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About Us

The Polisee Space is a progressive pan-African public policy consulting firm (PPCF). Through advising our clients in the private and public sectors, the firm hopes to contribute to a more fairer, just and prosperous South Africa, Africa and the world. It was officially launched on 25 February 2021.

The firm dedicates 70% of its time on consulting work and 30% on public interest work. All modern and progressive private enterprises have to see their purpose of existence beyond the profit motive.

As a knowledge and services firm, The Polisee Space sells ideas, insights and skills to clients in the government sector, business, labour, civil society and other interested parties.

David Maimela

Executive Director: MA (UJ), BA. Honours (UP), B.PolSci (UP), Mandela-Rhodes Scholar, APORDE Alumnus

David Maimela is founder and Executive Director of The Polisee Space, a public policy think-tank and consulting firm based in Johannesburg/Pretoria, South Africa. He has spent 20 years serving the South African public and the public service as an activist, researcher, academic, policy specialist, consultant, and public service manager. His exposure to both the theoretical and practical aspects of public policy makes him a valuable asset as a leader of the firm.Read More

Our Services

Policy Analysis





Public Speaking


Lobbying & Advocacy

Fund A Special Project
The Next South Africa

Through this project, we hope to inspire South Africans to dream again. It is not sufficient to defeat Apartheid and establish political democracy. The aspiration of a ‘united’ and ‘prosperous’ South Africa must be ultimately realised. Almost three decades later, several key indicators show that South Africa could be headed for another major transition of one kind or another and consequently, the birthing of the next South Africa. There is a need to engage with this kind of (un)certainty and help shape the next South Africa. What will the next South Africa look like? How will it be shape? What are the key issues? Who are the key actors? Who benefits?

The Lobby Reality

Through this project, we hope to improve relations between organised interests and state actors in respect to public policy decision-making. At present, the lobbying and advocacy industry in South Africa is unregulated and there is a significant part of it which operates in the black market. Its power and influence on public policy is unchecked. Such unchecked power can lead to unfair skewed outcomes and the endangerment of our democracy and a variety of other institutions. Is it not time we begin to work towards regulating the lobby and advocacy industry in South Africa?

Lekgotla (la Sechaba)

Through this project, we hope to introduce a number of new conversations, formats and delivery methods.