Our Staff

FunDza staff are passionate about reading and contributing to the social development of our country.

We are guided by our organisation’s values in all of our work. These are:

Equality: A commitment to social justice and promoting equity
Honesty: A commitment to acting in a transparent manner and with openness
Respect: A commitment to act with kindness and honour
Diversity: A commitment to the ideals of Ubuntu – umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu
Potential: A commitment to nurturing growth in ourselves and others
Compassion: A commitment to bringing love, generosity of spirit, wisdom, and fun into all relations

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 leaves the organisation at the end of December 2021. She has a BA (Economics and English) from UCT, and an MBA cum laude (Stellenbosch University).

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.

Ros Haden

Fiction Manager

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).

Amber Solomons

Fanz Administrator, Writer and Editor

Amber has always been a big reader with a passion for writing. She graduated from CPUT with her diploma in journalism in 2019. She is currently studying for her Advanced Diploma in Journalism while working at Fundza as an intern. She loves to edit and enjoys writing articles on health-related issues. In her free time, she loves walks on the beach and hiking.

Lukhanyo Matshebelele

Technical 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.

Tamica Mopp

Fanz Writer and Editor

Tamica found FunDza on FreeBasics, and enjoyed it so much she asked to volunteer and that’s how she ended up working here. She is passionate about writing and education. She loves writing short stories and poetry. She is currently studying part-time for her B.Ed in the intermediate phase at UNISA. In her spare time she loves going to the beach, and watching animation movies with her family.

Busiswa Mahonono

Fanz Writer and Editor

Busiswa is a proud village girl that through FunDza got the opportunity to fulfil her lifelong dream of reading and writing all day long. A loner by nature she likes reading romance novels and stargazing every night. She graduated in 2019 from CPUT with a Diploma in Journalism. Interning for Fundza is her first job in the industry and it is very exciting for her as she gets to do what she loves every day!

Lea-Anne Moses

Incoming Executive Director and Trustee

Lea-Anne is the incoming director of the FunDza Literacy Trust as from December 2021. 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.

Dorothy Dyer

Programme Manager

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.

Zilungile Zimela

Marketing and PR Manager

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.

Marché Arends

Non-fiction Manager

Marché is the Non-fiction Content Manager at FunDza. She is passionate about harnessing the intrinsic power of the written word to effect positive social change in society. She is a writer and editor from Cape Town and enjoys writing short stories and poetry tackling the themes of identity, otherness and belonging. She holds a BA in Print Journalism Production from the University of Cape Town and a BA Honours in Creative Writing from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Asithandile Tyulu

Marketing Assistant

Asithandile is a driven and passionate young man, who is making his mark in FunDza’s marketing and communications department. He is currently studying toward a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (B.A. PPE) at UNISA – a degree he hopes will help him be able to help other youths and expose them to opportunities like he was. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, reading a good romance novel while having a cup of strong coffee.

Ndibulele Sotondoshe

Fanz 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.