Our Team

Board of Directors


Dr. Sipho Pienaar Malapane


Honorary Doctor of Divinity – Weslyan Theological Seminary

Currently the Chairperson of Ithemba Rape And Trauma Support Centres and appointed by SAIGA (The Southern African Institute of Government Auditors) as member of the Africa And Global Committee, Dr Sipho P. Malapane has served as Councilor of the Freedom Park Museum as well as Councilor of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, a former Mentor with the Innovation Hub as well as involvement in corporate entities. He has also served with distinction on two similar capacities, one as a Councilor in the Council of the then Natal Museum (Before it was renamed) and the other as Examiner/ Board Member in the Film And Publication Board (A schedule 3 entity under the PFMA).

He has further served as Chairperson of integral council committees, amongst Chairperson of the Finance And Procurement Committee (KZN Museum), Chairperson of the Ethics And Legal Committee (Freedom Park) and has served in various other council committees (Finance And Fundraising (Freedom Park), Executive Committee (Freedom Park), Institutional advancement Committee (KZN Museum). He is an author, was also a former political writer with VOXSTA and currently the Managing Director of Avatareign (Pty) Ltd (Bluhcomms) and he is an Independent Political Candidate. He is a further a business consultant, nay, founder and Presiding Bishop of TVCM (True Vine Conventional Ministries) and True Vine Umbrella.

Mr. Zwannda Mukwevho


Honours Bachelor of Accounting Science – University of South Africa

Mr Zwannda Mukwevho is a member of the Institute of Directors in South Africa, the South Africa Institute of Chartered Accountants and the South African Institute of Professional Accountants. Zwannda’s deep understanding of Corporate Governance is rooted in his experience of serving at the Executive Management level, Non-Executive Board member, and Audit committee member for various institutions. He brings the board multiple skills in the areas of Strategic Financial planning; Financial reporting and executive presentation; Risk management and performance analysis; Financial Modelling; Investment management; IFRS proficiency; Budget, forecasting and analysis; External audit and work finalisation; Auditing proficiency; Accounting and auditing; Internal control management; Taxation; and Corporate governance.

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.

Dr. Mantshi Teffo

Deputy Chairperson

Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health) – University of the Witwatersrand

Dr Mantshi Elizabeth Teffo is a nurse midwife and a trained psychiatric nurse with extensive experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRH&R) gender-based violence (GBV), operational research and management of HIV programmes. At the start of her career she worked at a mental health hospital, and then proceeded to work at the government district health office overseeing community child and adolescent mental health and sexual and reproductive health programmes. She was subsequently employed in positions that included responsibilities for policy development, health system strengthening, implementation, monitoring and quality improvement on SRH&R, sexual assault and HIV at the National Department of Health. Dr Teffo’s career path includes managerial and technical advisory employment with various non-governmental organisations like Population Council, Marie Stopes, mothers2mothers, and BroadReach.

Her experience of the burden of caring in sexual and reproductive health services made her realise the need for psychological support for health professionals, specifically at programme implementation level. The lack of such support sparked Dr Teffo’s interest in the “Care of the Carer” programme. As a manager in the health field, she got to understand the need for support interventions for service providers, and an interest to have an in-depth understanding of what psychosocial issues providers face or experience, the availability or necessity of support programmes, especially in public health facilities in South Africa, which provides health care to the majority of South Africans. It is against this background that Dr Teffo was keen to do a PhD and examine psychosocial issues and coping strategies among health care providers, specifically termination of pregnancy providers.

She currently works as a consultant in the SRH&R, GBV, HIV field and volunteers as a Board member and Deputy Chairperson for the iThemba Rape and Crisis Centre in Gauteng.

Tumisang Spannenberg

Deputy Secretary

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) – University of Johannesburg
Chartsec Member of the Institute
Company Secretarial and Governance Practice
December 2013, Chartered Institute of Southern Africa B Com (Accounting)
May 2010, University of Johannesburg Diploma Cost and Management Accounting
November 2001, University of Johannesburg
CAREER INFORMATION Committee member (2022 - date)
South African National Blood Service (SANBS) Non Executive director – Deputy Secretary (2021- date)
Ithemba Rape & Trauma Support Centers Director and co-founder of Africans (2019 to date)

"I am passionate about the role and contribution that finance facilitates for both the growth and sustainability of an organization, as I have spent two decades in various financial positions, and that’s when I discovered my love for compliance. As a Co- founder of a non-Profit organization, Africans United, I am committed to a system leadership approach that develops the collective capacity for communities to thrive ."

Member of the Board

Dr. Shumani Mulaudzi

Board Member

Doctor of Philosophy (Public Health) – University of Venda

She holds an honours degree in social work, as well as a Master's in Public Health (MPH) and a PhD in a related discipline. She has over 15 years of experience in the public sector leading Employee Health and Wellness and Transformation programs. She is presently employed as a Transformation specialist at the Department of Roads and Transport, where she heads the Transformation section. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring gender mainstreaming and women's empowerment, promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities, providing policy and strategic support in youth coordination, and assisting in the development of Provincial Military Veterans Desks across Gauteng.

She is presently enrolled in an MBA program to hone her leadership and management abilities. Her thesis investigated the implementation of existing Life Orientation curriculum in secondary schools in Limpopo province in response to rising cases of adolescent pregnancy, drug and substance abuse, poor academic performance, violence, high school dropout rate, and HIV/AIDS prevalence among secondary school learners. She discovered that the implementation of Life Orientation had several setbacks, including the fact that it was not highly valued by the Department of Education like other subjects, that there was no alignment between Life Orientation and the Department of Education strategic plans, and that Life Orientation did not meet learners' educational development. Her results provide insight on how the Department of Basic Education may improve.

Pholiswa Ngwenya

Board Member

Bachelor of Accounting Sciences – University of South Africa

Pholiswa Ngwenya is a financial, project accountant, Financial Manager and Regional Financial manager professional who has been working within different sectors for the past 16 years with both local and international organization in different roles including, management.
"In the different roles that I have been placed in, one has learnt the ability to be pro-active, and being decisive in decision making."
Pholiswa Ngwenya had an opportunity to work with high level individuals such as the CFO in preparing EXCO and Board reports while supporting 27 Country offices within Middle East, Europe and Africa.
"It is within this space that one learnt about support, consultancy to ensure best practice within financial management, business planning, financial analysis, and being decisive. My experience of dealing with high level of pressure sets me apart from some of my peers and makes me a dynamic individual, who is adaptable. My professional life is not only limited to the private sector, however, it goes as far as nongovernmental sector, where one played a very critical role in compliance and Financial Management. This was a leadership role that required one to understand people. As a result, one is constantly leaning about people management in general and the contribution this can make in ensuring collaboration. I am a strong advocate of collaborative in both business and private life and I will continue to learn more about emotional intelligence."
Pholiswa Ngwenya is currently working for Oxfam South Africa, and a Board Member for iThemba Rape and Trauma Centre.

Mmbangiseni Terrance Magoro

Board Member

Masters of Business Administration – Tshwane University of Technology; BSc Med (Honours) – UCT and Masters of Public Health – University of South Africa

Mr Magoro is a District Manager for Ekurhuleni Health District in Gauteng Province. His highest qualifications are two Masters Degrees in Business Administration and Public Health. He has occupied various positions across different sectors over the last 20 years.
Mr Magoro has experience in Management, Governance, Regulation, Project Management and Monitoring & Evaluation. He has advanced knowledge of the Medical Scheme Act and its application including Financial Resource allocation for Health in South Africa to enable National Health Insurance rollout.
Mr Magoro has served as a Member of Governing Body at Brooklyn Primary School and is currently a Board Member for iThemba Rape and Trauma Centre.

Nombulelo Nyathela

Board Member

LLB – University of the Witwatersrand

Nombulelo Nyathela, is currently a public servant in the infrastructure and Investment Office in the Presidency/ Infrastructure South Africa. Nombulelo is the Chief Director responsible for External Relations and Communications. Previously she was a senior specialist in Research and policy in the office of the Executive Mayor in the City of Ekurhuleni and Spokesperson of the MEC of Economic Development. As a student activist at Wits University, Nombulelo served as an SRC member and later as Deputy President of the South African Union of students.

Prior to working as a public servant, Nombulelo worked as a National spokesperson for Equal Education and oversaw some of the biggest education campaigns by civil society post democracy. This is where she fell in love with research based activism and basic education as an important sector to transform.

As a gender activist, she is committed to writing women into history and is an aspirant author in this regard. She has in the last two years collected information and conducted a few interviews with former female MK veterans and hopes to turn this into a book.

Nombulelo's academic background is in law and public policy.

Zodidi Mhatu

Board Member

Marketing Management – Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Zodidi is the Head of Fundraising at Oxfam South Africa

She has served in mostly fundraising roles at other NGO’s such as Greenpeace, Save the children and ActionAid South Africa

She is a self-motivated strategy and management professional with extensive experience in fundraising (Regular giving, Major donors, Digital, Telemarketing), grants management and strategic networking amongst others.

Her core strengths include strong management and people skills, strong analytical skills, sound judgement, flexibility and creative problem-solving

Staff Members


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

Thulani Welcome Mnyandu

Chief Social Worker