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. Minimize
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 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. Minimize
Glenda was born and educated in the Eastern Cape. She spent the 1980s fighting apartheid in Johannesburg through the Black Sash. This experience took her into the NGO and development arenas. She spent the 1990s working in community organisations in the context of land reform.
Glenda came to REAP as the director in 2003 with an honours degree in Public Administration from the University of Stellenbosch. REAP was just starting out and had little money, yet they had a dedicated staff team, determined to provide support to rural youth. Glenda established a range of sustainable partnerships and under her leadership ...READ MORE REAP won a Gold Impumelelo award. In 2008 she asked to vacate the directorship so that she could dedicate time to the further development of the programme and to sharing REAP's experience more broadly for the advantage of students from poor marginalised communities. Glenda lives life enthusiastically and loves time with family, travelling, cooking, reading and jazz. She is driven by a passion for justice and providing opportunities for all to enjoy life to the full. Minimize
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.
Tammy studied Office Management & Technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and has worked in the corporate environment at Absa Bank for a total of 8 years. She loves listening to music and spending time with friends. She is also a collector of classic movies and has a passion for helping young people. She enjoys her job at REAP and even though she might not have direct contact with the students all the time, she knows her work in the background is changing young people's lives and creating opportunities for them.
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 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. Minimize
After matric, Rochelle travelled to the UK and Europe where she worked in various customer service and administrative capacities for a period of 12 years. She also spent eight months in the United States. Rochelle studied Bookkeeping and Accounting at City & Guilds, London. Prior to joining REAP, Rochelle was employed at South to South USAID, an NGO focused on AIDS/HIV paediatrics. She is passionate about uplifting people and communities, travelling, cooking, nature, sports and collecting rare coins and notes from all over the world.
Tsitsi completed her schooling in Zimbabwe and went on to obtain a Diploma in Secretarial and Business studies from PITMAN Qualifications (The City and Guilds of London Institute). She also obtained a certificate in International Computer Skills and completed a Customer Service Course with Comair Limited in South Africa.
Tsitsi is passionate about striving to serve people at all levels especially young adults in order to help them realise and ...READ MORE achieve success in all areas of their life. She is very happy and proud to be part of the REAP Team and holds a strong belief that education is the key to a better and brighter future. She enjoys strolling on the beach and watching beautiful sunsets.
Portia is originally from Port Elizabeth and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
She has over 8 years of experience in student support. She started off her journey as a Career Peer helper for NMMU students and later worked as a Senior Student Advisor at a distance learning FET college in Stellenbosch.
She also worked for Varsity College as a National Programme Coordinator and eventually went back to NMMU as an Assistant Orientation Coordinator. She has a deep passion for student’s overall development and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her daughter. She is also very active in her Church and enjoys family outings, writing poetry and spending solitary time on the beach.
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.
Philani was born and raised in the small town of Harding situated in the South Coast of KZN. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work from UKZN (Howard College Campus). He was involved in voluntary work even before he became a social work graduate. He volunteered as a teacher/tutor at his ex-high school (Mdlangathi Secondary), helping grade 11 and 12 students. He also volunteered as a mentor at UKZN, mentoring first year Social Work students. He was employed as a Social Work tutor at UKZN. He was the Secretary General of the UKZN Social Work Students' Association. He always strives to discover new talents and strengths and most of all to inspire people around him. He likes seeing change in attitude and energy from youngsters in the society and he does that by being a good example.
Charné grew up and was educated in Cape Town. She completed her BA (Honours) in Psychology at UWC in 2012 and a BSocSc (Honours) in Social Development at UCT in 2015. Before joining the REAP team as a Student Development Advisor in 2017, Charné worked for organisations such as the Catholic Welfare and Development, facilitating Psychosocial workshops for young women from the Elsies River area (2011), the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre as a Counsellor (2013) and at the HCI Foundation as a Bursaries and Mentoring Officer, supporting students from all Universities around South Africa (2013 - 2017). She is passionate about youth and community development and strives to be a beacon of hope for all people she interacts with.
Charné is an activist for human and animal rights and hopes to continue studying, researching and implementing ways to improve the overall quality of life for all living beings. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs, as well as working on her various entrepreneurial endeavours.
Sibulele is a social science enthusiast who also has a great passion for sport. So much so, that he believes sport is a great supplement to formal education in bringing about much needed social change. Sibulele holds a BA Psychology and a BA Honours (Group Dynamics) degree from the former Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). He is currently pursuing a Masters in Sociology (Research) degree at the Nelson Mandela University. Before joining REAP, Sibulele worked as a Residence Academic Mentor and Residence Student Assistant at NMMU. He hopes to gain enough knowledge, skills and experience within the philanthropy environment to establish an NGO in the village he comes from. An organisation that will bring positive change to the lives of many young people in the community and bring about much needed social change.
Vatiswa is based at NMMU in the Eastern Cape. She is originally from East London and completed her schooling at Greenpoint Secondary School. She relocated to the Western Cape where she obtained her BA degree majoring in Psychology and Language & Communication. She furthered her studies by doing a BA Hons, majoring in Community Development and Development Studies at the University of the Western Cape.
She started getting involved in youth projects while at University and this was when her passion for working with young people was ignited. In 2007 she worked in the Arts Faculty at the University of the Western Cape as a Recruitment Assistant, and then moved to REAP in 2010. Vatiswa currently manages the Tswane University of Technology and the University of the Witwatersrand student cohort.
During spare time, she enjoys reading, watching sport and being around family and friends. Vatiswa is very passionate about education.
Lindela is originally from Port Shepstone in Kwazulu-Natal. She completed her schooling at Merlewood Secondary School and obtained her Honours Degree in Library and Information Science majoring in English and Psychology at the University of Zululand. She is currently doing her post graduate certificate in Education at UNISA.
Prior to joining REAP in June 2017, she worked as a Librarian at the Department of Arts and Culture. Lindela is a highly motivated person, enjoys reading, planning events, spending time with family and friends. She has a passion for giving back to her community.
Ziyanda grew up in East London. She holds a Master of Social Science Degree from Rhodes University. Ziyanda started working with youth when she was doing her Bachelor of Social Science Honours in 2013. She tutored and mentored first year Humanities students who were placed on the Extended Studies Programme. Whilst doing her Master's degree in 2014, she worked for a non-governmental organisation called Lima Rural Development Foundation where she linked unemployed working age adults of Queenstown, Eastern Cape, to economic and educational opportunities. From there Ziyanda joined Siyaya Skills Institute in East London working with both disabled and able-bodied youth.
Her role was to recruit, screen, select, induct, mentor and place learners at various host sites for experiential learning. She joined REAP in January 2018 and is currently working on the Buffalo City project. She enjoys being part of an organisation that empowers young people from disadvantaged backgrounds as she believes that they have the potential of changing their family situations around and breaking the curse of poverty.
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.
Mandisa was born and bred in KwaZulu- Natal. She completed her tertiary education in Psychology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. After completing her studies she went to volunteer at NICRO because of her passion for working with youth and making a difference in their lives. She gained valuable experience which allowed her to take on a role of Life Skills Programme Facilitator at Khulisa Social Solutions where she worked with youth who were in conflict with the law. Working with young people has taught her that your background does not determine your future - its only part of the journey. ...READ MORE
Mandisa loves reading history and political books. She believes that there is such rich knowledge that is hidden in history that is often overlooked or forgotten. She hopes that one day she will witness the success of young people realising their dreams. Minimize
Gracious holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and she just completed an interdisciplinary Master’s degree in Law and Social Work (Master in Child care and Protection) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).
Before she joined REAP in 2016, Gracious worked as a research assistant at an organisation called HEARD in Durban where she primarily worked with youths who are living with HIV in one of the informal settlements in Kwazulu-Natal. In addition to the aforementioned she also worked at UKZN as Social work tutor and residence assistant. ...READ MORE
Gracious enjoys working at REAP because for her, the people are just not workmates but a family. She loves the idea of working for an organization that has unsurpassed significance in equipping young rural South Africans with the skills, qualifications, values and motivation necessary to effectively lead and serve their communities. Emancipating rural students by helping them to access Higher Education, gratifies and brings joy to Gracious, because she believes that education is the greatest weapon in changing society. During her spare time, Gracious reads inspirational books. She also cooks and eats a lot. She enjoys outdoor fun and sometimes competitive activities. Minimize
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.Minimize
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.
Pinky holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and an Honours Degree in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies(IOLS) also from UKZN.
In 2006 she was employed on a part-time basis by UKZN Student Housing as Residence Assistant at one of the off-campus residences in Westville and by April of the same year she secured a full-time job at UKZN as the Academic Development Officer based in the Department of Optometry, Westville Campus. Here she was very involved in the day- to-day lives of students and helped them cope with their academics as well as their social lives. ...READ MORE
In 2011 March, Pinky relocated to Cape Town after accepting a position as Student Development Advisor at REAP. What Pinky loves most about her job is that it allows her to interact with students from underprivileged backgrounds who have goals and who rely on her to help them achieve these goals. Minimize
Phila is originally from Ntabankulu in the Eastern Cape. She moved to Durban in the early 90’s and matriculated at Overport Secondary School. She holds a BA (Social Work) degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, majoring in Social work and community development. Prior to joining Reap in June 2013, she practiced as a social worker in both private and government departments. Phila is a highly motivated person, enjoys singing, planning events, spending time with family and friends. She has a passion for the development of young women and enjoys working with them.
Born in the Natal Midlands, Zamansele developed a love for people at a young age. Her love encouraged her to study towards a degree in Social Work at the University of KwaZulu Natal. Zamansele also holds a certificate in Employee Wellness from the University of South Africa. Her passion and love for people drove her to work at Mpumalanga Age in Action, an organisation that supports and advocates on half of abused and vulnerable older persons. Zamansele participated in her local community programme, “Nomkhubulwane” which promotes sexual purity and abstinence. She started out as a member, later being a mentor for girls within the programme. Zamansele joined the REAP team in 2016 and has found it a great joy to work with students. Currently Zamansele is in pursuit of her Master’s Degree in Social Work, where her focal area is academic support in Educational institutions. Zamansele’s motto in life is “Avail yourself to learn, avail yourself to be taught”.
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.