​The Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) is a Knowledge Management initiative of eThekwini Municipality. The MILE office falls within the eThekwini Municipal Academy.
MILE's current team consists of:
  • ​Senior Programme Manager: Fezile Njokweni
  • Programme Manager:Buyisiwe Jaca-Ngubane
  • Programme Manager:Deshini Pillay
  • Programme Manager: Genevieve Hartley
  • Programme Manager: Collin Pillay
  • Website and Communications: Janice Lee Moodley
  • Candidate Researchers and Interns

About MILE's team

          ​Fezile Njokweni [Fezile.Njokweni@durban.gov.za]​ ​                                            Senior Manager: MILE                                                                                BSocSc, MTRP (UKZN)

Fezile Njokweni holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s degree in Town and Regional Planning. Since 1999, he has worked in all levels of Local Government (i.e. local, district and metropolitan municipalities) as a municipal practitioner. As former KM Programme Manager Fezile was also responsible for coordinating and facilitating the KM Programme in the eThekwini Municipality which involved identifying, creating, organising, packaging, sharing, storing and using knowledge to advance the “business” of the municipality. He is currently the Senior Manager of MILE.

Buyisiwe Jaca-Ngubane [Buyisiwe.Ngubane@durban.gov.za​]
Programme Manager: Capacity Enhancement

Buyisiwe a registered Professional Planner and Candidate Valuer, has been extensively involved in local government especially Development and Land Use Planning,  Spatial Development or Framework Planning, Strategic/Integrated Development Planning, Performance Management and Monitoring, Local Economic Development and to a certain extent Real Estate in a municipality.  She has been involved in various management positions within local government. Her experience ranges from that of a local municipality, district municipality,  provincial government and development agencies. Her previous experience has always involved amongst others, stakeholder engagement and building relations, facilitation, project management, governance and administration and ensuring community participation, understanding legislative prescripts governing local government, government and government entities including encouraging intergovernmental relations and community participation. 

Programme Manager: Knowledge Management
(M Comm and current pursuing PhD)

Deshini is an accomplished professional with a progressive career of 22 years within local government. Deshini joins MILE from the Human Resources unit where she provided  a wide range of human capital functions in a  culturally diverse work population. A confident and astute manager that has gained considerable experience in local government and now wishes  extend her passion of Knowledge Management and Research and Development. 

In addition to promoting knowledge, Deshini enjoys writing and has partnered with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group to publish a “ Learning Journey on Climate Change “ for the city of Durban. As a member of various knowledge reference groups she hopes to inspire knowledge sharing and innovative think through sustainable partnerships.

​​Genevive Hartley​ ​[Genevieve.Hartley@durban.gov.za]​​​​              Programme Manager: Municipal Technical Support                          BA, HED ​

Genevieve is passionate about making a positive difference to people’s lives.  As a trained Outcomes Based Facilitator she uses this skill to facilitate Strategic Planning workshops within eThekwini, KZN, SA and the rest of the African continent.  She has worked extensively on the City Development Strategy process.  She has years of experience in stakeholder consultation, participation and facilitation.

​Collin Pillay [Collin.Pillay3@durban.gov.za]​                             Programme Manager: Collaborating with Academia​​
Collin has an MA and is managing the MILE Collaborating with Academia Work Stream. Collin joins us from the ABM Project Office where he was the Project Manager of Learning, Policy, Research and Training. Collin has a history in the education field and has worked for the Department of Land Affairs and Rural Development. Collin is passionate about Local Governance and Service Delivery Implementation Models.

Janice Lee Moodley [Janice.Moodley@durban.gov.za]               Website and Communications
ND,BTECH Journalism

Janice has a Diploma and Bachelor of Technology Degree in Journalism. She joined the Municipality in 2010 and has since worked for MILE as their Websmaster and Journalist. With over 10 years of experience in the media sector, Janice has extensive expertise in digital photography, desktop publishing, new media, writing and strategic communications.