About us

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is a full university scholarship that provides extensive mentoring and leadership development for top learners with a passion for teaching and education. At the heart of what we do is in nurturing expert teacher who embrace innovation and can lead the kind of change that our educational sector so desperately requires. In short, we want to make the strongest possible case and provide the greatest possible support for our best students to become our best future teachers.

Founded in 2017, Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is fully funded by Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment Teaching Initiative. Our beneficiaries start their university studies at either the University of Cape Town or the University of Pretoria. The supported degree streams include a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Commerce. In addition to their academic studies, students benefit from a world-class Fellowship programme that provides access to personal coaches, mentors and expert teachers, along with elective activities. After completing their 3-year degree, students qualify as high school teachers through a PGCE and then enter a 2-year induction phase as they are placed in partner schools as newly qualified teachers. Ongoing support and development will continue to be offered through communities of practice.

There are three entry points into the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship. Grade 12 and 1st year level students can apply as part of the undergraduate intake. Alternatively, final year students can apply for to be part of the PGCE intake.

About us

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is a full university scholarship that provides extensive mentoring and leadership development for top learners with a passion for teaching and education. At the heart of what we do is in nurturing expert teacher who embrace innovation and can lead the kind of change that our educational sector so desperately requires. In short, we want to make the strongest possible case and provide the greatest possible support for our best students to become our best future teachers.

Founded in 2017, Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is fully funded by Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment Teaching Initiative. Our beneficiaries start their university studies at either the University of Cape Town or the University of Pretoria. The supported degree streams include a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Commerce. In addition to their academic studies, students benefit from a world-class Fellowship programme that provides access to personal coaches, mentors and expert teachers, along with elective activities. After completing their 3-year degree, students qualify as high school teachers through a PGCE and then enter a 2-year induction phase as they are placed in partner schools as newly qualified teachers. Ongoing support and development will continue to be offered through communities of practice.

There are three entry points into the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship. Grade 12 and 1st year level students can apply as part of the undergraduate intake. Alternatively, final year students can apply for to be part of the PGCE intake.

About us

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is a full university scholarship that provides extensive mentoring and leadership development for top learners with a passion for teaching and education. At the heart of what we do is in nurturing expert teacher who embrace innovation and can lead the kind of change that our educational sector so desperately requires. In short, we want to make the strongest possible case and provide the greatest possible support for our best students to become our best future teachers.

Founded in 2017, Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is fully funded by Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment Teaching Initiative. Our beneficiaries start their university studies at either the University of Cape Town or the University of Pretoria. The supported degree streams include a Bachelor of Arts, Science or Commerce. In addition to their academic studies, students benefit from a world-class Fellowship programme that provides access to personal coaches, mentors and expert teachers, along with elective activities. After completing their 3-year degree, students qualify as high school teachers through a PGCE and then enter a 2-year induction phase as they are placed in partner schools as newly qualified teachers. Ongoing support and development will continue to be offered through communities of practice.

There are three entry points into the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship. Grade 12 and 1st year level students can apply as part of the undergraduate intake. Alternatively, final year students can apply for to be part of the PGCE intake.

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is named to honour the high impact legacy of Professor Jakes Gerwel, a teacher and educational leader who was one of President Mandela’s closest confidants.

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is named to honour the high impact legacy of Professor Jakes Gerwel, a teacher and educational leader who was one of President Mandela’s closest confidants.

Vision

As expert teachers, educational leaders and social entrepreneurs, Jakes Gerwel Fellows are at the forefront of solving the most pressing educational challenges and in so doing, improve schools in South Africa.

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is named to honour the high impact legacy of Professor Jakes Gerwel, a teacher and educational leader who was one of President Mandela’s closest confidants.

Vision

As expert teachers, educational leaders and social entrepreneurs, Jakes Gerwel Fellows are at the forefront of solving the most pressing educational challenges and in so doing, improve schools in South Africa.

Vision

As expert teachers, educational leaders and social entrepreneurs, Jakes Gerwel Fellows are at the forefront of solving the most pressing educational challenges and in so doing, improve schools in South Africa.

Mission

Through an aspirational Educational Fellowship pipeline that focuses on academic, leadership and teaching excellence, JGF empowers passionate teachers with the subject matter expertise and pedagogical content knowledge to become expert teachers, while effective communities of practice amplify their educational leadership ability to mobilise broader systemic change.

Mission

Through an aspirational Educational Fellowship pipeline that focuses on academic, leadership and teaching excellence, JGF empowers passionate teachers with the subject matter expertise and pedagogical content knowledge to become expert teachers, while effective communities of practice amplify their educational leadership ability to mobilise broader systemic change.

Mission

Through an aspirational Educational Fellowship pipeline that focuses on academic, leadership and teaching excellence, JGF empowers passionate teachers with the subject matter expertise and pedagogical content knowledge to become expert teachers, while effective communities of practice amplify their educational leadership ability to mobilise broader systemic change.

Our Team

Julian is passionate about the transformative power of entrepreneurship and education. With a commerce degree from Stellenbosch behind his name, Julian has applied this knowledge in founding several social enterprises. He previously headed up Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Fellowship Programme and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Royal Bafokeng Nation’s flagship school, Lebone II College.

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Email: julianh@jgfellowship.org

With over 20 years’ experience, Jeremy has a deep understanding of the South African educational context. He was Principal of Pinelands High School, a vibrant, diverse, co-educational high school in Cape Town and draws on research knowledge from his Masters Degree in Education at the University of Cambridge. Jeremy carries a fervent belief in the potential of all children and a burning desire to see this potential realised across South Africa.

Linked In: Visit now
Email: jeremyg@jgfellowship.org

Mpho is passionate about driving change through education. She says that our dream of a just and “woke” South Africa is dependent on an education system that strives to nurture and develop potential in every citizen, young and old. She believes that a good education can change anyone but a good teacher can change everything. Her role in the Fellowship gives her an opportunity to proactively contribute towards preparing young people to becoming competent citizens of the 21st century.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: mphom@jgfellowship.org

Carla’s passion is to improve the emotional and pedagogical resilience of skills of new teachers entering diverse contexts of South African schools. Carla is currently completing her Masters at UCT, following completed studies in educational management and pedagogy in Finland. She is a qualified Integral Coach (UCT, GSB) and Associate Strengths Finder Coach (Strengths Institute). She also sits on the Advisory Board for the UCT Newly Qualified Teacher’s Project and volunteers as the Cape Town Chapter lead for the national organisation Queer Women in Business + Allies promoting access for queer entreprenurs to business support.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: carlaw@jgfellowship.org

Zolani Metu is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar with a passion for promoting mental health & well-being, as well as leadership development. His passion for servant leadership and african development saw him into the prestigious South Africa Washington International Program (SAWIP) in 2016. His work experience ranges from public health consultancy in the USA, mental health program development in Kigutu, Burundi; and also working as a research & teaching assistant at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015 Zolani was awarded with the Investec-UCT Leadership Award for excellence in leadership, and later partook in an Investec Funded Study Tour to Germany & Poland, exploring how the Post-Holocaust Societies negotiate issues of Trauma, Memory, Justice & Nation Building.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: zolanim@jgfellowship.org

Dimakatso Rakaki is passionate about learning, teaching, sports and improving herself so to help others improve themselves. She completed Matric in 2014 in Kroonstad and studied Hospitality Management at the International Hotel School In 2016, she worked for an Organization called Zoe-Life/UNHCR as a Refugee Field Officer. Part of her work was advocacy and lay counselling in tackling social issues that Refugees and Asylum seekers face in SA. In 2017, she volunteered as a Judo coach, and coaches adults and kids classes at the Hillbrow Theatre. She also taught at different schools in JHB and runs a small Judo program for kids with physical and visual disabilities and impairments. She is currently studying a course on Early Childhood Development at the Teachers Learning Centre.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: dimakatsor@jgfellowship.org

Amy loves working with people to maximize their potential. Her career has been centered around education and development. She completed a Masters in Education at the University of Cape Town and during this time spent six months in Finland on an international programme studying their education model. She has been a high school teacher for eight years and held a position on the school management team for six of those years. More recently she was a Programme Officer at Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, a role that allowed her to explore coaching further and she has certified as a Life Coach through Stellenbosch University’s USB-Ed.

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Email: amyu@jgfellowship.org

Johanna is passionate about entrepreneurial education and youth development. Her career has been rather interesting: started off in Finance at Woolworths (2003) and Media24 (2007) as a Finance clerk. While working and studying in the finance route she realised that she is more of a people’s person than numbers’ person. That’s when she started her Bcom degree in Human Resources with UNISA. Her love for people development was further ignited when she joined the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (2009) . While at Allan Gray Orbis Foundation she studied Project Management and Management Advanced Programme (WITS Business School). Her wish is to see entrepreneurial education being rolled out to rural school schools as this is where rough diamonds can be found. Her role at the Fellowship will give her an opportunity to give the potential and current fellows an experience through Events and Logistics.

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Email: johannal@jgfellowship.org

Sihle is passionate about unlocking trajectory accelerating opportunities for  talented young Africans who will contribute towards a just society. He has a diverse background ranging from management consulting, non-profit organization management,  entrepreneurial education and training and ecosystem engagement. A curious learner, he believes in education as a powerful tool for continuous development of self and others-which reflects in the multi-disciplinary education background from various universities. Investing deeply and deliberately into individuals is a key part of solving the world’s pressing challenges, and the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship aligns with his firm belief in this ethos.

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Our Board

Former Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State and Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Education Department, Professor Jonathan Jansen represents a strong national voice into our turbulent socio – economic transition and particularly the role of education herein. He has a PhD from Stanford and currently serves as a Professor at Stellenbosch University. Jonathan’s wise counsel and ability to see further than most makes for a tremendous contribution to Jakes Gerwel Fellowship.

Vuyiswa previously served as a member of the EXCO and Human Resources Director for Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. She has held several Board positions within the social entrepreneurship landscape including serving with the South African Institute of Entrepreneurship and Sasol Inzalo. Vuysiwa is passionate about people development and we value her role supporting the growth our most important assets – our staff and our beneficiaries.

Anthony was the Founding CEO of Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and the CEO of Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment. He is inspired by the notion of a long-term leadership pipeline and the incredible contribution that focused and committed people can bring to important causes like teaching and education. Anthony brings with him tremendous financial, management and leadership acumen from the scholarship space while also contributing a Pan African vision through his work as the inaugural CEO of the Allan and Gill Gray Philanthropy (Africa).

Jane has a lifetime of in-depth educational experience to offer JGF. She is a teacher by training and spent 15 years heading up ISASA (Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa). Jane brings a wealth of policy and research knowledge and has spent much time working with teaching scholarship programmes and evaluating influential education initiatives in a personal capacity and through her work with JET. Jane currently sits alongside Prof Jansen as a Board member for the ADvTECH group.

Chinezi is the founding CEO of Nova Pioneer, a pan-African schooling franchise that is highly regarded for its innovative curriculum. He was the previous head of McKinsey’s educational business in Africa and oversaw the publication of several ground-breaking reports into international educational transformation. As an educational leader and entrepreneur, Chinezi has great value and insight to offer Jakes Gerwel Fellowship.

Our Team

Julian is passionate about the transformative power of entrepreneurship and education. With a commerce degree from Stellenbosch behind his name, Julian has applied this knowledge in founding several social enterprises. He previously headed up Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Fellowship Programme and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Royal Bafokeng Nation’s flagship school, Lebone II College.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: julianh@jgfellowship.org

With over 20 years’ experience, Jeremy has a deep understanding of the South African educational context. He was Principal of Pinelands High School, a vibrant, diverse, co-educational high school in Cape Town and draws on research knowledge from his Masters Degree in Education at the University of Cambridge. Jeremy carries a fervent belief in the potential of all children and a burning desire to see this potential realised across South Africa.

Linked In: Visit now
Email: jeremyg@jgfellowship.org

Mpho is passionate about driving change through education. She says that our dream of a just and “woke” South Africa is dependent on an education system that strives to nurture and develop potential in every citizen, young and old. She believes that a good education can change anyone but a good teacher can change everything. Her role in the Fellowship gives her an opportunity to proactively contribute towards preparing young people to becoming competent citizens of the 21st century.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: mphom@jgfellowship.org

Carla’s passion is to improve the self-development skills of new teachers entering diverse contexts of South African schools. Carla is currently completing her Masters at UCT , following completed studies in educational management and pedagogy in Finland. She is a qualified Integral Coach (UCT, GSB) and Associate Strengths Finder Coach (Strengths Institute). She also sits on the Advisory Board for the UCT Newly Qualified Teacher’s Project and volunteers as a leadership and entrepreneurial mentor for women at Wedu based in South East Asia. She is excited about improving teachers’ experiences and the wider impact on South African education.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: carlaw@jgfellowship.org

Zolani Metu is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar with a passion for promoting mental health & well-being, as well as leadership development. His passion for servant leadership and african development saw him into the prestigious South Africa Washington International Program (SAWIP) in 2016. His work experience ranges from public health consultancy in the USA, mental health program development in Kigutu, Burundi; and also working as a research & teaching assistant at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015 Zolani was awarded with the Investec-UCT Leadership Award for excellence in leadership, and later partook in an Investec Funded Study Tour to Germany & Poland, exploring how the Post-Holocaust Societies negotiate issues of Trauma, Memory, Justice & Nation Building.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: zolanim@jgfellowship.org

Dimakatso Rakaki is passionate about learning, teaching, sports and improving herself so to help others improve themselves. She completed Matric in 2014 in Kroonstad and studied Hospitality Management at the International Hotel School In 2016, she worked for an Organization called Zoe-Life/UNHCR as a Refugee Field Officer. Part of her work was advocacy and lay counselling in tackling social issues that Refugees and Asylum seekers face in SA. In 2017, she volunteered as a Judo coach, and coaches adults and kids classes at the Hillbrow Theatre. She also taught at different schools in JHB and runs a small Judo program for kids with physical and visual disabilities and impairments. She is currently studying a course on Early Childhood Development at the Teachers Learning Centre.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: dimakatsor@jgfellowship.org

Our Board

Former Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State and Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Education Department, Professor Jonathan Jansen represents a strong national voice into our turbulent socio – economic transition and particularly the role of education herein. He has a PhD from Stanford and currently serves as a Professor at Stellenbosch University. Jonathan’s wise counsel and ability to see further than most makes for a tremendous contribution to Jakes Gerwel Fellowship.

Vuyiswa previously served as a member of the EXCO and Human Resources Director for Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. She has held several Board positions within the social entrepreneurship landscape including serving with the South African Institute of Entrepreneurship and Sasol Inzalo. Vuysiwa is passionate about people development and we value her role supporting the growth our most important assets – our staff and our beneficiaries.

Anthony was the Founding CEO of Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and the CEO of Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment. He is inspired by the notion of a long-term leadership pipeline and the incredible contribution that focused and committed people can bring to important causes like teaching and education. Anthony brings with him tremendous financial, management and leadership acumen from the scholarship space while also contributing a Pan African vision through his work as the inaugural CEO of the Allan and Gill Gray Philanthropy (Africa).

Jane has a lifetime of in-depth educational experience to offer JGF. She is a teacher by training and spent 15 years heading up ISASA (Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa). Jane brings a wealth of policy and research knowledge and has spent much time working with teaching scholarship programmes and evaluating influential education initiatives in a personal capacity and through her work with JET. Jane currently sits alongside Prof Jansen as a Board member for the ADvTECH group.

Chinezi is the founding CEO of Nova Pioneer, a pan-African schooling franchise that is highly regarded for its innovative curriculum. He was the previous head of McKinsey’s educational business in Africa and oversaw the publication of several ground-breaking reports into international educational transformation. As an educational leader and entrepreneur, Chinezi has great value and insight to offer Jakes Gerwel Fellowship.

Our Team

Julian is passionate about the transformative power of entrepreneurship and education. With a commerce degree from Stellenbosch behind his name, Julian has applied this knowledge in founding several social enterprises. He previously headed up Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Fellowship Programme and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Royal Bafokeng Nation’s flagship school, Lebone II College.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: julianh@jgfellowship.org

With over 20 years’ experience, Jeremy has a deep understanding of the South African educational context. He was Principal of Pinelands High School, a vibrant, diverse, co-educational high school in Cape Town and draws on research knowledge from his Masters Degree in Education at the University of Cambridge. Jeremy carries a fervent belief in the potential of all children and a burning desire to see this potential realised across South Africa.

Linked In: Visit now
Email: jeremyg@jgfellowship.org

Mpho is passionate about driving change through education. She says that our dream of a just and “woke” South Africa is dependent on an education system that strives to nurture and develop potential in every citizen, young and old. She believes that a good education can change anyone but a good teacher can change everything. Her role in the Fellowship gives her an opportunity to proactively contribute towards preparing young people to becoming competent citizens of the 21st century.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: mphom@jgfellowship.org

Carla’s passion is to improve the self-development skills of new teachers entering diverse contexts of South African schools. Carla is currently completing her Masters at UCT , following completed studies in educational management and pedagogy in Finland. She is a qualified Integral Coach (UCT, GSB) and Associate Strengths Finder Coach (Strengths Institute). She also sits on the Advisory Board for the UCT Newly Qualified Teacher’s Project and volunteers as a leadership and entrepreneurial mentor for women at Wedu based in South East Asia. She is excited about improving teachers’ experiences and the wider impact on South African education.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: carlaw@jgfellowship.org

Zolani Metu is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar with a passion for promoting mental health & well-being, as well as leadership development. His passion for servant leadership and african development saw him into the prestigious South Africa Washington International Program (SAWIP) in 2016. His work experience ranges from public health consultancy in the USA, mental health program development in Kigutu, Burundi; and also working as a research & teaching assistant at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015 Zolani was awarded with the Investec-UCT Leadership Award for excellence in leadership, and later partook in an Investec Funded Study Tour to Germany & Poland, exploring how the Post-Holocaust Societies negotiate issues of Trauma, Memory, Justice & Nation Building.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: zolanim@jgfellowship.org

Dimakatso Rakaki is passionate about learning, teaching, sports and improving herself so to help others improve themselves. She completed Matric in 2014 in Kroonstad and studied Hospitality Management at the International Hotel School In 2016, she worked for an Organization called Zoe-Life/UNHCR as a Refugee Field Officer. Part of her work was advocacy and lay counselling in tackling social issues that Refugees and Asylum seekers face in SA. In 2017, she volunteered as a Judo coach, and coaches adults and kids classes at the Hillbrow Theatre. She also taught at different schools in JHB and runs a small Judo program for kids with physical and visual disabilities and impairments. She is currently studying a course on Early Childhood Development at the Teachers Learning Centre.

LinkedIn: Visit now
Email: dimakatsor@jgfellowship.org

Our Board

Former Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State and Dean of the University of Pretoria’s Education Department, Professor Jonathan Jansen represents a strong national voice into our turbulent socio – economic transition and particularly the role of education herein. He has a PhD from Stanford and currently serves as a Professor at Stellenbosch University. Jonathan’s wise counsel and ability to see further than most makes for a tremendous contribution to Jakes Gerwel Fellowship.

Vuyiswa previously served as a member of the EXCO and Human Resources Director for Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. She has held several Board positions within the social entrepreneurship landscape including serving with the South African Institute of Entrepreneurship and Sasol Inzalo. Vuysiwa is passionate about people development and we value her role supporting the growth our most important assets – our staff and our beneficiaries.

Anthony was the Founding CEO of Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and the CEO of Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment. He is inspired by the notion of a long-term leadership pipeline and the incredible contribution that focused and committed people can bring to important causes like teaching and education. Anthony brings with him tremendous financial, management and leadership acumen from the scholarship space while also contributing a Pan African vision through his work as the inaugural CEO of the Allan and Gill Gray Philanthropy (Africa).

Jane has a lifetime of in-depth educational experience to offer JGF. She is a teacher by training and spent 15 years heading up ISASA (Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa). Jane brings a wealth of policy and research knowledge and has spent much time working with teaching scholarship programmes and evaluating influential education initiatives in a personal capacity and through her work with JET. Jane currently sits alongside Prof Jansen as a Board member for the ADvTECH group.

Chinezi is the founding CEO of Nova Pioneer, a pan-African schooling franchise that is highly regarded for its innovative curriculum. He was the previous head of McKinsey’s educational business in Africa and oversaw the publication of several ground-breaking reports into international educational transformation. As an educational leader and entrepreneur, Chinezi has great value and insight to offer Jakes Gerwel Fellowship.

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