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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.

Meet the team


Nqabakazi Mathe-Gina


Nqabakazi Mathe-Gina is the Director at the Nal'ibali Trust. Nqabakazi has 15 years of senior leadership experience in the education, social justice and care sectors. She has served as Director of two other non-profit organisations and has a strong track record of fundraising both locally and internationally. Nqabakazi speaks isiZulu, English, isiXhosa, Siswati and Sesotho

Nqabakazi Mathe-Gina


Mpho Ramasodi

Head of Programmes

Mpho Ramasodi, occupies the role of Head of Programmes, leading the engine of the organisation-programmes.  Mpho has been coordinating and managing programmes in the child rights and education sectors for over 15 years, which include Save the Children UK and the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT). She is very strong in strategic planning, programme design conceptualisation and management, managing stakeholder relations and partnerships, M&E and reporting. 

Mpho Ramasodi

Head of Programmes

Gabrielle Kelly

Head of Research, Impact & Innovation

Bahihah Mohamed

Head of Finance & Operations

Verona Engelbrecht

Executive Assistant

Sonke Mzana

Programmes Assistant and WRAD Coordinator

Communications and MERL

Suri Tsholetsane

Communications & Marketing Manager

Suri is an award-nominated Media Strategist and an experienced Communication and Marketing professional. She has developed, implemented and managed national and international communication and marketing programs, projects and initiatives for various audiences.

Her vast experience includes Corporate Communication, Health Communication, Media Management, Crisis Communication,  Public Relations, Stakeholder Relations, Sponsorship Management, Digital Transformation, Brand Positioning and Advocacy.

"Communication-without-Borders" is how Suri describes her experience in managing diverse international communication projects in countries such as Ethiopia, Mozambique, Kenya, Botswana, Tanzania, Finland, Spain, Germany, Monaco and here in South Africa. Her industry experience includes ICT, IT, Sports, Media, Medical Research and the Development Sector. She has qualifications in Communication Science, Telecoms MBA, Business Management and Digital Transformation.

Suri is a member of Women in Tech Africa, ONE and Global Citizen.

Suri Tsholetsane

Communications & Marketing Manager

Athenkosi Matyalana

Digital Specialist

Ongama Makie

Communications Assistant

Neeyam Gareeb

Data Manager

Rosemary Brown


Gopolang Makou

MER Officer

Luleka Bara

MER Assistant

Programmes, Special Projects and Content

Bawinile Peters

Special Projects Manager

Sthembile Maja

North West Provincial Coordinator

Carol Titus


Sithembiso Nhlapo

Gauteng Provincial Coordinator

Nompucuko Zakaza

Eastern Cape Provincial Coordinator

Righardt le Roux

Mpumalanga Provincial Coordinator

Sibongiseni Blose

KZN Provincial Coordinator

Khomotso Letsoalo

Limpopo Provincial Coordinator

Lebohang Phasha

Project Lead- Lebalelo Project

Vuisile Nombula

Literacy Mentor-LnL Project/Free State

Rodney Msomi

Project Coordinator-Yizani Sifunde

Madoda Ndlakuse

Project Coordinator- Nal'ibali VW Project

Brigotte Naicker

Content Developer

Nosiphiwo Sifumba


Professional Services

Bonelwa Nqabeni


Abigail Louw

HR Specialist

Siwakhile Bili

HR Officer

Ibtishaam Salie

Support service coordinator

Monique Booysen

Support Services Assistant