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Meet the team behind the Nal’ibali magic! Based across the country, each one of these individuals works to bring the power of stories to as many South Africans as possible. From the Communications gurus, to the Programmes heroes and Operations wizards, we’re a diverse team of passionate people - from all walks of life, and with all kinds of stories.

Meet the team

Managing Director

Jade Jacobsohn

MD National

Jade Jacobsohn is responsible for the scale-up phase of the Nal’ibali campaign, working with the management team to provide strategic direction for campaign partnerships and growth. She is a seasoned anthropologist with research experience in South Africa, Uganda and Malawi, and has a solid grassroots background in the Eastern Cape as founder and Programme Manager of the Sophakama Community Partnership. She has managed various educational projects, specifically focused on early childhood development and environmental education within economically deprived areas, and has worked closely with Anglo American, Takalani Sesame and Food for Development. Her academic qualifications include a BSocSci (Hons) in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Rhodes University, and an MSc in Anthropology, Environment and Development from University College London.

Phone:

Cell: 0798036586

Jade Jacobsohn

MD National

Phone:

Cell: 0798036586

Verona Engelbrecht

P.A to Jade
Cell: 0845563823

Programmes Team

Sandra Mpume Prusent

Head of Programmes

Nompumelelo Prusent has a multiform career journey sprouting from humble beginnings and different industry sectors including corporate, community development, education and training. Her career path has footprints, influenced by her work experience and academic achievements in different fields of study to mention a few (Diploma Labour Relations; Diploma Government Studies; Diploma Marketing Management (IMM); BBA Degree (Preston University); MBA (MANCOSA).  

Phone:

Cell: 0790343699

Sandra Mpume Prusent

Head of Programmes

Phone:

Cell: 0790343699

Buyiswa Motloenya

Mainstream Programme Manager
Cell: 0638948196 / 0669910076

Shakes Dwangu

National Systems & Administration Coordinator
Cell: 0739714498

Nkosingiphile Myeza

Literacy Mentor: DGMT Newcastle
Cell: 0664869453

Righardt le Roux

Provincial Support Coordinator: Diaconia
Cell: 0714857547

Portia Daniso

Literacy Mentor: DGMT Gauteng
Cell: 0664869457

Monica Kewana

Literacy Mentor: DGMT W.Cape
Cell: 0664869446

Sithembiso Nhlapo

Provincial Support Coordinator: DGMT Gauteng
Cell: 0664869442

Thabisa Nomkhonwana

Literacy Mentor: DGMT W.Cape
Cell: 0664869447

Molefe Mpesi

Literacy Mentor: DGMT Bloemfontein
Cell: 0664869468

Sanelisiwe Ntuli

Literacy Mentor: DGMT Hammersdal
Cell: 0664869432

Madoda Ndlakuse

Literacy Mentor: VW E.Cape
Cell: 0664869449 / 0839265486

Salome Maluleke

Literacy Mentor: DGMT Limpopo
Cell: 0664869448

Bonga Magazi

Programme Administrator: DGMT
Cell: 0727562239

Mamoilwa Moreki

Literacy Mentor: HCI Welkom
Cell: 0664869435

Nompucuko Zakaza

Provincial Support Coordinator: DGMT E.Cape
Cell: 0664869429

Nomsa Manzini

Provincial Support Coordinator: DGMT Nelspruit
Cell: 0664852460

Bonginkosi Mkhize

Literacy Mentor: SPS
Cell: 0663057788

Bonisani Mahlinza

Literacy Mentor: SPS
Cell: 0664746714

Bulelani Futshane

DGMT- PSC

Dumezweni Nkala

Project Co-ordinator(Tuk-Tuk coordinator)
Cell: 0664869418

Gcinumuzi Radebe

Master Trainer
Cell: 0663057688 / 0781497569 / 0737942491

Julia Makganye

SPM LM
Cell: 0714213968

Masiza Hlekwayo

SPM LM
Cell: 0714213892

Nompu Ntsele

Programme Administrator: SPS
Cell: 0817976730

Patricia Sebelego

Literacy Mentor: Lesedi Lesatsi
Cell: 0664779279

Lindelwa Pumelele Keswa

Provincial Support Coordinator: SPS

Ramabele Litabe

Provincial Support Coordinator: Lesedi Lesatsi
Cell: 0664779114

Sinothando Menzi

SPM LM
Cell: 0714233212

Sthembile Zola Maja

Master Trainer
Cell: 0817992805

Siyabonga Nyatsabe

Literacy Mentor
Cell: 0727818862

Thulani Pango

Literacy Mentor: SPS
Cell: 0663057787

Vuisile Nombula

Literacy Mentor: Lesedi Lesatsi
Cell: 0664779274

Zenkcubeko Mpongomo

Literacy Mentor: SPS
Cell: 0663057789

Ziyanda Xaso

SPM LM
Cell: 0714213978

Rodney Msomi

Literacy Mentor: SPS
Cell: 0663057677

Cokisa Sicwebu

Litracy Mentor: SPS
Cell: 0663057782

Communications Team

Ben Rycroft

Head of Communications

Ben joined the Nal'ibali team in June 2016. He has a BA degree from Stellenbosch University, a postgraduate diploma in Account Management from AAA School of Advertising and a qualification in Business Management from the Chartered Institute of Business Management. He has 17 years in the marketing and communications arena, five of which were spent living and working in Australia. His integrated 360° marketing skill set includes CRM, direct marketing, through-and-below-the-line advertising, design and digital. An avid reader, Ben also enjoys running, travel and socialising. 

Phone:

Cell: 0829074884

Ben Rycroft

Head of Communications

Phone:

Cell: 0829074884

Sally du Preez

Senior Communications Officer
Cell: 0823330461

Babalwa Luhabe

Traffic Production & Communications Coordinator
Cell: 0795454248

Akhona Jonas

Digital Coordinator
Cell: 0738901158

Thembela Ntongana

Community Manager
Cell: 0729839711

Siyabulela Ngesi

Public Relations & Events Coordinator: SPS
Cell: 0735509457 / 0728925138

Barbara Meyer

Communications Officer
Cell: 0610431298

Finance & Corporate Team

Saleem Mukuddem

Chief Financial Officer - CFO

Phone:

Cell: 0609633964

Saleem Mukuddem

Chief Financial Officer - CFO

Phone:

Cell: 0609633964

Govonne Moss

Finance Manager

Phone:

Cell: 084-383 1284

Govonne Moss

Finance Manager

Phone:

Cell: 084-383 1284

Buhle Delo

Accounts Clerk
Cell: 0632573166

Akhona Sandlana

Finance Assistant
Cell: 0799651554

Bonelwa Nqabeni

Bookkeeper

Buyisile Dyosiba

Accounts Clerk
Cell: 0783584050

Nombongo Magwa

Accounts Clerk
Cell: 0731835544

Laylah Hoofd

Support Services Manager

Phone:

Cell: 0828259305

Laylah Hoofd

Support Services Manager

Phone:

Cell: 0828259305

Sayeeda Rawoot

Logistic & Support Coordinator: DGMT
Cell: 0845564480

Audrey Ngqwina

General Worker
Cell: 0839531917

Lucia Mkhize

Logistics & Support Coordinator
Cell: 0815502603

Ibtishaam Salie

Cell: 083 663 4583

Abigail Louw

Human Resource Manager

Phone:

Cell: 0796089812

Abigail Louw

Human Resource Manager

Phone:

Cell: 0796089812

Babalwa Beja

HR Officer

Research & Innovation Team

Katie Huston

Head of Innovation,Research & Evaluation

Katie heads up research and innovation at the Nal’ibali campaign. Before joining the team, she spent three years supporting and learning from education champions as a portfolio manager at the DG Murray Trust. She’s also worked at the South African Education Project (SAEP); co-authored two ‘economics for dummies’ books; and represented South Africa at the Ultimate Frisbee world championships. A Marshall Scholar, she has a BA in Journalism (University of Massachusetts Amherst), an MA in Global Political Economy (University of Sussex), and an MSc in Social Anthropology (London School of Economics).

Phone:

Cell: 0735071464

Katie Huston

Head of Innovation,Research & Evaluation

Phone:

Cell: 0735071464

Luleka Bara

Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant
Cell: 0732658839

Kayin Scholtz

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Cell: 0846488547

Nozipho Bonga

Data Entry Clerk
Cell: 0792846391

Linda Ngcumgama

Data Entry Clerk
Cell: 0783868017

Buhle Mabaso

Call Centre Manager
Cell: 0606844225

Gezani Siwele

Call Center
Cell: 0638822851

Kevin Kenny

Call Center
Cell: 0710174545

Michelle Bana

Call Centre Operator
Cell: 0617392448

Mukondi Nethavhakone

M&E Manager
Cell: 0678163747

Content & Learning Team

Vanashree Pinto

Head of Content & Learning

Vanashree joined the team in January 2019. She is responsible for Content and Learning at Nal’ibali. She has extensive experience in book production and training design, having worked in the adult literacy space, schools textbook publishing and a large HIV awareness campaign. She has worked previously at NGOs including Project Literacy and the New loveLife Trust. She brings to the team her insights in working within the SETA environment. Her academic qualifications include a BA degree, Honours and Higher Diploma in Education. 

Phone:

Cell: 0826191205

Vanashree Pinto

Head of Content & Learning

Phone:

Cell: 0826191205

Arabella Koopman

Multilingual Content & Curriculum Specialist
Cell: 0832853602