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 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 Naude

Office Administrator

Alonzo is passionate about change and development. He loves working with youth and seeing young 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).

Andiswa Mqaba

Fanz Administrator

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

Outreach Officer

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 Matshebelele


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.

Dawn Wilson

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.

Zilungile Zimela

Marketing, Communications & Partnerships

Zilungile is an Eastern Cape-born social activist, spoken word fanatic and communications enthusiast with a passion for literacy and community building. Through using social media for social change and engaging with other like-minded young people she has learned how potent expression in the mother tongue is for the development and growth of young and eager minds.

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 a published author. Her book Blood ties is a favourite in Cover2Cover Book’s Harmony High series.

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 helping to edit Fanz poetry and stories.

Tamica Mopp

Fanz Editor

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


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.