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Lilitha Consortium


In 2009, Shanduka concluded the sale of 10% of Shanduka Group to a broadbase group of women - Lilitha Strategic Investments.


Lilitha Strategic Investments is made up of 74 women including female employees of Shanduka group as well as a diverse group of women who have made a contribution towards transformation in South Africa in the academic, social and entrepreneurial fields.


The women later established Lilitha Trust, an initiative aimed at assisting girl children from historically disadvantaged communities through high school in order to build towards a better future. The women contribute monthly and use the money to provide the necessary support for secondary school-girls to purchase school uniforms, books and pay for transport in order to be able to complete their education.



Dr. Helena Dolny: Dr Dolny is an independent coach and consultant after leaving her post as Director of Coaching and Mentoring at Standard Bank’s Global Leadership Centre in March 2009. A previous role as CEO of the Land Bank catalysed her interest in personal and institutional transformation. Her qualifications include: MA Coaching (cum laude) Middlesex Univ. UK (2005) PhD Economics. Open Univ. (1993) BSc Hons Agricultural Economics Reading Univ (1976).

Dr. Pumla Gqola: Dr Gqola is associate professor in the School of Literature and Language Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, where she also heads the Humanities Writers Residency. She holds two Masters degrees: one on South African literature (University of Cape Town, 2000), and another in Colonial and Postcolonial Literature (cum laude, University of Warwick, UK 1999). She graduated magna cum laude with a DPhil in Postcolonial Studies in 2004 from the Ludwig Maximillians University in Munich, Germany. Dr Gqola was 2006 Ruth First Fellow, formerly board member of the Centre for Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR).

Harriet Kongisa:
In April 1987 Kongisa was appointed social worker and manager at Gompo Welfare for the Aged, having previously been involved in the organisation as a volunteer with members of S.A. Black Social Workers (East London/Mdantsane Branch). Her academic qualifications include a Social Work Diploma from Jan H. Hofmeyr School of Social Work in 1955.

Dr. Siphokazi Koyana:
Dr Koyana is the director of Edge Training Johannesburg, a Skills Development and Training consultancy. Her expertise in this area grew out of her experiences as an instructor in diverse training programmes in local and U.S. tertiary institutions as well as from her years as a Skills and Fund manager at the National Research Foundation. Koyana also consults as a researcher for numerous government departments. She is a member of the Board of the Transnet Foundation. She holds a B.A. degree from Smith College, Massachusetts, an M.A. from Yale University and a Ph.D. from Temple University, Philadelphia.

Janet Love: She is the national director at the Legal Resources Centre and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Legal Resources Trust. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Industrial Sociology from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Post graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of London.

Shirley Mabusela: Mabusela is a social worker whose focus has been in the fields of child welfare and child rights. She worked for the Johannesburg Child Welfare Society for 15 years where she was deputy director. Mabusela now works on a volunteer basis for a number of children’s organisations. She holds a BA (SW) Degree from the University of the North, a Higher Diploma in Advanced Social Work Practice from Wits University and a Management Certificate from Wits.

Matete Madiba: Madiba is a deputy director at the Department of Education Innovation at the University of Pretoria. Her academic qualifications include an MA Linguistics (Applied Studies) (cum laude) from the University of Pretoria, a BA (Hons) (English) from the University of South Africa, a B.Ed from the University of the Witwatersrand and BA (Paed) from the University of the North/University of Limpopo.

Dr. Vuyelwa Manzana
: A medical practitioner for the past 25 years, Dr Manzana has been involved extensively in public health and gender issues. She was elected as the first chairperson of the National Medical Democratic Association (NAMDA) when it was launched in the Free State. She holds a MBCHB degree from the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine and has several certificates in the medical field.

Barbara Masekela:
Masekela is a long-serving ANC activist, cultural worker and diplomat. During her 27 years in exile, she served the ANC in Zambia, Ghana, Britain and the US. She proved to be an outstanding manager, organiser, campaigner and diplomat. She is also a poet and is presently writing her memoirs.

Juby Mayet:
Mayet is a founder member of Sizoya Sibuye Women’s Forum, a group of women ex-prisoners of No. 4 Women’s Jail. She is currently serving as the treasurer and research officer. She was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achiever Award for Women in Writing in August 2000. She has a teacher’s certificate which she obtained in 1957 from the Johannesburg Indian Teachers’ Training Institute and Computer Training.

Deborah Matshoba: Matshoba has served in a curatorial position for the Constitutional Hill (Conhill) as a researcher and interviewer at the prison where she was formally a political prisoner and was detained for four months. This eventually led to the formation of Sizoya Sibuye, a woman’s cultural and heritage forum of which she is currently chairperson. She has worked as a Human Resources Manager (1984-1990) and was employed by Old Mutual Properties, first as a key Property Manager (1992 – 2000) and later as a key Account Manager (1990-2000). She has a BCom from Unisa, majoring in Communications and Education, and graduated as a radiographer in 1971.

Dr. Joyce Matube: Matube was the Chief Executive Officer of Ithuba Trust and is now appointed by Cabinet to serve in the Charities Distribution Agency of the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund, operating under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. She also supervises masters dissertations at the Cranefield College of Project and Programme Management. Her academic qualifications include B.A. (SS) from UNISA, Hons B.A. (SS) from UNISA, M.A. (SS) in Mental Health from UNISA and D Phil (Social Work) from the University of Pretoria.

Dr. Phethiwe Matutu: 
Matutu is a general manager for Human Capital and Science Platforms in the Department of Science and Technology in government. She joined Government after a long career as an academic, spanning three academic institutions:Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch, and Rhodes University. Her speciality area was topology, which can be viewed as a generalisation of Geometry. She holds a PhD in pure Mathematics from the University of Cape Town.

Jeanette Mgedeza:
Mgedeza is a social worker for the Victim Support Centre in Mpumalanga, an NGO company. Her role involves providing counselling services to victims of crime. Before that she was deputy mayor of Middleburg. Her academic qualifications include a degrees in social work, majoring in psychology and sociology from the University of Zululand and Human Resources Management from the University of South African.

Sibongile Mkhabela: Mkhabela is the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund since 2002. She was previously the director: programmes and projects in the office of then Deputy President, Thabo Mbeki. Her academic qualifications include degrees in social work, psychology and industrial sociology from the University of Zululand. She is a Joel L Fleishman Civil Socity Fellow at Duke University, North Carolina, USA. She serves on the boards of Legal Resources Centre, Centre for Social Development, the Global Fund, African Futures Institute, Barloworld and McCann International. She is the present Chairperson of Black Sash.

Dr. Sankie Mthembi-Mahanyele: Mthembi-Mahanyele was deputy Secretary General of the ANC from December 2002 until December 2007. She is a member of the National Executive Committee. Previously Mthembi-Mahanyele was the Minister of Housing for eight and half years in the First Democratic Governant of South Africa. She also served as Deputy Minister for Social development. During her career she served as Administrative Secretary at the ANC Mission in Nigeria covering Burkina Faso and Togo. She was also the Administrative Secretary of the ANC at the ANC mission in Sweden for a Year. She holds a BA degree from the University of the North (Turfloop) and a Teacher’s Diploma from ther. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Economic Principles and another in Financial Management, both from the London School of Economics (LSE). She trained as a Diplomat before the unbanning of the ANC and served as the Chief Representative of the ANC for Germany also covering Sweden prior to returning home before independence. She writes poetry and short stories and has published some poems in different anthologies. She published an anthology Flames of Fury and a novel Marriage Made in Heaven jointly with two other colleagues.She represented the ANC and Government in various conferences on Women’s issues, writers forums including at international political forums.

Nokwanda Mkhize:
Mkhize is an executive director for the South African Actuaries Development Programme, an organisation aimed at addressing the shortage of black actuaries in S A. Prior to this she worked for eleven years at the University of Natal for an EMEC Programme whose aim was to address the shortage of the black chartered accountants in S.A. Her academic qualifications include a Higher Education Diploma and a BCom Honours Degree in Business Administration from the University of Natal and a BCom Degree, majoring in Business Administration & Industrial Psychology, from University of Transkei.

Dr. Gosekwang Marcia Moremedi:Moremedi has a PhD in Computational and Applied Mathematics from the University of the Witwatersrand. Currently, she is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of South Africa. She taught mathematics at Promat Colleges in Springs, Kempton Park and Modderfontein as well as at Funda Centre in Soweto.

Dr. Nonhlanhla Mthiyane:
Mthiyane is employed as a lecturer at the School of Education and development in the faculty of education at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She is interested in issues of gender in science and mathematics particularly the participation and performance of girls in these subjects. Her other research interest include teacher education, gender and development issues of curriculum and assessment. Her academic qualifications include B-Paed (Science) and B.Ed from the University of Zululand, MSC in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and Phd from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Thenjiwe Mtintso:
Mtintso is South Africa’s ambassador to Cuba who specialises in gender related issues. She has published various articles and training manuals on women, gender equality and on defence. Her academic qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Sociology), from the University of Witwatersrand and a Masters in Public Administration and Development.

Ntjantja Ned:
Ned is a social worker and consultant and was previously Head of Social Policy with UNICEF, Programmes Director at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Deputy Director-General at the Department of Social Development. Her academic qualifications include a Masters in Social Welfare (Administration) (MSW), Advanced Executive Programme (AEP), Degree Post Graduate Diploma in Policy & Development (P&DM) and BA (Social Work), Hons (Psychology).

Dr. Tina Ngobeli:
Ngobeli is an Associate Professor of Psychology of Education section at the University of Venda. She also serves as Dean of the School of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Venda. Her academic qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Social Work) from the University of the North, Higher Education Diploma (Post Graduate), Bachelor of Education; Master of Education (Psychology of Education); Doctor of Education from the University of South Africa. She is also a founder member and Chairperson of the Far North Network on Family Violence, wherein she works with abused children.

Professor Tebello Nyokong:
Nyokong is currently DST/NRF research professor of medical chemistry and nanotechnology and director of the DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre. She is also an adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Tromsø in Norway. In 2003 Nyokong was awarded Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor’s distinguished research award, and a year later was the winner of SABC2/Shorprite-Checkers Woman of the Year in Science and Technology. In 2005 she was awarded the order of Mapungubwe (bronze) by President Thabo Mbeki for her contribution to science. In 2008 she was awarded City Press / Rapport Prestige Awards for Inspirational Women Achievers and 2009 received L’oreal-UNESCO award for “Women in Science” as a Laureate representing Africa and the Arab States.

Joyce Seroke:
Seroke is previous Chairperson of Commission on Gender Equality from 1998 to September 2007.  She completed her BA and UED at Fort Hare University and taught at various high schools in Soweto from 1960 to 1962. She joined the world affiliated Young Women's Christian Association as national secretary and rose to the position of vice-president of the organisation. She has served as a committee member of the Human Rights Violation Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She has post-graduate qualifications in social policy, administration and communications from Swansea University and Communications Studies from Wits University.

Professor Mamokgethi Setati:
Prof Setati holds three professorships. She is full professor and executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the University of South Africa; honorary professor of mathematics education at Wits University and professor extraordinaire at the Tshwane University of Technology. She served as Chairperson of the board of the South African Mathematics Foundation in 2005, National President of the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa from 2002 to 2006 and secretary of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education from 2003 to 2007. Currently she is deputy chairperson of the South African Board for the International Council for Science (ICSU). She is a C1-NRF rated researcher and has over 35 reviewed articles published in local and international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters.

Sizoya Sibuye:
The Sizoya Sibuye Women’s Forum is a group of women ex-prisoners of No. 4 Women’s Jail. Twenty four women – nominated by the forum itself - are part of the Lilitha Consortium. (See also Juby Mayet and Deborah Matshoba above).

Marion Sparg: Sparg is strategy director for the Social Marketing Division of Draft FCB South Africa. This former CEO of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions), joined the Draft FCB Social Marketing Division in June 2007. Sparg graduated from Rhodes University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Journalism Degree. Her working career began in journalism at the Daily Dispatch and Sunday Times in the early ‘80s. In 1981 she left the country and joined the African National Congress in exile where she worked in the field of communications and as part of the ANC armed wing, Umkhonto We Sizwe.. In 1985 she was sentenced to 25 years imprisonement for High Treason and served 5 years at Pretoria Central Prison, being released as part of the general amnesty for political prisoners in 1991.

Dr. Ngoato Takalo:
Dr Takalo is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the North West University responsible, among other things, for the academic portfolio. Her academic qualifications include a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) from Columbia University Teachers College, a Master of Arts (MA) in Elementary Education from Columbia Teachers College and Boston University, and a management of Higher Education Institutions from Galilee College.



Nonhlanhla Baloyi:
Baloyi recently joined the Adopt-A-School Foundation as office manager, having come from the Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria where she worked as a programme administrator. She has been with World Vision International as a project accountant distributing food on behalf of the World Food Programme. She is a qualified bookkeeper and currently studying towards a B Com Accounting qualification.

Rene Booysen:
Booysen is currently personal assistant to Rute Moyo, managing director of Shanduka Beverages. Before joining Shanduka, she spent 13 years with Coca-Cola Southern Africa. During her career she also worked for the administration and financial manager for Map Studio and the Sales and Administration Manager for Geo. Schwulst Laboratories.

Jeanette Freeman:
Freeman has been with Shanduka since 2002. She is currently the personal assistant to the head of Energy & Telecoms: Nandkishor Moharir and head of Transaction Services, Raj Govender. Freeman has extensive experience in the investment banking field. Before joining Shanduka she was with African Merchant Bank for six years.

Anna Hlalele:
Hlalele is described as enthusiastic currently working for Shanduka as an office assistant. She holds an Office Administration Diploma which she obtained from Rosebank College in 2007.

Pearl Keswa:
Keswa works as an office assistant and acts as back up to the receptionist. She attended a short course in Switchboard Operation, Frontline Reception Skills and holds a certificate in Personal Computing which she completed with Varsity College in 2006.

Dolly Maake:
Maake has been with Shanduka since 2006. She is a personal assistant to the Shanduka Energy team. She gained her experience working in concerns that were mainly in the financial services sectors (insurance and merchant banking). Her college qualifications include a Diploma in Executive Secretary and a Public Relations Practitioner from PRISA.

Tiny Mabelane:
Tiny has been with Shanduka since its inception. She is currently working as a supervisor to the office assistants and also relieves the receptionist.

Phuti Mahanyele
: Mahanyele is Chief Executive Officer of Shanduka . Before joining Shanduka, she headed the Project Finance South Africa unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa and prior to that she spent six years with Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. By the time she left Fieldstone, she held the position of Vice President. Her academic qualifications include a BA Economics from Rutgers University (State University of New Jersey, US) and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK.

Ayandiswa Mgwebi:
Mgwebi is the project manager for the Adopt-a School Foundation at Shanduka and contracted in different projects nationwide. She previously worked as a quantity surveyor in Durban. Her academic qualifications include a National Diploma in Building Management & Quantity Surveying.

Pebetsi Mkhondo:
Mkhondo has been with Shanduka for 5 years. She is currently with accounts department as a creditors clerk. She recently qualified for her Secretarial Diploma and recently gained the Certificate in Record Information.

Banyana Mohajane:
Mohajane is currently a community co-ordinator for Shanduka Foundation. Previously she worked in teaching, management, training and development in the department of education North West and Gauteng respectively.

Maria Mojalefa:
Mojalefa currently works for Shanduka as an office assistant. She obtained her senior Certificate in 2003 and also has a certificate in Personal Computing which she completed with Varsity College in 2007.

Maureen Mphatsoe:
Mphatsoe is group communications manager and has good knowledge and extensive experience in developing and implementing both communications and corporate social investment strategies. She gained her communications experience from reputable institutions including Sentech and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Her capabilities are underpinned by a BA degree in Communications and Development from UNISA and an MBA from the Milpark Business School.

Thandeka Ncube:
Ncube is business transformation manager and plays an important role of managing and advising on transformation and broad based empowerment. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degrees (Social Sciences) from the City University of New York and began her career working with various government institutions in developing strategy and policy for small and medium enterprises. Before joining Shanduka, Ncube was with Standard Bank of South Africa in their Retail Bank division.

Donné Nicol:
Nicol is executive director of Shanduka Foundation. She was personal assistant to Cyril Ramaphosa for 11 years. She was instrumental in setting up the Adopt-A-School Foundation and acted as executive director for its first year of operation. Before joining Cyril Ramaphosa as a PA, Nicol served as Deputy Secretary of the Border Region of the ANC which was later amalgamated into the Eastern Cape. She is a Trustee of the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust, Black Umbrellas, The Alexander Forbes Community Trust and the Fundani Trust.

Refiloe Nyoni:
Nyoni was secretary to the chairman’s office and is currently Project Manager of Shanduka Foundation.

Melanie Spencer:
Spencer qualified as a teacher with a Bachelor of Primary Education degree from the University of Witwatersrand in 1995, majoring in Mathematics and English. She started her career at Buccleuch Primary School and then moved to the corporate world by working in shipping administration and marketing. She evolved into a broader organisational role of personal assistant to senior corporate executives across the Human Resource and IT functions. She is currently the personal assistant to the executive chairman of Shanduka.

Yvonne Themba:
Themba is director of corporate affairs. Her experience has been gained mostly in the financial services sector, where she headed the group’s corporate communications department. Before that she was the deputy director of the Life Officers’ Association (LOA). Themba holds a BA degree from the University of Botswana having majored in Economics & Accounting and also has an MBA from Wits Business School.

Lorraine Thomas:
Thomas joined Shanduka in 2005 as personal assistant to the CEO and CFO. She commenced working for the Group Communications Division in 2006. Her current role entails co-ordinating functions and being personal assistant to the group communications manager and corporate affairs director. Before joining Shanduka, she spent eight years at Investec in the Specialised Finance and Treasury division as Personal Assistant and Office Manager.

Lebogang Malinga:
Malinga joined Shanduka in 2008 as the company’s receptionist. She worked for the Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB). Her qualifications include a higher certificate in Accounting from Technikon WitwatersRand, an Office Administration & Secretarial Diploma with S-tech as well as a Human Resource Diploma with Varsity College.

Heather Williams:
Heather Williams is an assistant to the CFO. Williams joined Shanduka (Proprietary) Limited (formerly known as Millennium Consolidated Investments) in February 2002 as the personal assistant to the managing director. Her current position is that of a financial administrator, but she is studying to become a financial accountant. Williams has a certificate in practical bookkeeping and is currently studying towards her B Com degree from the University of South Africa.

Denise Woods:
Woods is the operations manager for Fevertree Consulting.


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