Dez is the current Chief Operating Officer of the Vuya Foundation. He started his career in the electrical industry and behgan his own company in 1994. Dez Jansen Electrical quickly expanded into a multi-faceted construction company and after having studied project management in 2001, Dez was able to expand on the company to create Dez Jansen Projects - a project management company. In 2008 Dez moved into the commercial properly sales and sleasing industry. Since his move to the Vuya Foundation in 2012 he has taken over the project management of the office and the logistical aspects of the multiple projects that the Vuya Foundation runs. Dez Oversees all business functions of the Oppie Koppie creche and is our on-site advisor for all matters technical, operational and logistic.
Dez has been an invested Rotary Club member since 2005. He was appointed President of the Pinelands Rotary Club in Cape Town (District 9350) in 2001 and was the past chairman of the Rotary Youth Exchange. He is passionate about what he does for the community and what the community can do for others.
Derick Elbrecht is currently the CEO of Teba Trust Fund and his key responsibility and focus is on entrepreneurship and community development. Derick has held the position of National Treasurer for the National Union of Mine Workers, one of South Africa's largest unions, for 12 years (1997-2009). Along with his work as the treasurer of NUM he has been involved in various labour movements fighting for the rights of workers. Derick has a wealth of experience in the field of policy development. He is also a qualified electrical technician.
Dr. Paula Huyshamer is the founder and past CEO of Vuya! Investments (Pty) Ltd. Paula has her doctorate in economics and has a long background in tertiary education as lecturer of economics at the Unisa School of Business Leadership and Vista University.
Ronald Balie is currently the principal of the Ceres Secondary School, in the Witzenberg/Cape Winelands area. He completed his primary teacher's diploma (PTD3) at HEWIT Teacher's Training College in 1978 and later went on to study and obtained both a BA and B.ED (Honours) degree at the University of the Western Cape. After 35 years of teaching Mr. Balie's passion and goal is still the bettering of lives through the education and development of the broader community, especially the young.
Ntombekaya Sigonya is a qualified senior social worker. She has been working at FAMSA, a non-profit organization that focuses on the family unit and family orientated challenges, in the Western Cape for 13 years. Ntombe previously worked for Metrorail as an Employment Assistance Programme (EAP) officer. As a mother first and social worker second, Ntombe is passionate about families and is focused on the family unit in her counselling work. The extent of her work ranges from dealing with drug abuse and child abuse to HIV/AIDS training and life skills training.
Siyambonga Limani is a qualified social worker - BsocSc (Honours) - and is currently working in business and life-coach training. A key focus for Mr. Limani is working with the family unit and family counselling. He is currently working at G.F Jooste Hospital.
Mercia Isaacs is the current executive chairperson of Vuya! investments (Pty) Ltd and the chairperson of Vuya Foundation. She began her career as a businesswoman with her husband – Samuel Isaacs – in 1978 when they started an electrical company, SMI Electrical. This was the start of Mercia's love for business.
Since then she has sat on numerous boards such as the Western Cape Gambling Board, chairperson of the Western Cape Tender Board, current chairperson of G.F. Jooste Hospital board, a board member of SHAWCO (a student-run NGO started by the University of Cape Town), non-executive board member TUV Rheinland, member of counsel at the Health Professions Counsel of South Africa (HPCSA) and on-executive director of Henkel South Africa. She has also been a member of council for Diocesan College (Bishops) for the past 4 years and sits on the advisory board for Women in Leadership at the UCT Graduate School of Business.