Mark is qualified Quantity Surveyor and started his career working in the public sector, before moving to the private sector where he enjoyed numerous success and eventually became the Managing Director of Khayalethu Project (an empowerment development company with the Power Group). He left the corporate world in 2009 to start his own project management company which has become very successful and he is well-respected businessman and entrepreneur within the local community. Mark has four children, and as the Chairperson of the Board, takes an active and vocal stance in promoting the organisation, raising awareness for a much needed and available service.
Andrew has broad business experience in multiple industry sectors such as ICT, BPO, Business Consulting and Real Estate. His knowledge, skills and expertise includes Strategic Business Development, Strategy Formulation and Execution, Public Sector Engagement, and Corporate Governance. Andrew has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Professional Post-graduate Qualification in Company Secretarial and Governance Practice. Andrew is father to two children, who from the inception of the organisation has been diligent and dedicated in assisting Usapho realise its vision and mission.
Amanda studied BCom Accounting at The University of South Africa and is currently completing her CIMA qualification with the Charted Institute of Management Accountants which is internationally accredited. Before entering the Corporate World of Finance, she headed up her own Accounting Firm, servicing Small to Medium Enterprises (SMME). She is responsible for the business finances and is dedicated, well organised with a flair for figures. Amanda is a married mother, with three young boys, whose vision for the organisation is to build resilient families within strong communities.
Yvonne is a registered nurse, who has started up a close corporation, which are providing 24 hours nursing services to all the residents of a Retirement Village. Yvonne is married and has two adult children. Her experience in management, administration, human resources and leadership are just some of the skills that Usapho will benefit from. She has a passion for helping people, especially those who are marginalised and vulnerable. Besides her leadership skills, she is a team player and takes pleasure in seeing people develop their full potential. Her desire is to see Usapho as a sustainable organization and run successful development programs to the families.
Lee-Ann is a qualified and admitted attorney who practiced general law at a private law firm, where she gained extensive experience in drafting different legal instruments such as different types of contracts in law. In addition to this she also set her focus on the administration of estates and trusts. She also assisted Community Trust with legal advise and assistance on a pro bono basis in her free time. From the private sector she moved to the public sector where she was appointed as the Director of Corporate Services of a local municipality, the youngest director in the Eastern Cape and the first female director of the specific local municipality. In this position she gained experience in local government administration and to a larger extent advised the local municipal council and management on legal matters. Lee-Ann is married and the mother of one boy, she is a vibrant young lady whose passion is to help other people, in all spheres of life. Touching the lives of the families reached through Usapho is a rewarding experience for her and it is her goal to advocate the vision and mission of Usapho.”
B Prim Ed (UCT) | ADR, Cum Laude (AFSA) | Leadership Coach (ICF)
John has worked for the last 20 years in the Social Development field. He is passionate about helping both individuals and organisations unlock their collective energies and potential.
John has spoken and facilitated on Human and Organisational Capacity Development and Leadership on 3 continents. He has worked extensively with NPO’s, Parastatals as well as Government Departments in the SADC, West and East Africa regions. John has been able to successfully use a unique blend of cultural sensitivity and humour to affect positive outcomes in diverse and complex settings. John is an accredited Assessor and Life Coach. He is also a Master Trainer (UNDP) in the Community Capacity Enhancement Programme.
John recently graduated Cum Laude through the University of Pretoria and the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) in their ‘Advanced Dispute Resolution Programme’ and currently serves as a member of the AFSA panel.
Elize is a qualified Social Worker, mother of 2 girls and has always been passionate about working with families. She started working as a Student Social Worker at Correctional Services and qualified as a Social Worker while working there. She has extensive experience in working in Child Care Facilities, such as Boys Town and Tenterden Place of Safety in Wynberg. The 11 years as a Practice manager for a Paediatrician equipped her with diverse management skills. Besides her focus on Usapho, she also assists the Parent Centre, facilitating workshops and talks.