Meet the KHULA EDUCATION Team – a David Rattray Education Initiative

KHULA EDUCATION - A David Rattray Initiative


Though our core team is very small, we have strong relationships with the principals and management teams at our partner schools and they act as an extended team. We also work closely with the US Government’s Peace Corps and have helped place more than 18 volunteers in the KHULA EDUCATION schools for up to two year placements.

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Debbie Heustice

Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Debbie Heustice joined KHULA Education in October 2018 as Director, Strategy and Partnerships. Debbie has a Bachelor of Social Science Degree and an Industrial Relations Diploma (Distinction). Debbie has twenty years experience of working in the not-for-profit arena in health and higher education. She is committed to working alongside the Board, Management Team and Staff to grow KHULA Education’s programmes and to expand their geographical reach beyond Rorke’s Drift so as to impact a wider spectrum of learners and educators in the District.

Ben Henderson

Technical Director

Ben is the founding Director of KHULA Education and a long term friend of the Rattray family. He is passionate about history and the provision of equal opportunity through quality education. Prior to joining KHULA in 2006, Ben was involved in general management in international construction.  He has brought to fruition a number of infrastructure development projects at local schools and grown KHULA into the remarkable organisation it is today.  Having established this firm foundation, Ben will be retiring at the end of 2019.

Nothile Ndwandwe

Manager – Isisekelo Pre-Schools

Nothile grew up in KwaZulu-Natal and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Certificate in Project Management. She believes that education being a huge part of the solution to most socio-economic problems faced by our country. She is eager and excited to do all she possibly can to ensure that KHULA EDUCATION achieves its objective of quality education for the children of this isolated area so that this, and subsequent, generations of learners have a chance to live their lives to the full while enhancing that of the general community.

Denver Ndlovu

Educator – English Specialist

Denver is an educational professional with 15 years’ experience in the field. He holds a Diploma in Secondary Education from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelor of Accounting Sciences Degree from UNISA. He is currently studying through UNISA towards his Honours in Accounting. He believes in levelling the playing field for learners by affording them access to educational opportunities from which their rural background usually excludes them. He is committed, dedicated and fully supportive of KHULA Education’s vision.

Christopher Magunda

Educator – Mathematics Specialist

Christopher is a qualified Mathematics Teacher with 25 years of experience, most of which has focused on education of rural school children. He holds a Diploma in Education from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelor of Education (Senior and FET Phase) from UNISA. Chris is a passionate, patient and hardworking individual who believes every learner has the ability to enjoy and pass mathematics. He is committed to empowering the children of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana with mathematical skills that are relevant for life and future academic pursuits so that these learners can become successful future breadwinners for their families.

Slindo Mncube

Finance and Administration

Slindokuhle attended one of KHULA Education’s partner schools, Amoibe Primary.  She has a Management Assistant Diploma and a Certificate in Human Resource Management Practice and Support. She anchors KHULA Education’s general administration and finance.  Slindo is well known to all the schools with which we partner.  She is committed to working towards empowering the children through education and changing the lives of the Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana Community for the better.

Dorren Ndlovu

Grade RR Class Teacher – Isisekelo Rorke’s Drift Pre-School

Dorren has worked as a teacher for more than 20 years.  She taught and gained experience in a number of schools in Gauteng Province before joining KHULA Education. She holds a Diploma in Education from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelor of Education Degree from UNISA. Her love for children shines through in her teaching. She hopes to give learners a good foundation that will carry them through their schooling years and on to success in life beyond school.

Zanele Maphumulo

Grade RRR Class Teacher – Isisekelo Rorke’s Drift Pre-School

After discovering her love for children, Zanele went for training at iKusasa Lothisha College where she obtained a Certificate in Early Childhood Development. She then volunteered at Oscarsberg Primary, our partner school, to gain experience. She is passionate about child care and development.  Working with disabled children in her previous job has also given her wisdom, experience and compassion which enriches her teaching at KHULA Education.

Xoliswa Majola

Grade RRR Class Teacher – Isisekelo Rorke’s Drift Pre-School

Xoliswa is from Tholeni near Ladysmith.  She has always loved working with children and helping them to learn.  As a result, she is studying towards her Diploma in Grade R teaching at Lyceum College. Xoliswa has experience of working in administration as well as community radio where she volunteered as a DJ. She has a passion for making a difference in people’s lives and believes that in life you have to step forward to growth and challenge yourself.

Thokozile Mtshali

Grade RR Teacher’s Aide  – Isisekelo Rorke’s Drift Pre-School

Thoko is well known to the community being a graduate of Oscarsberg Primary School, Shiyane High School and St Oswald College.  She studied at Bona Fide College and completed a National Certificate in Early Childhood Development (NQF Level 5).   She joined the family business before discovering her love for teaching and joining KHULA Education as an assistant teacher. Her aim is to ensure that both urban and rural learners receive equal educational opportunities.

Nokuthula Minenhle Faith Mbatha

Grade RR Teacher’s Aide – Isisekelo Rorke’s Drift Pre-School

Minenhle joined our Pre-School team in Rorke’s Drift as the Grade RR teacher assistant in early 2019.  She studied at Springfield FET College and completed her National Diploma in Educare.  Minenhle has found her niche working with young children and is looking forward to seeing the 2019 class of children graduate to formal schooling at the end of the year.

Sthembile Ndebele

Grade RRR Teacher’s Aide – Isisekelo Rorke’s Drift Pre-School

After completing her Early Childhood Development certificate at Manaye Centre in Pietermaritzburg, Sthembile secured a position as a general assistant at Heather High School in Pietermaritzburg. She joined KHULA Education as an assistant teacher in 2015 as she has a passion for helping young children – especially those from rural areas.

Sindisiwe Madela

Grade RRR Class Teacher’s Aide  – Isisekelo Rorke’s Drift

Sindisiwe joined KHULA in 2019.  She is from Nqutu at Nondweni.  She obtained her National Diploma of Educare from Central Technical College and then completed 18 months of practical work in Grade R at Siyacathula Primary School.  Her philosophy in life is to strive for success in everything she does.

Nozipho Mdlalose

Grade RRR Teacher’s Aide – Isisekelo Magaga Pre-School

Nozipho holds a Management Assistant Diploma and a Higher Certificate in Adult Basic Education and Training.  She is currently completing her final year of a Bachelor of Education (Foundation Phase) through UNISA. She believes that all children have the ability to learn regardless of their gender, race, ethnicity and capabilities – children simply need teachers who are motivated to teach well.

Thuli Buthelzi

Housekeeper – KHULA Resource Centre

Thuli is a quiet and diligent young woman who joined KHULA Education in the role of housekeeper.  She is responsible for cleaning and set up of our resource centre teaching facility in Rorke’s Drift.

Lindelihle Goodness Khumalo

Housekeeper – Isisekelo Magaga Pre-School

Lindelihle joined KHULA Education’s team at our new Isisekelo Magaga Pre-School in early 2019.  She cooks the daily meal for our pre-school learners, helps with set up and cleaning of our pre-school classrooms.

Nicky Rattray


A true South African girl from KZN, Nicky met and married David out of University in Pietermaritzburg. After short spells at Mala Mala, in Johannesburg and in Namibia, they moved to the family farm in Rorke’s Drift in 1989 where they started to build Fugitives’ Drift Lodge. Self-effacing and modest, Nicky’s determination to make a home for her family has never been more evident than in the last several years where she continued developing and running the Lodge on her own. Nicky shared the same ideals and aspirations for the local Zulu people as her husband and has continued the work that the two of them started together. Nicky is extensively involved in the activities of the DRF/DRMT and KHULA EDUCATION and is a key participant in the Isisekelo Preschool.

Andrew Rattray


Andrew has a B.Comm. degree, is passionate about all things wild and especially about Fugitives’ Drift where he grew up, and its flora and fauna of which he has an intimate knowledge. He is a fluent Zulu speaker. Andrew spent his childhood sitting at his father, David’s, feet listening to his stories of the Anglo Zulu War, sharing his father’s enthusiasm for the history of the area and for the Zulu people. Andrew is regularly involved with the activities of KHULA EDUCATION.

Brian Xaba


Qualified with a BA in Law, Brian has been a Trustee of the DRF / KHULA  EDUCATION since its inception. Brian was extensively involved with the local communities, & worked together with David Rattray and others in an attempt to bring improvements and educational opportunities to the young people of the area. Brian is, amongst many other social responsibilities, Vice-Chairperson of the Mangwebuthanani Traditional Council with responsibility for large areas of traditional lands around Isandlwana in which KHULA EDUCATION operates. Brian provides a deep insight into the needs of local communities and provides invaluable advice and guidance in applying our resources.

Mark Read


Mark graduated from Cape Town University BA/BSc in 1979 and in the 1980’s joined the family art business – Everard Read. Throughout his life Mark has been dedicated to the ‘green’ movement both in southern Africa and internationally. This has led him to joining the boards of a number of conservation groups including the Chairmanship of WWF (SA) and serving on the WWF International Board. Mark and his wife Christine became close friends with David and Nicky Rattray.

Robin Woodhead


Robin Woodhead is Chairman of the David Rattray Memorial Trust (now known as KHULA EDUCATION). Robin joined Sotheby’s in 1998 becoming CEO for Sotheby’s International and a Member of the Board of Sotheby’s Holdings. Since 2008 he has held the position of Chairman, Sotheby’s International. He is also Deputy Chairman of London’s Southbank Centre, Chairman of Hofesh Shechter, a contemporary dance company and is a Trustee of the African Arts Trust. Robin has been involved with the Rattray family since 1991, and is a part owner of the Umzinyathi Reserve.

KHULA EDUCATION - A David Rattray Initiative


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Robin Woodhead


Robin Woodhead is Chairman of the David Rattray Memorial Trust (now known as KHULA EDUCATION). Robin joined Sotheby’s in 1998 becoming CEO for Sotheby’s International and a Member of the Board of Sotheby’s Holdings. Since 2008 he has held the position of Chairman, Sotheby’s International. He is also Deputy Chairman of London’s Southbank Centre, Chairman of Hofesh Shechter, a contemporary dance company and is a Trustee of the African Arts Trust. Robin has been involved with the Rattray family since 1991, and is a part owner of the Umzinyathi Reserve.

Sarah Wilson

Head of Fundraising

Sarah has previously held senior fundraising posts across major UK charities. Sarah joined the KHULA EDUCATION team in July and is responsible for all of our fundraising. You can contact Sarah by email: SARAH@KHULA.ORG.UK

Ben Carroll


Chairman of Syndaxi Financial Planning, previously MD of Noble Lowndes, then CEO Bain Clarkson Financial Services and Corporate Pensions, Director of Prudential Insurance Co, member of ICAEW Compensation Committee and Member of Institute of Actuaries Disciplinary Panel.

Thomas O’Malley


Corporate Governance analyst at HSBC Asset Management. Visited Fugitives’ Drift in 1996 and subsequently brought many people to David Rattray’s lectures in London and elsewhere.

Ralph Kugler


Chairman of Byotrol plc, and director of a number of companies including InterContinental Hotel Group plc, Discovery Group Ltd, and Spotless Group Sas. He is Board advisor to Mars Inc, and senior advisor to 3i plc. Ralph is past director of Unilever plc and Unilever nv.

Huw Lloyd


Huw works at Torch Partners, a corporate finance boutique. Prior to Torch he worked at KPMG’s transaction services division. He developed his passion for Africa working for David Rattray at Fugitives’ Drift before going to Oxford University to read Archaeology and Anthropology specializing in African studies.

Gail Klintworth


Before joining the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, Gail served as Executive Director for Old Mutual PLC, leading their global customer, brand and digital portfolio. Under Gail’s leadership, Old Mutual developed their Positive Futures Plan which placed financial wellbeing and responsible investment as key drivers of their growth strategy. Previously Gail held the role of Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever, positioning the group as a pioneer in corporate, social and environmental stewardship. Prior to that Gail led a number of Unilever’s businesses including as executive vice president for Unilever’s global savoury category and CEO of the group’s South African business. She is also a partner at SYSTEMIQ, an advisory and investment business which works with various industries to help drive systemic change to a more sustainable economy; and holds a portfolio of non-executive roles.

Henrietta Loyd


After living, working and immersing herself in the world of safari in Botswana, Henrietta Loyd along with close friend Susie Cazenove, founded cazenove+loyd in 1993, specialising in luxury safaris throughout east and southern Africa. cazenove+loyd now also creates extraordinary, tailor-made holidays to Asia and Latin America, with Henrietta still involved in every aspect of the business. All of cazenove+loyd’s holidays are based around conservation and community in some way and the company seeks out charities that affect tangible change through small, local projects. She also sits on the Board of the Zoological Society of London.

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