Better Living Challenge


The Better Living Challenge Selection Panel

Jun 19, 2014

With over 130 Better Living Challenge entries received across three categories, the selection process is sure to be every bit as exciting as the entry phase. The competition is seeking out the very best home improvement solutions – ideas that are innovative, affordable and green. A panel of 47 influential industry personalities has been charged with the exciting task of selecting the winning home-improvement solutions, as well as the finalists that will form part of the showcase later this year.

The Better Living Challenge Selection Panel per category is as follows:


  • Malcolm Worby – Architect, Malcolm Worby Designs
  • Jill Van Dugteren – Design Lecturer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Rory Williams – Transport Planner and freelance writer
  • Malcom Campbell – Architect, ACG Architects
  • Songo Didiza  –  Built Environment Sector Manager, Green Cape
  • Zama Mgwatyu – Programme Coordinator, Development Action Group
  • Shawn Cuff  – Architect, People’s Environmental Planning
  • Siyavuya Nobaza – Architect, Garden Cities NPC (RF)
  • Dr Tom Sanya – Architect, University of Cape Town School of Architecture
  • Olwethu Jack – Architect, Ubuntu Growing Minds Consultants
  • Andy Horn – Architect, Eco Design Architects
  • Evan Rice – CEO, Green Cape
  • Blake Robinson – SI Projects, Sustainability Institute
  • Jonathan Marks – Director: Full Time MBA ProgrammeGordon Institute of Business Science
  • Monica Di Ruvo  – Architecture Lecturer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Thulani Kuzwayo  – Architectural Technologist, Green Building Council
  • Brian Verwey – Architect, Department of Human Settlements – Western Cape Government
  • Prof Iain Low – Architect, University of Cape Town School of Architecture
  • LLewellyn Van Wyk – Principle Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
  • Fadly Isaacs –  Architect, University of Cape Town
  • Mike Munnick – Director, Agama Energy
  • Liza Cirolia – Urban Planner, African Centre for Cities
  • Sphetho Siyengo – Director,  Buyolo Business Advisory Service
  • Andrew Scott – Structural Engineer, ARUP



  • Paul Duncan – CEO, Paul Duncan Media
  • Prof Mugendi K. M’Rithaa – Industrial Design Lecturer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Ulrich Terblanche – Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies
  • Frank Spencer – CEO, Emergent Energy
  • Bart Verveckken – Head of Industrial Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Peter Seboyeng – Industrial Design lecturer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Colette Fransolet – CEO, Great Idea Creative Consultancy
  • Jared Mark Vorster – Product Design Consultant, Jared Mark Vorster
  • Andre James – Owner, [o]bject house
  • Gracia Munganga – Waste Sector Manager, Green Cape
  • Daryn Molenaar – Industrial Design Lecturer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Angela Landos – Industrial Designer, Electric Blue
  • Grant Greyling  – Investment Case Specialist (Energy), Technology Innovation Agency
  • Dr Jaisheila Rajput – Managing Director, TOMA – Now
  • Methuli Mbanjwa – Founder, Future Beyond
  • Elsje Burger – Industrial Designer and owner, Elsje Burger Homeware and Tableware
  • Alan Alborough – Product Support Programme Manager, The Cape Craft and Design Institute



  • Jacques du Toit – Head of Sustainable Livelihoods and Greening Programmes, City of Cape Town
  • Bertram Richards – Head Business Consultant, Kulea Consulting
  • Zuki Jakavula – Technical Advisor, South South North
  • Dr. Stuart Warden – Head of Research and Development, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  • Vuyisa Qabaka – Marketing and Communications, Bandwidth Barn: Technology Incubator
  • Steve Perett – Industrial Electronic Consultant

The Better Living Challenge is both proud and excited to have such an influential group of Selectors!


Take a look below at photos from the Selection Panel briefing session this past Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at The Bank:











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