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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

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.

Benjamin Trisk

Benjamin Trisk is the CEO of book retailer, Exclusive Books. He has over 40 years’ experience in financial markets across the academic, industrial and mining fields. Trisk earned a BA and MBA from the University of Cape Town. Following his MBA, Trisk taught at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has wide-ranging experience as a dealmaker and during the time he was Executive General Manager of Premier Group Holdings, he was responsible for Strategic Management at group level and sat on the boards of many of Premier’s quoted subsidiaries. 

His public company directorships included CNA-Gallo, Gresham Industries, Alexander Lipworth Pharmaceuticals and Ovenstone Fishing. Trisk left the corporate sector in 1988 to conduct several proprietary transactions and also provided corporate finance advisory services to high value clients. He has extensive experience in business valuations, acquisitions and disposals, management of new and mature companies and turnaround situations. Trisk has a passion for fine food, books and art.

Thabiso Madiba

Having articled at Ernst and Young’s (South Africa) audit division, Thabiso Madiba brings to the team a range of skills and audit experience. His qualifications include a BCom Accounting (UCT), Post graduate diploma in Accounting (UCT), and a Taxation Masters (University of North West).  Some of this experience has been gained through being part of the audit teams that audited clients like Holcim South Africa (Pty) Limited, Denel Land Systems Lyttelton, Investec DLC and Gauteng online.

Apart from his business responsibilities as a member of Barakabora cc where he oversees over four clients, Thabiso is also a lecturer at University of Johannesburg. At the university some of his involvement includes, training auditor general clerks on accounting and Pastel, training at the tax workshop in Polokwane with the Auditor General and SAICA QE 2 qualifying exams marker.

Cathy Gush

Based in Grahamstown, Cathy Gush heads up a comprehensive literacy outreach programme, the Lebone Literacy Programme, which amongst other things includes Nal’bali Reading Clubs. Prior to that, for four years between 2006 and 2010, Cathy was the director of Rhodes University’s self-funded institute, the Centre for Social Development (CSD). The CSD facilitates the development of early childhood communities and imparts skills to practitioners to strengthen community owned initiatives.

Cathy has over 30 years of experience in the NGO and education field. She studied at Stellenbosch University, where she obtained an Honours degree in Sociology. She also has a Diploma in Adult Education and is currently working on her Masters in Journalism and Media Studies, focusing on the communication of home literacy practices. Her literacy promotion efforts include being chairperson of the Eastern Cape branch of the Reading Assoc of South Africa (RASA) and the Makana Friends of the Library civil society organization. Cathy believes that books and stories have the power to change lives, and is passionate about getting children to read for pleasure.

Vincent Mai

Born in the Eastern Cape, Vincent Mai is a businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder and chairman of Cranemere, a holding company which is the parent of an operating group. The Group focuses on investing in businesses to develop and hold in the long term. Formerly he was the CEO and chairman of AEA Investors, one of the oldest private equity firms in the United States.