SINGAKWENZA’S BOARD MEMBERS
She taught for many years in the Junior Primary and Pre-Primary phases, before purchasing a Toptots Mother and Child franchise in July 2000.Her passion for Early Childhood Development (ECD) had an outlet in this programme, and Julie spent 10 years teaching mothers how to provide the stimulation necessary to help develop well-rounded children with a solid foundation for learning. Her dedication and enthusiasm helped her to be the top Franchisee in the country for a number of years. During this period, Julie became aware of the difference that the ECD programme was able to make to children who had many social, physical and financial advantages, and wanted to bring the advantages of this programme to children who were not so fortunate. She therefore sold her Toptots franchise in June 2010, and began developing an ECD programme that utilises recyclable materials as teaching aids. Julie has two children of her own, and much of her motivation with working in this field comes from her need to provide her children with an awareness of how many people there are in need and how they can help those less fortunate than themselves.
“It is a privilege for me to be a part of this programme. I can’t change the world, I can’t even change a whole town, but every child whose life is improved by what we do, makes what I am doing worthwhile.”
Kgashane Mohale Kgashane
worked for Anglo Gold as an Engineer and in 2002, obtained an MBA from instead, and joined South African Breweries, where he worked until 2008. He worked as a consultant for Training Leadership Consulting and has various other entrepreneurial ventures. Kgashane runs a Teen Mentoring Programme at a High School in Randburg called Sekolo sa borogo (SSB) in addition to the input he gives to the Singakwenza programme.
Reg followed a career in Industrial Relations and was appointed Group Personnel Manager of the Tongaat Hulett group and then worked as a Director of Commercial Products at Hulamin. In 1989, Reg left the corporate world to start his own business and successfully developed an export-based business along with a packaging company called Foodpak. In 2004, Reg sold his export business and retired to follow his passion of racing pigeons, and is currently Chairman of the Kwa-Zulu Natal, Racing Pigeon Combine. Reg has also served on the Board of St. John’s D.S.G for 23 years and for the past 10 years as Vice-Chairman. Reg brings his years of business experience and wisdom to Singakwenza.
“Singakwenza deals with all the pressing issues facing this country: HIV, strained Health Care Services, Education and Capacity Building. It is essential to run this organization diligently because we have a duty to roll out these programmes successfully”
is a true blue South African, a farmer’s kid and passionate about South Africa. She is the co-owner and editor of the Meander Chronicle newspaper – the only newspaper specialising in all the good news which abounds in the province of KwaZulu-Natal and the country.
“I am incredibly proud to be a part of Singakwenza. Having seen it at work makes me enormously optimistic about the future of South African children and naturally in the long term, the future leaders of this phenomenal country!”