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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fr Mthembeni Dlamini

Fr Mthembeni is the Youth Chaplain and Coordinator of Youth Programmes in the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC). He is also the National Chaplain to the Association of Catholic Tertiary Students. He was born in KwaZulu Natal, Mariathal Mission in the Diocese of Mariannhill. He joined the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mariannhill (CMM) in 1999. He made his first vows in 2001, final vows in 2005 and was ordained a priest on the 25th August 2007. He worked as an Assistant Priest at Bellair-Queensburgh Parish in the Archdiocese of Durban from 2006 to 2012. He was then transferred to the Diocese of UMzimkhulu where he served as a Parish Priest at St Martin de Pores (Gamalakhe) and Administrator of St Monica Parish until his new appointment to the Headquarters of the Church at Khanya House. ...READ MORE He started working in youth ministry from 2003 as Coordinator at St Joseph’s Theological Institute for two years. Since his Ordination he has served as ACTS Edgewood Campus Chaplain 2009 - 2012, Vocations Director 2009 - 2015, Highway Deanery Youth Chaplain 2009-2012, Diocesan Choir Director 2013 – 2015 and Chaplain to the Noviciate of the Daughters of St Francis of Assisi 2012-2015. Minimize

Martin Mulcahy

Martin is a retired teacher who taught with the Christian Brothers in Boksburg, Bloemfontein, Welkom, as well as Athlone. He is a founding member of several institutions and organisations in South Africa including Mmabatho High School, LEAF College of Commerce and Engineering (post school access to University), Community College Association of South Africa, National Access Consortium Western Cape, Centre for Extended Learning (CEL) and Further Education and Training Institute (FETI). ...READ MORE He served for fifteen years as a Ministerial Advisor at National Government level (to the Minister of Education; the Minister of Science and Technology; and most recently Minister of Higher Education and Training). This has enabled him to develop a systemic understanding of the interconnected areas of policy, legislation, financial planning, implementation, strategy and reporting as these relate to the various tiers of government and institutions. Martin holds a Master’s Degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard, a Higher Diploma and Bachelor’s degree in Education from UCT, a BSc (Chemistry and Mathematics) from UFS as well as completing various courses in Theology, Scripture, Ethics and Education at Christian Brothers. Minimize

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.>

Lilian Tamupa Dube (Student Development Advisor – Johannesburg)

Lilian graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Arts triple major Degree in Media and writing, Social Development and Religious Studies. She served as a student front desk assistant at Graca Machel Residence during her studies. Her conviction around issues of education, poverty, community engagement and community building has always inspired her involvement in social initiatives at university and in her community in the West Rand. .

Lilian enjoys having inspirational talks with individuals. In her spare time she spends most of her time with her loved ones. She enjoys reading the bible and watching movies.

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.

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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