Our Staff

Julian

Julian Hewitt

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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Jeremy

Jeremy Gibbon

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.

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Mpho

Mpho Motloung

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.

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Carla

Carla Watson

Carla Watson (she/her) is an experienced teacher who firmly believes in the importance of emotional and pedagogical resilience skills for new teachers entering diverse contexts of South African schools. She believes in the entrepreneurial mindset being especially important for teachers in schools. Carla’s postgraduate academic career focuses on the build of NQTs leadership, psycho-social and pedagogical potential in the classroom and in broader contexts. She is a certified Integral Coach (UCT GSB). In 2020 she was recognised as one of 50 Most Powerful Women in South Africa (Mail & Guardian). Carla invites LinkedIn conversation about how to partner and collaborate in changing South African education.

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Amy

Amy Underwood

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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Johanna

Johanna Letlhogela

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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Aamira

Aamira Surtie-Pillay

Aamira Surtie-Pillay is a registered Educational Psychologist with a keen interest in career development and psychometric assessments. She has 7 years of experience at an International Baccalaureate school where she primarily worked with students, parents and teachers focused on the improvement of student wellbeing through the development and facilitation of educational and mental health intervention. She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as an English FET teacher and Learning support specialist. She has used these skills to develop curriculum for an online platform. Aamira is also a Registered Counsellor, trained in community development and trauma counselling.

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Ancha

Ancha Bulunga

Angel Ancha Lindelwa Bulunga was born and raised in the Kingdom of Eswatini. She is a Rhodes University alumna, an Allan Gray Fellow and Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2017). She is passionate about youth development, specifically personal and leadership development. She is at her happiest when she can support someone, unlock their potential and thrive. As a student at Rhodes University, she was an active student volunteer and student leader. In 2014, as a second-year student, she received the Student Volunteer of The Year Award. Ancha also collaborated with the Community Engagement office in ideating and implementing the community engagement program at orientation. This was also adopted for the Environmental Programme. In 2016 she was the SRC Community Engagement Councillor and interim SRC Environmental Councillor which allowed her to work closely with different stakeholders on policy. Bursaries gave Ancha the opportunity to a world-class education which she would not otherwise have had. As a Programme Officer she gets to live her dream every day of supporting young people unlock their potential and become their best.

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Jade

Jade Glenn

Jade (Damonse) Glenn holds an Honours in Educational Psychology (UWC) and a Bachelor of Education degree in English and Life Orientation (UWC). From a young age, she realised her life’s calling is social change and leadership in education. Jade is an experienced teacher and firmly believes her learners benefitted from her strategy of supporting the whole child; often going ‘above and beyond’.  Jade now works with JGF’s Newly Qualified Teachers and is excited about continuing her journey of impact to improve the South African education system’s influence on young people. As a JGF Teacher Coach, she offers coaching and support to our NQTS as they navigate their first two years in this daunting, yet wonderful career. Outside of work, volunteering and helping others is extremely important to Jade. Along with her sister, she runs a programme called “Drive by with the Damonses”, which feeds 8 families every month. She has visited 13 countries and plans to tick more off her bucket list soon! When she is not realising her impact of change, Jade enjoys catching up with close friends and family, and watching as many episodes of 90 Days To Wed.

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Mathabo

Mathabo Tlali

Born eKomani, raised eQonce and educated in Makhanda – Mathabo is a proud multi-talented small-town Eastern Cape native, whose roots are currently in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her eclectic career path includes success in advertising as a digital marketing strategist, child development practice, a noted performance practitioner and international award-winning best-selling children’s author for the picture-book, WANDA. She is a Sociology and Drama and Performance Studies major from Rhodes University and her postgraduate interest is in unpacking the South African classroom as a space of citizenship. A Programme Officer at the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship since 2021, Mathabo is also a content producer & host for #JGFAmplified, a Jakes Gerwel Fellowship podcast which seeks to build community through amplifying the vision and voices of innovative educational leaders, practitioners, and learners in South Africa. “Reconciling the body, mind and spirit” is the reverberation which is the impetus behind all that Mathabo does. She prides herself in attracting and curating great playlists, enjoys watching live music and theatre performance, learning about the African visual art scene, growing in community and lives for her gifts to amount to children being confident in their voices and chosen identities.

Mzwandile Msimanga

Mzwandile Msimanga

Mzwandile Msimanga is an entrepreneurial and innovative capacity-building specialist with extensive experience at the forefront of holistic youth development, with a passion for improving access to quality learning opportunities for all. He is inspiring future leaders through advocacy for youth development by utilising education and literacy development. He has worked as Project Coordinator for the Gauteng Primary Language and Mathematics Strategy which is a flagship project by the Gauteng Department of Education and Joint Education Trust. His experience within the education sector has led him to serve on the National Reading Coalition Reference Group and in 2021 he was a coordinating team member of the Reading Champions project for the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) with the Department of Basic Education, Nalibali, FunDza and the National Education Collaboration Trust. Mzwandile joined JGF as a Programme Officer in 2021 and continues his endeavour of developing the youth – those who will go on to change the education landscape in South Africa.

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Pietrou

Pietrou Gie

Pietrou Gie is an industrial engineer who has worked to improve processes and systems in a variety of service environments. After several years of business consulting in the corporate sector, ranging from the big 5 banks to government departments, she found her passion in designing processes and systems to deliver services where profit is not the objective. Pietrou is JGF’s Business Intelligence Specialist.

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Rudi

Rudi Magi

Rudi Magi (they/them) is a person of many trades, with experiences ranging from teaching in both ‘mainstream’ and special education settings. An alum of the University of Pretoria, they hold a Bachelor of Education in FET (General); supported financially from the Tutho Thebe Educational Fund. Rudi then continued working in the higher education space including as a commercial administrator in the technology sector. Rudi taught for several years in Johannesburg and found their experience informed their Vision of Impact: to provide a successful future to learners by developing high-quality teachers. Rudi’s school-going years were tumultuous, and they attended eight schools across South Africa. This experience sparked a profound interest in the impact that teachers have on young minds, prompting them to pursue a qualification in education to amplify their own social impact through teaching. They joined the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship in January 2022 as a Teacher Coach, where they support NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers) through their first two years in the classroom. When Rudi is not focusing on improving NQTs experiences, they are working in their garden, cooking with their son, or fully immersed in a fantasy world, be it a novel, movie, or TV series.

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Samora

Samora Menze

​​Samora Menze is an experienced teacher with a passion for mentoring and supporting young leaders. Samora graduated with a BSc in Human Life Sciences and a PGCE from the University of Stellenbosch. He completed his teaching practice at Paul Roos Gymnasium where his heart for mentoring boys was ignited. He then went to teach at Kayamandi High School in the township of Stellenbosch and later became a teacher at Westerford High School. He left Westerford to join Calling Academy, a low fee independent school for boys coming from townships and farms around Stellenbosch. Samora brings to JGF a wealth of valuable experience from a spectrum of different educational institutions, from well to under-resourced.

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Siwaphiwe

Siwaphiwe Sibeko

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Siwaphiwe “Siwa” Sibeko is an advocate for multilingualism, inclusivity, and expression in different spaces. Siwaphiwe is also a firm believer in Education and Social Justice. Holding a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Anthropology, Environment and Geographical Sciences, Hons in Social Anthropology and currently finishing Masters in MA Linguistics.   A Co-Founder of Iliwa Literacy Club and founder of Indibano Yeelwimi Language Services. Siwa’s previous work includes, being a liaison officer, academic administrator, a community developer, a researcher, teaching assistant, student coach and a mentor. Makwande!

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Thuli

Thuli Nkosi

Thuli Nkosi is a digital marketing professional who joined JGF in 2021 as a Digital Marketing Specialist. She obtained a certification in digital marketing from Digify Africa in 2014 and a BA in Communication Science qualification from Unisa in 2019. Her journey to working in education began in 2015 when she worked at African Leadership Academy (ALA) as a Marketing Assistant. She used her time at ALA to develop various online communication frameworks to bolster ALA’s marketing and communication. Her passion lies in making brands accessible and personable online. Before her experience in the education sector, Thuli worked as an assistant to a fashion designer and later became a stylist and blogger for online fashion publications. Outside of her role at JGF, she also works with small businesses to establish their online brands. In her spare time, Thuli likes to read, write and also produces a faith-based podcast with her sister.

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Our Board

Jonathan

Jonathan Jansen

Jane

Jane Hofmeyr

Chinezi

Chinezi Chijoke

Rachel Nyaradzo Adams

Rachel Adams

Zimkhitha Peter

Zimkhitha Peter