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 for various broadcasters in South Africa as a reporter, producer, anchor and editor. She is currently the radio presenter at Moneyweb and anchor of Moneyline on eNCA. She has an Honours in Journalism from Rhodes University. She has been featured in the M&G SA Book of Women, and the M&G Young South Africans publications.
Xolisa is a biliteracy teacher and community trainer, researcher, storyteller, emerging author and translator of children’s literature. Having worked for both PRAESA and the Nelson Mandela Institute, she became one of the founders of the network of community literacy clubs emerging across South Africa. She is currently a doctoral student at UCT focusing on children’s translanguaging and multiliteracies practices.
Steve is passionate about using technology in education. He has been the fellow for 21st Century Learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation, was head of mobile at Pearson and has returned to UNESCO to lead a mobile learning project. In 2007 he was a research fellow at Stanford University, where he researched youth and digital media. He holds a Masters degree in Information Systems from UCT.
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 and a board member of WordWorks, a nonprofit focusing on the literacy development in the first eight years of a child’s life. She has a BA from UCT and an MBA from Stellenbosch University.
Rethabile Mashale is Director of Thope Foundation, a non-profit providing primary school support programmes to young girls in Khayelitsha. She is co-founder of a management and leadership development consultancy working in SA and West Africa. Rethabile holds a Masters in Social Policy and Management from UCT and is a current PhD candidate at the University of Stellenbosch.