Mark Tucker – Co-founder and CEO
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. Mark co-founded Phakamani Foundation with his wife Shirley Tucker. Both Mark and Shirley are South African citizens.
Eric Crawford- Chief Operating Officer
Eric Crawford joins Phakamani in August of 2015 and brings with him vast experience in managing and developing many different businesses. Similar to the founder, Eric has a diverse skill set that is ideally suited to the Phakamani Foundation environment. Eric spent 7 years in retail at Edcon, over 10 years at Accenture in different Project Management and senior management positions before taking on two different COO roles at Resolve and Snapcab. Eric holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration degree from Thames Valley University in London.
Kudzayi Rujuwa – Administration Manager
Kudzayi (Kudzi) Rujuwa is a 10 year hands-on Financial Admin veteran with experience at various levels of organisational representation in both the private and public sectors. Kudzi’s area of expertise is in Financial Accounting, Corporate Governance, Financial Management and Taxation. He has previous experience with USAID donor funded Organisations which include Right to Care (RTC) and Donor recipients Ndlovu Medical Trust.
Kudzi is a Financial Accountant HND graduate obtained from The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers and Accountants (SA), higher national certificate in Management obtained from The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) (SA), and is currently a member of both the Institute of Certified Tax Practitioner and South African Institute of Health Care Managers.
Gabriel Rapatsa – Provincial Operations Manager
Gabriel Rapatsa has more than 15 years of experience in development micro-finance operations in South Africa. Prior to joining Phakamani in 2009, he worked as a Branch Manager, Zonal Manager, and Acting Training Manager at Small Enterprise Foundation in Tzaneen. At Phakamani, Gabriel leads field operations and development, with all branches reporting in to him. Gabriel has a Senior Teachers Diploma from Limpopo Province, and a Micro-Enterprise Foundation and Development Certificate from Naphuno College of Education in Limpopo. He has also completed several microfinance courses and other continuing education seminars, including at the Coady International Institute, at St Francis Xavier University, in Nova Scotia, Canada. Gabriel is the son of a poor woman who herself took out a micro-loan, which gives him a special perspective on Phakamani’s work.
Eric Mabunda – Provincial Operations Manager
Eric Mabunda has 11 years of experience in Micro-finance. He has worked as a DLO and Branch Manager at SEF (Small Enterprise Foundation). He then worked as a Branch Manager, Compliance Officer, and Quality Assurance Officer at WDB. Eric moved to Phakamani Foundation in 2013 and is currently employed as a Provincial Operations Manager. He also worked as a news reporter at SABC in Limpopo and for Watertech in Lipasflei. Eric has a BA (Hons) degree from the University of the North in media studies.
William Chauke – Manager: Quality Assurance and Human Resources
William Chauke joined Phakamani in 2009, bringing a diverse range of skills and project experience to the team. His main role is to manage staff training programs and to conduct internal audits of branch operations. Previously, William performed administration and book-keeping duties. Prior to Phakamani, William was a lecturer and teacher in several institutions, most recently at the Nelsville Combined School in Nelspruit. William has a Diploma in Education from Mkoba Teachers College in Zimbabwe, as well as Certificates in Microfinance Management (University of Pretoria), Project Management (Maqhawe College) and Ministerial Theology (Phumelala Bible College.) He is currently completing a professional qualification in Management and Administration from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, and he is enrolled in a BCom HR Management programme at UNISA.
Leigh Wilshire – IT, M & E & Research
Leigh Wilshire is the IT, M & E Research Manager and comes to Phakamani with experience in both IT and business. His IT career includes business analysis, database administration, IT support and client server development. He also spent time with stockcentral.ca as a client software developer and in WEB maintenance. On the business front Leigh has worked in the retail development space in property finance, management and development. Prior to joining Phakamani, Leigh was an entrepreneur. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Management and Business Information Systems, from the University of Natal.