Mariley Liebenberg – Development Associate
Mariley Liebenberg was born in Pretoria were she also completed her schooling and tertiary education. She started her career in fundraising with the Jacaranda and Louis Botha Children’s Homes and continued to a large non-profit organization, St Joseph’s Care and Support Trust and currently has more than 8 years’ experience in Marketing and Fund Development. This includes three years with the University of Pretoria where she first worked as fund development consultant at the Centre for Contextual Ministry in the faculty of Theology before joining the Department of Institutional Advancement as Senior Development Officer. During her time in fund development. Mariléy formed strategic relationships with international grant makers, including major foundations, as well as local corporates and trusts.
Mariléy provides consultancy services to non-profits organsations including the development and implementation of a regional fund development strategy. For the past four years she has been involved with the capacity building of fundraisers and strategic fund development.
Mariléy joined SSP in March 2013 as the Development Associate and is responsible for the development and implementation of a fund development strategy for SSP to ensure growth in sustainable income.
Robyn Coleman Academic Director
Robyn Coleman was born in Cape Town but raised in the Eastern Cape. She attended Rhodes University and read towards a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a distinction in Social Work. In 2006, she read further for a post graduate degree. She is a qualified Social Worker and has a great passion for working with youth and young adults.
After being in the manufacturing, education and financial sector for 10 years, Robyn joined SSP in 2010. She hopes to encourage the students during their journey with SSP and impart her knowledge of the world to them.
Kate Hampton – Murray & Roberts Project Manager
Kate has been in education for about 35 years. She was Head of Academics at The Wykeham Collegiate in Pietermaritzburg , Head of Science and Head of Organisation at Kingsmead in Johannesburg. She met some remarkable SSP students through her teaching at Kingsmead. These girls were focussed, worked hard and were secure in the knowledge that they were advised, monitored and cared for. SSP has a model that develops the students and in this way contributes to making South Africa full of exciting and motivated young people.
Kate believes in educating the “whole” student and feels that it is so important to encourage each student to achieve his or her best. If students are studying and doing what they love, success will follow.
Kegomoditswe Ntwagae – Bursary Programme Assistant
Kegomoditswe Ntwagae holds a National Diploma in Management Services and an NQF Level 2 in Business Administration. She is currently completing her Honours in Operations Management. Kego plans to pursue her Masters in Engineering Management. She has experience in both private and non-profit sector. This has provided her with the understanding of the culture and operations of the non-profit sector. As a professional at SSP she’s responsible for the Bursary Management Programme over and above her role in administration and office management.
Kego is proud to be part of SSP, because of the difference it has contributed and is still contributing to society and the education system.
Thandeka Skhosana – Organizational Resources
Thandeka Skhosana was born and raised in Diepkloof. She went to Fons Luminis Secondary School, where she matriculated. She attended Wits University, where she obtained a Bachelors Degree in Social Science, majoring in Political Science and Sociology. After graduating, Thandeka volunteered and later worked for a Christian TV Station in the capacity of Finance Administrator and Client Liaison. In 2009, she joined Rivoni Skills, which outsourced Administrative and IT services, as a result she offered Office Admin services to Afrofusion, which was one of the clients to Rivoni Skills.
In 2010, she joined the African Leadership Academy as an Assistant to the Finance Office. Then, in 2011 she worked as an Executive PA to the COO, at African Leadership Academy. She continued to work her way up to being an H.R Associate until October 2012.
Thandeka joined SSP in November 2012; she is currently working as a Database Manager and H.R. Assistant. She joined SSP because she is passionate about being an agent of change and excited about how SSP continues to change people’s lives.
Kgaogelo Seemola – Student Programme Officer
Kgaogelo Seemola was born and raised in Limpopo (Venda). During his high school years he developed an interest in teaching and student welfare. Following high school, he pursued and completed a Senior Teacher’s Diploma at Venda College and majored in History and Afrikaans. Beginning in 1994, he was employed at United Bank (currently known as ABSA Bank) and served in numerous capacities from junior to supervisory levels. In 2005, Kgaogelo moved to Johannesburg and began teaching at schools in Johannesburg’s CBD, Germiston, and Alberton-Brackenhurst.
He joined the SSP team in July 2009 as a Student Programme Officer. It’s always been his passion to help and contribute positively to the development of students and youth in South Africa and working with SSP allows him to make a meaningful contribution towards their development.
Shawnette Lillian V. Said – Student Programme Officer
Lillian Saïd was born in Kroonstad and later moved to Eden Park to live with her parents. She attended Stoneridge Primary School and continued her secondary career at Eden Park Secondary School. It is here where she was elected as head girl during her Grade 12 year. She completed her marketing and advertising course at AAA School of advertising. Afterwards, she joined Media 24’s advertising department. While working at On-The-Dot logistics, as a team leader for the contact centre, she completed a course in Events Management for which she received a distinction.
Lillian is an active youth and community leader in her residential area and surroundings. She is vice chairperson of Youth Ablaze (youth organization), co-founder of Cactus Arts (drama group) and events coordinator for Young Ambitious Minds (youth dance group). As a poet, Lillian has had a few of her pieces published in various media, but looks forward to the day when the whole poetry collection will be published. Lillian joined the SSP team in 2010 because she believes that by keeping our youth motivated, we are investing in a better tomorrow for us all. She hopes to be present to witness another decade of success for SSP.
Namhla Ruselo – Scholar Recruitment Officer
Namhla Ruselo joined the SSP team as the Scholar Recruitment Officer. She has 7 years Admin, HR, Graduate Recruitment, Project Management and Finance experience in both the public and private sector. Prior to joining SSP Namhla has worked for organizations such as the British Council and PWC to name a few. She has completed a course in Project Management at Association for Project Managers and Emerging Social Entrepreneurship Management at the University of Johannesburg.
Namhla is passionate about quality education, access to information for better opportunities and accelerating youth empowerment.
Prenisha Naicker – Graduate Programme Officer
Prenisha studied her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Witwatersrand and went on to complete her Honours degree at the University of Johannesburg. She is currently embarking on her Masters Degree in Gender Studies. Shortly after graduation she found herself in the private education industry for a period of three years, despite gaining an enormous amount of knowledge and skills; her passion has always been to contribute to improving the livelihoods of ordinary South Africans. She had always aspired to be a change agent in society, coupled with her desire to work for an NGO since she was a student; she made a commitment to pursue her dream. Prenisha was appointed as the Graduate Programme Officer (GPO) SSP in mid August 2013. Her key functions as a GPO include the management of all administration, research, programmes and stakeholder liaison i.e.
Corporate liaison with student placements and bursary acquisition
Mentor recruitment and training coordination
Student support services
University application process coordination
Alumni society development and management
“Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world; I hope my contribution to SSP will change the world one future leader at a time.”
Nosipho Nkosi – Marketing Communications Officer
Nosipho Nkosi completed her tertiary studies at Technikon Witwatersrand. She has over 10 years years experience in planning, sponsorship, communications, marketing and events management in the private education and NGO sectors. Some of her roles include holding the position of Operations Manger for a public benefit organisation, Events Manager and Communications Coordinator for a JSE blue chip organisation.
She has always had a passion for youth development and dedicates her time in assisting youth from disadvantaged areas by searching and sharing available opportunities, helping them to apply for funding for further studies and university applications. She also enjoys coaching and mentoring youth, helping them to navigate daily challenges. “This is the reason I joined SSP. SSP is the epitome of what I am about, SSP gives the young access to opportunities. It gives a chance for the youth to discover themselves, to dare to dream big dreams and gives them hope and an assurance of a better future!”
Taulani Mudau – General Admin Assistant
Born and bred in -Soweto, Taulani Mudau matriculated at the Holy Family College in Parktown. Taulani believes in the value of quality education. She is currently furthering her studies in B-Tech Operations Management. Prior to joining SSP as an Administrative Assistance, she worked for the University of Johannesburg as a tutor.
Being part of the SSP Family for her means being part of “Transformation” because it does not only give an opportunity to a better education but an opportunity to be a better self she says!
Linda Mnisi – Admin & Finance Assistant
Linda is a hard working person, who loves a challenge and is always eager to learn new things. She matriculated at Welkom High School and studied Financial Accounting. She expresses that “Being a part of SSP is the greatest thing that’s happened to me- a team that makes a huge difference, SSP empowers the youth of South Africa and changes their lives for the better. I believe through education we can do so much, through education we can fight poverty and improve some of the conditions our country.”
Linda is proud to be part of an organisation that is dedicated to a social issue close to her heart.
Liezel Van Niekerk – Administrative Development Assistant
Liezel grew up in Bloemfontein and matriculated in Oranje High School for Girls. She studied Teaching and Psychology at the UOFS (Kovsies) but could unfortunately not complete her degree due to a car accident after which she spent months in hospital.
Liezel has worked as a PA and administrator with corporate Companies (BHP Billiton, Xstrata and Sphere Holdings, amongst others) and government entities (Gautrain). While at Xstrata, Liezel played a critical role in the implementation of an Adult Basic Education and Training programme. This experience was revelatory to her and underscored for her in a new way the importance of education. Liezel looks forward to contributing to the mission and vision of SSP.
Eastern Cape Office
Sheri – Ann van Dyk
I was born in Cape Town and raised in Worcester in the Western Cape. I matriculated from Worcester Gymnasium in 2001, but was undecided about a career path, which led me to travel the United Kingdom for 2 years where I gained invaluable life experience and skills.
Upon my return from the UK, I was drawn to the Eastern Cape, where I completed my Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Cosmetology. I furthered my studies and completed my facilitators and moderators diplomas.
After lecturing in the field for 4 years, I opened my own practice.
In 2014 I started studying towards my degree in Psychology through UNISA.
I joined SSP in February 2016. This opportunity has proven to be the perfect balance for my passion of both teaching and education as well as for the psychological wellbeing and health of our future generation. It is a platform in which I can utilise all of my talents for the greater good.