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Board of directors

Mr Mukovhe Morris Masutha

Mukovhe is the Founder and CEO of Thusanani Foundation. He holds a BA in Economic Geography and a BSc Honours in Geography, Food Security and Environmental Management from the University of the Witwatersrand. Mukovhe completed his MSc in Small Enterprise Development and Local Economic Development at the University of Johannesburg.

Despite his academic background in Sustainable Development, Mukovhe has always had a passion for Educational Development, particularly improving the quality of education and the conditions of teaching and learning in rural areas. In 2010 Mukovhe was elected Chairperson of the South African Students Congress and President of the Students Representative Council at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Other than volunteering at Thusanani Foundation, Mukovhe serves as a director of Green Schools South Africa (GREENSSA), a company focused on the providing Renewable Energy Skills Development and the application of renewable energy solutions to meet the energy and developmental needs of rural and township communities. Mukovhe sat annually on Wits University’s Council for Readmissions Committee for the past 7 years and now as Alumni. Mukovhe feels morally obligated the South African government and the people of South Africa for educating him for free, hence Thusanani Foundation. Mukovhe is a prospective PhD candidate in educational policy and leadership.

Dr Mpfareleni Rejoyce Gavhi

Rejoyce hails from Khalavha village in Limpopo Province, South Africa. She obtained
a BSc degree from the University of Venda in 2004; and Hons, Master and PhD degrees in Mathematics from the University of Stellenbosch in 2005-2012. In 2010, she received the Rectors Award for Succeeding Against the Odds at Stellenbosch University. She went on in 2012/2013 to pursue Postdoctoral research for a full academic year in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at AIMS. Her research is on Subdivision; a branch of Computational Mathematics used in animation movie production. She promote mathematics in South Africa through participation in Science Slams, in which she could explain to school children and public the significance of mathematics in the real world as well as motivating tertiary, high school and primary school students during national science festivals.

She is the founder of MathAfrica a non-profit organisation that aims improve the qual
ity of Maths, Science and Technology Teaching and Learning in African disadvantaged and rural communities through learner support, teacher development and school support; and promote access and participation of women and girls in education and STEM careers ( www.mathafrica.org). She currently serves as an executive member of South African Women in Science and Engineering (SAWISE).She has been selected to participate on the 2014 TechWomen program, a five-week mentorship and exchange program in Sept/Oct 2014 in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley and Washington DC. She volunteered as a role model at the NRF-SAASTA Role Modelling workshops.

Mr Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu

Tshibvumo holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. Central to his core values is the creation of a platform that seeks to establish equal educational opportunity for all, particularly academically deserving but financially needy youth. He has been a volunteer of Thusanani Foundation since its inception and is currently one of the directors.

His passion extends to the development of sustainable Schooling infrastructure in rural schools across South Africa in order to create a learning environment that is both conducive and viable for learning.

Other than volunteering at Thusanani Foundation, Tshibvumo is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Lamo Solar, a renewable energy organization that provides renewable energy solutions to rural, underprivileged schools.

Ntandokabawo James

Ntando holds a BA in Environmental Urban Management, BSc Honours in Geography and an MSc in Development Planning from the University of the Witwatersrand. Ntando is also a prospective PhD Candidate in Environmental Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Other than volunteering at Thusanani Foundation, Ntando works as a Policy and Strategy Analyst at the City of Tshwane’s Division of Economic Intelligence.




Mabutho Mthembu

Mabutho is the Founding member and Chairman of Youth Managers Foundation. He completed his Matric a Roman Catholic missionary school called (Vryheid, Kwa-Zulu Natal) where he believes his interest in development was triggered.

Mabutho further enrolled at the University of Johannesburg where he completed a B Com Accounting in 2005. Mabutho holds a B Com Accounting (Taxation) with Honours from the same institution.

In 2006, Mabutho commenced his prof`essional career at the South African Micro Finance Apex Fund and in 2007, joined the PricewaterhouseCoopers tax unit as a tax consultant. Mabutho went on to further his professional career at KPMG where he spent close to 4 years in taxation unit. Currently, Mabutho is with General Electric in the tax unit and his role covers Sub-Sahara Africa.

Mabutho has considerable appetite for networking and watching news and this keeps him occupied during his private time.