BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Vuyolwethu Jaxa (Chairperson)
Vuyolwethu is currently serving as the District Secretary of Imbumba Yamakhosikazi Akomkhulu (IYA) with the goal of reviving the grassroots level of the Elliotdale District. She previously served IYA as Secretary General (2007-2013) and Provincial Secretary General (2013 – 2015). She is also a board member of Snako Community Development – an NPO in Elliotdale which focuses on Career Development Programmes for Elliotdale High Schools. Vuyolwethu has also held various senior business positions and runs her own sourcing and distributing company based in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. She is a member of our local community.
Donna Andrews (Treasurer)
Donna is a political economist. She currently consults as the South African Country Director of HEKS/EPER (Swiss Inter-church Aid) as well as lectures political theory at UCT. Her work predominately focusses on issues pertaining to socio-economic justice, development and transformation at national, regional and international levels. She contributed to the founding of Jubilee South, Southern African Peoples Solidarity Network, Peoples South-South Dialogue and worked for Alternative Information and Development Centre for many years on macro-economic policy, apartheid debt and trade and trade related issues. She currently serves on the Amandla! Collective.
Dave Martin (Secretary)
Dave is founder and co-owner of Bulungula Lodge and is a forerunner in conceptualizing and implementing economically and ecologically sustainable tourism initiatives. His work has included extensive lobbying with local government to provide basic services to remote rural communities, as well as researching and testing various alternative technologies, and their usefulness to improving rural living. Dave is the head of the Eastern Cape branch of Back Packers South Africa, and a member of their National Co-ordinating Committee. Indeed, Dave has spent much time researching how to offer the ultimate backpacking experience by extensively travelling the back roads of China, South America and most importantly embarking on an epic one and a half year journey through Africa in 1997/98 when he crossed through 24 countries using public transport.
Réjane Woodroffe (Director)
Réjane is an Economist and a CFA charterholder. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business Science at the University of Cape Town and her Masters degree in Development Economics at the University of Sussex, UK. She has previously held the positions of Chief Economist and Head of International Portfolio Investments for Metropolitan Asset Managers and Research Analyst for US investment bank, Merrill Lynch, in the economics and fixed-income sales and trading departments. Rejane was a trustee and the National Treasurer for TCOE, the Trust for Community Outreach and Education. She has previously served as a volunteer counselor and a member of the board of directors of the Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust. She is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) and the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). Réjane is a founding member of the Bulungula Incubator.
Lindile was born and raised in Nqileni Village which is one of the four villages that the Bulungula Incubator works with. He is an active and passionate community member committed to seeing the development of his area. He is currently the General Manager of the 100% community owned Bulungula Lodge and is also working with the Bulungula Incubator on the expansion of its iiTablet Tshomiz programme. Lindile was the first person in his village to go backpacking and has traveled through Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.
Lindiwe is a teacher by profession and taught in a Secondary School for 10 years. She then moved into the Corporate Social Investment space for 15 years, facilitating funding for work done to improve of Maths, Science and Technology in school and development of ECD Centres and training of ECD teachers. She has also worked in the development and enhancement of Education in schools in the Motheo District in Free State and the Eastern Cape. She is currently managing Bulungula Incubator Education Programme, where she ensures that quality ECD from birth to 6 years is rendered. Lindiwe has a Masters in Psychology of Education and a Masters in Development Studies.
Lance is a Member of the National Parliament representing the Independent Democrats. He is the Chief Whip of the party as well as the National Policy Convenor. His major areas of interests are the environment, rural development, energy and African affairs. Before assuming public office, Lance Greyling was the Regional Programme Manager for GLOBE Southern Africa, where he was in charge of capacitating Members of Parliament in the Southern African region on environmental and sustainable development issues. Lance is also a Board member of the organisation My Life, which seeks to empower children at risk in Cape Town. He is also busy completing his Masters in Sustainable Energy at the University of Stellenbosch.
Laura is a development economist who currently works for the FUEL Trust. FUEL works in the education sector partnering with the Department of Education to enhance the delivery or their R4 billion National School Nutrition Programme. Laura’s main work is in building the capacity at all levels of government to better monitor schools, manage information and ultimately respond adequately to on the ground challenges for improved programme delivery. Laura’s previous role was a 5 year stint at the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town where she did extensive research on education, poverty, inequality and labour markets in South Africa.
Crystal is a television journalist who has been reporting on social issues in Africa and Asia for more than ten years. In 1995, Crystal joined the SABC television news as an intern from the Peninsula Technikon in Cape Town. After a 1 year stint, Crystal was appointed as television reporter in the Cape Town office. It was in covering the volatile gang and PAGAD conflict that she cut her teeth as a reporter. Crystal has covered socio-economic issues in different parts of South Africa, South Asia and is currently based in West Africa setting up the SABC operation there. Crystal has covered all the major elections in South Africa since 1995. She has reported for the SABC in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia and Korea. Most recently she covered the Nigerian elections for the SABC. Thoughout career, Crystal has been active in several community based organisations, among them the Saartjie Baartman Centre, the Women’s Media Watch and the Western Cape Youth Forum.
Sonja has 16 years experience in social and policy research, programme implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. Sonja’s career has focused primarily on addressing issues of concern to children affected by HIV and AIDS. Between 1999 and 2005, Sonja established and grew the HIV/AIDS programme at the Children’s Institute (UCT), generating cutting edge research to inform policy debate and appropriate service delivery for children. She left UCT to take up a position with an international non-profit organization, Absolute Return for Kids (ARK). Here she was responsible for defining ARK’s strategy for supporting children in AIDS-affected communities in South Africa. For the past four years, Sonja has worked as an independent consultant. She has published extensively and has represented children’s issues at national and international forums. She served as the Acting-Director of the Bulungula Incubator in 2009 and 2010.
Loyiso is a qualified medical doctor and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS). She is a Member of Medical Schemes Council and previously worked as a General Medical Practitioner and Director at the National Department of Health. Loyiso is a fellow of the ASPEN Global Leadership Institute and a member of the African Leadership Initiative (ALI).