Matthew Comins (Treasurer) – Group Chief Financial Officer with the HL Hall and Sons Group in Nelspruit, South Africa
Matthew Comins is Group Chief Financial Officers with HL Halls and Sons Group in Nelspruit, South Africa. It is a family-owned business with a long and respected history in mixed farming, exporting, property development, and intellectual property-based businesses. He previously worked at Alliance One, Standard Commercial and Pim/Golby/Deloitte&Touche, where he was a tax and audit practitioner. Matthew is a Chartered Accountant and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Tumi Sefalo – Head of Strategy Masisizane Fund
Tumi is Head of Strategy, Marketing and Stakeholder Management at the Masisizane Fund, a non-profit development financing company that was created following the closure of Old Mutual’s unclaimed shares trust. Masisezane provides small, micro- and medium-sized businesses in South Africa with access to financial and other resources and has been a critical partner to Phakamani from the start. Tumi has many years of experience in the development space.
Donald Lagerway – Managing Director of Tony Lagerway Construction
Don Lagerway is the Managing Director of Tony Lagerway Construction in White River. Over nearly four decades Don has developed his company into a diversified developer with interests in commercial building, property development, property management, frail care and retirement complexes, secured storage facilities, and a timber door and window manufacturer. Don has served on the boards of Africa School of Missions, Seed for the Sower, Youth for Christ and his local church.
Ronas Marule – Area Director for Mpumalanga, Youth for Christ
Ronas is Area Director for Mpumalanga at Youth for Christ, a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian youth development ministry directly addressing problems and needs of the young people of South Africa. He also serves on their National Leadership Team. Prior to this he was a Pastor and lecturer at Africa School of Missions. Ronas has served on the boards of Hands at Work, Ekukhanyeni Child Care, Child-Welfare Mpumalanga, Child-Welfare White River and Mpumalanga Alliance for Street Children.
Mark Tucker – Co-Founder and CEO, Phakamani Foundation
Mark Tucker has more than 30 years of experience in business and entrepreneurship. He began his career in information technology, holding various management positions in Standard Bank and Anglo American Corporation. He later established Buzzmark Holdings Ltd, a Canadian company that develops and operates Great Clips for Hair franchises in British Columbia and Alberta. Mark also served as Senior Pastor at Heritage Mountain Community Church, in British Columbia, which he helped establish. Mark was born in Canada and raised in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Shirley Tucker – Independent Author, Co-Founder of Phakamani Foundation
Shirley Tucker is an author and community organiser. Born in Zambia and raised in South Africa, Shirley began her career as a trained primary school teacher, serving in South Africa’s public school system for seven years. She later joined Scripture Union as a children’s worker responsible for leading camps and coaching teachers. Shirley is an adult bible teacher, a former Sunday school teacher in a church that she helped establish (with Mark Tucker), a Kids Can Sew Franchisee and she has volunteered with several different non-profit organisations.