Our Team

Sibonelo Nongcula
Chief Executive Officer

Sibonelo fell in love with mathematics in her grade 9 classroom, where she had heated debates with her father who was also her maths teacher. It was after this experience that she felt that every student should love and not fear mathematics. During her final year at university, Sibonelo started tutoring grade 12 students in Mathematics and Physics, and this is when she fell in love with working with young people. When not in the office, Sibonelo is probably hiking a mountain or having a long walk along the beach. She also enjoys arts and craft and is always starting craft projects.

Honjiswa Mali
Operations Manager

With her calm and quiet demeanor, one could easily mistake her for a shy person. A nurturer at heart who is passionate about supporting the development of others, Honji is a firm believer that education is the foundation to endless opportunities. Her experience spans in Administration, HR and Operations. A homebody at heart, Honji also enjoys a day spent discovering new vineyards, spending the day at the beach and taking long drives.

Jo Denysschen
Finance Manager

Jo brings a wealth of knowledge in administration and finance which is central to her role as Finance Manager and supporting the team in its day to day activities. A genius at paying close attention to detail, she believes wholeheartedly in education especially in the foundation phase. While mathematics was her favorite subject at school, in her personal time she enjoys sewing, reading and spending time with her fluffy pets.

Stephen Kweza
Chief Program Manager - CPT
Having started tutoring mathematics at grade 9, Stephen loves numbers and looking for patterns to make maths fun. Stephen loves to be around children and he teaches them mathematics with a smile. He believes that every child has a right to have an excellent mathematics teacher. Being part of Numeric, he gets to see this becoming a reality. When he's not working, Stephen plays soccer, hikes with his niece and spends time with his baby boy Bantu.
Luvuyo Notshokovu
Chief Program Manager - Durban

Luvuyo, better known as LV to most and self proclaimed Chief of Chief Program Managers was born in the Eastern Cape. A UCT graduate, he first served as a Program Manager in Cape Town before relocating to Durban to help establish Numeric's Durban office. Extremely passionate about people, LV prides himself in the work that he does. When not at work, he spends his time chilling with his close friends and reflecting on how he can make a bigger impact in the community.

Rugare Mabeza
Chief Program Manager - JHB

Rugare is a bubbly character who loves working with numbers. Her love for Maths was instilled by her Grade 3 teacher and she never turned back. As a Teach SA Alumnus, she brings with her knowledge, experience and skills that make a meaningful contribution to Numeric's mission of creating high-impact learning environments in low income areas. She's a Maths 24 aficionado and spends most of her time explaining to Numeric directors how to solve the Level 3 cards!

Matthew Lehman
Business Development Officer

Matt is a former attorney who took a gap year to teach English in Korea. During this time, he discovered his passion for education and came back to South Africa with a mission: to use his skills in a support role at an education NGO. He found that role at Numeric and hopes to help the organisation thrive. Outside of work, he enjoys both rugby and yoga, as well as walking his dogs on the mountain.

Gaynor Links
Administrator

Enthusiasm and passion for education are what drive this dynamite-soul to get up in the morning and contribute to positive change. She aspires to be just that - to add value to the intellectual development of the next person. She believes sharing is caring and sharing knowledge will ultimately contribute to improving and uplifting communities and the economy as a whole. Outside the office, Gaynor finds pleasure in dancing crazily to her favourite music....behind closed doors of course!

Nasser Abrahams
Program Manager

Nasser is an enthusiastic and focused individual who is able to work effectively as a team member. He always displays a willingness to learn, is willing to try something new and will not hesitate to impart knowledge. His experience working in a school environment has developed a passion for education and empowerment. In his free time, he finds solace in all sports and gardening. He enjoys reading biographies and places family as a priority.

Elam Lusizo Seku
Program Manager

A Bcom Management Studies graduate from the University of Cape Town; and former Numeric coach, Elam is interested in the broader spectrum of education to bring about positive change in the education system. She believes that through constant innovation pupils would become more globally competent. A modernized education and mentorship provides hope to live a better quality of life.

Nothando Makhetha
Program Manager

Born and bred in Durban KZN, she came to Cape Town to study at the University of Cape Town. She fell in love with the mother city and decided to settle there. She is a mother to an NICU Graduate. Passionate about education and with one loud laugh and smile at a time, she aims to touch the lives of the learners and coaches she works with. When not at work or living out her purpose, she is running or reading for her book club, and most of her time is spent playing with her little warrior.

Funelakhe Duze
Program Manager

Funelakhe Duze is very passionate about giving back to the community. He lives by Robert Sobukwe's quote "Education to us means service to Africa. In whatever branch of learning you are, you are there for Africa." His humbleness, humility and desire to change lives are the right ingredients to make an impact in South African education.

Thandeka Skotha
Administrator

Growing up Thandeka found joy in helping her young cousins with their homework, this indicates that Thandeka had a passion for teaching at a very young age. Even though she did not pursue teaching as a profession, she still finds joy in seeing children from low income areas getting the help they need. When at home, Thandeka enjoys reading, learning new dances as she loves dancing and Chess is her favorite sport.

Zethembiso Sisi Mkhize
Program Manager

Sisi is a happy and positive human being with a great sense of humor. She believes in quality education for all, and that children should be helped realise that mathematics can be thoroughly enjoyed. Her experience in working with children for three years made her realize that when given adequate support and guidance, not even the sky is the limit for them. Sisi is an aspiring fitness bunny. When not at work, she's at the gym, or not; or restraining herself from indulging in dunked wings.

Surprise Dladla
Program Manager

Surprise was born in a small town called Nelpsruit which is situated in Mpumalanga province. He obtained his Bed degree from the University of Pretoria. After obtaining his degree he went back to teach high school Physical Sciences and Mathematics for 8 years in the deep rural arears of Nelspruit. He then joined Maths Centre as a Physical Sciences facilitator and served for 3 years before joining Numeric as a Program Manager 2021. Surprise is very passionate about numbers and variables with their relationship.

Onkemetse Mokgosi
Program Manager

Coming from a disadvantaged background, with no formidable role models but teachers. Onkemetse performed poorly in his matric. With a self-discovered innate ability to do well in mathematics, Onkemetse decided to pursue a degree in mathematics, this journey helped him acknowledge the knowledge gaps he has. Upon completing it he looked through his rear mirror to see who he could give a hand to. Onkemetse loves football not only as a supporter he is playing amateur football as well.

Kanya Mazula
Administrator

My ability to understand and share the feelings of another allows me to successfully play out my role as the office administrator. I also firmly believe that a missed opportunity in extra maths lessons for me does not have to be for another young South African child. This to me is all the enough reason for my support in the organization. When I am not busy being mindful, I am busy with morning runs and grid challenges.

Noxolo Hlongwane
Program Manager

Noxolo also known as "Nox" was born and raised in KwaZulu Natal. She describes herself as a fun, optimistic and kind individual. She is passionate about social justice, developing skills, advocating for children and education. She believes mathematics is fun, interactive and ultimately is the key to help uplift and eradicate poverty in underprivileged communities.

Phomedi Sebatane
Program Manager

Phomedi believes for effective learning to take place, one has to generate algorithms that enhance cognitive dimensions in mathematics and science education. He further believes in the physics approach which is "Rather than reasoning by analogy, you boil things down to the most fundamental truths you can imagine and then you reason up from there”.

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