About us

The Mikhulu Trust bridges the gap between academic research on parenting, and families and the networks that support them.

We are a registered Non-Profit Company (2017/464907/08) and Public Benefit Organisation (930060969) in South Africa. We are supported by a sister charity in the United Kingdom (Mikhulu Trust - UK Charity No. 1158733), which has no paid employees and principally supports academic studies in book-sharing internationally on a volunteer-basis.   

Our team

Kaathima Ebrahim

Chief Executive Officer

Kaathima is an executive manager, with experience in management consulting and product development. She previously worked at McKinsey & Company as a public sector consultant in the Africa Delivery Hub, at SANZAF and Numeric as a programme manager, and at Vodacom as a solutions architect.

Christelle Heskwa

Chief Operations Officer

Christelle is a project manager with experience in managing large-scale projects involving training and evaluation. She previously worked for the National Institute of Community Development and Management.

Puseletso Mofokeng

Training Coordinator

Puseletso is a trainer, project manager, and researcher. She previously worked for Save the Children South Africa and the Medical Research Council, and the Perinatal HIV Research Unit.

Phumza Gqwaka

Master Trainer

Phumza is adult educator and counsellor, who has been working on book-sharing since the original studies in South Africa in 2013/14. She previously worked for Stellenbosch University as a facilitator and data collector, and for Lifeline as a counsellor.

Board of Directors

Mdebuka Mtwazi (Chairperson of the Board)

Mdebuka is the Executive Director of Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood Development, and has led the organisation for more than 10 years.

Fatima Abba

Fatima is a partner in the Accounting and Auditing Technical department at Deloitte and has been in the division for eight years. In this role, she supports both the audit practice as well as clients in interpreting and applying IFRS and GRAP. She also served on the board of a national South African NGO called SANZAF.

Pulane Kingston

Pulane is a Partner at Webber Wentzel. She was formerly a Managing Principal of Absa Capital, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Sphere Equity Holdings, and a Fellow of the African Leadership Institute. 

Lynne Murray

Lynne is Research Professor in Developmental Psychology at the University of Reading in the UK, with an honorary professorship at the University of Cape Town. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Nafeesa Rahbeeni

Nafeesa is Operations Manager at the Foundation for Community Work.  She is a social worker by profession, and was formerly a Projects Manager and Foster Care Worker at the Cape Flats Development Association. 

John Smelcer

John is a Business Development Director at Globeleq. He was formerly a Director at Webber Wentzel and National Programme Director of the Public Policy Partnership in South Africa.

Tebogo Skwambane

Tebogo is a Partner at McKinsey & Company. She was formerly a Managing Partner at Monitor South Africa, and a Director at North Road Consulting. Tebogo is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Fellow of the African Leadership Institute.

David Jeffery

David is a Consultant in the Education Team at Oxford Policy Management. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Mikhulu Trust, and previously worked as a regional coordinator for the Nali’bali Trust.

Connect with us


Early Learning Centre, Athlone,

Cape Town, 7764

33°57'38.9"S 18°30'40.6"E

T: +27 21 637 9144

E: info@mikhulutrust.org

SA Non-Profit Company: 2017/464907/08
SA Public Benefit Organisation: 930060969

UK Registered Charity: 1158733

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