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 FunDza, 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, a board member of Wordworks and trustee of The Trust Connection. She has a BA (Economics and English) from UCT, and an MBA cum laude (Stellenbosch University).

Alonzo Naude

Office Manager

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

Family Liaison Officer

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

Professional 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).

Lukhanyo Matshebelele

Fanz Administrative Assistant

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 writing blogs and uploading Fanz work to the fundza.mobi site.

Dawn Wilson

Financal and HR 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 and Special Projects

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

Fanz Feature Writer and Editor

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.


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