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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.

Jade Jacobsohn

MD National

Verona Engelbrecht

P.A to Jade

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).  

Sandra Mpume Prusent

Head of Programmes

Buyiswa Motloenya

Mainstream Programme Manager

Shakes Dwangu

National Systems & Administration Coordinator

Nkosingiphile Myeza

Literacy Mentor: DGMT Newcastle

Righardt le Roux

Provincial Support Coordinator: Diaconia

Portia Daniso

Literacy Mentor: DGMT Gauteng

Monica Kewana

Literacy Mentor: DGMT W.Cape

Sithembiso Nhlapo

Provincial Support Coordinator: DGMT Gauteng

Thabisa Nomkhonwana

Literacy Mentor: DGMT W.Cape

Molefe Mpesi

Literacy Mentor: DGMT Bloemfontein

Sanelisiwe Ntuli

Literacy Mentor: DGMT Hammersdal

Madoda Ndlakuse

Literacy Mentor: VW E.Cape

Salome Maluleke

Literacy Mentor: DGMT Limpopo

Bonga Magazi

Programme Administrator: DGMT

Mamoilwa Moreki

Literacy Mentor: HCI Welkom

Nompucuko Zakaza

Provincial Support Coordinator: DGMT E.Cape

Nomsa Manzini

Provincial Support Coordinator: DGMT Nelspruit

Bonginkosi Mkhize

Literacy Mentor: SPS

Bonisani Mahlinza

Literacy Mentor: SPS

Bulelani Futshane

DGMT- PSC

Dumezweni Nkala

Project Co-ordinator(Tuk-Tuk coordinator)

Gcinumuzi Radebe

Master Trainer

Julia Makganye

SPM LM

Masiza Hlekwayo

SPM LM

Nompu Ntsele

Programme Administrator: SPS

Patricia Sebelego

Literacy Mentor: Lesedi Lesatsi

Lindelwa Pumelele Keswa

Provincial Support Coordinator: SPS

Ramabele Litabe

Provincial Support Coordinator: Lesedi Lesatsi

Sinothando Menzi

SPM LM

Sthembile Zola Maja

Master Trainer

Siyabonga Nyatsabe

Literacy Mentor

Thulani Pango

Literacy Mentor: SPS

Vuisile Nombula

Literacy Mentor: Lesedi Lesatsi

Zenkcubeko Mpongomo

Literacy Mentor: SPS

Ziyanda Xaso

SPM LM

Rodney Msomi

Literacy Mentor: SPS

Cokisa Sicwebu

Litracy Mentor: SPS

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. 

Ben Rycroft

Head of Communications

Sally du Preez

Senior Communications Officer

Babalwa Luhabe

Traffic Production & Communications Coordinator

Akhona Jonas

Digital Coordinator

Thembela Ntongana

Community Manager

Siyabulela Ngesi

Public Relations & Events Coordinator: SPS

Barbara Meyer

Communications Officer

Finance & Corporate Team

Saleem Mukuddem

Chief Financial Officer - CFO

Saleem Mukuddem, joined Nal’ibali as our first Chief Financial Officer in March 2019. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in finance and operations which he gained across many industries both locally and internationally. He has worked for global brands like Ernst and Young (Bermuda), Harley-Davidson and the Open Society Foundation.  Saleem embraces technology and has a keen interest in leadership and team development.  Saleem is a keen sportsmen and loves movies and reading.

Saleem Mukuddem

Chief Financial Officer - CFO

Govonne Moss

Finance Manager

Govonne Moss

Finance Manager

Buhle Delo

Accounts Clerk

Akhona Sandlana

Finance Assistant

Bonelwa Nqabeni

Bookkeeper

Buyisile Dyosiba

Accounts Clerk

Nombongo Magwa

Accounts Clerk

Laylah Hoofd

Support Services Manager

Laylah Hoofd

Support Services Manager

Sayeeda Rawoot

Logistic & Support Coordinator: DGMT

Audrey Ngqwina

Office Maintenance

Lucia Mkhize

Logistics & Support Coordinator

Ibtishaam Salie

Logistics and Support Coordinator

Abigail Louw

Human Resource Manager

Abigail Louw

Human Resource Manager

Babalwa Beja

HR Officer

Research & Innovation Team

Katie Huston

Chief Operating Officer

Katie Huston is Nal’ibali’s Chief Operating Officer. She previously established and led Nal’ibali’s Research & Innovation department, building its ability to use data and research to strengthen its work and tell its story. Before joining Nal’ibali, she was the education strategy lead at the DG Murray Trust (DGMT), a private South African foundation, and worked at the South African Education Project (SAEP). She’s also 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).

Katie Huston

Chief Operating Officer

Luleka Bara

Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant

Kayin Scholtz

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Nozipho Bonga

Data Entry Clerk

Linda Ngcumgama

Data Entry Clerk

Buhle Mabaso

Call Centre Manager

Gezani Siwele

Call Center

Kevin Kenny

Call Center

Michelle Bana

Call Centre Operator

Mukondi Nethavhakone

M&E Manager

Denise Mubaiwa

Research and Advocacy lead

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. 

Vanashree Pinto

Head of Content & Learning

Arabella Koopman

Multilingual Content & Curriculum Specialist