Satish Roopa

Satish's vast experience in the fields of law, provincial and local government and also corporate governance is but a tip of the ice berg. With his excellent analytical, communication and facilitation skills, he’s been involved in a large number of political development forums and negotiating teams. Satish has proven skills in the following areas: developing strategy and policy and drafting by-laws for local governments; transformation designs and implementation of plans for public and private sector; scoping and providing gap analysis for legal compliance of local governments; training on key legislation; development of service standards and implementation of Batho Pele; and the implementation of performance management systems for local government. 

Satish has been consulting with Job Mokgoro on issues such as private and public transformation and governance. He practiced as a human rights lawyer in the 1980’s and early 1990’s and during this time, he was an active member of both the ANC and the SACP. He also served as member and office-bearer of a variety of other organizations, including Lawyers for Human Rights. 

From 1994 to 1997 Satish was the MEC for Safety and Security and Public Administration and Transformation for the North West Province and during this time he often served as acting premier of the province. 

At the end of 2000, he was deployed to serve as Executive Mayor of Potchefstroom. While in this position, he achieved a number of firsts for the city, notably in the field of environmental issues, by the erection of the first local government green building in Africa to be 100% compliant with SAEDES standards. The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives rewarded Satish by inviting him to address environmental conferences in Germany and Australia as well as the World Summit for Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002.  Satish was the first local government practitioner to address COP* in New Delhi, India in 2002. 

For the past 20 years, Satish has been involved in the management of a number of companies. He inter alia served on the Board of ABSA in the North West Province.