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Meet the team behind the Nal’ibali magic! Based across the country, each one of these individuals works to bring the power of stories to as many South Africans as possible. From the Communications gurus, to the Programmes heroes and Operations wizards, we’re a diverse team of passionate people - from all walks of life, and with all kinds of stories.

Meet the team

CEO

Yandiswa Xhakaza

Chief Executive Officer

Xhakaza brings a wealth of leadership experience, having started a private school in Centurion, Gauteng in 2016 and led the institution’s innovation and differentiation. She is committed to using business principles to solve complex social problems. Xhakaza has extensive experience in leading monitoring and evaluation teams and has committed her life to improving the quality of education in South Africa. She believes that reading is not just a building block towards the achievement of learning outcomes across subjects, but that, it is the cornerstone of all children’s future success in school. To be part of an organisation that is solely focused on instilling a culture reading in all 11 official languages is a huge honour and a privilege as the work of Nal'ibali will have long-lasting impact in the lives of the children we touch.

Qualifications:

- Master of Business Administration (University of Pretoria's Business School, GIBS - 2019)

- Postgraduate Diploma in Management (University of the Witwatersrand - 2016

- Bachelor of Education (University of the Witwatersrand - 2009)

Yandiswa Xhakaza

Chief Executive Officer

Verona Engelbrecht

Executive Personal Assistant

Partnership and Programmes Team

Righardt le Roux

Special Project Coordinator

Sithembiso Nhlapo

Provincial Support Coordinator: DGMT Gauteng

Madoda Ndlakuse

Literacy Mentor: VW E.Cape

Mamoilwa Moreki

Literacy Mentor: HCI Welkom

Nompucuko Zakaza

Provincial Support Coordinator: DGMT E.Cape

Sibongiseni Blose

Provincial Support Coordinator, KwaZulu-Natal

Khomotso Letsoalo

Provincial Support Coordinator - Limpopo

Bulelani Futshane

DGMT- PSC

Masiza Hlekwayo

SPM LM

Nompu Ntsele

Special Projects Manager

Patricia Sebelego

Literacy Mentor: Lesedi Lesatsi

Sinothando Menzi

SPM LM

Vuisile Nombula

Literacy Mentor: Lesedi Lesatsi

Gerald Diamond

Story Sparker: North West

Communications Team

Ben Rycroft

Head of Communications

Ben joined the Nal'ibali team in June 2016. He has a BA degree from Stellenbosch University, a postgraduate diploma in Account Management from AAA School of Advertising and a qualification in Business Management from the Chartered Institute of Business Management. He has 17 years in the marketing and communications arena, five of which were spent living and working in Australia. His integrated 360° marketing skill set includes CRM, direct marketing, through-and-below-the-line advertising, design and digital. An avid reader, Ben also enjoys running, travel and socialising. 

Ben Rycroft

Head of Communications

Sally du Preez

Communications Manager

Thembela Ntongana

Community & Digital Manager

Finance & Corporate Team

Saleem Mukuddem

Chief Financial Officer - CFO

Saleem Mukuddem, joined Nal’ibali as our first Chief Financial Officer in March 2019. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in finance and operations which he gained across many industries both locally and internationally. He has worked for global brands like Ernst and Young (Bermuda), Harley-Davidson and the Open Society Foundation.  Saleem embraces technology and has a keen interest in leadership and team development.  Saleem is a keen sportsmen and loves movies and reading.

Saleem Mukuddem

Chief Financial Officer - CFO

Govonne Moss

Finance Manager

Govonne Moss

Finance Manager

Bonelwa Nqabeni

Accountant

Laylah Hoofd

Support Services Manager

Laylah Hoofd

Support Services Manager

Audrey Ngqwina

Office Maintenance

Ibtishaam Salie

Logistics and Support Coordinator

Abigail Louw

Human Resource Manager

Abigail Louw graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Organisational Psychology and Industrial Sociology as well as a BCom Honours degree specialising in Training Evaluation from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Abigail has over 12 years’ experience as a generalist in the HR field. She is passionate about assisting teams to grow and develop personally as well as professionally.

Abigail Louw

Human Resource Manager

Research & Development Team

Aldrian Mungani

Head of Research & Development

Aldrian joined the team in December 2019 and is responsible for the Research, M&E, and systems development components of the campaign. He is an experienced development practitioner and strategy enthusiast with extensive experience in Monitoring & Evaluation, research, and program development gained over 15 years of working with organizations in the social justice, disability, child protection and HIV fields in Southern Africa. He holds a master’s in Social and Behavior Change Communication from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a critical systems thinker who enjoys travelling and the outdoors

Aldrian Mungani

Head of Research & Development

Denise Mubaiwa

Research and Advocacy lead

Content & Learning Team

Vanashree Pinto

Head of Content & Learning

Vanashree joined the team in January 2019. She is responsible for Content and Learning at Nal’ibali. She has extensive experience in book production and training design, having worked in the adult literacy space, schools textbook publishing and a large HIV awareness campaign. She has worked previously at NGOs including Project Literacy and the New loveLife Trust. She brings to the team her insights in working within the SETA environment. Her academic qualifications include a BA degree, Honours and Higher Diploma in Education. 

Vanashree Pinto

Head of Content & Learning

Sthembile Maja

Master Trainer