August 29, 2018

Bittersweet moments: Goodbye Andile and hello to new colleagues

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Zenex Foundation has recently said goodbye to a key staff member who we’ll miss! But we are also happy to welcome some young blood to the team.

In April 2018, Zenex bade farewell to Dr Andile Dube, who joined Zenex in 2015 as Senior Programme Manager responsible for Systemic Programmes, and had been promoted to Director of Programmes by the time of her departure. She left Zenex to take on the exciting opportunity of heading up the Vodacom Foundation - Education.

The team will remember Andile for her exceptional work ethic, passion for education and youth, sense of style, and infectious laugh. Andile was truly a ‘triple threat’, with a unique combination of technical expertise, passion, and charm. Her pursuit of excellence inspired her colleagues to push themselves to achieve more and made it that much harder to say goodbye.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Andile served as Director Youth Programmes and later Executive Manager Youth Leadership Development at loveLife, and as a national risk consultant at Deloitte. Andile holds a PhD in Education Policy Studies and a Master’s degree in Environment and Development, among her academic qualifications.

Andile’s departure is a bittersweet moment: Zenex is sad to see her leave, but happy that she is continuing to grow as an individual and that her considerable talents have been recognised in her prestigious new role. And with Andile’s continuing involvement in education, it is inevitable that our paths will cross in future.

While we are sad to see Andile leave, we are also excited to welcome four very talented people to the Zenex team. The new staff are:

  1. Thabisile Zuma, Knowledge and Information Manager
  2. Nicolette Leballo, Executive Assistant to the CEO
  3. Nompumelelo Nkabinde, Information Administrator
  4. Sam Rametse, Programme Manager

All of the new colleagues bring a unique flavour to the team with experience in government, the NGO and consulting sectors.

Thabisile’s role as a Knowledge and Information Manager includes enabling and supporting knowledge creation within the Foundation and disseminating this work among educational stakeholders and partners. She started her career at the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation as an Evaluation Intern in May 2012, moving up the ranks to Evaluation Officer in 2013 and then Assistant Director in 2015. The following year, Thabisile joined Genesis Analytics as an Analyst in the Evaluation for Development Practice. We’ll be learning with her as we develop our knowledge management capacity. 

Nicolette joins Zenex as an Executive Assistant after serving as Senior Secretary at the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Presidency. She started working in administration at the South African Post Office before taking on roles as a receptionist and Assistant Secretary at the National Treasury, and as an administrative assistant for the Director: Legal and Deputy Land Claims Commissioner at the Commission on Restitution of Land Rights. She is highly organised with exceptional communication skills – attributes which have made her first few months at Zenex ‘a breeze’. 

Nompumelelo’s role includes maintaining the grants system, initiating and drafting contracts to service providers, database development and management and provision of information on the Zenex Foundation. Nompumelelo started her career as a librarian at the City of Johannesburg, Malvern Community library in 2008, she then joined the University of Johannesburg as an Information librarian in 2010. In 2011 she progressed as a subject librarian for the education, optometry, and sports and movement studies departments. By the year 2012 she joined the Foundation for Human Rights as a Grants Administrator. Nompumelelo is passionate about education, especially the development of historically disadvantaged learners.

Sam Rametse joins the Zenex Foundation as Programmes Manager responsible for designing, monitoring and evaluation of projects. His functions include managing stakeholder relationships and ensuring that the evidence produced through projects is disseminated.  Sam brings with him 14 years of experience working in the field of STEMI education. He has worked at various organisations including the Gauteng Department of Education’s Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in 2004 as a Science Communicator. In 2006, he joined the NRF’s Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) as the Education Officer responsible for developing and managing educational projects as part of the observatory. The last 6 years has seen him employed by the Square Kilometre Array Project where he managed the Schools Development Programme within the Human Capacity Development Programme.

Through these recent appointments, Zenex continues to contribute in education by adding young, driven and qualified employees to the team – colleagues who share our passion for education and making a difference to youth.