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.

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 (Treasurer)

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.

Bridgette Le Shauls (Executive Committee)

Bridgette joined the REAP Board in March 2012. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Science (Organisational Psycology), from the University of Cape Town and has 21 years experience in the Financial Industry. She is currently employed as a Senior Manager at Sanlam Investment and also serves as an Executive Member. Her areas of expertise include HR Strategic direction, Organisational Design strategy, Coaching for managers, Relationship building with internal clients, Talent Management strategy and implementation, Remuneration Strategy, Industrial Relations and performance management processes.

Bridgette is married with one son.

Martin Mulcahy (Executive Committee)

Martin was born in Bloemfontein and holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics & Chemistry from the University of the Free State as well as an undergraduate degree in Education and a post-graduate Higher Diploma in Education from the University of Cape Town. He also holds a Masters degree in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard School of Education. Martin was awarded a Fullbright Scholarship to study at Harvard University.

Martin is currently the Special Advisor to the Minister of Science and Technology and previously served as Special Advisor to the Minister of Education, Minister GNM Pandor MP. From 2002-2004 he was a Regional ...READ MORE Manager for South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and from 1997 to 2002 he was deputy CEO and then CEO of National Access Consortium Western Cape. Martin was also the Founding Rector of Leaf College of Commerce and Engineering Cape Town and the Founding Principal of Mmabatho High School.

Martin currently serves as the Chair of the Trust for the Peoples' Environmental Planning (Homeless housing project), the Director of the Centre for Extended Learning (NPO) and the Director of the Further Education and Training Institute (UWC).

Martin received the Rotary International Paul Harris Award for service to youth as well as the Shell Science Foundation Education Award from the University of Cape Town. He is married to Diana and has three children, Jonathan, Michael and Kirsten.

Dr Bongi Bangeni

Dr Bangeni is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Higher Education Development at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where she works in the area of language development. She obtained her PhD in Education from UCT in 2012, having completed a Masters degree specialising in Applied Language Studies. Her research interests include discipline-specific writing and the formation of a disciplinary identity, multilingual interventions in various learning contexts, as well as the transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies. She teaches a number of first-year academic literacy courses and facilitates writing workshops for Masters students in various faculties. She is also involved in tutor training in the Law faculty’s Writing Centre. ...READ MORE

Bongi’s research seeks to understand the ways in which institutions such as UCT can widen access to higher education for students from non-mainstream backgrounds. The research projects with which she has been involved in the Humanities and in the Law faculty have sought to understand how students develop as writers and the ways in which they engage with the literacy practices of their disciplines. In her spare time she enjoys reading, watching movies and spending time with her family.

Kanyisa Diamond

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.

Placid Manamela (Regional Reps’ Representative)

Placid was born in Vaalkop, Ga Mashashane, a small village just outside of Polokwane in the province of Limpopo. He completed his schooling at Pax College for boys, a renowned Catholic mission school situated in the village. He then obtained a teaching diploma at Setotolwane College of Education. He has worked as an educator for over 30 years and has been a recruitment volunteer with REAP for over 15 years. He greatly enjoys the opportunity to help young bright students to further their education beyond matric. Outside of teaching Placid spent his younger years training as an amateur boxer which has kept him healthy and fit. He has also dabbled in the art of acting and can be seen on the retro drama 'Ke Bona Boloi' on SABC 2. He is happily married with 3 daughters.

Fr Thomas Mthembeni Dlamini CMM

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.

Robyn Pritchard (Staff Representative)

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.

Fr. Tseko Patrick Rakeketsi CSS

Fr. Tseko is an Associate General Secretary of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) and belongs to the Stigmatine Congregation. He was born in Lesotho and joined the Stigmatines in 1990. He made his Final Vows in 1997 and was ordained a Priest in 1998. He was a Manager of St. Gaspar Bertoni High School in Morogoro, Tanzania from 1998 to 2001. He later obtained a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome in 2003 and has been a lecturer at St John Vianney Seminary, Pretoria. He was the Superior of the Stigmatine Congregation from 2006 to 2012. ...READ MORE

He was the President of the Leadership Conference of Consecrated Life (LCCL-SA) from 2010-2012. He is the Chairperson of the Board of Management of the Catholic Institutions in the North-Western Deanery of the Archdiocese of Pretoria. He is also the Coordinator of Catholic Engaged Encounter in the Archdiocese of Pretoria.

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