BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Vuyolwethu Jaxa (Chairperson)
Vuyolwethu is currently serving as the currently serving as Deputy Senior Traditional Leader at Jalamba Traditional Council. She previously served as District Secretary of Imbumba Yamakhosikazi Akomkhulu (IYA), with the goal of reviving the grassroots level of the Elliotdale District, and 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.
Vuyolwethu holds the following qualifications: National Diploma Public Management & Administration – Eastern Cape Technikon, B-Tech Degree Business Administration – Cape Technikon, Management Development Programme – University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Donna Andrews (Treasurer)
Donna Andrews is political economist. She is a senior researcher in Food Politics and Cultures Project at the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, funded by the Mellon Foundation, located at the University of the Western Cape. Her work is on nature and society focusing on land, mining and fishing in post-apartheid SA. She worked in the Jubilee South debt movement and was active on trade and trade-related issues in South and Southern Africa. She lectured political theory at UCT and more recently associated with WoMin, Southern African Rural Women’s Assembly, The Feminist Table and African Centre for Biodiversity and served as a juror for the Permanent People’s Tribunal. Donna is a Phd candidate at the University of Cape Town and holds a Masters in International Political Economy and Development (Major in Finance and Economics), Bachelor of Honours in Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts with majors in Philosophy and English.
Dave Martin (Secretary)
Dave is founder of the Bulungula Lodge and a co-founder of the Bulungula Incubator. He is a forerunner in conceptualizing and implementing economically and ecologically sustainable tourism, rural economic development, and agricultural initiatives. He is currently the Sustainable Livelihoods Programme Manager of the Bulungula Incubator. 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 has previously held the position of the head of the Eastern Cape branch of Back Packers South Africa, and a member of their National Co-ordinating Committee. 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.
Dave holds the following qualifications: Bachelors of Business Science (Majors: Finance, Accountancy and Business Strategy) four-year degree, graduated with honours, University of Cape Town (1993 – 1996)
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 Greyling graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1996 with an Honours in African Studies majoring in politics and economics. He also received a Post Graduate diploma in Sustainable Energy from the University of Stellenbosch in 2009. During the past twenty years he has held positions in the private sector, civil society and the national government sphere. During 2004 to 2015 Lance Greyling served on a number of parliamentary committees including education, finance, public enterprises, minerals and energy and environmental affairs. He was elected Chief Whip of the Independent Democrats and during the merger with the DA he was appointed in 2011 to the position of Shadow Minister of Energy. In March 2015 Lance Greyling left the world of Parliament to take up the position of Director of Trade and Investment in the Mayor’s Office at the City of Cape Town. After the local government elections in August 2016 he became the Director of the newly formed Enterprise and Investment Department in the Directorate of the Mayor.
Laura Poswell is the Executive Director for J-PAL Africa at SALDRU at the University of Cape Town. Her role involves working with governments and NGOs in Africa to decipher policy lessons about what works and collaborating with researchers and policy makers to conduct randomized evaluations that address policy questions facing African decision-makers. Laura has an M.BusSc. from the University of Cape Town. Her last role with FUEL Trust involved working in close partnership with South Africa’s Department of Basic Education to implement a service delivery enhancement programme with the National School Nutrition Programme. She previously worked as a researcher for the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town.
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 Giese is founding Executive Director of Innovation Edge, a funding platform dedicated to the testing and acceleration of innovations that transform early life experiences for children. Sonja has over 20 years experience in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes in some of the poorest rural and urban communities in SA. She has engaged extensively with all levels of Government and has been instrumental in national policy reform and systems enhancements which have effectively leveraged massive gains for children. Sonja has consulted on a range of child rights issues and held senior leadership positions within the University of Cape Town, international NGO Absolute Return for Kids, the community-based Bulungula Incubator, and a national ECD donor consortium Ilifa Labantwana.
Sonja’s tertiary qualifications: Bachelor of Science (1989-1991) Psychology Honours – Cum laude (1995) Thesis published in South African Journal of Psychology
Loyiso is a qualified medical doctor, worked as an Executive Manager in the South African Medical Association for four years and later served as the Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) for ten years. She also previously worked as a General Medical Practitioner and Director at the National Department of Health. She is a Member of Medical Schemes Council. Loyiso is a fellow of the ASPEN Global Leadership Institute and a member of the African Leadership Initiative (ALI). She is currently consulting with organisations as a business executive coach.