Board Member: Social Change Assistance Trust and Community Media Trust
Deena Bosch has a long association with Scat, one of Ditikeni’s largest shareholders, having worked as a fieldworker and Development Fund Coordinator. Deena has also worked as a senior staff member at the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and at the Aids Law Project and as Field Manager for the Women on Farms Project, based in Stellenbosch. Deena serves as a member of the Board of Social Change Assistance Trust and the Community Media Trust and represents Ditikeni on the Board of HWB Communications. Deena joined the Ditikeni Board in February 2013.
Finance and Operations Manager of The Black Sash Trust
Brigitte joined Ditikeni’s Board in August 2018.
A founder of TCOE, Board Member of Church Land Programme and public participation specialist
Rod Bulman holds a BCom (UNISA), an MSocSci (Natal) and a PGCE (London). Rod’s consultancy business, Phelamanga Projects, specialises in policy, development, public participation and environmental planning; with divisions supporting education policy and implementation development, and workplace skills training and development. Rod was previously Registrar of the Federal Theological Seminary of Southern Africa and Executive Governor of Epworth School. He has served on numerous Boards, and is currently a founding Trustee of The Trust for Community Outreach and Education and a Board member of Church Land Programme, both Ditikeni shareholders. Rod joined the Ditikeni Board in October 1999.
Unit Head: Group Compliance and Advisory Services, City of Johannesburg
Reuben Denge holds the position of Unit Head for Group Compliance and Advisory Services, City of Johannesburg. He has for many years occupied senior positions in the Johannesburg Municipality. Reuben has been involved in the development of the black trade union movement as Director of the Workers’ Education Project. He joined the Ditikeni Board in August 2005.
Professional Coach and Consultant
Phetsile joined the Ditikeni Board in January 2018.
Vice President – Communications and External Affairs: BHP Billiton
Ms Letlape is the Vice President for Communications and External Affairs at BHP Billiton. She has over 20 years’ experience in communications, stakeholder management, public relations, sustainability management and reputation management.
Prior to joining BHP Billiton, Ms Letlape was the Executive Head for Group Corporate Affairs and Sustainability at Sanlam where she was responsible for Group Communications, Sustainability Management, Sanlam Foundation and Public Affairs. Before joining Sanlam, she was Executive Director of Corporate Affairs at Mercedes Benz and Group Executive for Communications at Telkom.
Ms Letlape currently serves as a Lead Independent Director of Autopax, a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Sustainability Committee at Workforce Holdings Limited and a Trustee of Ditikeni Holdings. She previously held Non-Executive Directorships at Optimum Coal Holdings and PRASA.
Ms Letlape holds a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from the University of KwaZulu Natal and a Breakthrough course for Senior Executives from IMD Business School in Switzerland.
Ms Letlape is a member of the International Women’s Forum of SA (IWFSA), Institute of Directors (IOD) and African Leadership Initiative (ALI). Lulu joined Ditikeni’s board in May 2013.
Executive Director: Diakonia Council of Churches
Nomabelu Mvambo-Dandala is the Executive Director of the Diakonia Council of Churches, an ecumenical organisation based in Durban. She joined Diakonia in 1984 and over the years has served the organisation in varied capacities which have given her a deep understanding of the churches and the society which Diakonia seeks to serve. In September 2001, she became Deputy Director, Acting Director in August 2003, and was appointed Executive Director in July 2004. Her twenty two years of development experience with non-governmental organisations and community based organisations has enabled her to develop a deep rooted commitment to grassroots development, the growth and development of people. Through years of wide exposure, experience and training, Nomabelu is a person with strong grassroots connections. She joined the Ditikeni Board in 2006.
Economic Development Department
Duma Nkosi is a Senior civil servant at the Economic Development Department (EDD) which he joined in 2011. He was the Chairperson of the Board of the Electricity Distribution Industry Holding Company (EDI) from 2008 to 2011. Duma was a member of the South African Parliament from 1994 to 2001 and Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Minerals and Energy from 1997 to 2001. Duma was the first President of the South African Commercial Catering Workers Union (SACCAWU), and he served on the Steering Committee of the KWAGGA Project of the Minerals and Energy Policy Centre (MEPC) as well as Chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Gauteng. He was also Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality from 2001 to 2008. The award for Exceptional Leadership, Outstanding Commitment and Lasting Contribution to SACCAWU and the Working People of South Africa was awarded to Duma in 2005. He was elected Afriglobe African mayor of the Year in 2007. Duma joined Ditikeni in August 2005.
Financial Management Consultant
Amber Olaleye holds a CIS that she obtained from Damelin Management School. Amber is currently the financial manager of Electoral Institute of South Africa after serving as the financial manager of CSVR for five years. Before that she worked as a senior bookkeeper for Ernst & Young and Safmarine, and as an auditor for Douglas & Velcich. Amber joined the Ditikeni Board in October 1999.
Managing Director at Ramuedzisi Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors
Tumeka joined the Ditikeni Board in January 2018.
Secretary General: the International Federation of Worker’s Education Association
Sahra Ryklief is the Secretary General of the International Federation of Worker’s Education Association (IFWEA), a position she has held since 2008. Ryklief is a former director of the Labour Research Service (LRS), a position she held for a decade, until 2007. She holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Liverpool, and has worked as a labour educator, researcher and analyst for over two decades. She is an adjunct professor in the School of Management and Labour Relation at Rugters University, New Jersey, USA and a Southern African consultant for one of the major donor organisations for the labour movement in Africa – FNV-Mondiaal, Netherlands. Sahra joined the Ditikeni Board in October 1999.
Consulting CA, mainly to NGO’s
Allan Wentzel is a chartered accountant with a long business career, including five years as CEO of African Bank of which he was the founder. He is actively involved in numerous NGO and church organisations, including currently being Chairman of The Summit College Trust, Vice-Chairman of CDT Foundation NPC and a Director of Global Community Initiatives and Inanda Seminary, to name a few. He now practices as a consulting chartered accountant mainly to NGOs and disadvantaged South Africans. Allan joined the Ditikeni Board in September 2006.
Gordon Young (Investment Advisor)
Mr Young has been a pioneer of empowerment ventures since 1992. He was a Co-Founder of the Community Growth Fund, the first BEE investment fund, and the listed African Harvest Group. He was Chief Executive of the listed Namibian Harvest Investments group from 2001 to 2004. He is currently investment advisor to Ditikeni in which capacity he has concluded numerous transactions. Mr Young was also principal advisor on the formation of Employee Share Ownership Schemes at AngloGold Ashanti, Anglo Platinum, and PUTCO.
Michael Hands (Company Secretary)
Mr Hands has an Honours in Bachelor of Accounting Science from UNISA, is a registered accounting officer, and has been running a successful financial consultancy practice for the past fifteen years, serving largely the development sector as well as small businesses. His extensive financial and administrative experience is founded on his completed articles and positions as Financial Manager at Young & Rubicam and at the Social Change Assistance Trust. He serves as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of, and is chairman of the audit committees for, African Pioneer (Pty) Ltd and Maitland FS Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He also serves as an audit committee member of Pioneer Fishing (Pty) Ltd.