The FunDza Literacy Trust was registered on 6 April 2011. The founding trustees were: Siki Mgabadeli, Mignon Hardie, Andrew Weeks and Lebogang Rangaka. The current board consists of the following members.
Siki is an award-winning business journalist who has worked as a reporter, producer, anchor and editor. She is currently Senior Business Anchor at eNCA. She has been featured in the M&G SA Book of Women, and the M&G Young South Africans publications. She has an Honours in Journalism (Rhodes University) and is an MA candidate at Wits University’s Journalism and Media Studies Department.
Executive Director and Trustee
Mignon is passionate about small business and social development. Her day job is the effective and efficient management of the FunDza Literacy Trust. She is also a director of independent publisher Cover2Cover Books, a board member of WordWorks, a nonprofit focusing on the literacy development in the first eight years of a child’s life, and a trustee of The Trust Connection, which aims to develop the leadership of nonprofit organisations. She has a BA from UCT and an MBA from Stellenbosch University.
Xolisa is an New Generation of Academic Professionals (NGAP) lecturer in multilingual and multiliteracies education. She is an early literacy specialist with interests in biliteracy development; emergent literacy; bi/multilingual education; language and literacy as social practice; multiliteracies; multimodality; third spaces and bilingual children’s literature. She has experience in early literacy and biliteracy teacher training and community literacy training. She is a storyteller, author and translator of children’s literatute and develops bilingual teacher professional materials. She is one of the founders of a network of community literacy clubs emerging across the country and is a doctoral student researching children’s translanguaging and multiliteracies practices.
Steve is passionate about using technology for development, especially in education, and is currently based in New York as the digital policy specialist for UNICEF. He has led the mobile learning programme at UNESCO, Paris, and was the former head of mobile at Pearson South Africa. He was awarded a research fellowship at Stanford University and has been a fellow for 21st Century Learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation.
In December 2019, FunDza’s board appointed two advisory sub-committees: an Audit, Risk and Compliance (ARC) committee, and a Social and Ethics (S&E) committee.
Serving on the ARC committee are the following: Mike Richardson (independent chair), Sicelo Kula (independent), Dawn Wilson (staff representative) and Siki Mgabadeli (board representative).
Serving on the S&E committee are the following: Sicelo Kula (independent chair), Dorothy Dyer (staff representative) and Xolisa Guzula (board representative).
The bios of the two independent committee members are included below.
Mike is a retired qualified chartered public finance accountant. He started his long local government career in the UK but worked for nearly thirty years in South Africa with the City of Cape Town. In the latter years of his career he was part of the City’s senior management team and held the position of Chief Financial Officer. He concluded his career in the Office of the WC Premier.
Sicelo is a lawyer at Michalsons Attorneys, specialising in data protection. He has had a long-standing association with the FunDza Literacy Trust, first as a writing workshop participant, then as a mentee writer, and later as a contributing blogger and professional story writer. He has had a teen novel for the Harmony High series – called Taking Chances – which is published by Cover2Cover Books.