Mpilo Khumalo has joined SAEP as a Coordinator for our Hope Scholars programme. Mpilo was born in Soweto (Gauteng) and relocated to Zimbabwe where he lived with his grandmother. He completed his primary, secondary and tertiary studies in Zimbabwe and moved back to South Africa in search of greener pastures. Mpilo holds Honours in Education from the University of Zimbabwe and an Advanced Certificate in Education from the University of Fort Hare. He is currently studying for BCOM Financial Management at UNISA.

Mpilo is inspired to expand his imagination, influence change, acquire knowledge and to be a game changer in the world’s socio-economic problems. His passion is to mentor children to be tomorrow’s leaders of high moral and ethical values. Mpilo has enjoyed working in SAEP’s dynamic team of different cultural backgrounds during his first weeks. He enjoys being around people who take pride in the work that they do and he is hoping to draw from the skills that are within SAEP. He looks forward to being supported by the SAEP family to achieve his goal of rebranding the Hope Scholars programme.

“My greatest wish is to at least have one Grade 9 learner with a Level 7 in Maths”-Mpilo Khumalo.

 

Nokuthula Dyonasi, known as Thuli, lives in Wynberg. She grew up in a section called Unathi at the Lower Crossroads township. She completed her high school at Sthembele Mathiso Secondary School and after matriculating, Thuli enrolled at New Africa Theatre Association in Sybrand Park and obtained a 1 Year NQF Level 5 Certificate in the Performing Arts. She worked with different organisations doing facilitation work, during which she developed a love for teaching and working with young people. An opportunity came about for Thuli to teach English in South Korea in 2007. The children in South Korea had so much love and drive for learning which kept Thuli fired up and she wanted to do more teaching when she returned to South Africa in 2010. Thuli is currently doing her second semester in Higher Certificate in Adult Basic Education and Training at Unisa.

Thuli took an opportunity to work as a librarian for Education without Borders in Fezeka High School, Gugulethu. When the government started distributing interns to schools, Thuli’s job then switched to being an English tutor and she later became a Head Tutor at Mseki Primary school. Her main focus was language enrichment, and she worked closely with teachers to take pride in their learners and the work that they do. Teachers learnt how to give attention to each of their learners, and not only focus on the smart learners. Thuli is inspired by seeing good results and cooperation between learners, other stakeholders and herself. Working for the greater good coupled with enthusiasm, commitment and good results is what drives Thuli.

What Thuli enjoys most at SAEP so far is the freedom that she gets to stretch her wings as far as they can get. She cannot wait to begin the activities at Siyazakha Primary School. She is excited to interact with learners, coaches and staff at Siyazakha. She hopes to grow the program and develop her skills even further.