I have qualifications in public relations, corporate governance and citizenship, and a postgraduate qualification in Management Studies from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. My former work experience includes 23 years at the multi-national oil major BP Southern Africa, where I was responsible for the corporate social investment strategy; implementation of employee engagement programmes, and monitoring and evaluation of CSI projects in eight sub-Saharan countries. I also led an international non-profit organisation that uses soccer as a platform to educate South Africans about healthy lifestyles and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. I have served on a number of boards including the Geneva-based global road safety partnership and the Western Cape Education Foundation. In 2001, I established a community based organisation, Share with Others, as a family project, to provide some form of sustenance to those individuals standing on the side of the road looking for work opportunities. I joined Inyathelo seven years ago as Operations Director.
I’m proud to work alongside a productive and creative team of individuals, who are full of passion about the vision of Inyathelo. The best part of my job is working with the vast civil society sector, and learning every day. Being able to adjust and adapt as the need arises; and to have access to opportunities that stretch my own capability and enhance my skills and knowledge. And having the most fun while at it!
To live a life that is full, exciting and meaningful. That I remain interested and never lose sight of the fact that there is always an opportunity to make a difference, no matter how small the contribution.
How I would change our world:
I am always interested in what is happening around me, and keen to figure out how I can play a meaningful role in changing the situation. This started way back when I grew up in a tight community, where I had a close relationship with every person living on my street. I still make the effort to stay in contact – I believe appreciating, acknowledging and affirming fellow human beings, colleagues, friends and family – even people I may not know on a personal level – can make a huge difference.