Dr Xolisa Guzula
Xolisa is a lecturer in multilingual and multiliteracies education at UCT. She is an early literacy specialist with interests in biliteracy development; emergent literacy; bi/multilingual education; language and literacy as social practice; multiliteracies; multimodality; third spaces and bilingual children’s literature. She has experience in early literacy and biliteracy teacher training and community literacy training. She is a storyteller, author, translator, teacher, trainer, materials developer, and more. She is making an invaluable contribution to literacy in South Africa.
Outgoing 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. She is also a director of independent publisher Cover2Cover Books, a board member of WordWorks, a nonprofit focusing on the literacy development in the first eight years of a child’s life, and a trustee of The Trust Connection, which aims to develop the leadership of nonprofit organisations. She has a BA from UCT and an MBA from Stellenbosch University.
Steve is passionate about using technology for development, especially in education, and is currently based in New York as the digital policy specialist for UNICEF. He has led the mobile learning programme at UNESCO, Paris, and was the former head of mobile at Pearson South Africa. He was awarded a research fellowship at Stanford University and has been a fellow for 21st Century Learning at the Shuttleworth Foundation.
Brian is a human resources professional with experience in both corporates and nonprofit organisations. He is passionate about education and ensuring that all young people have better access to opportunities. He is currently working for Empact Group overseeing the Medical Portfolio for the catering services across various private hospitals. He was previously HR Manager for Shout-It-Now, a nonprofit offering HIV testing and referral links to care. Brian is also a trustee at Zip-Zap circus, where he serves in an HR advisory capacity.
Ruby’s career has been dedicated to improving the education opportunities for and literacy levels of young people in our country. She is the current director of TREE (Training Resource in Early Education), and formerly was a Deputy Director in the Department of Higher Education and Training, Deputy Director Children and Youth Literacy in the Department of Education, as well as programme manager for Room to Read. Ruby is also a board member for the National Early Childhood Development Alliance.
Incoming Executive Director and Trustee
Lea-Anne is the incoming director of the FunDza Literacy Trust. With a background in journalism,
coupled with extensive experience in the corporate sphere and the nonprofit space, she is well-placed to take FunDza to the next level. She has a MPhil in Inclusive Innovation from the Graduate School of Business. She also serves on the board of The Reach Trust, and Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy.
Rayelene is a Risk, Audit and Governance Consultant who is currently managing her own practice, Unam Solutio, that works with NPOs and private sector clients. Previously, Rayelene was the interim head of the international internal audit department for ActionAid International. She is also a General Assembly member and an Advisory Complaints Board member for HQAI (Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative) – based in Geneva, Switzerland. Rayelene holds a B.Comm (risk management) and a Masters in International Comparative Education from Stockholm University.
In December 2019, FunDza’s board appointed two advisory sub-committees: an Audit, Risk and Compliance (ARC) committee, and a Social and Ethics (S&E) committee.
Serving on the ARC committee are the following: Mike Richardson (independent chair), Sicelo Kula (independent), Dawn Wilson (staff representative) and Rayelene Govender (board representative).
Serving on the S&E committee are the following: Sicelo Kula (independent chair), Dorothy Dyer (staff representative) and Xolisa Guzula (board representative).
The bios of the two independent committee members are included below.
Mike is a retired qualified chartered public finance accountant. He started his long local government career in the UK but worked for nearly thirty years in South Africa with the City of Cape Town. In the latter years of his career he was part of the City’s senior management team and held the position of Chief Financial Officer. He concluded his career in the Office of the WC Premier.
Sicelo Kula is an IT lawyer at Michalsons, which he joined after studying law at the University of the Western Cape. He focuses on IT Governance, Risk and Compliance, which includes drafting and advising on commercial contracts, and assisting clients with data protection compliance and other compliance issues. His relationship with FunDza began in 2013, as a mentee writer. This led to a number of milestones, most notably the publishing of his first novel, Taking Chances. He continues to write short stories and blogs in his spare time.