MEET THE TEAM

Our team are united and motivated by the promise that lies for our country and continent in a stunting free future, where no child is unjustly denied the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Dr. Edzani Mphaphuli

Dr. Edzani Mphaphuli

Executive Director

Dr. Edzani Mphaphuli is the Executive Director of the Grow Great Campaign, where she continues working towards her lifelong mission of achieving healthcare equity and social justice. 

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She obtained her medical degree and Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Cape Town’s Medical School and a Diploma in HIV management.

With a background in health systems strengthening and reforms, she has collaborated with various management teams to optimise healthcare service delivery.

Prior to joining Grow Great, Dr. Mphaphuli served as the National Director: Health Systems for the KeReady mobile health outreach project, focusing on providing primary healthcare services to young people in informal settlements across South Africa. She also played a crucial role as the National Lead Facilitator: Provincial Support for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, supporting the National Department of Health.

During her time as a Public Health Medicine Registrar at the University of Pretoria, Dr. Mphaphuli gained extensive experience and exposure to all health system levels through rotations at various institutions. She also served as a Project Team Lead and senior clinical advisor at Pulse Health Solutions, where she implemented the Advanced Clinical Care Programme for complicated HIV and drug-resistant TB in Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni.

Nicola Stofberg

Nicola Stofberg

Deputy Executive Director

Nicola Stofberg is a Registered Dietitian with a master’s degree in nutrition from Stellenbosch University focusing on Nutrition, Human Rights and Governance.

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She has over 15 years’ experience in managing community-based nutrition programmes, including training of Community Health Workers on maternal, child health and nutrition in South Africa, Swaziland and Ethiopia.

Nicola has been with Grow Great since 2018 as the Grow Great Champion Programme Lead and was recently promoted to Deputy Executive Director of Grow Great in 2022. She is a passionate advocate for the health and nutrition of vulnerable pregnant women and children across South Africa.

Duduzile Maziya

Duduzile Maziya

Head of Communications

Dudu is the Head of Communications at Grow Great. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations with vast experience in marketing and communications that spans over 11 years.

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She has worked in various sectors which have seen her in projects aimed at tackling health issues among youth and especially women and children. Some of the high-profile projects that she’s worked on include MTV Shuga 16 & Pregnant, The Comrades Marathon, and working alongside UNICEF.

Dudu is also passionate about sustainable Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and has been able to successfully implement CSI strategies within the organisations she has worked with over the years.

She is inspired by South African women who empower young girls who strive to be a better version of themselves.

Jabulile Mahlaba

Jabulile Mahlaba

Operations Manager

Jabulile Mahlaba is a African woman whom is well versed in all spheres of administration in civil society.

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Jabulile has over 10 years experience in administration of civil society organisations.

Her career commenced as a Branch Administrator for The Big Shoes Foundation, a pioneer paediatric palliative care project incubated by Wits Palliative Care in 2007.

In 2010, she progressed to the role of Regional Administrator and promoted in 2016 to the role of Executive Assistant for the Southern African Aids Trust, a regional organisation that focuses on community systems for equitable and inclusive health.

In 2016, she accepted the role of Senior Administrator for The Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, an organisation spearheading reconciliation, democracy and a human rights culture in South Africa. The Douglas Murray Trust currently employs Jabulile as the Operations Manager of the Grow Great Campaign.

Jabulile is currently pursuing the completion of her Diploma in Business Management with Rosebank College.

Ruth Mathys

Ruth Mathys

Master Trainer: Flourish

Mother, occupational therapist, public health specialist. After seven years of working as an occupational therapist , Ruth embarked on a Masters in Public Health 

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The highlights of her career include four years with Medecins sans Frontieres’ (MSF) HIV and TB project in Khayelitsha, as well as becoming a mother and relocating from Cape Town to Johannesburg.

These experiences have brought her to her present role as the Flourish Curriculum Developer and Master Trainer at Grow Great.

Her personal and professional experiences of pregnancy, early childhood and motherhood have made her acutely aware of the vulnerability faced by parents and the potential impact of this on their children.

This understanding is her motivator as Flourish works towards creating a network of empowered moms, supported to raise children capable of reaching their full potential in life.

Amanda Edwards

Amanda Edwards

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Amanda Edwards is a former Speech, Language & Hearing Therapist with over ten years’ experience working in public and private health and education sectors in South Africa, the United Kingdom and Thailand.

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In 2018, she graduated with a master’s degree in Public Health specialising in Health Policy & Systems from the University of Cape Town. Amanda has led diverse research projects and community outreach programmes in South Africa’s rural health system, including development of a multidisciplinary Cerebral Palsy Clinic and Autism Support Group for parents.

Amanda is a published author and Margaret McNamara Fellow with a special interest in how research informs health policy and practice in South Africa.  

She is fluent in English, Afrikaans, conversational isiXhosa, French and South African Sign Language (SASL). Amanda thrives on the opportunity to build inclusive, multidisciplinary and multicultural work environments that contribute to all South Africans reaching their full potential.

Mmakgomo Tshetlo

Mmakgomo Tshetlo

Flourish Coach

Mmakgomo Tshetlo was born and raised in Kwa-Thema, Springs. She originallyenrolled at Boston Media House to study advertising.

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 She had always dreamed of pursuing a career as an art director, and eventually owning her own ad agency.

During her second year of studying, she had a change of heart and fell in love with radio and decided that would be her final year major. She graduated with a diploma in radio and broadcasting production.

A year after graduating and knocking on many doors, she was fortunate enough to secure an internship with one of the best talk radio stations in the country, Talk Radio 702. Her first role at the station was that of a promotions producer, before vying for her dream role of becoming a content producer. After four years at the helm of influencing and driving important conversations in the country she changed roles, moved departments and wore the hat of a digital content producer.

After six years, she parted ways with her first love – radio. Soon thereafter she was afforded the opportunity of delving into television, another interest and passion of hers. She assumed the role of researcher, working on a reality show called Stereotype Drop. It was a brief stint, but presented many learning opportunities.

Mmakgomo is now a Flourish coach and can confidently say this has been one of the most fulfilling things she has done in her life. Being at Flourish has given her a sense of purpose and belonging – she no longer feels misplaced.

Masedi Menyatsoe

Masedi Menyatsoe

Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Masedi Menyatsoe completed her Master of Science in Biostatistics at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2021. 

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She is currently a member of the DELTAS Africa Sub-Saharan Africa Consortium for Advanced Biostatistics (SSACAB) training programme and South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA).

Her research interests are Bayesian statistics, time series analysis spatial modelling, data science, and analysis of health surveys, impact evaluation of programmes and interventions.

Previously, she worked at the South African Council for Educators as a Data Capturer Officer where she oversaw the data capturing, compiling, cleaning and analysis process for their research projects.

Her interest in child health developed when she did an internship with the Department of Health where during her studies, she investigated the effect of healthcare services delivery on stillbirths. She further wants to research child nutrition.

Her personal interests include farming.

Nozuko Valerie Mthandeki

Nozuko Valerie Mthandeki

Flourish Coach

Valerie Mthandeki obtained her Bachelor of Arts (Education) degree at the University of Transkei (now called Walter Sisulu University).

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She furthered her studies, completing a Further Diploma in Education Management with the University of Pretoria and a TEFL course with Boston College.

After a 10-year career with the Department of Education as an Educator, her love for interacting with different people saw her leaving the department and starting a career in sales and marketing. She spent a few years working for companies like Old Mutual, Sanlam and Bytes Document Solutions, among others.

While working in sales, various opportunities arose for her to work on freelance jobs in publishing and research. This kickstarted her career path as a Freelance Research Field Worker and a Freelancer in publishing.

She has worked on various projects both in publishing and research, with companies like Pearsons, Maskew Miller and Systems Approach, to mention a few, where her love for working with people of different cultures in different communities was enhanced. It was during her time working on one of these projects that she was identified to work as a Facilitator and a Coach for Flourish.

Bernadette Robertson

Bernadette Robertson

Grow Great Champions Master Trainer & Resource Centre Manager

Following her nursing studies, Bernadette obtained a qualification in Call Centre and HIV Clinical Management in 2002.

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 In addition to the above, Bernadette also has a qualification in Corporate Governance From 2003-2016 Bernadette was a loveLife employee, provide support to both the CEO and Board of Trustees at loveLife in all aspects of company management

Thereafter she qualified in Call Centre and HIV Clinical Management in 2002. She also has in her possession a qualification in Corporate Governance in 2002, which covered all aspects of Company Management and provided support to both the CEO and Board of Trustees at loveLife. She is currently the Master Trainer and Resource Manager for the Grow Great Campaign.

She is an extremely calm, organized, reliable and patient professional with excellent administration skills. She is always commended for her efficient and effective handling of difficult situations in the workplace.

Phiwe Dauwa

Phiwe Dauwa

Grow Great Champions Club Coordinator

Phiwe is GGC’s club coordinator and has been with Grow Great since 2019.

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Thokozile Zulu

Thokozile Zulu

Financial Accountant

Thokozile is an accountant with more than 18 years’ experience in different industries who has been braving financial storms since 2002.

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She has worked with and led some of South Africa’s finest financial minds: from  starting her career at PWC to taking part in the 2010 stadium-building of Moses Mabhida Stadium at Group Five Construction; and joining a multitude of NGOs (The Aids Foundation SA, Treatment Action Campaign and Grassroots Soccer).

She is a highly organised, detail-oriented person who has proven experience in setting clear goals and achieving them on time.

Beyond all this she is a mother of two boys who is passionate about children’s welfare and adding value to others. Thokozile is a lover of the outdoor lifestyle and always has unread books to read.

One thing has remained constant for her: she sees her profession as a pillar for change.

Manqoba Mdlhuli

Manqoba Mdlhuli

Information Technology Manager

An IT Manager with over 10 years combined experience in Data and IT, Manqoba holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Information and Technology Management and a Higher Certificate in Management. 

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Manqoba enjoys working with cross-functional teams to develop innovative products and systems that will give organisations a competitive edge.

He has worked for the Mpumalanga Department of Health and various NGOs over the 10-year period.  He has held various roles such as Data Quality Officer, Information Officer, Data Manager, Technical Support Engineer, and District IT Officer.  He has also had the opportunity to be seconded to the National Department of Health between 2014 – 2015.

Manqoba believes in expanding his professional skillset and building great relationships. He loves takings on new challenges and believe that learning something new every day opens a whole new world.  His role is to ensure that organisations such as Grow Great invest in the use of technology and data to guide their programmes and reach their goals.

Manqoba is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Laws Degree.  With society embracing technology, he would like to understand how the aspect of law will deal with the benefits of technology and the challenges that may arise.

Eurisa Naicker

Eurisa Naicker

Marketing Specialist

Eurisa Naicker is a marketing specialist who loves seeing marketing in action. She has a variety of experience, having worked across functions at various corporate organisations as well as consulting. 

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She has completed her Honours Degree in Marketing and Media & Communications and has studied various short courses related to the field.

She has found being a member of the Grow Great team to be a perfect fit as it allows her to work on a project that she finds truly fulfilling. This is being a part of a team that assists women in creating a supplementary form of income while imparting knowledge to new mothers and growing a network of support amongst themselves.

Evans Makhode

Evans Makhode

Communications Officer

Evans Makhode is a highly accomplished graduate from the University of Limpopo, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies. 

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He has a wealth of professional experience and has skilfully integrated his expertise into the fast-paced world of social media management and website administration.

With over six years’ industry experience, Evans has collaborated with a variety of brands across various industries, leaving a lasting impact as both a social media manager and website administrator. His keen eye for digital trends, combined with a genuine passion for exploring innovative strategies, has consistently elevated the online presence of the brands he has worked with.
As a communications officer, Evans continues to leverage his extensive background to craft compelling narratives and foster meaningful connections. He stands as a testament to the power of blending academic knowledge with practical experience, contributing significantly to the success of every project he undertakes.

GROW GREAT CAMPAIGN BOARD

Our team are united and motivated by the promise that lies for our country and continent in a stunting free future, where no child is unjustly denied the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Bernadette Moffat

Bernadette Moffat

Executive Director: Elma Philanthropies Services (Africa).

Bernadette Moffat is Executive Director of the ELMA Philanthropies Services (Africa), based in Cape Town, South Africa.

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In this role Bernadette oversees the philanthropic work of the ELMA Group of Foundations in southern Africa. She also serves on the Boards of the ELMA Philanthropies Services (US) Inc., and the ELMA South Africa Foundation.

She also serves as a Trustee of the Discovery Foundation which supports the education and training of medical specialists in South Africa. Prior to joining ELMA in 2006, Bernadette was chief executive officer of the Women’s Development Bank Trust, an organization that promotes the participation of women at all levels of the economy through investing in leading South African companies, providing microcredit to poor rural women, supporting the growth of small and medium women- owned businesses and supporting the appointment of women to executive and board roles in major South African companies.

Bernadette has international experience as an entrepreneur and corporate lawyer. Previously Bernadette served as a consultant to the Commission on Gender Equality advising them on issues of women’s economic empowerment. The Commission published her work The Working Woman’s Manual a volume on women and labor law in South Africa (1996). Honored by France with the Ordre de Merité in 2007, she holds a magna cum laude BA degree from Wellesley College in the United States and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University also in the United States.

Dr David Harrison

Dr David Harrison

Chief Executive Officer: DG Murray Trust.

David Harrison is the CEO of the South African grant-making foundation, the DG Murray Trust.

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After completing his medical internship in 1990, David joined the Child Health Unit of the University of Cape Town, working on policy issues related to child health, nutrition and early childhood development. He completed an MSc(Med) related to the planning of child health services in Khayelitsha.

In 1991, he founded the Health Systems Trust (HST), a non-government organisation supporting health policy and services development in South Africa. In his capacity as Director of HST, he established the South African Health Review – an annual assessment of health and health care, and the Initiative for Sub-District Support, working with the Department of Health to improve the quality of health care in clinics throughout South Africa.

In 2000, he completed a Masters in Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, before returning to South Africa to head up loveLife, a national HIV prevention programme for young people. In 2010, he joined the DG Murray Trust, which has a significant focus on early childhood development (ECD) and education and opportunities for young people.

Siven Masalamoney

Siven Masalamoney

Executive Lead: Youth Livelihoods and Early Childhood Development at Yellowwoods Social Investments in South Africa.

Siven Masalamoney is an Executive Lead: Youth Livelihoods and Early Childhood Development at
Yellowwoods Social Investments in South Africa.

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He is responsible for the design of social impact initiatives that can deliver significant and enduring change.

Siven is passionate about solving the intractable problems of poverty; working with incredible leaders driving social impact and building platforms for significant social transformation. Over the last decade, he has fulfilled this passion working on the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and the SmartStart ECD social franchise platform.

He previously worked as a behaviour change consultant, radio and TV broadcast manager, adult educator
and zoologist.