The Khululeka Team and Board

Meet the Team

Wendy Lessing
Director

Zodwa Mabusela
Khu Kids Coordinator

Lira Greef
Programme Manager

Tracey Saunders
Finance Manager

Zanele Banisa
Facilitator and Counsellor

Violetta Roziers
Trainer and Mentor

Meet the Board

Rozalle Thomas is the current chairperson of Khululeka’s Board. Her career has focused on strategy development, operational effectiveness and governance strengthening for many organisations. She joined Khululeka as a board member in August 2015, seeking to leverage her technical expertise and personal passion to bring about positive change in the lives of children. She hopes that through her service on the board of Khululeka, she can move closer to realising this dream.

Tsholo Tiro joined the board of Khululeka in October 2020. A year later she was appointed Vice-Chairperson of the board. Tsholo has spent most of her career in brand, communication and marketing, working in the chemical and petroleum industries. She is passionate about building brands with a purpose and making a meaningful impact to communities. Tsholo hopes to help position Khululeka as a trusted partner and source of support to those who have experienced grief and trauma.

Zayne Nabbee joined the board of Khululeka as Treasurer in March 2020. He is a chartered management accountant and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He has a wealth of experience in Finance, in both the public and private sector, across large corporations and SMME’s across a multitude of sectors. Zayne has a passion for making a difference in this world ensuring that we leave it better than we found it. He is involved in business strategy, finance and operations for many organisations and holds roles on several boards and committees in various capacities.

Caroline Newbert (nee Wills) joined Khululeka as a board member in October 2009 and previously served as Chairperson of the board. Caroline is a social worker and has a Master’s degree in Public Health (UCT). She is a senior manager at NACOSA – an NGO focusing on strengthening the HIV, AIDS and TB response across southern Africa. She is passionate about the protection of vulnerable children, adolescents and young women, and works to ensure they have access to support structures that will help build their resilience and find joy and fulfillment in the different aspects of their life.

Kgahliso Mangoale joined the Khululeka board in 2021. Qualified as a social worker, she is currently completing a Master’s in Public Health at UCT. Kgahliso has gained experience in sub-grants management, programme development, management, capacity building, monitoring and evaluations and proposal writing. Her current portfolio also includes social media and branding programming. Kgahliso identifies as a Public Health Specialist, mostly passionate about women’s health, mental health and wellbeing, young people, advocacy on social determinants of disease and systems strengthening in NGOs.

Wendy Lessing was appointed as Director in August 2021 prior to which she consulted as a Fundraiser and Project Manager. She holds an Honours degree in Psychology and has completed the course work towards an MPhil in Public Policy. Wendy has had extensive experience in the development field, particularly within the academic sector fulfilling a variety of roles at the University of Cape Town. Her experience includes representing a bilateral donor, the directorship of Abbeyfield SA as well as short stints at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the Anglo-American Chairman’s Fund.