Khomotso Malapane – Senior Education Specialist, Department of Education
Khomotso pursued her junior degree in Johannesburg at the then Rand Afrikaans University, where she also did her post graduate degree in Psychology. She is a Registered Counselor in the field of Psychology (HPCSA) with 10+ years’ experience working with rural youth who are in and out of school. Currently she works for the Mpumalanga government working directly with teenagers and their families to plan how to improve their futures. Khomotso is a well-rounded professional experienced in applying principles of psychology to personnel handling, administration, management and marketing problems. She is a seasoned mental health practitioner with demonstrated track record of successfully working with diverse client populations in one-on-one and group settings. Her working history includes lecturing at the University of Venda, Career Guidance practice at Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) and National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). Her community work includes, serving on the Careers Exhibitions and Information Association (CEIA) national community, and also at the Lutheran Church in Acornhoek Parish, at Congregational level.
Matthew Comins (Treasurer) – Regional Director, the FD Centre, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Matthew Comins is currently the Regional Director for the Mpumalanga Region for the FD Centre (South Africa). Matthew recently left the HL Hall & Sons Group having worked in the capacity of the Group Chief Financial Officer for 10 years. Prior to this Matthew worked at Alliance One International Inc.(NYSE Listed) and Standard Commercial as a Financial Controller in both Tanzania and Malawi in East Africa. Matthew completed his articles with Pim Goldby/Deloitte & Touche in the early 1990’s. After completing articles, Matthew worked for a small private practice in White River where he was a tax and audit practitioner. Matthew is a registered Chartered Accountant and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Tumi Sefalo – Executive: Direct Lending, Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SOC) Limited (sefa)
Tumi Sefolo has over 15 years executive strategic management experience, coupled with a BCom and MBA degrees. Her career spans the financial services, entrepreneurial development, development finance and business sectors. Currently, Tumi is the Executive: Direct Lending at the sefa, a developmental finance institution (DFI), established to provide access to finance for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) including Co-operatives which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and is an entity under the Executive Authority of the Department of Small Business Development.
Prior to sefa, Tumi was the Investment Head: Franchise & Wholesale Funding for the Old Mutual’s Masisizane Fund. Tumi has held various roles within the Masisizane Fund. She has previously worked in various strategy & business roles at Old Mutual Emerging Markets. Tumi is a Non-Executive Director at Phakamani Foundation (second largest micro-finance institution in South Africa, providing micro-loans to micro-business for women in rural areas).
During her business career as CEO of Focus Kamoso (Pty) Ltd, Tumi managed several consulting projects in the public and private sectors including with multinationals. She founded and operated Focus Kamoso for 8 years before joining Old Mutual where she led a team of 30 consultants across two branches. Tumi has outstanding business acumen, strategy development and execution skills, excellent communication skills, strong client service orientation and is results driven. Tumi is passionate about development finance and the empowerment of SMME’s in South Africa. Tumi holds a Bcom (UNISA) and a MBA (Gordon School of Business Science – UP).
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 and is presently serving as a board member at ASM Clinic and also Pro-Vision. 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. Ronas graduated with Hounors degree in Theology in 2015 with North West University (Potch)
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.