Head Office Team – Cape Town

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.

Emma Francis (Deputy Director)

Emma is a social worker who has a breadth of experience in the NGO and education sector. She has worked in the child protection sector, HIV prevention programming as well as Schools and grant management. She has designed a number of psychosocial support programmes and accredited workshops to equip other social service professionals and educators to respond appropriately to the psychosocial needs of those they serve. Prior to joining REAP, Emma was the Young Women and Girls(YW&G) programme manager at Khethimpilo, responsible for the Global Fund YW&G programme in the Eastern Cape.

Emma is passionate about creating spaces for young South Africans to heal, learn and develop their potential.

Nadeema Taliep (Finance Manager)

Nadeema is originally from Cape Town and completed her formal schooling in 1978. She started her career in a corporate environment with Stocks & Stocks and then with Seeff Trust/Properties until she was headhunted into the NGO environment 12 years ago.

Nadeema joined REAP in 2007. What she loves about her job is the ability to develop others and afford opportunities she herself was given. Her passion for finance keeps her abreast of current issues effecting NGOs which in turn puts REAP in the forefront. ...READ MORE

Nadeema brings with her an enormous amount of experience in the financial field. She undertook to formalise & complete her degree in Financial Management and graduated from UWC in 2010 with a BCom in Management. She also serves on the Board of an NGO DOCKDA as a non-executive member.

Nadeema is married and has two daughters and a son, and is a grandmother of a 7 year old girl.

Willem Schaap (Bursary, Logistics & Resources Officer)

Willem graduated with bachelor and honours degrees in Industrial Psychology (Labour Relations) and a master of commerce degree in business management from the University of Johannesburg (UJ).

Whilst working as Operations Manager in the Executive Education unit of the GSB – UCT, he completed an Associate in Management as well as several management programmes. ...READ MORE

His career spans over 20 years in the field of academic administration in the Higher Education sector. He previously worked in the distance education section at UJ and the Executive Education unit of the Graduate School of Business – UCT.

He joined REAP in November 2014 in a newly establish position as Head of Operations.

Anél Wesson (Communications Manager)

Anél is originally from Natal but was raised and educated in the Western Cape. She obtained a National Diploma in Public Relations from Cape Technikon and completed the practical component of her studies at the Cancer Association of South Africa, focussing on education and fundraising. She worked in Public Relations for various local companies before moving to the UK in 1999, where she specialised in Event Management at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Since moving back to South Africa in 2007, Anél free-lanced for a number of NGO's in Cape Town before joining REAP at the beginning of 2011. She is very involved in her local church and also has a great burden for animals in distress and helps with the rescue, re-homing and rehabilitation of stray animals wherever she can. Anél is a keen medium-distance road-runner and loves the outdoors.

Fabian Goodwin (Senior Data Coordinator)

Fabian studied Office Management and Technology at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (formerly Cape Technikon) and started his career in the corporate environment at the capital markets research firm Ipreo, where he spent 10 years and held a number of senior positions. Fabian has been in the NGO sector since 2014, having worked as an Operations Coordinator at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, and Regional Assistant at CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. He joined REAP in January 2016 as a Programme Administrator and was promoted to Data Coordinator in September 2017. He is passionate about social development and seeks to make an impact in any way he is able.

Fabian enjoys spending time with his family and friends, listening to music, expressing himself through various art forms, such as dance, photography, poetry and painting, and loves spending time in the outdoors and connecting with nature.

Nicholas Gobha (Bookkeeper)

Nicholas holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from UNISA and is currently doing his Honours in the same field. He also studied Self-development and Leadership at TSiBA Education.

Nicholas worked at Nedbank Retail while studying and has travelled as far as Zambia with his poetry and acting. He has been involved with various NGO's while studying, including ASSET (Bursaries for disadvantaged students) and SAEP (Environmental projects, student and community development). ...READ MORE

He has a passion for community and student development as he believes in the principle of "Paying it Forward." He is also a mentor and coach to first year students at Tertiary School of Business Administration.

Ntombekhaya Tutu (House Keeper)

Ntombekhaya joined REAP in May 2011. Having completed her training in waitressing, domestic work and cooking at Zanokhanyo in Khayelitsha in 2009, she worked for Adcon, doing stock-taking for various shops, including Jet, Edgars and Diskom. She is currently studying level 4 on a part-time basis at Abet School in Khayelitsha. Ntombekhaya has two sons, Buhle, aged 14 and Okuhle, aged 8. She loves spending time with family and friends and considers her job at REAP a gift from God, as she is very happy and feels that she makes a difference.

Western Cape Regional Team – Cape Town

Robyn Pritchard (Regional Co-ordinator)

Robyn graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a B. Psych degree in 2007. For a year thereafter she worked as a Personal Assistant to a Discovery Insurance broker and in March 2009 she was employed as a Student Support Officer at the College of Cape Town where she worked at a few of their campuses including Athlone, Thornton and the City.

Robyn has been a Student Development Advisor at REAP since July 2011. Robyn enjoys the camaraderie of the team and how they all pull together when things need to be done. One of her favourite aspects of the job is working closely with the students and tending to their concerns. When not at work she enjoys relaxing with the important people in her life, namely her family and friends. Robyn likes to read, work out, draw and write poetry when in the mood.

Bridgetti Mashabane (Student Development Advisor)

Bridgetti is a social worker by profession who holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of the Western Cape. She is currently enrolled for her PHD, also in Social Work at the same university. Bridgetti is a highly driven, confident individual with good work ethics and an academic background in Social Services having worked for a number of NGO’s / CBO’s. In her role as Development Officer at the University of the Western Cape, she provided after-hours academic and psychosocial support to students on campus, which enriched her knowledge of and experience in student support at a tertiary level. Prior to joining REAP, Bridgetti worked as a Programme Manager at Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust in the rural community of Nyanga and before that she worked as a Training and Awareness Coordinator at Cesvi Foundation based in Philippi. Her experience with working with youth from rural communities ignited her passion for and commitment to student development as she herself is an academic-driven individual who comes from a rural community in Mpumalanga. Bridgetti enjoys conducting research and spending time with her family. She also enjoys the adrenaline rush of outdoor activities. In her spare time, she likes trying out new recipes.

Funeka Buntswayo (Programme Administrator)

Funeka is originally from Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the Tertiary School of Business Administration. Whilst studying, she worked as a replenisher and later served as acting signatory for Siyaphambili Orphan Village, having completed an internship with the organisation.

In her spare time Funeka assists a nursery where she interacts with kids and helps them gain their confidence and trust so that they feel welcome and able to engage in classroom activities and with their peers. Funeka is passionate about education and enjoys working at REAP because she gets the opportunity to give back to society.

Emanuel Dubula (Counselling & Educational Psychologist)

Emanuel was born and raised in Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth) and later moved to reside in Mossel Bay, Western Cape. Emanuel holds a master's degree in Psychology, and is a qualified Counselling Psychologist, registered with the HPCSA as an Independent Practitioner. Emanuel completed his academic qualifications at Nelson Mandela University in Gqeberha and is a proud member of the Mandela Alumni. He also holds a post degree qualification certificate in career guidance which he obtained at UNISA. Emanuel's working experience, besides being a clinician includes coaching cricket to young boys and working part-time for the Eastern Province Cricket (2008 -2012) In addition, between 2012 and 2017, Emanuel worked for the Port Elizabeth TVET college as a career guidance practitioner and student counsellor. It was in this space that Emanuel started his journey to be involved in students' lives and assisting them with career guidance, academic support and psychosocial challenges. Moreover, in his tenure at PE TVET college, he had the opportunity of working with different stakeholders including HEAIDS, SANBS, DoH, Drug addiction Centres and other NGOs in promoting health and wellness and empowerment to students. When not engaged in professional activities, Emanuel is a sporting fanatic who follows all sporting codes and is interested in the world news by watching developing narratives. Emanuel is also a staunch Catholic member and is involved in youth development and is an execute Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) member of a local Catholic Church. Emanuel's philosophy in life includes phrases such as "Do it once, and Do it right" and "Dance as if no one is watching".

Almaz Beukes (Student Development Advisor - TVET)

Almaz is from the town of Malmesbury in the Western Cape. In 2013, she enrolled at Stellenbosch University and obtained a degree in BA Humanities. She then specialised in Social Anthropology, graduating cum laude at an Honours and Masters level. She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Though these years were spent behind the books, she decided to take a step further and stand in front of the class in the capacity of a Sociology and Social Anthropology tutor in 2016 & 2017. This alone speaks of her willingness to assist others in fulfilling their true potential. Before joining REAP, she worked as a qualitative research fieldworker. In this role, she contributed to different research projects ranging from a focus on socio-economic development to gender and sexuality education. In her free time, she loves spending time with her nearest and dearest.

Gauteng and Free State Regional Team - Johannesburg and Bloemfontein

Lorraine Gumede (Regional Manager)

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.

Nicholus Mohale (Student Development Advisor – Gauteng)

Nicholus is originally from Mpumalanga in a rural area called Schoemansdal. He holds a BA in Applied Psychology for Professional Context majoring in Counselling and Industrial Psychology from the University of South Africa. He has six years broad working experience in the field of Human Resource Management, Youth and Career Development. He worked for 2 years as a Lay Counsellor at Thembalethu Home base Care, 3 years at the University of South Africa as an Assistant Student Counsellor and 1 year at Rhema Service Foundation as a Project Assistant Manager and Acting Project Manager. He is a Founder of Hlela, which is a Mobile Career Development Programme. ...READ MORE

Nicholus joined REAP in May 2015, managing students at the University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology and Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University. He is passionate about Education and Youth Development and believes that a positive attitude, commitment and accountability are the keys success in a career.

Lilian Tamupa Dube (Student Development Advisor – Gauteng)

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.

Xoliswa Phaku (Student Development Advisor - Bloemfontein)

Xoliswa was born and raised in Aliwal North, a very small town which lies on the border between the Free State and the Eastern Cape. She completed her B Social Science Degree with distinction at the University of the Free State in 2015 and obtained her Honours Degree in the same field in 2016. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society which recognises academic excellence, leadership development and community service. Before joining REAP, Xoliswa worked as a Community Development Practitioner at the Department of Social Development in her home town (Aliwal North). Xoliswa believes that joining REAP did not happen by luck for her but rather that it was God's plan. She has always been passionate about education, particularly advocating it to learners from poor backgrounds. She strongly believes in the saying "your background does not define you". ...READ MORE

Xoliswa is the founder of a women-led Non-Profit Organisation in her home town that aims to empower young women by encouraging education, personal development, provide a network of support and give women a voice to articulate their challenges particularly with regard to gender based violence and inequality. The programme also has a component of charity where they donate sanitary towels to nearby schools. Xoliswa loves having motivational talks with young girls. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, watching TV, movies and spending time with her best friend/husband.

Petunia Ralebona (Programme Administrator - Bloemfontein)

Born and raised in Ha-Mamphagi village under St. Scholastica parish in Limpopo Province, Petunia obtained a National Diploma in Office Management and Technology from TUT. Before joining Reap she worked for Stats SA as District Trainer and for Career Wise Bursary Scheme as MQA Work experience and Internship Admin Assistant.

Petunia is very passionate about working with people from all backgrounds and believes that everyone has the potential to succeed in life regardless of his/her background. She is grateful to REAP for providing support to young students from rural areas to follow their career path.

KwaZulu Natal & Eastern Cape Regional team - Durban & Port Elizabeth

Nombuso Dimba-Ndaleni (Regional Manager)

Nombuso is from the Valley of a Thousand Hills in KwaZulu-Natal and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Africa. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree. Nombuso has a special interest in working with charitable organisations with a focus on developing young people into active citizens. She believes that education trains one’s mind to think and add value to humanity.

Prior to joining REAP, Nombuso actively served in the NPO sector, specialising in programme management and operations. In her spare time, Nombuso supervises final year Social Work students at UNISA and also facilitates training of third year Social Work students. Her previous professional experience includes travelling abroad; studying (YWAM Discipleship School) and advocating for a few charitable acts in South Africa, the UK (Ireland, Belfast), Australia (Melbourne, Canberra, Queensland and Sydney) and the US (New York, Indiana and Chicago). ...READ MORE

In Indiana Nombuso joined Loving South Africa as an intern where she was mentored in organisational management, public speaking, social development and HR. She is passionate about promoting access to education and developing leaders. Nombuso believes that joining REAP has assisted her in serving this mandate as she is playing a role in helping underprivileged young people in South Africa develop into active citizens.

“You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.” Conrad Hall

Nombuso is married and a mother of two.

Blair Miller (Student Development Advisor - Durban)

Blair is from Durban and completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and English at Rhodes University in 2017. After completing her degree she moved to Wellington, New Zealand where she managed an international boarding house and gained invaluable experience working with people of different nationalities and cultures. Blair began her Masters in Applied Psychology at Coventry University in the United Kingdom in 2020. Her work with young people began at an early age. She has been volunteering for child and youth care centres since 2011 and finds working with the young people very motivational.

Bongi Mahlangu (Student Development Advisor - Eastern Cape and Gauteng)

Bongi is a humanitarian at heart, a keen observer of socio- political matters and an avid follower of current affairs. Her passion lies in youth development. Bongi believes that, it is in having people that believe in them, that young people can be grounded and reach their greatest potential. With over a decade of experience, Bongi has built her career in the Education sector. She has held a variety of Student recruitment and Student Development & ...READ MORE

Support roles in high school and university spaces. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Public Policy Administration & Sociology from the University of Cape Town. In line with her passion for young people is her passion for Africa at large. As a continent with the world's youngest population, Africa is bursting with potential to become a significant global player and so Bongi constantly seeks to align herself with work that will allow her to contribute to Africa harnessing its youthfulness. Whilst most of her work experience has been in the youth development and education space, Bongi's interests in advocacy and development work are broader than that. She has recently spent a year consulting at a human rights organisation which focuses on giving legal assistance to victims of politically motivated human rights abuses. Her ultimate goal is to be a well informed and experienced development practitioner whose work will facilitate lasting change and make a positive impact on the ground.

Mabongi Mbambo (Programme Administrator)

Mabongi is originally from Durban South Coast. She studied Office Management and Technology at Mangosuthu University of Technolog. Before joining REAP, she worked as Administrator/PA for a construction company. She loves interacting with other people and loves music and going to church.

Free State and Northern Cape PSET team (Bloemfontein)

Busisiwe Madikizela-Theu (Project Leader)

Busie is the first born and the only of her (all male) siblings with a university degree. Her work career started in 2003 at the borders of Lesotho and South Africa where she was a customs officer, spearheading community projects with the South African Revenue Services. In 2010 she made a career change and returned to University to study Social Work. She obtained a Social Work Bachelor’s degree in 2014 and is currently completing an exciting academic masters project with the Nelson Mandela University.
Busie has successfully started new community development projects in the Free State and the Eastern Cape focused on school retention, adolescent health and employability. Busie has distinguished herself as a multi-skilled professional who has been able to drive large, high performing teams with complex targets and international donor requirements.

In her spare time Busie challenges herself with adventure activities and she loves the great outdoors.

Buntukazi Nkomo (Student Development Advisor - TVET)

Buntukazi is a rural girl from the Eastern Cape, in Cofimvaba. She is a B Social Science (Human and Societal Dynamics) graduate with majors in Psychology and Criminology from the University of the Free State. As a University student, she was a member of a number of projects, including the Psychology Student Association as well as a House Committee Student Leader, which aided her passion for community and student development. Being community development driven, she has been an active member of a community and school development programme, Spokes Foundation, which operates within the rural areas and schools around Cofimvaba. Buntukazi has been exposed to education and higher education, once as an International English Teacher and also as a lecturer at a private higher education institution. She has also worked closely with TVET colleges as a consultant and sales representative exclusively to TVET colleges for a book publisher. This is where she learnt about the challenges faced in teaching and learning in our country.
Buntukazi enjoys engaging with students and bringing change, not only to their lives, but also to their communities. She likes working around topics of leadership, resilience, education and skills and unlocking one’s potential. She is focussed on pro-social behaviour with a view to reducing gender-based violence and crime. Her motto is to live, to love, to learn, to leave a legacy.


Selloane Morake (Schools Programme Officer)

Selloane is a community developer at heart and has always strived for academic excellence. She grew up in humble beginnings in a small town called Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape. In 2016 she graduated and obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Social Science majoring in Psychology, Sociology and Criminology from the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. In 2017 she obtained an Honours Degree in Social Science specialising in Sociology. Since the tender age of 16, she has volunteered as a motivational speaker, advocating the importance of education while at Bishop Demont Secondary School in Aliwal North, and subsequently worked as a learning support practitioner. She says that working hard, being respectful, not giving up, making the best of every opportunity and trusting God and His timing has enabled her to achieve her goals. She believes in the slogan "To Believe is to Achieve".

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