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.
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Willem Schaap (Head of Operations)

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.
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Salisha Lauton (Head of Programme)

Salisha was born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal and relocated to Cape Town in April 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Health Sciences and Social Services from the University of South Africa (UNISA). She specialised in Psychological Counselling. She has also successfully completed the Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) through the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

With a twelve year record of launching and managing large scale programmes in NGO’s, Salisha performs high-level strategic management functions to ensure the success of the programme she manages. She has risen through the ranks of her field beginning as a Psychosocial Coordinator to being handpicked to manage a national programme for Habitat for Humanity South Africa, an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. ...READ MORE

Salisha has turned around underperforming programmes. She is a solutions-driver who directs her teams to develop high-quality projects that solve issues on South Africa’s development agenda and consistently provides tangible results. She is a mother of four, a long-distance runner and enjoys exploring the outdoors. Salisha joined REAP on 1 April 2017.
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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.
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Mandy Padayachee (Recruitment & Selection Manager)

Mandy grew up in Lenasia, Johannesburg and relocated to Cape Town in April 2016. She holds an International Diploma in Project Management from the University of Cambridge and is a qualified Assessor and Moderator. Mandy has been in the NGO/CSI Sector for ±17 years and has a great passion for education and development as a whole. Mandy joined REAP in May 2016.

Glenda Glover (Special Projects)

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

Meekness Lunga (Assistant Head of Programme)

Meekness completed her Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) majoring in Psychology at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in November 2012. She obtained a distinction in the degree as a whole, as well as a distinction in studies of Social Work. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Programme Evaluation at the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining REAP, Meekness worked in the social development unit at Epilepsy South Africa before moving on to working at the New Somerset Hospital. She then joined the Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) as a Resident Assistant in their Service Learning Study Abroad Programme in 2012. ...READ MORE

She joined REAP in January 2013, worked as a Student Development Advisor, managing a cohort of students at UCT, UWC and Stellenbosch universities and was recently promoted to Assistant Head of Programme.

Meekness is driven by the prospect of making a positive difference in the lives of other people. She values the opportunity to help facilitate change and growth in the lives of young people through REAP. Meekness is also a hobby blogger as she enjoys sharing her personal passions and experiences with like-minded people on her blog as well as following other blogs that address her topics of interest.
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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.

Tammy Abrahams (Senior Business Support Administrator)

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 Goodwin (Programme Administrator)

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 and is passionate about social development. He seeks to make an impact by directing his energy into his work and lifestyle.

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 (Accounts Administrator)

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.
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Florence Petersen (Recruitment and Selection Administrator)

Before starting with REAP in 2000, Florence had a full-time singing career. She is a mother of three and loves the outdoors, singing, playing netball with her daughter and accompanying her son to his various sporting events. Florence loves interacting with the students at REAP. What she finds most humbling is when they start out for the first time. Florence reflects on how they sound so vulnerable and insecure but then she has the privilege of observing how they mature and slowly become more confident. She loves seeing the change. Florence also finds it very rewarding when students call to say thank you for being there.

Tsitsi Rice (Receptionist)

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.

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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 & Eastern Cape Regional Team, Cape Town and NMMU

Portia Tengani (Regional Co-ordinator – Cape Town)

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.

Vatiswa Mangxola (Senior Student Development Advisor – Eastern Cape)

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 ...READ MORE 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.
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Robyn Pritchard (Senior Student Development Advisor – Western Cape)

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 Ngesi (Student Development Advisor – Western Cape)

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.

Mandisa Kubashe (Administrative Assistant – Eastern Cape)

Mandisa was born and educated in Port Elizabeth. She holds a diploma in Data Capturing and a Certificate in Public Relations from Boston College. Before joining REAP she started a modelling career in Rosebank, Johannesburg but later lost interest and moved back to PE so that she could be with her family. She also worked for Vodacom and Telkom, fulfilling various roles, including a Call Centre Agent and Receptionist.

She is a self-motivated individual, who fears God and is family orientated. During her spare time she gives back to her church and community at large. She is passionate about developing young children and seeing them reach their full potential.

Gauteng & Free State Regional Team - Johannesburg

Lorraine Gumede (Regional Manager – Gauteng)

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 Nene (Senior Student Development Advisor – Gauteng)

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.
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Gracious Gomo (Student Development Advisor – Gauteng)

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.
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Nicholus Mohale (Student Development Advisor – Free State)

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.
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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.

Petunia Ralebona (Receptionist – Gauteng)

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 Regional Team - Durban

Nombuso Dimba-Ndaleni (Regional Manager - KwaZulu Natal)

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.
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Pinky Mathonsi (Student Development Advisor – KwaZulu Natal)

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.
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Phila Mbambo (Student Development Advisor – KwaZulu Natal)

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.

Phumlani Mnyango (Student Development Advisor – KwaZulu Natal)

Phumlani Mnyango holds a Degree in Social Work from University of South Africa. He also studied Family Therapy at UKZN. In the past few years he has practiced as a Social Worker, completed a one year Monitoring and Evaluation Fellowship under the USAID funded project, and worked as a Social work-student supervisor at UNISA. Prior to joining REAP, he was employed as a Crisis-line & Outreach Manager at Childline KwaZulu-Natal. He sees himself as an instrument towards human development and achievement of millennium development goals.

Zamansele Nsele (Temporary Student Development Advisor – KwaZulu Natal)

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 Mbambo (Administrative Assistant – KwaZulu Natal)

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.


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