Long-standing Zenex Foundation Trustee and South African business and civil society leader, Thandi Orleyn is the new Chair of the Zenex Foundation. She assumed the role in October 2015, succeeding Mr Sizwe Nxasana, who will continue serving on the Board as a Trustee.
Thandi has been a Zenex Trustee since 1997 and has played a central role in providing strategic guidance to the work and programmes of the Foundation over the past 19 years. Her legal and business career of over 30 years spans the Legal Resources Centre, National Director of both the Independent Mediation Service of SA (IMSSA) and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), and senior partner at the commercial law firm, Routledge Modise (presently known as Hogan Lovells (SA) Inc.).
An executive director and shareholder at Peotona Group Holdings, Thandi is also involved in various community initiatives, including chairing the Legal Resources Trust, Ceramic Foundation, De Beers Fund and the Fort Hare University Council, and now the Zenex Foundation.
A stalwart of transformation and empowerment, Thandi will continue to play a strategic role in spearheading the Foundation in its mission to work in partnership with Government, donors, NGOs, researchers and schools towards improving education outcomes in South Africa. This bodes well for the Foundation as it accelerates its efforts to share evidence-based lessons learnt from independent research and evaluations to contribute to knowledge and capacity in the sector.