economy, organisations have to proactively be prepared to face and manage change effectively. In many organisations’ attempts on this regard, they often make the mistake of directing insufficient focus on the most important variable – the human factor of their operations.

Research has long indicated that irrespective of an organisation’s efficiency with technological advancements – what competitively differentiates one organisation from the next is the people within it. With this in mind, and guided by the vision and philosophy of the Humanistic Management Global Network, the South African chapter hopes to create a synergy for desired humanistic management. This is achieved by providing a platform where people can challenge the status quo and foster a business community that is cognisant of and strives for the establishment of human dignity within workplaces. Therefore, our main purpose is to provide a space where we can have dialogues and engage in projects that provide much needed constructive solutions to the business environment, as well as the communities within which we operate.  In collaboration with experts in academia, industry, policymaking and media – we wish to invite you all to join our efforts towards strengthening the cause of Ubuntu-guided business practices!

South Africa Chapter Team

We are very happy to introduce the members of the Humanistic Management Network South Africa Chapter team. Below you can find their short bio and how they contribute to the Chapter. 

Cliff Prior

Lamona is an HR Practitioner, passionate about changing the world one person at a time.

Cliff Prior

Janko is an Industrial Psychologist and Managing Director of Human Interest.

Cliff Prior

Aura holds a Commerce Master’s degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town

Cliff Prior

Gracia has a keen interest in utilizing legal frameworks to promote humanistic practices within organizations.

Cliff Prior

Mark Orpen-Lyall is a registered Organisational Psychologist, with more than 25 years in the corporate world.

Cliff Prior

Mokabai Phaaroe is an independent Consultant in Business Analysis and Change Management

Cliff Prior

Jacobs (Mbango) Sihela is a researcher, activist, community builder, healer, father and social entrepreneur based in Namibia.

Cliff Prior

Zonke Zungu is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as an Industrial/Organisational Psychologist.


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Pan African Event on Living Wages

June 15. 2021

Hosted by the South Africa, Nigeria and Zimbabwe Chapters of the Humanistic Management Network

On June 15. 2021 the South Africa, Nigeria and Zimbabwe Chapters of the Humanistic Management Network held our first Pan-African event on the topic of living wages. Please click the picture below to find out more about the event.

South Africa Chapter Launch Event

August 15. 2020

Hosted by the South Africa Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network

On August 15. 2020 the South Africa Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network held its inaugural meeting as an online event. The aim of the event was to introduce and discuss the Chapter and the activities it is planning to potential new members.


The Humanistic Management Network South Africa Chapter is proud to partner with institutions that share our passion for strengthening the positive impact of business.

Human Interest creates harmonious and fulfilling work environments supporting organizations across different industries in leadership development and organization design.

Synenergy builds Purpose-driven, People-centred organisations by developing bespoke interventions for our clients based on their specific needs and context.


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