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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 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.

Chief Executive Officer

Kaathima Ebrahim

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.

Chief Operations Officer

Christelle Heskwa

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.

Training Coordinator

Puseletso Mofokeng

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.

Master Trainer

Phumza Gqwaka

Helen is a communications specialist with extensive experience in the non-profit sector. She previously worked as a communications and strategic information consultant for organisations such as Jembi Health Systems and the Praekelt Foundation.

Communications

Helen Alexander

Moloko is an illustrator, who joined the Mikhulu Trust through our illustrator incubator. He was formerly a Gallery Assistant at Artist Proof Studio and a tutor at Colour Reduction Technical College. 

Illustrator

Moloko Mabotja

Board of Directors

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

Mdebuka Mtwazi (Chairperson of the Board)
 

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.

Fatima Abba

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. 

Pulane Kingston
 

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.

Lynne Murray
 

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. 

Nafeesa Rahbeeni
 

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.

John Smelcer
 

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.

Tebogo Skwambane
 

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.

David Jeffery