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Meet the team

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

Jade Jacobsohn

Managing Director

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.

Thulile Seleka

Head of Programmes

Thulile joined the Nal'ibali team at its inception and has led its ever expanding programmes department since. Managing a large team spread across the country, Thulile has exceptional communications and management skills and is always seeking to development her team for greatness. She has more than 15 years experience in the development sector and is currently studying towards a post-graduate diploma in public management.

Programmes Team

Tholisa Matheza

Programmes Manager, Western Cape



Mzwandile Shakespeare Dwangu

National Systems & Administration Coordinator, Western Cape



Bongile Mtolo

Programme Support Coordinator, Gauteng

Malusi Puwe

Literacy Mentor, Eastern Cape

Nkosingiphile Myeza

Literacy Mentor, KwaZulu-Natal

Righardt le Roux

Programme Support Coordinator



Portia Daniso

Literacy Mentor, Gauteng

Thotyelwa Monica Kewana

Literacy Mentor, Western Cape

Sithembiso Nhlapo

Literacy Mentor, Free State

Thabisa Nomkhonwana

Literacy Mentor, Western Cape

Molefe Mpesi

Literacy Mentor, Free State

Sanelisiwe Ntuli

Literacy Mentor, KwaZulu-Natal


Madoda Ndlakuse

Literacy Mentor, Eastern Cape

Pumza Ndamase

Training Coordinator, Western Cape

Salome Maluleke

Literacy Mentor, Limpopo

Abongile Davani

Literacy Mentor, Eastern Cape

Nontokozo Kunene

CWP Coordinator


Bonga Magazi

Programme Administrator, Western Cape

Mamoilwa Moreki

Literacy Mentor, Free State

Nompucuko "Hluma" Zakaza

Provincial Support Coordinator, Eastern Cape

Sibogiseni Blose

Provincial Support Coordinator, KwaZulu-Natal

Nomsa Manzini

Provincial Support Coordinator, Mpumalanga

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 Business Management Certificate 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 spending time with his wife and daughter. 

Communications Team

Sally Mills

Senior Communications Officer

Babalwa Luhabe

Traffic & Production Coordinator




Petunia Thulo

PR & Events Coordinator

Thulisa Mayekiso

Call Centre Coordinator

Thembakuye Madlala

Digital Strategist

Este Buchholz

Head of Operations

Este joined Nal’ibali in September 2016 to drive the recruitment and human resources function. She qualified with a BA Industrial Psychology degree from the University of Stellenbosch and has more than twenty years’ experience in the processes and the complexities of recruiting for organisations across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. 

The majority of her experience was gained working as an Executive Recruiter with the Social Care and Health Sector in the United Kingdom as a partner for a niche public sector recruitment business. She joined Deloitte’s Cape Town office shortly after her return to South Africa in 2014.

Operations Team

Laylah Hoofd

Support Services Supervisor in Administration

Gugu Zondi

HR Generalist

Sayeeda Rawoot

Travel Coordinator

Chibi Chauruka

Head of Finance

Chibi joined Nal’ibali from Amnesty International South Africa in November 2016 to drive the finance function. He has more than twenty-five years’ experience from a banking, manufacturing and NGO background. He has also previously worked for other International NGOs such as Humana People to People and the Read Educational Trust.

He holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (BCompt) from the University of South Africa, a Graduate in Advanced Taxation Certificate from the University of Pretoria and is a member of the South African Tax Professionals.

Finance Team

Buhle Delo

Account Assistant

Godfrey Mandizera

Finance Assistant

Katie Huston

Head of Research & Innovation

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).

Research & Innovation Team

Luleka Bara

Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant

Kayin Scholtz

M&E Specialist

Nozipho Bonga

Data Capturer

Story Powered Schools

Story Powered Schools is a pilot project bringing the Nalíbali reading-for-enjoyment campaign’s proven approach to literacy development to select rural schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.


The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA)

PRAESA, the co-founder and anchor partner of The Nal’ibali Trust, is an independent research and development unit affiliated with the University of Cape Town.