Happy has a diploma in Business Administration majoring in public management. She loves working with people and assisting the team to run a successful NGO. As the health and safety representative at Lefika she has also taken part in an online training course which explored Covid-19 in the workplace. She believes that the work at Lefika La Phodiso feels like a calling. She gets great job satisfaction watching the Lefika children using art to communicate! Happy is grateful to be part of this amazing experience.
After completing her MA in Drama Therapy with distinction, Rozanne spent a year at Ububele Educational and Psychotherapy Trust in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Rozanne heads up the communication committee for South African National Arts Therapies Association (SANATA). Rozanne is an expressive movement facilitator and an accredited circle of security parenting facilitator. Rozanne joined Lefika in 2016.
She is a clinical supervisor at the University of Witwatersrand‘s Drama For Life department and lectures community practice at the University of Johannesburg’s art therapy programme.
Kate is a certified creative grief support practitioner and community arts counsellor. She is part of the first cohort of students in South Africa to study art therapy at University of Johannesburg and intends to practice as an art therapist once she has completed her master's degree in art therapy. She has facilitated many arts-based workshops over the years. Her job at Lefika entails responding to calls for funding proposals, producing a monthly newsletter, regular social media updates, assessor and moderator training and creating a library. Kate is a published author.
Sinazo has a diploma in accounting and is currently studying accounting science at UNISA. She believes that working for an NGO is better than dreaming about an ideal society that you want to live in. She is committed to youth development and mindful that a huge proportion of our population, under the age of 25, have little hope at present of ever being gainfully employed due to lack of support. Sinazo derives enormous work satisfaction from working at Lefka La Phodiso, where hungry children are fed and nourished. She is also meticulous about balancing her accounting books.
Buhle has a certificate in adult basic education from UNISA and is currently studying BED intermediate phase at UNISA. She started working at Lefika La Phodiso in 2019. She loves working with children and is interested in childhood development. Buhle coordinates the feeding scheme at Lefika for our open studio programme, stock management and studio management.
Hayley Berman is an art psychotherapist with specialist expertise in contexts of trauma and social and political upheaval. She has a PhD in psycho-social studies and is an artist and social entrepreneur. Hayley has worked with individuals and groups in the UK, South Africa and several other countries. Hayley is also a supervisor and examiner for Public Health, Psychosocial Studies and Visual Arts doctoral students. She is a senior lecturer at Hertfordshire University, and a visiting professor at UJ. Hayley has exhibited her work collaboratively. She has published a series of books through Lefika Publications.
Khaya is an accountant, academic, activist and writer. He studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and completed his CA articles with the FirstRand Group. He has served as a mentor on the Shanduka Black Umbrellas Incubation Programme. Khaya has worked as an editor of various textbooks in Financial Reporting and Taxation. He serves as a resident political and financial analyst, writer and talk show host for many media platforms. In March 2019 he completed his postgraduate studies at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, UK. He is currently studying towards an LLB through UNISA.
Mervyn holds a BSc degree from the University of KwaZulu Natal. He worked in the IT industry for 17 years and was head of a corporate IT department when he left to pursue his interest in Buddhism. He was the manager at the Buddhist Retreat Centre near Ixopo for 13 years, before leaving to found the Emoyeni Retreat Centre, a non-profit organisation, in 2000. Mervyn lives at Emoyeni where he teaches meditation and is one of the managers of the retreat centre.