Nozizwe Vundla- Executive Director
Nozizwe has a strong sense of citizenship and a passion for community service and social justice issues, coupled with a proven track record of taking action and implementing various programmes in furtherance of these. Her particular interest is in development with a special focus in education which led her to initiating a bursary scheme at her alma mater, St. Mary’s School for Girls in Waverley, Johannesburg by mobilising her former classmates to fund the high school education of an academically gifted child from an economically disadvantaged background at the school.
A St. Mary’s alum herself, Zizwe also serves on the St. Mary’s Foundation board. She earned both a Bachelor of Arts and an LLB from Wits. Nozizwe is a visionary and she has an extensive professional history in development and in CSI leadership roles, which includes KPMG, National Treasury, and a successful entrepreneurial venture.
Lucky Letshabo-Academic and Recruitment Director
Lucky comes with a strong background in Education, and will oversee the scholar recruitment programme as well as the academic and support programmes.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communication from the University of Johannesburg. He attended King Edward VII School, and worked in their boarding establishment. He also worked as a scholarship recruitment officer, mentor as well as assisting within the Realema Teacher Intern Programme at St. John’s College in Johannesburg.
He is passionate about creating opportunities for gifted learners; especially those learners who come from low income backgrounds. Lucky is a sports enthusiast. His main sporting contribution is in water polo. This sport has seen him excel as both a player and a coach at provincial level.
He is passionate about the development of black children who aspire to reach their potential.
Alexandra Smit-Stachowski-Communications Director
Alexandra holds a Diploma in Journalism, and has worked extensively for the two top publishing houses in South Africa – Independent Newspapers and CTP Caxton Publishers. She also has international and local marketing experience in the B2B, B2C sectors, as well as sales.
Her most recent post was at Regenesys Business School in Sandton, responsible for marketing, copy writing and social media, which included PR for events that hosted President Cyril Ramaphosa, business tycoon Richard Maponya and entrepreneur Vusi Thembekwayo. She attended St. John’s DSG and Epworth School in KwaZulu Natal and enjoyed basketball, drama and debating as extramural activities.
Alex has lived and worked in Germany and returned to South Africa at the end of 2014. She joined SSP because she wants to do work with a sense of purpose, as she is passionate about giving back and promoting African excellence.
Thandeka Skhosana – PA to ED and HR Associate
Thandeka joined SSP in November 2012; as a Database Manager and H.R Assistant. Because of her passion for people she worked her way up to be the current HR Associate managing and overseeing all HR related matters in the organization. Thandeka has 7 years’ experience in HR, Project Management and Operations.
Thandeka obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, majoring in Political Science and Sociology. Because of her passion for community service, she volunteered at a Christian TV Station, worked for Rivoni Skills a youth development organization, later joined the African Leadership Academy as an Assistant to the Finance Office. She continued to work her way up to being an H.R Associate until October 2012.
Thandeka is passionate about giving back and providing better opportunities as a result she spent most of her working career working for NGO’s that focus in Education and Youth Development.
Kgaogelo Seemola – Scholar 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 – Scholar 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.
Taulani Mudau – Mentorship and Recruitment Officer
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 – Finance Associate
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.
Sheri – Ann van Dyk – Student Programme Officer
She was born in Cape Town and raised in Worcester in the Western Cape. She matriculated from Worcester Gymnasium in 2001, but was undecided about a career path, which led her to travel the United Kingdom for 2 years where she gained invaluable life experience and skills.
Upon her return from the UK, she was drawn to the Eastern Cape, where she completed my Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Cosmetology. She furthered my studies and completed her facilitators and moderators diplomas.
After lecturing in the field for 4 years, she opened my own practice.
Sheri-Ann is completing her degree in Psychology through UNISA.
She joined SSP in February 2016. This opportunity has proven to be the perfect balance for her passion of both teaching and education as well as for the psychological wellbeing and health of our future generation.