Commissioner for Children
Commissioner Christina Nomdo was appointed as the Western Cape Commissioner for Children for a five-year term from 1 June 2020. Her mandate is to promote and protect the rights, needs, and interests of children in the Province. The Commissioner is an oversight mechanism for the Department of Education, Health, Social Development, as well as Cultural Affairs and Sport. Christina has worked professionally for over 30 years on issues affecting children's rights.
Christina holds a Masters degree from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelors degrees from the University of South Africa in Library and Information Sciences as well as the Arts (majoring in Child Psychology). Christina is passionate about children's participation in governance.
Deputy Director: Investigations and Advice
Cameron Cyster joined the Office of the Children's Commissioner on 1st July 2021. He will support the Commissioner by managing the Investigations and Advice branch of the office. This includes setting up and managing of systems to monitor and investigate provincial government service delivery and to manage staff and operations for the Office.
Cameron holds a Master's degree in Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town. He has a mix of experience from both the public sector and civil society. Cameron has vast experience in research and, policy and strategy development in provincial government, as well as funding innovative programmes in the early childhood development sector.
Children's Commissioner Officer: Investigations and Advice
Tessa Goldschmidt joined the Office of the Commissioner for Children on the 1 February 2021. Tessa provides administrative support to the Commissioner, is the liaison for the Child Government Monitors Initiative, and works alongside the Commissioner in communities listening to children, and parents, and making their voices heard in society.
Tessa holds a Masters degree in Research Psychology and Bachelors degree (majoring in Psychology and Language and Communication Studies) from the University of the Western Cape. Her interests include child development and well-being, as well as nurturing parenting.