A trustee is someone who is elected or appointed by a charitable organisation to make decisions on behalf of the organisation that are in the best interest and to the benefit of its beneficiaries.
The trustees are responsible for the organisation’s work and must manage, invest and properly distribute the organisations assets and resources according to the purposes the trust. They must ensure that the resources are applied and distributed equally to all the beneficiaries. Trustees should also account to the beneficiaries how the organisation’s resources and assets have been applied.
Prof. Rachel Jafta (Chairperson)
Prof. Jafta’s qualifications include a B.Econ as well as a PhD in Economics as well as being fluent in Italian. She is currently Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University as well as a director of Naspers and Media24. With a number of accolades, including Departmental Awards for Research and Teaching Excellence at Stellenbosch, she is widely published and is involved in broader training and education.
Dr Michael Le Cordeur (Deputy Chairperson)
Dr Michael le Cordeur is lecturing Afrikaans Didactics in the Faculty of Education at the University of Stellenbosch. Previously he lectured Didactics, Classroom Management and Education Management at the Peninsula University of Technology. He is the author of various school textbooks and is a former language teacher, school principal and Area Manager of Education. He completed a doctorate (PhD) in Education at the University of Stellenbosch and also holds degrees from the University of the Western Cape, UNISA and Stellenbosch University’s Graduate school of business. His research deals with the improvement of learners’ reading and writing skills by using information technology and the media.
Mr Heindrich Wyngaard was a Political Editor and a Senior Assistant Editor at Die Burger. He also writes a weekly profile on a newsmaker and a monthly column on political and socio-economic matters. He has published a book on the Springbok coach, "Die Gevleuelde Woorde en Wyshede van Peter de Villiers" and is also known as a writer of short stories. His previous positions include Political Editor and columnist at Rapport and presenter of the weekly programme ‘Wat’s die storie’ on kykNET. Mr Wyngaard is also deputy chairperson of the Suidoosterfees board of directors and a member of the ATKV's cultural committee. He is often invited to serve as a guest speaker at functions and he frequently takes part in debates on RSG and SAfm.
Luzelle Yon - Lestrade
Ms Luzelle Yon - Lestrade is passionate about people, social justice and politics. She is a Political Science graduate from the University of Stellenbosch, where she earned a BA International Studies (cum laude) degree and a Masters degree in Political Management (cum laude). She lectured Global Governance at the University of Stellenbosch on a part-time basis and regularly presents topics on her Masters Thesis (Coloured Identities in South Africa / Identity Politics) to national and international student audiences. Luzelle worked as a researcher and consultant at the South African Parliament's nation-building programme before joining the United Nations' Refugee Agency as a humanitarian worker, where she has been employed since September 2008. She is an alumnus of the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship Programme, which aims to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa.
Ms Rolene Liebenberg completed her first degree, a B.Sc in Microbiology, at the University of Cape Town (UCT). In the early part of her career she worked at UCT in the Medical Biochemistry Department. She also holds a Masters degree in Mathematics Education from Leeds University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from UCT. Her experience in the field of education stretches across school, university, NGO and business sectors and includes high school mathematics teaching, research projects in mathematics teaching, textbook writing and academic publishing. She is currently the manager of school partnerships for Stellenbosch University (SU) and completing her Post-Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation Studies at SU.