Meet the KHULA Team
We would love to hear from you. If you would like to learn more about our KHULA programmes or connect with our team, please contact our Director, Debbie Heustice on email: Debbie@khula-education.org.za
Debbie has 20 years’ experience in leadership, strategic management, human resource development and fundraising in the higher education and health service community in South Africa. She joined KHULA Education in October 2018. Debbie believes that more needs to be done to strengthen, enrich and diversify educational opportunities for children in South Africa if it is to achieve a truly transformed society. Working with the KHULA teams in South Africa and the United Kingdom she aims to shape and grow KHULA’s educational programmes. She is responsible for brokering new partnerships and developing strategies to help KHULA reach its full potential and remain relevant in the complex and ever-changing educational environment in South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree and an Industrial Relations Diploma from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Olivia joined KHULA Education in April 2020 to oversee our fundraising. With fifteen years’ experience in the art world, both in an auction house and with a dealer, Olivia has created and implemented numerous international events and worked with high-profile clients and artists. With two small children and a passion for travel, Olivia is looking forward to working closely with the teams in the UK and South Africa.
Nothile grew up in KwaZulu-Natal and holds an Economics degree and a Certificate in Project Management. She believes that education is a huge part of the solution to many socio-economic problems faced by our country today. 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 of the province.
Natasha joined KHULA in 2019 as our Database Administrator. She has many years’ experience in the non-profit sector in South Africa having lived in KwaZulu-Natal for over 15 years working in fundraising at the Cancer Association of South Africa, Children First, Shanduka Black Umbrellas and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She returned to England recently and lives with her husband, her two children and two dogs.
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 Human Resource administration and finances. 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.
Denver is an educational professional with 16 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 is a qualified Mathematics Teacher with 26 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.
Mdu officially joined the KHULA staff in January 2020 as a peer mentor and intern. He attended primary and high school in Rorke’s Drift where he benefitted from KHULA’s supplementary teaching programme. Through dedication and hard work, he excelled at school and with KHULA’s support, was offered a Madrihna scholarship to study further. He recently graduated with an honours degree in Computer Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is a local hero!
Zinhle joined KHULA in October 2019. She is a qualified educator with 22 years of experience in teaching and managing the Foundation Phase (Grades R to 3). She holds a Diploma in Teaching and an Advanced Certificate in Management and Inclusive Education. She believes in making learning fun for children and she motivates them to do well especially in Mathematics and English.
Sibongile joined KHULA in January 2020. She holds a Diploma in Teaching and an Advanced Certificate in Education Management. She has worked as a Primary School Teacher for 25 years. Her strong belief in education pushes her to creatively mould and properly develop young minds.
Anwen joined the KHULA team in July 2019. She runs a private Educational Psychology practice, has worked for many years in remedial schools and continues to consult with children in mainstream education. The challenge of addressing learning in a second language has been a consistent interest of hers. Anwen believes that teachers play a pivotal role in shaping children. Educators who show care for their learners can increase their resilience, a significant contribution to uplifting a community. Anwen holds a Master of Social Science degree in Educational Psychology. Her postgraduate research paper focused on the psychological stress of students from rural Eastern Cape attending Rhodes University.
Bongi joined KHULA in August 2019 and was the first staff member of our new Foundation Teaching Programme. She is a qualified educator with over 20-years’ experience in primary and secondary school education, where she has enjoyed a number of department leadership roles. Before joining KHULA, she took a sabbatical from teaching for a few years to complete her honours degree in Educational Psychology. Since January 2020, Bongi has been focusing her attention on the research and benchmarking of our Foundation teaching approach.
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 Bachelor of Education Degree from UNISA and Diploma in Education from the University of Zimbabwe. Her love for children shines through in her teaching. We can rely on her to give children a firm foundation that will carry them through their schooling years and on to success in life beyond school.
Zanele has a Certificate in Early Childhood Development from iKusasa Lothisha College. She started work as a KHULA volunteer at Oscarsberg Primary, our partner school, before joining the KHULA pre-school team. She is passionate about child-care and development. Her wisdom, experience and compassion for children with disabilities shines through in her teaching.
Nozipho completed her Diploma in Foundation Phase Teaching in 2019. She also holds a Diploma in Management Assistance and a Higher Certificate in Adult Basic Education and Training. Her passion for learning inspires her to teach. She believes that all children have the ability to achieve, they simply need teachers who are motivated to teach well.
Xoliswa is from Tholeni near Ladysmith. Xoliswa has a Diploma in Grade R Teaching from Lyceum College. She is an experienced educator, administrator and has also volunteered as community radio announcer! She has a passion for making a difference in people’s lives and believes that in life you have to step forward to grow and challenge yourself. It’s therefore not surprising that Xoliswa was our first teacher at Magaga Pre-School.
Thoko is well known to the community being a graduate of two of KHULA’s partner schools – Oscarsberg Primary and Shiyane High School. She has a National Certificate in Early Childhood Development (NQF Level 5) from Bona Fide College. Her aim is to ensure that both urban and rural learners receive equal educational opportunities.
Minenhle joined our team in early 2019 after completing her National Diploma in Educare at Springfield FET College. She has found her niche working with and preparing our young children so that they can graduate to formal schooling.
Minenhle joined KHULA in January 2020. She holds a National Diploma in Educare from Central Technical College. She says all children are unique with special qualities that can be nurtured. She aims to do exactly that, nurturing young minds.
After completing her Early Childhood Development certificate at Manaye Centre in Pietermaritzburg, Sthembile worked as a general teaching assistant until she joined KHULA as an assistant teacher in 2015. She has a passion for helping young children – especially those from rural areas.
Sindisiwe is from Nquthu area. She obtained her National Diploma of Educare from Central Technical College as well as 18 months practical work experience in Grade R before joining KHULA in 2019. Her philosophy in life is to strive for success in everything she does.
Nontobeko grew up in the Isandlwana area and went to local schools supported by KHULA Education. She has Certificates in Civil Engineering as well as Child and Youth Care Services. She is currently completing her final year of a Foundation Phase Diploma. Early in her career she discovered her passion was to educate young children. Nontobeko knows that success belongs to those who refuse to be defeated by failure.
Khanyisile lives in Nquthu Area. She has a National Diploma in Educare from Innovatus College. Her commitment to educate the community led her to volunteer for a local community creche prior to joining KHULA. She is eager to encourage her community to find value in education.
Pam worked for many years as a Teacher’s Assistant at Oscarsberg Primary School before joining the KHULA Isisekelo team at Rorke’s Drift. She is a mature, competent person who takes pride in nurturing the children in her care.
Thuli is a quiet and diligent young woman who joined KHULA Education a few years ago as our housekeeper. She is responsible for the cleaning and set up of our Rorke’s Drift Pre-School and Resource Centre teaching facility.
Lindelihle joined KHULA’s pre-school team in early 2019. Our children look forward to her lovingly prepared hot meals each morning and lunch time. She also helps with the set up and cleaning of our pre-school classrooms.
Nicky met and married David out of University in Pietermaritzburg in the heard of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. 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 chairperson of the David Rattray Foundation and is extensively involved in the activities of KHULA Education.
Douglas is the head guide and conservator at Fugitives Drift Lodge. He leads the battlefield tours from the Lodge and is passionate about the history of South Africa. Growing up in the rolling hills of the uMzinyathi district has vested in him a love of the region and its people – traits which he learnt from this father, David Rattray. Douglas joined the board of the David Rattray Foundation in 2019 and is committed to promoting the activities of KHULA Education.
Qualified with BA(Law) and LLB , Adv Simphiwe Brian has been a Trustee of the David Rattray Foundation since its inception. He 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. Adv Simphiwe 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. He provides a deep insight into the needs of local communities and invaluable advice and guidance in applying our resources.
Lebo Moletsane is a rural education specialist. She holds the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor: Social Cohesion as well as Professor and John Langalibalele Dube Chair in Rural Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Lebo joined the Board in 2019 and has helped to shape our teaching programme for Primary Schools.
Tanya was born and raised in the outskirts of Ladysmith. She is the former Chief Executive of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) where she played a key role in leading business on a number of social compact processes. She has served as Chairperson of the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) Governing Body, as a Commissioner of Employment Equity. Tanya is an attorney by profession, and holds a BA, LLM, LLM (Laws) from the University of Witwatersrand.
Siphamandla Mpanza was born at a rural village near Empangeni where he attended primary school and later moved to Durban where he matriculated in 2012. Subsequently, he enrolled at the University of KwaZulu-Natal to read for a LLB degree which he completed in 2016. Whilst at University, he received numerous awards including the Moshal Scholarship and the Ethekwini Municipality Bursary which recognises high achieving students who had risen above all adversities. Siphamandla is an Alumni of the Moshal Scholarship and is involved in several pay it forward projects focusing on education and mentorship. He is a duly admitted attorney practising as such and specializing in property at a major Durban based law firm. He is currently reading for his Masters’ degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Siphamandla aspires to use his skills, knowledge and experiences towards social justice, community upliftment and paying it forward.
If you wish to discuss a partnership with KHULA or would like to make a donation, please contact our UK team on UKteam@khula.org.uk
Robin Woodhead is Chairman of the David Rattray Memorial Trust and a Trustee of the David Rattray Foundation. 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.
Paul is the Secretary of the David Rattray Memorial Trust. As a headteacher for twenty years, Paul worked across all phases (Primary, Secondary and Special) and in a range of school settings (Independent, Selective, Comprehensive) finishing as the Executive Director of an Academy Trust. He believes in the transformational effects of education and has a passion for developing structures which allow children and young people to grow and become successful in our modern world. He is committed to global education, recognising the benefits of the educational, intellectual and cultural exchange of ideas for the growth of the individual and benefit of all people.
Ben first visited Fugitives Drift in 2005 when David Rattray led both the battlefield tours of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Since 2005 he has arranged the annual “Rorke’s Drift Challenge Charity Golf Day” that has raised over £50,000 to support local schools and the David Rattray Foundation. Ben has been a Trustee for over a decade, most of that time as Secretary to the UK Trust. He is now retired after a career as a Pensions Consultant and a Chartered Financial Adviser. He served as a past President of the Pensions Management Institute and past Chairman of the Personal Finance Society. Ben is a keen gardener, whose garden is opened for the nursing charities supported by the National Garden Scheme.
Thomas is Global Head of Corporate Governance at HSBC Global Asset Management and Treasurer of the David Rattray Memorial Trust. He visited Fugitives’ Drift in 1996 and subsequently brought many people to David Rattray’s lectures in London and elsewhere. He believes that education is critical for the economic prosperity of every nation. Thomas is committed to advising and supporting the development of KHULA Education’s financial management systems.
Rena joined the David Rattray Memorial Trust in April 2020. She recently retired from a 30 year career at Sotheby’s, half of which was as a lawyer and Compliance Director, then more recently as part of the global business and client development leadership team. During her Sotheby’s career, she worked internationally, and split her time between NYC and London.
Huw runs strategy for a fast growing artificial intelligence company – Everseen. Prior to that he worked in technology corporate finance and investment. He started he career 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 is a South African, who serves globally as a Non-Executive Director, Personal Board Advisor and Trustee with a select group of businesses and NGOs who are well placed to make a significant difference to create low carbon, inclusive growth solutions. As a Trustee of KHULA, Gail is driven by her desire to make a difference to the children of KwaZulu-Natal, where her own children were educated for some of their schooling, and her commitment to a positive future for Africa…the world’s youngest continent with 65% of the population under the age of 25. Her formal business roles include but are not limited to NED of Tiger Brands (Foods); Board Advisor to MAS Holdings (Apparel), Chair of the Shell Foundation (Energy and Mobility), Chair of Globescan Inc. (Building trusted leadership) and Chair of Integrity Action (Democratising accountability). Previously Gail was Executive Director for Old Mutual PLC, leading their global customer, brand and digital portfolio. Prior to that, Gail worked for Unilever PLC, most recently as Chief Sustainability Officer and before that lead the Global Savory business, Global Laundry Brands and was CEO of Unilever South Africa.
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 very involved with 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 has a deep love for Africa over nearly four decades and travels extensively seeking out new destinations and experiences for the business. She also sits on the Development Board of the Zoological Society of London.