About Project Literacy

Who We Are

Project Literacy was established in 1973 to organise volunteers to teach basic literacy and sewing to domestic workers and gardeners living in urban areas. In 1986 a Trust Fund and a Section 21 company were formed to promote literacy in a more professional way by employing teachers who were retrained to teach adults.

Project Literacy’s current mission statement is to deliver a wide range of education and training programmes to educationally disadvantaged adults, youth and children by way of adult education centres, teacher training, curriculum development and community outreach. Its vision is to effect broad based black socio-economic development through high quality education and training programmes.

We have always developed and used materials in all the languages relevant to the communities. Our beneficiaries have changed enormously over the last 50 years

Expertise

With our headquarters in Pretoria, our AET programmes reach adults and youth learners nationwide.

Vision

To effect broad based black socio-economic development through high quality education and training programmes.

Mission

To deliver a wide range of Education and Training programmes to educationally disadvantaged people by way of education centres, educator training, curriculum development and community outreach.

Our Board

Meg Pahad

Chairperson of the Board of Directors

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Lungile Thandeka Moleko

Chief Executive Officer & Business management specialist

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Professor Crain Soudien

Deputy Chairperson of the Board of Directors

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Romeo Mabasa

Chairperson Marketing
Sub-Committee

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Dumisani Dlamini

Education & HR Specialist

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Jenny Joy Joshua

Non-Executive Director(Education Subcommittee)

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Justice Johann Kriegler

Co-director on Project Literacy Investment Holding

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Nontsikelelo Adonisi-Kgame

Marketing Sub-committee (non-executive)

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Dorette Visser Parsons

Executive Director (Finance)

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Ms Caryn Theresa Winter

Non-executive Director
Chairperson Finance Sub Committee

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Meet the Team

Vongai Chikane
Vongai Chikane

Human Resources


bongi@projectliteracy.org.za

Thozama Ponti
Thozama Ponti

Provincial Manager: Free State


thozama@projectliteracy.org.za

Pauline Plant
Pauline Plant

Assistant to the CEO


pauline@projectliteracy.org.za

Tambudzeni Winnie Maphutha
Tambudzeni Winnie Maphutha

Provincial Manager: Limpopo


winnie@projectliteracy.org.za

Smokey Madonsela
Smokey Madonsela

Provincial Manager: Mpumalanga


smokey@projectliteracy.org.za

Nelendhree Govender
Nelendhree Govender

Provincial Manager: KZN


nelendhree@projectliteracy.org.za

Refile Khumalo-Ramasobane
Refile Khumalo-Ramasobane

Project Coordinator


refile@projectliteracy.org.za

Flora Mans
Flora Mans

Provincial Manager: Northern Cape


flora.bokamoso@projectliteracy.org.za

Yondela Tolobisa
Yondela Tolobisa

Fundraising and Communications


yondela@projectliteracy.org.za

Mogomotsi Mangope
Mogomotsi Mangope

Client Liaison


mogomotsi@projectliteracy.org.za

Martin Mashinini
Martin Mashinini

Client Liaison


martin@projectliteracy.org.za

Wendy Mashishi
Wendy Mashishi

Finance


wendy@projectliteracy.org.za

Lucy Mahlakwana
Lucy Mahlakwana

Logistics and General Assistant

Ronny Mazibuko
Ronny Mazibuko

Logistics Assistance


ronny@projectliteracy.org.za

Meg Pahad

Meg Pahad

Chairperson

Meg Pahad has worked mainly in education as a teacher, an assessment expert, a consultant and an editor. She holds a BA in English literature from Sussex University and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Witwatersrand. She joined the Board of Project Literacy in April 2005 and became its Chair in 2012. She is convinced that Project Literacy and Run Home to Read together provide a unique multi-layered solution to South Africa’s literacy crisis and is passionately committed to supporting its work.

Lungile Thandeka Moleko

Lungile Thandeka Moleko

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Lungile joined Project Literacy in June 2003, left to join SAQA in January 2006, and returned to Project Literacy in April 2007. She joined the Board as an executive director of New Business Development in 2012. From 1 August 2021, she was appointed CEO. Lungile has a National Diploma in Information Technology specialising in Business Applications from UNISA; a trained Assessor with several certificates in IT, and Business Management. She is completing a BCom: Marketing Management with MANCOSA in 2024. Lungile is passionate about community education and wouldn’t trade her role at Project Literacy for anything else!

Jenny Joy Joshua

Jenny Joy Joshua

Non-Executive Director(Education Subcommittee)

Jenny Joshua joined our Board in June 2022, and is active in our Education Sub-Committee. She has served in the Department of Basic Education at various levels and after 43 years she retired as Chief Director/Head of the Office of the Director-General in 2020. She has passion for English first and additional language acquisition in young learners. Three of her senior qualifications are on matters relating to language acquisition and policy implementation. Jenny also serves on the South African Council for Educators.

Romeo Mabasa

Romeo Mabasa

Chairperson Marketing Sub-Committee

Romeo joined our Board in June 2022, and is the Chairperson of the Marketing Sub- Committee. He has been working in a wide range of activities in education for the last 17 years. He aims to help the organisation to develop key relationships with crucial stakeholders as well as local and international funders. He will assist in developing and promoting our brand, and marketing our products. Romeo is currently completing his BSC (Hons) through UNISA.

Dumisani Dlamini

Dumisani Dlamini

Education & HR Specialist

Dumisani is a consultant in Human Resource Development. He has wide-ranging experience in education, training and development in the public and private sectors, with communities, NPOs and municipalities. He was appointed to the Board in June 2016, is very active on our Education Sub-Committee. Dumisani has a Diploma in Education from the University of Witwatersrand. He also has a B Ed from Avondale College in Australia and an advanced Diploma in Labour Law from the University of Johannesburg.

Professor Crain Soudien

Professor Crain Soudien

Deputy Chairperson

Crain Soudien is an education specialist, researcher and author. He was appointed to the Board of Project Literacy in December 2019 and became its Deputy Chair in 2023. He is determined to contribute to its work in promoting the culture of reading and taking urgent action to combat illiteracy. Crain is Emeritus Professor in Education and African Studies at the University of Cape Town and President of the Cornerstone Institute. He previously served as CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of UCT.

Justice Johann Kriegler

Justice Johann Kriegler

Retired Constitutional Court Judge

Justice Johann Kriegler is a retired Constitutional Court Judge and Project Literacy was honoured to have him as a Founder Trustee of Project Literacy Trust Fund from 1986 – 2012 when the Trust Fund and the Section 21 Company were combined into a single entity. Since May 2005, Justice Kriegler has served as a Director of Project Literacy’s BEE based Project Literacy Investment Holding Company (Pty) Limited. Justice Kriegler also chaired Freedom Under Law for 15 years until he retired in 2023.

Nontsikelelo Adonisi-Kgame

Nontsikelelo Adonisi-Kgame

Marketing Sub-committee (non-executive)

Nontsikelelo is an admitted attorney, conveyancer and notary public of the High Court of South Africa. She is currently a director in ENSafrica’s Natural Resources and Environment Department. Ntsiki is an expert in all aspects of local development, including local content regulations, community development, local economic empowerment and black economic empowerment in the mining sector across the African continent. She was appointed to Board of Directors of Project Literacy in June 2015, and is a member of the Marketing Sub-Committee while she assists us with a range of issues, especially legal matters.

Dorette Visser Parsons

Dorette Visser Parsons

Executive Director (Finance)

Dorette is a professional accountant, tax and business rescue practitioner and B-BBEE consultant. She holds a B-BBEE Management Development Programme from the University of the Witwatersrand, Certified Rescue Analyst Programme from the University of Pretoria, M. PHIL Entrepreneurship from the University of Pretoria and a B.COMPT from UNISA. She was appointed to the Board of Directors of Project Literacy in February 2007 as a non-executive director and in 2022 she became an executive director when employed by Project Literacy. She plays a significant role in Project Literacy’s day to day operations and in the Finance Sub-Committee. Dorette is a Registered Accountant (SAIPA).

Ms Caryn Theresa Winter

Ms Caryn Theresa Winter

Non-executive Director

Caryn is the CFO of the SA SME Fund. She is a dynamic, commercially focused Chartered Accountant with a wide range of experience gained both in South Africa and abroad. She has worked for14 years in a variety of senior posts. She is the Chairperson of the Finance Sub-Committee, and she joined the Board in May 2023. In addition to being a CA, Caryn has a B Com (Hons) from the University of Natal and a Bachelor of Accounting Science from UNISA.