Lewis Nzimande, the SANCB’s new National Executive Director, took up his post on 1 August 2020.
Lewis holds a Bachelor of Education Honours from University of KwaZulu-Natal and has dedicated his career to the emancipation of people with disabilities.
Lewis has 20 years’ legislative and policy experience as a Member of Parliament. He served on the Joint Monitoring Committee on the Improvement of Quality of Life and Status of Youth, Children and Persons with Disability in the National Assembly; as provincial whip at the National Council of Provinces; and later became Co-Chairperson of the Joint Constitutional Review Committee in Parliament. He was Secretary General of the KZN Federal Council on Disability.
Lewis has been actively involved in government transformation and policy development, contributing to the likes of the Employment Equity Act and the Constitution. He participated at NEDLAC as a representative of disability organisations to influence policy making as well as the Section 5 Sub- Committee of SAHRC Human Rights Committee.
He served as a board member at Southern African Federation of the
Disabled, Disabled People South Africa, and African Decade of the Disabled.
He is currently on the Board of Directors of Natal Society for the Blind, Provincial Executive committee member of Disabled People South Africa and South African Disability Trust; and executive member of the South African Disability Alliance (SADA).