Who we are

Meet our team of committed literacy activists working to unlock the potential of South African school children through storytelling and reading. 

Programme staff

Nompumelelo Ntsele

KwaZulu-Natal Programme Administrator

Pumelele Keswa

Eastern Cape Provincial Support Coordinator
Literacy mentors

Masiza Hlekwayo

Literacy Mentor

Bonisani Mahlinza

Literacy Mentor

Cokisa Sicwebu

Literacy Mentor

Bonginkosi Mkhiz

Literacy Mentor

Asanda Molose

Literacy Mentor

Thulani Pango

Literacy Mentor

Zenkcubeko Mpongoma

Literacy Mentor
Story sparkers

Portia Nkonzo

Story Sparker

Bekisiwe Ngcobo

Story Sparker

Brenda Myeza

Story Sparker

Bayanda Mdaba

Story Sparker

Thabisile Labani

Story Sparker

Snikeziwe Radebe

Story Sparker

Thokozani Nkosi

Story Sparker

Wandile Mathonsi

Story Sparker

Zimasa Tshaka

Story Sparker

Sthabiso Busane

Story Sparker

Sonwabile Mqokweni

Story Sparker

Sisikelelwe Mavareni

Story Sparker

Sinegugu Ngcobo

Story Sparker

Silindelwe Nkwanyana

Story Sparker

SIfisesihle Mdunge

Story Sparker

Sanelisiwe Mini

Story Sparker

Sandile Xulu

Story Sparker

Phumezile Jwili

Story Sparker

Philela Hlongwa

Story Sparker

Oyama Madloka

Story Sparker

Ondela Nzama

Story Sparker

Noxolo Zungu

Story Sparker

Noxolo Godlwana

Story Sparker

Nosipho Shizeyana

Story Sparker

Nondumiso Malunga

Story Sparker

Nombuso Madlala

Story Sparker

Nikiwe Buso

Story Sparker

Mxolisi Zuma

Story Sparker

Mvuselelo Hlongwe

Story Sparker

Msawenkosi Dlamini

Story Sparker

Mpho Malakia

Story Sparker

Mbali Msweli

Story Sparker

Funeka Nkayinkayi

Story Sparker

Lungelo Nhlango

Story Sparker

Londiwe Dube

Story Sparker

Kwanele Mathoba

Story Sparker
Nal'ibali staff

The Nal'ibali Team

Part of the broader Nal'ibali campaign, the Story Powered School staff are supported by their Nal'ibali counterparts. Meet the Nal'ibali team members guiding and facilitating the schools team to success.

 

Jade Jacobson

Managing Director

Jade Jacobsohn is responsible for the scale-up phase of the Nal’ibali campaign, working with the management team to provide strategic direction for campaign partnerships and growth. She is a seasoned anthropologist with research experience in South Africa, Uganda and Malawi, and has a solid grassroots background in the Eastern Cape as founder and Programme Manager of the Sophakama Community Partnership. She has managed various educational projects, specifically focused on early childhood development and environmental education within economically deprived areas, and has worked closely with Anglo American, Takalani Sesame and Food for Development. Her academic qualifications include a BSocSci (Hons) in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Rhodes University, and an MSc in Anthropology, Environment and Development from University College London.

Nompumelelo Prusent

Head of Programmes

Nompumelelo Prusent has a multiform career journey sprouting from humble beginnings and different industry sectors including corporate, community development, education and training. Her career path has footprints, influenced by her work experience and academic achievements in different fields of study to mention a few (Diploma Labour Relations; Diploma Government Studies; Diploma Marketing Management (IMM); BBA Degree (Preston University); MBA (MANCOSA).  

Ben Rycroft

Head of Communications

Ben has a BA degree from Stellenbosch University, a postgraduate diploma in account management from AAA School of Advertising and a certificate in Business Management from the Chartered Institute of Business Management. He has 17 years in the marketing and communications arena, five of which were spent living and working in Australia. His integrated 360° marketing skill set includes through-and-below-the-line advertising, design, direct marketing, digital and CRM.

Ben has always wanted to use his extensive corporate experience to get behind a real cause in the NGO space. Reading is something that has always been close to his heart, which lead him to join the Nal’ibali team.

Sally Mills

Senior Communications Officer

Having worked on the Nalíbali reading-for-enjoyment campaign since its inception in 2012, Sally not only understands the ins and outs of social marketing, she is well versed in designing and delivering both provincial and national marketing campaigns.

Sayeeda Rawoot

Travel Coordinator

Sayeeda joined Nal’ibali in January 2016 but has been in the travel industry since 1996. Not only does she hold the relevant travel diplomas, she is armed with over a decade of experiance. Inspired by her three children who love reading and storytelling, Sayeeda made the move to work at Nal’ibali and is excited to be part of its ever evolving journey.

To see the full Nalibali staff complement and find out more about the campaign, click through here