Our Team

Board Members

Jacques Van Heerden


B.Sc (Math & Physics), MBC, ELI-MP, CCP

Jacques is a passionate internationally accredited Mentor Business Coach (MBCI, Aus), Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (iPEC) and Comensa Credentialed Practitioner (CCP) who is committed to help individuals and business rediscover their reason for being.

Jacques has served as both executive and non-executive director of several companies adding value in diverse fields such as B-BBEE, Training & Development, Wellness & Occupational Health, Mentoring and Coaching, Human Resource Management, Solar Water Heating manufacture, Electro-winning cell manufacture, Waste Water Treatment Design & Supply and Enterprise Development.

Jacques is currently the Chairperson of iThemba, the Grenadines Body Corporate and COMENSA Gauteng Chapter.

Tony Mthethwa

Vice Chairperson

Management Advancement Programme (MAP) - Wits

Tony is a highly commercial, senior business development executive with proven strong sales, communication, stakeholder management and people leadership skills, developed in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, telecommunications and retail sectors.

Tony is an innovative thinker, with key strengths in developing and implementing sound business and marketing strategies. He has a way of business problem-solving that is effortless and instinctive. He does this with a focus on possibilities and a contagious enthusiasm for new ideas.

Ann Bernhardt


Education • Studied part time for ICSA: Graduated in December 2000

Moved to Gauteng in January 1973 and worked in several companies growing her experience in the Accounting field. • Roadcrete Africa commenced business in 1987 and she was appointed Financial Director in 2006. Basil Read took over the company in 2008.

Ann worked at Basil Read until December 2014 when she took advantage of a retrenchment package due to health problems.

Ann Enjoys reading, dressmaking and quilting.

Belinda Ellse

Secratary, Legal, HR

B.A.(Psych); LL.B (Hons); Dip in Marketing Management

Belinda is currently a Compliance Guidance Officer at Discovery Health (Pty) Ltd She works in an environment where compliance is key to regulations and regulatory practices.

Belinda is involved in the renewal of the accreditation applications and assists in ensuring that the Council for Medical Scheme standards are met.

Belinda is passionate about creating economic upliftment for those challenged by socio-political factors. She is currently volunteering at Paradigm Shift in Daveyton as a point person, mentor and trainer.

Aarifa Allemdeen

Director - Fundraising

Aarifa is a qualified Fashion Designer, with experience at Nicci Boutiques, Platinum Group (Jenni Button and Hilton Weiner). • She is currently the founder and CEO of Chique Events which has extensive experience in the event Industry, with a successful record of high profiled partners such as Sun International, The Legacy Group, Radisson Hotel, Holiday Inn, Emperors Palace and Serena Hotels. With a combined experience in event planning and fashion designing, the business provides trendsetting events that are coupled with elegant and modern designs • One of her passions include fundraising for various NPO’s which have allowed her to work on various campaigns. Some of the successful events include: Pinkdrive, Blow The Whistle, Cuppa for Cancer and The Gryphon Foundation to name a few • As part of Chique Events growth strategy, she is in the process of setting up a skills development centre so that we can further our objective, that is, to inspire change, one person at a time!! She is also in the process of setting up women empowerment and youth development programmes

William Wilkinson


B.Admin (International Relations) – University of Pretoria

William is also RE accredited and is currently completing a CFP Diploma. He is also a serial entrepreneur in his spare time and finds his peace in serving others.

William is currently a Financial Advisor at Liberty Life and was previously employed at Momentum, Osboorn Engineering and PSG Wealth.

William also serves as a Director at Chrysalism & Distro Trading and lives by the motto, "If it is up to me, it will be "

Rene Van Heerden


Diploma in HR management – Varsity College

Rene is presently a flight attendant and have been in the industry for 30 years.

Rene started out working for SAA and then moved on to charter work and has had the privilege of travelling the world as well as working in various African and Middle Eastern countries.

Rene has embarked on a journey of completing a Bachelor's degree in Community Health and Psychology through Unisa and is currently in her third and final year.

I am honoured to have been nominated and accepted to be part of Ithemba. I am thrilled to be part of an organisation that is doing their part in trying to mitigate gender-based violence.

Staff Members

Shelley Bent

Acting Centre Manager

Bachelor in Management Leadership Degree

Background • 34 years in Corporate • 6 years working with Non Profit organizations • Personal Mastery, Training, Human Resources, Social Responsibility

Industry Experience • Banking, Marketing, New Business Development, Orginisational Change, Training, Human Resources including Employee Wellness and Social Responsiblility

Mission • Helping People to Help Themselves Heal and Grow • Live with Honour • Love with Dignity Professional Qualifications • Bachelor in Management Leadership Degree

Shelley serves as an ex-officio board member

Nombuso Masinga

Chief Social Worker

B. Social Work – University of Limpopo

Nombuso currently overseas all the Social Work functions within iThemba Rape and Trauma Support Centres.

Her responsibilities include Client casework management, Planning and coordination of training programmes, Planning community based outreach, Supervision of Social workers and Social Auxilliary workers, Networking and referrals are also part of her duties

Nombuso serves as an ex-officio board member