FunDza people are passionate about reading and contributing to the social development of our country. See who we are and what we do.
The following are on the board of trustees:
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.
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.
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.
Baleseng Dlamini is currently working for DSTV. She was previously National Business Manager Mass Markets for Ads24, commercial arm of Media24. She has spent most of her career in the media, having worked for top companies like SABC and M-Net in either advertising, sales, marketing or strategic business development.
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. In addition, she is also a director of Cover2Cover Books. She has a BA from UCT and an MBA from Stellenbosch University for which she was awarded an Old Mutual Gold Medal for exceptional achievement.
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.
Andrew is an experienced commercial attorney, focusing on plain language law, consumer protection and information privacy law in an electronic environment. He is an associate at Michalsons Attorneys and also runs his own legal advisory business, Tenet Legal. Andrew has a BA from Stellenbosch University, an LLB from Wits University and an LLM from UCT.
Lebo has worked for various companies as a HR practitioner specialising in organisational development. She is currently HR Manager for a division of Nampak. She has worked in the wine industry and previously sought to train township youth in wine industry skills development. Lebo has a BA from NMMU and an MBA from Stellenbosch University.
Here follows a list of current staff members and their role within the organisation.
Marketing and Stakeholder Relations
Shelley has had many years experience working in the NGO sector with a focus on marketing, social media and operations. She is passionate about giving back and assisting communities in need. She was drawn to FunDza because of its goal to get South Africa reading! Shelley’s creative thinking and driven personality are great assets for marketing FunDza’s important work.
Dorothy is a former English teacher, whose passion for reading was the inspiration for the Cover2Cover’s publishing initiative and the FunDza Literacy Trust’s current work. Dorothy is also the author of many textbooks and school readers. She has a Masters in Applied Language and Literacy Studies and a Masters in Creative Writing, both through UCT.
Nandi is passionate about youth and community development as she believes that this is key to dealing with many of the social and economic pressures that South Africa currently faces. Previously Nandi was the School Liaison for Siyavula’s Vodacom-sponsored project and has been a researcher for various organisations working in under-resourced communities.
Alonzo is passionate about change and development. He loves working with youth and seeing people succeed. He has years of experience working administratively in the NGO sector, as well as in underprivileged areas. He has an eye for detail and is currently assisting with FunDza’s Popularising Reading program, ensuring that the relationship between FunDza and our beneficiaries can grow through proper communication and effective feedback. When not at FunDza, Alonzo can be found public speaking and inspiring others!
In 2015 Ndibulele completed his journalism degree at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. During his final year he interned for FunDza as a feature writer interviewing interesting people for the ‘Inspiring Tomorrow’ series. He is currently continuing with this work and he is assisting with writing and reading workshops and helps edit Fanz poetry and stories.
Aimee-Claire Smith is interning at FunDza as a part of her gap year. She write blog posts and helps to edit Fanz stories and essays for publication on the FunDza mobi site. Her passion lies in writing and all things literary or creative, and she believes that everyone is an artist. She was homeschooled from grade one through to Matric, and spent the majority of her childhood reading and writing. For this reason, her work at FunDza is important to her, because she has the privilege of nurturing other young writers.
Phoebe concentrates on keeping the FunDza office in order, making sure that all FunDza’s T’s are crossed and I’s dotted! In addition, she’s a keen writer and makes sure that there’s a new Just Trendi blog out every week. Phoebe joined FunDza as an intern while studying towards her Honours degree in Social Development at the University of the Western Cape.
Ros is FunDza’s content developer. She is a writer and editor, who has written two adults novels – The Tin Church and Love Tastes Like Strawberries, numerous short stories, children’s fiction and textbooks. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from UCT (distinction) and a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Publishing from Oxford Brookes University (distinction).
Zimkhitha first made contact with FunDza as a reader and then a Fanz writer. She now helps to mentor other aspirant young writers to develop their talents and have their work published in the Fanz section on FunDza’s mobi network. She is also a popular short story writer and has had her own book – Blood ties – published as part of Cover2Cover’s Harmony High series.
Outreach and Advocacy (part-time)
Sonja Kruse is passionate about building social bridges in South Africa. In 2014 she worked as a FunDza ambassador. She now works part-time for FunDza to run special projects to encourage reading for pleasure and to host a variety of our Write4Life writing workshops. Her book, The Ubuntu Girl, recounts her countrywide journey to find out whether the spirit of ubuntu was alive in SA.
Assistant Fanz Editor
Veronica completed her journalism degree at Cape Peninsula University in 2016. During her final year she interned at FunDza as an assistant editor and writer where she edited Fanz stories for publication on the FunDza mobi site and wrote blog posts for Just Trendi about social and everyday subjects. She is currently continuing her work, which also includes updates and posts for FunDza Whatsapp – keeping our readers connected through that platform.
Tamica is currently on a gap year after studying language and culture at Stellenbosch University. Next year, Tamica plans on studying English and Drama in the hopes of becoming a school teacher. She also loves to write, and is currently working on her own book. She dedicates her time to FunDza, being local and having the time to intern for us. Writing is her passion, as well as being involved with young people and school children. At FunDza, we are grateful for her assistance with editing Fanz stories and writing blogs.