Head Office – 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.

Robyn Pritchard (Skills Development Facilitator)

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.

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.

University Team

Nombuso Dimba-Ndaleni (Team Leader)

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.

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.

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.

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 - Cape Town)

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.


Lorraine Gumede (Team Leader)

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.

Almaz Beukes (Student Development Advisor - Bloemfontein)

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.

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.


Kamogelo Tleane (Schools Facilitator - Limpopo)

Kamogelo was born and raised in Soshanguve, a township outside Pretoria. He is an energetic, vibrant individual who cares deeply about others. From a young age, Kamogelo has been involved in community projects that assists the youth. A highlight whilst doing community service was when he was the Chairperson of Generationext Soshanguve (Youth advisory counsel for the U.S embassy ) where together with his team they managed to donate over 500 sanitary towels to a local school in his place of residence. Kamogelo holds a degree in Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Political Sciences and International Relations from the North West University. He is currently in pursuit of acquiring an honours degree in Social Sciences majoring in Political Studies. Kamogelo explored many leadership roles in his Alma mater, the biggest one being in the CSRC as an Arts and Culture officer for the term 2019/20. Kamogelo enjoys interacting with young people and joining REAP was the perfect opportunity for him to be in his happy place. He gets excited every time he gets an opportunity to exchange knowledge with young minds.

Katlego Kgaile (Schools Programme Officer - Free State)

Katelego is from one of the dusty rural areas (Trusts) in Thaba Nchu called Kgalala No. 1, also well known as Modutung. He is a qualified and registered Social Auxiliary worker, facilitator and assessor. His open mindset, willingness to go extra the mile and commitment to children and youth development motivates him to make a positive contribution to all he meets. He is passionate about advocating child and youth enhancement, and an avid supporter of transformation initiatives. In his spare time, Katlego runs a well-known football club in Thaba Nchu called Tsiki United and he is also a member of the Thaba Nchu Local Football Association. Katlego believes in the power of sport and educational developmental services to draw youth away from the streets, poverty and destructive activities and to re-set their minds to succeed, even in the face of great challenges.

Nicholus Mohale (Schools Programme Officer - Limpopo)

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.

Monica Mannana Molapo (Data Officer)

Monica is from the Vaal Triangle but she grew up in Lesotho. She obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration from Heriot Watt University. Before joining REAP she worked as a Data Support Officer at Pact SA for 5 years, where she found interest in Monitoring and Evaluation. She enrolled for a course in Programme Management: A monitoring and Evaluation Approach online short course at University of Cape Town in 2020. She loves working with data and believes data tells a story and can be used for decision making. In her spare time, she loves watching movies and reality shows.

Petunia Ralebona (Programme Administrator)

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.

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