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Board Members

The Nal’ibali Trust board members ensure that the work and goals of Nal’ibali are always in line with the long term vision to spark and sustain a culture of reading and storytelling in South Africa.

Board Members

Carole Bloch

Carole Bloch is Executive Director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), an independent research and development unit’ affiliated with the University of Cape Town.  Since 1992, she has worked to transform the way children learn to read and write, putting stories, meaning-making and enjoyment at the centre of learning. She has researched young children’s biliteracy learning in multilingual African settings, facilitated teacher training and published several storybooks for children in many African languages.

Carole is the founder and a trustee of the Little Hands Trust, which supports the development and use of children’s literature in Africa. She applied experience and understandings from PRAESA to co-initiate Nal’ibali and lead the start-up phase of the campaign.

PRAESA now continues as a partner with Nal’ibali, delivering content, guiding curriculum and helping to ensure literacy and literary quality.

Palesa Morudu

Palesa Morudu is the co-owner of the editorial services company Clarity Editorial, at which she is responsible for strategy, marketing and communications. Her writing is published in major South African media outlets, and she is the managing director of Clarity’s sister company, Cover2Cover. She is now also a key player and board member of the Nal’ibali Trust.

Thando Gobe

Thando Gobe is Managing Director of Personal Trust, an independent trust and investment management company. Thando has an Honours degree in Business Science, as well as a BCom (Honours) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town. He currently acts as a Trust Officer while serving on the Investment & Financial Planning Council as well as the Executive Committee. He also serves as a board member of ASSET, and is a non-executive director of Pearson Marang (Pty) Ltd.

David Harrison

After completing his medical studies, David Harrison founded the Health Systems Trust, a non-governmental organisation supporting health services development in South Africa. He started up the South African Health Review of health and healthcare in South Africa, which is published every year. He subsequently established the Initiative for Sub-District Support, working with the Department of Health to improve the quality of healthcare in clinics throughout South Africa. In 2000, he completed a public policy degree at the University of California at Berkeley, before returning to South Africa to head up loveLife, a national HIV-prevention programme for young people. Since May 2010, he has been with the DGMT, which funds the Nal’ibali campaign.