Our Staff

FunDza staff are passionate about reading and contributing to the social development of our country. See who we are and what we do.

Mignon Hardie

Executive Director and Trustee

Mignon is the Executive Director of the FunDza Literacy Trust, a position she has held since the Trust’s inception in 2011. She is responsible for the efficient and effective management of the organisation. She has had wide experience in managing a number of SMMEs previously. She is also a director of Cover2Cover Books, in which FunDza has a shareholding. She has a BA (Economics and English) from UCT, and an MBA cum laude (University of Stellenbosch Business School).

Alonzo Naude

Office Administrator

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. With his strong eye for detail, he is FunDza’s office administrator and technical uploader. When not at FunDza, Alonzo can be found public speaking and inspiring others!

Nandipha Tshabane

Beneficiary Liaison

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.

Ros Haden

Content Developer

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).

Ndibulele Sotondoshe

Feature writer

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.

Sonja Kruse

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.

Refilwe Mofokeng


Refilwe joins FunDza as an intern from Year Beyond, where she was a volunteer tutor. Studying a degree in social work, she is assisting us at the FunDza headquarters with the editing of stories and essays, as well and helping aspiring FunDza writers with their submissions. From Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, Refilwe is also fluent in Sesotho and is able to assist with translations.

Dawn Wilson

Financal and Human Resources Manager

Dawn has joined us as the Financial and HR Manager. She is a seasoned financial expert in the nonprofit sector, having worked for TAC, Sonke Gender Justice Network, and other NGOs for many years. She brings her wealth of experience to our organisation and has helped us develop more streamlined financial reporting systems as well as looking at ways to continuously develop our staff.

Shelley Bolle

Marketing Officer

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 Dyer

Literacy specialist

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.

Zimkhitha Mlanzeli

Senior Fanz editor

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.

Tamica Mopp

Fanz Editor

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.

Lukhanyo Matshebelele


Lukhanyo found out about FunDza during the time when he facilitated FunDza sessions as a volunteer for Year Beyond. He joins us from Phillippi in Cape Town, and studied Maths at Wits. He also tutored maths for Year Beyond. Lukhanyo is an intern at FunDza where he’ll be assisting with editing work and administration, as well as submitting feedback to FunDza’s aspiring authors.

Sive Sibenya


Sive from Langa, joins us as an intern at FunDza, after completing his studies in Marketing at CPUT. Sive assists with the editing of stories submitted by Fanz and also provides feedback to the aspiring writers and poets. Sive has run a handful of workshops, as well as representing FunDza during National Book Week in Port Elizabeth. Sive has also written a few blogs for the mobi site.