About Our
Board Members

We would like to thank Prasanth Naidoo and Bali Makhado for their service on the Board.

Anne Pappenheim

Anne Pappenheim

CA & tax consultant / Chairperson Finance Sub Committee

Anne is a chartered accountant and was appointed to the Board of Project Literacy in October 2006.  She is keen to participate in the contribution that Project Literacy and particularly Run Home to Read can make in demonstrating that literacy training can be innovative and meaningful.

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After going to school at Parktown High School for Girls in Johannesburg, Anne studied Politics and History at the Freiburg University in Germany.  She lectured for 4 years in the subject at Wits and then changed direction completely: became an articled clerk at what was then Deloitte Haskins and Sells. After qualifying as a CA(SA) she spent a couple of years as an audit “manageress” (she had to fight hard to prevent them from calling her that).

Anne moved to the Tax Department at Deloitte and Touche and became a partner in 1986. She was only the second female partner appointed at the firm.  She can remember a partners’ meeting in 1990 where she was the only woman with 100 men.

She specialised in the tax issues relating to banks, stockbrokers and other financial institutions. When she retired from Deloitte in 2002 she moved to her biggest client, Nedbank, where she joined Group Tax and worked on a variety of tax and accounting matters. After retiring from Nedbank in 2014 she has continued to keep her hand in by consulting on tax and accounting and keeping the books of a small NGO, the Human Rights Institute of South Africa, as well as keeping an eye on the books of Project Literacy.

Dorette Visser Parsons

Dorette Visser Parsons

Registered Accountant (SAIPA) & tax practitioner

Dorette is a professional accountant, tax, business rescue practitioner and B-BBEE consultant. She was appointed to the board in February 2007 as a non-executive director. She serves on Project Literacy’s finance sub-committee as part of her community services.

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Dorette Visser Parsons is practicing under Accurate Accounts and Tax Pro and consultant to Mallon Consulting.  Dorette, the owner, is a registered accountant and with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) and registered Tax Practitioner.  She is qualified to offer financial management, accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, taxation, business registrations, independent reviews and financial statement services to individuals and SMMEs.

With 19 years’ experience she offers financial management, accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, taxation and related services to individuals and SMMEs. As a qualified business rescue practitioner and B-BBEE consultant she offers specialised services to the business sector under the banner of Mallon Consulting.

Nontsikelelo Adonisi-Kgame

Nontsikelelo Adonisi-Kgame

Ntsiki is an admitted attorney, conveyancer and notary. She is currently a director in Ensafrica’s Natural Resources and Environment Department. She was appointed to Board of Directors: June 2015.

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Ntsiki was General Counsel of a gold mining company. Her experience covers a range of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, conducting corporate, property and mining due diligences, compiling mining titles reports, managing litigation matters, assisting with stakeholder engagements, including regulatory advice in regard to compliance with the mining legislation; advising in regard to the integrity, security of tenure and variation of mining titles, including drafting of the section 11 and 102 applications; handling appeals, objections and judicial review applications preparing of legal opinions, and attending to the registration of mining titles.

Ntsiki has acted for a wide range of mining companies in all mineral commodity sectors, including the base and precious metals, coal, rare earths, sand, as well as diamond sectors. 

Ntsiki is married and has two beautiful daughters.

Brenda Kali

Brenda Kali

Brenda Kali is the CEO of Conscious Companies and the Founder of the Conscious Leadership Academy. She is a Corporate Strategist and Reputational Turnaround Specialist.

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Her thirty year tenure as an executive saw the reputational turnaround of major companies including Sasol where she was Global Head of Communication and Public Affairs. As Group Executive of Telkom, she spearheaded its reputational transformation from 2008 to 2011.

She was also CEO of the Children’s Media Council in the Office of the President where she worked closely with UNICEF, largely responsible for the implementation of the Global Movement for Children.

She had re-oriented the national broadcaster to focus on diversity, social responsibility and community outreach as part of its transformation team in 1994. Ethics, social impact, strategic transformation and conscious awareness has always been the quality of her leadership that advocates a values driven socio-economic system.

She is currently on the Board of Primeserv and is a former member of the Board of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SACCI).

Dumisani Dlamini

Education & HR Specialist

Dumisani is a consultant in Human Resource Development including Labour Law. 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.

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Dumisani’s formal qualifications include a Diploma in Education from the University of Witwatersrand, obtained through Promat College. At Promat he was president of the Student Representative Council.

At Promat College he was awarded the Overseas Development Agency (ODA) Scholarship from 1991-93. He then received the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) Scholarship 1994-96 to Avondale College of Higher Education, Australia, where he achieved his B Ed.

Dumisani was employed at the Independent Examinations Board (IEB) from 1996-1969. He managed projects and trained educators in assessment and quality assurance. He also worked in the Assessment Institute Africa, a semi-independent organisation aimed at providing assessment and policy solutions to the private sector.

In 1999 he joined KNC & Associates as the Head of the Human Resources consulting division. The work involved delivery on skills development assignments including the development of private and public sector qualifications as well as advising organisations on training and development.

In 2001 Dumisani completed an advanced Diploma Law (Labour Law) at the University of Johannesburg.

From 2000 he has worked as an owner of Umtapo Consulting, a consulting firm providing services to both the public and private sector in relation to Human Resource Development. In 2002 he cofounded Nantso Holdings (Pty) Ltd initially as a network of Black professional consultants and became its Managing Director a position he currently occupies. Nantso continues to operate as a fully-fledged Black owned management consulting firm based in Johannesburg.

Dumisani has served as a board member of the IEB and Funda Afrika (both Education NPOs). 

Steven le Roux

Steven le Roux

Chief Executive Officer & Adult Education & Literacy specialist

Steven le Roux was appointed to the Board of Project Literacy as an executive director in January 2004. He has a BA (Hons) in English, Psychology and SePedi and a Higher Diploma in Adult Education. He has been the CEO since 2012.

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Steven is a qualified educator, with an Honours Degree and a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of Pretoria. He completed the coursework for a Masters in African Literature in English. He is also a certificated assessor and moderator. Steven has a Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from GIBS.

From his first year in High School he wanted to become a teacher. But when he started teaching in the early 1990s he realised that he had a passion for alternative education. He taught extra lessons for matrics in Mamelodi and spent evenings at the Ikageng Adult Education Centres. So his commitment to Project Literacy started well before his formal employment there which began in 1994.

Steven started out as an adult educator and was given full time employment as a Tutor Trainer. He has developed training materials, quality assured our programmes and their delivery, and performed a range functions including marketing and fund-raising, and trains whenever he can.

Steven has served on several committees such as Standards Generating Bodies for ABET and ETDP SETA qualifications. He worked on developing the Foundational Learning Competency curriculum. He currently serves on the Education Committee of the SA National Commission for UNESCO. He was part of the delegation representing NGOs to CONFINTEA VI in Brazil in 2009, the UNESCO conference for Education.

He actively supports and participates in numerous national initiatives such as World Book Day, International Literacy Day, and National Reading Coalition processes that have gained momentum in 2019. He has made presentations to National Library Week and Bridge’s ECD Community of Practices in 2019.

Watching people grow is a special reward for him. Project Literacy continues to be his inspiration.

Professor Crain Soudien

Professor Crain Soudien

Education Specialist

Crain Soudien is the CEO of the Human Sciences Research Council. He was appointed to the Board of Project Literacy as a non-executive director in December 2019. He is determined to contribute to its work in promoting the culture of reading and taking urgent action to combat illiteracy.

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Prof. Soudien holds a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a former deputy vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town, where he remains an emeritus professor in Education and African Studies. His publications in the areas of social difference, culture, education policy, comparative education, educational change, public history and popular culture include four books, four edited collections and over 200 articles, reviews, reports, and book chapters, including a 2017 publication entitled Nelson Mandela: Comparative Perspectives of his Significance for Education.

He is involved in a number of local, national and international social and cultural organisations and is chairperson of the Independent Examinations Board, former chairperson of the District Six Museum Foundation, a former president of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, and has served as the chair of three Ministerial Committees of Enquiry, including the Ministerial Committee on Transformation in Higher Education and the Ministerial Committee to Evaluate Textbooks for Discrimination.

He is a fellow of a number of local and international academies and serves on the boards of a number of cultural, heritage, education and civil society structures.

Lungile Thandeka Moleko

Lungile Thandeka Moleko

Business management specialist & Executive Director: New Business Development and Fundraising

Lungile Moleko was appointed to the Board of Project Literacy as an executive director in 2012. She had already held other quality assurance and management positions within the organisation. She is passionate about community education and wouldn’t trade her role at Project Literacy for anything else!

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Lungile Moleko’s role at Project Literacy includes the overall coordination, implementation and management of new business development processes, quality control and assurance of the organisation’s strategic output and client relations management.

Lungile has a National Diploma in Information Technology specialising in Business Applications from UNISA; and also several certificates in Information Technology, Finance and Business Management. She is also a trained Assessor. She is currently registered for a BCom: Marketing Management.

Lungile has previously worked at SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) within the Quality Assurance and Development Directorate where her knowledge of the SETA landscape was heightened, with all the then 23 SETAs at the time reporting to their directorate on quality assurance issues. This division was also responsible for performing quality audits for all SETA quality assurance directorates.

Her passion has always been working within the education and training realm through managing information and business applications. She has maintained that passion for the past sixteen years and thus is continuing to help to empower previously disadvantaged South Africans by adding value to their lives through education and training.

Lungile is also good at continuously motivating people to go the extra mile to achieve their goals and this has helped her to stay positive and grow within her career. Her business management skills have enabled her to build effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders in the education and training sector, including SETAs, government and the private sector as well as CBOs and other NPOs in Education. She continues to aid in the upkeep of Project Literacy’s ethos of ensuring good quality education and training for all, paying special attention to those coming from disadvantaged backgrounds while also breaking learning barriers to enable the creation of further youth employment opportunities and skills development.

Meg Pahad

Education Specialist & Chairperson of Project Literacy

Meg Pahad has worked mainly in education and is a free-lance editor. 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.

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Meg has a BA from Sussex University and she taught in the UK where she was the London co-ordinator of the Primary Schools section of Teachers Against Racism from 1970-74. From 1975-85 she lived in Prague where she worked at the World Federation of Trade Unions. In 1990/1 she returned with her family to South Arica from exile.

She worked at the IEB from 1992-2000, exploring assessment in schooling, adult education and skills training, and is now on the IEB Board. Meg was responsible for the Secretariat of the National Pilot Project for Early Childhood Development. In 1994 she was elected as Chair of the Gauteng Education and Training Organisations Forum. In 1996 she completed an M Ed at Wits University.

Meg was appointed to three ministerial committees by different Ministers of Education and in 1999 she chaired the Department of Education Task Team which set up Umalusi. In 2000 she was contracted by the Education, Training and Development Practices constituency to establish the quality assurance division of the ETDP SETA. She managed the Department of Labour’s national assessor training project to support learnership implementation and she was an active member of SAQA’s assessor SGB. From 2006-10 Meg was a member of the Department of Labour’s NQF Task Team which drafted policies for the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.

From 2011 Meg has been a member of the panel of the Government Technical Advisory Centre of the National Treasury. From 2012-2019 she was managing editor of The Thinker journal. Meg is married to Essop Pahad and they have two children, Amina and Govan, and four grandchildren.