FunDza staff are passionate about reading and contributing to the social development of our country. See who we are and what we do.
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 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 (Stellenbosch University).
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!
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 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).
Andiswa is FunDza’s Fanz Writing Administrator. She has a background in facilitation and learning. Hailing from Gugulethu, Andiswa enjoys her role in ensuring efficient systems are in place to get Fanz work submitted, edited, uploaded and published. She studied Mathematical Technology at CPUT, majoring in Business. She is passionate about inspiring, empowering and educating others.
Sonja Kruse is passionate about building social bridges in South Africa. Sonja works part-time for FunDza developing and hosting a variety of reading and writing workshops. She also facilitates the Reading for Enjoyment project with False Bay College. Her book, The uBuntu Girl, was based on her experiences of travelling the country to find out whether the spirit of ubuntu was alive.
Lukhanyo found out about FunDza when he facilitated FunDza sessions as an English and Maths volunteer for Year Beyond. This inspired him to try his hand at writing and several of his stories have been published in the Fanz section on fundza.mobi. He joins us from Phillippi in Cape Town, and studied Maths at Wits. Lukhanyo is an intern at FunDza assisting with the editing of Fanz writing.
Sive from Langa, is an intern at FunDza, after studying 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.
Financal and Human Resources Manager
Dawn is FunDza’s 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, helping us to develop more streamlined financial reporting systems as well as looking at ways to continuously develop our staff.
Shelley has had many years experience working in the NGO sector focusing 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.
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 a published author. Her book Blood ties is a favourite in Cover2Cover Book’s Harmony High series.
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 helping to edit Fanz poetry and stories.
While taking a gap year from studying language and culture at Stellenbosch University in 2017, Tamica interned for FunDza. She loved it, and FunDza loved her! So she stayed on and is a Fanz editor and writer. Writing is her passion, as well as being involved with young people. She writes Inspiring Tomorrow articles, children’s stories, blogs, and edits the Fanz writing submissions.
Refilwehape Mofokeng was previously a volunteer with Year Beyond. She has previously studied towards a degree in social work. As an intern at FunDza she is learning to edit poetry and essays, and helping aspiring Fanz writers with their submissions. From Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, Refilwe is also fluent in Sesotho and is able to assist with translations and editing in that language.