Brother Michael de Klerk (Chair)

Michael was born in Cape Town and educated by the Holy Cross Sisters and the Christian Brothers. He completed his Novitiate formation for the Christian Brothers as well as his teacher training in Melbourne, Australia. He has taught in Cape Town, Bulawayo and Johannesburg.

Over a period of 14 years, Michael served as Principal at both CBC Springs and Immaculata High School in Soweto. He is the current President of the Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life of South Africa (LCCL) and the Chairperson of both the Catholic Schools Proprietors' Association (CaSPA) ...READ MORE and the Catholic Schools Board (CSB) in Gauteng.

Michael is also a Director of the Christian Brothers Association, the Edmund Rice Bicentennial Trust (UK), Girls and Boys Town South Africa, Northern Free State Institute of Community Development and the Catholic Education Trust.
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Dr Mary Nassimbeni (Vice Chair)

Dr Nassimbeni holds a PhD in Education from the University of Cape Town. She is currently Associate Professor in the Centre for Information Literacy at UCT where she has taught and carried out research since 1981.

She is also a Member of the Board of Biblionef, South Africa, a Member of Central Committee: St Kizito Children's Programme in the Archdiocese of Cape Town, a Trustee of Loseby Charitable Trust, South Africa and a Member of the Rotary Club of Claremont.

Mary is a founding Board member of REAP and has served as Vice Chair and Acting Chair.

Jeanne Pienaar (Treasurer)

Jeanne Pienaar is a Financial Accountant in private practice. She holds a B.Comm Degree from the University of Stellenbosch, a Higher Diploma in Education as well as Diplomas in Tax Law and Estate Law respectively.

Having taught Accounting at Selborne College in East London and at Hottentots Holland High School, she left the profession in 1992 to join Fairheads Trust Company ...READ MORE (an international investment company) as an internal auditor where she developed her skills in financial accounting, trust administration and eventually exclusively tax consulting.

Following the birth of her daughters, Jeanne continued to work part time for clients of Fairheads Trust as a financial accountant and tax consultant/administrator. Over the ensuing years her incidental practice grew by word of mouth to over 250 clients. Jeanne is a registered accountant and a member of the Institute of Accountants in Commerce.

Jeanne also serves on the board of Metro Kids Africa and as the accounting officer for WISEUP (Women in Sports Education Upliftment Programme), both of which are NPO’s.

Jeanne enjoys reading, gardening, a bit of mandatory exercise and the company of precious friends.
Her family and travels are her key interests.
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Russell Davies (Director)

Russell is originally from Melbourne, Australia but has lived in Cape Town since January 2006 following 6 years in London, UK. He holds undergraduate degrees in Law, Commerce and Theology, a Masters in Social Policy and a post-graduate diploma in Development Management. Following four years practising as a solicitor, Russell has spent most of his professional life in senior roles with international NGO's in Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa. For 8 years prior to joining REAP in September 2010, he was Director of HOPEHIV, a UK based children's charity with project partners all over East & Southern Africa. ...READ MORE

Russell is motivated by helping others to fulfil their potential and loves cultivating the broad network of partners that makes REAP tick – staff, board members, donors, HEIs and recruiters. Outside of work he is an accomplished musician, heavily involved in his local church and an avid sports fan.
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Janice Seland (Executive Committee)

Janice Seland has been a REAP Board member and Treasurer since its inception in 2001. She holds a B. Com degree majoring in Financial Accounting and has been Finance Director and a Board member at the Catholic Institute of Education since 1991. She is also a member of the Finance Committees of both CATHCA (Catholic Health) and SACBC and a Board member of Sophiatown Community Psychological Services. Prior to joining CIE she held IT related positions at Premier Foods and InfoGold. Janice is also a qualified LifeLine counsellor.

Janice is married with two children and in her spare time enjoys running, yoga, birding and tennis.

Kanyisa Diamond (Executive Committee)

Kanyisa completed her undergraduate studies at Rhodes University and qualified in a Bachelor of Social Science. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration through the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

She has sixteen years of work experience and started her career in the financial sector with Sanlam. She later moved to the NGO sector and worked with the Rural Education Access Programme for nine years, as a Student Development Advisor, a Regional Manager and for the last 3 years as Head of Programme. She left REAP in January 2017 to take up a new role as Senior Project Manager of an Education Flagship Project for the Old Mutual Foundation. ...READ MORE

Her passion in life is to empower youth, particularly those from marginalised communities and she strongly believes that education is one of the most powerful tools a young person can obtain to turn around their circumstances. She is highly inspired by young people who are able to rise above adversity and those who do not allow their circumstances to be the defining factor of who they are and how they turn out in life.
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Celeste Bennett (Executive Committee)

Celestine (Celeste) Bennett, graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelors Degree in Social Science in 1987. She has since gained HR experience in several industry sectors including viz. motor, fast moving consumer goods and parastatal sectors. Celeste's HR experience spans more than twenty years. She is currently employed in the Oil and Gas sector in a senior leadership role. Celeste is an accomplished HR professional with demonstrated ability to deliver mission-critical results. She is decisive, strategic and bold with an acutely developed interpersonal competency. Celeste is a performance and service driven leader with robust negotiation skills. She is passionate about her profession and the contribution it makes to achieving access to opportunity for all and the overall transformation of South African society.

Hulisani Matodzi (Finance sub-committee)

Hulisani was born in Limpopo, Tshifulanani village. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Accounting and another one in Taxation, both from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He is also a qualified Tax Practitioner registered with the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT). ...READ MORE He is currently working as a Financial Controller at Prescient Management Company (Pty) Ltd. He has previously occupied various positions at companies such as; Maitland Group, State Street Southern Africa and Allan Gray (Pty) Ltd. He was also a leader of the REAP alumni Association in the Western Cape 2016/2017. Minimize

Fr Hugh O'Connor

Father Hugh O'Connor is a priest of the Archdiocese of Cape Town. He has worked in Parishes across the Archdiocese, mostly as a formator and lecturer at St Francis Xavier Seminary in Athlone. He has been a member of both School Governing Bodies and Boards of Governors. He served as Vicar for education as well as Chair of both the Catholic Board of Education Western Cape and the Catholic Schools' Trust Western Cape. He is currently a member of the National Catholic Board of Education as well as Secretary General of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference.>

Lorraine Gumede

Lorraine holds an undergraduate degree in Social Science with a major in Anthropology from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Before joining Reap, Lorraine worked as an Education Training and Development Practitioner for HWSETA accredited service providers for eight years.

What motivates her is the positive impact she feels she makes in providing opportunities for youth to better their lives, families and the communities at large.

Archbishop William Slattery

Archbishop William Slattery was born in Ireland. After high school, he entered the Franciscan Order of the Roman Catholic Church. He enrolled at Killarney, The National University of Ireland in Galway, and also studied theology in Rome. He came to South Africa in January 1971 and has worked here ever since. Archbishop Slattery worked in Boipatong, Sharpville, with the Education Institute in Ladysmith as novice master of the Franciscan Order where he established a formation structure in Malawi. ...READ MORE

In 1984 the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference appointed him as Rector of St John Vianney Seminary for training priests in South Africa and in 1993, the Pope appointed him as Bishop of Kokstad. During the next 20 years he was responsible for various departments in the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference, including as chair of the Seminary department and the department for Evangelisation. For the last four years he has been responsible for Media and Communication and is on the Board of Radio Veritas, the Catholic Radio Station. He has been Archbishop of Pretoria since January 2011. Having previously served on the REAP Board for 6 years, the Bishops Conference requested him to serve another term with REAP.

Archbishop Slattery fully appreciates the privilege of working to promote the education of bright and deserving rural youth.
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Emeritus Professor John Simpson

Professor John Simpson has a BSc majoring in Psychology, an MBA and a PhD in Consumer Behaviour, all from UCT.

He was Director of the UCT Graduate School of Business from 1979 to 1986, Head of the School of Management Studies until 2008 and Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at UCT. ...READ MORE In 1999, he founded and directed the UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing, producing 2 teaching DVDs and various related materials. He is widely published with many newspaper, journal articles and five books. He was the executive producer of a 55 minute documentary called “Forerunners” which won numerous International awards, including the best documentary at the prestigious Cannes and United Nations Film Festivals. The documentary described the lives of 4 members of South Africa’s emerging Black Middle Class.

Professor Simpson has also consulted to numerous companies, including BP Southern Africa, The Foschini Group, Jordan Shoes, Hosaf SA, Glodina, Footwear and Leather Industry for the DTI and DStv.

Professor Simpson is currently the Academic Director of the Red and Yellow School of Creative Business.
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Professor Ian Scott

Professor Ian Scott is now officially retired but still in huge demand as an expert advisor in the higher education sector. He was until recently Professor Emeritus in the Centre for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town, and prior to that Director of Academic Development. He has served on task teams and undertaken commissioned research for various policy bodies, including the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and the World Bank, and led the research and report-writing for the CHE’s investigation into undergraduate curriculum structures, published in 2013. ...READ MORE His main research interests are in higher education policy related to teaching and learning, comparative models for widening successful participation in higher education, and curriculum development.

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Professor Pamela Dube

Professor Pamela Dube was born in KwaMakhutha, a township on the south coast of Durban. Her educational background is in the field of Literature and media studies, and she has also completed managerial and leadership training programmes at various institutions. Her internationally recognised publications include a special focus on gender issues, postcolonial literature, the oral tradition and the broader media. She holds a BA degree and a BA Honours in Drama and Performance Studies from the then University of Natal in Durban, and a Master’s (cum laude) and PhD (summa cum laude) in Comparative Literature and Media Studies from the University of Siegen, Germany. ...READ MORE Prof Dube has enjoyed a versatile career, building a sound track record. She has worked as an educator and university support staff member, and also served as lecturer and researcher at the University of Siegen, Director and Acting Chief Director at the Department of Education, Head of Human Resources and International Relations at the South African Nuclear Energy Cooperation, Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg, and Executive Director Human Resources at the University of Johannesburg. In addition, she has served on numerous local and international research capacity building and education policy development boards such as the Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD), including the Higher Education HIV and AIDS programme steering committee. She has received a number of awards and scholarships, such as the Alan Paton Literacy Award and the DAAD German Exchange Scholarship. Prof Dube was Dean of Students at the University of the Witwatersrand before joining the University of the Western Cape.

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