Board Staff

Gibson Thula

Gibson Thula

Message from the late Mr. Gibson Thula

To be humble and serve from “The Cradle to the Grave”

My own poverty stricken origin plus social work qualification placed me directly over many decades with the most disadvantaged human being in South Africa. The philosophy of sharing is deeply embedded in my family culture. We accept that it is not the quantum but is the spirit behind the donation that is paramount.

GIBSON JOSEPH THULA

Gibson Thula, a Johannesburg-based businessman aged 82, passed away on the morning of 17 February 2016 from cardiac arrest. Mr Thula, popularly known as “Bra Gib” was born on 16 January 1934 in Claremont, Pinetown (KwaZulu Natal).

Mr Thula’s introduction to business started when he was 12 years in 1946 at Madubulaville in Randfontein. He had moved there to get an education and started selling newspapers as a street vendor. He completed matric and thereafter worked from the early 1950’s worked at Marianhill College as teacher. He thereafter underwent training as a social worker, a profession he served so well that he ended up being the President of the South African Social Workers Association for 25 years.

He left social work to work as a Sales Representative for Louis Luyt Breweries for several years. Thereafter he entered politics and was appointed the urban representative of the KwaZulu Government, and was based in Tembisa in the then-eastern Transvaal. He resigned in the early 1980’s and went full time into business.

Mr Thula first venture into big business was the establishment, together with Mr Richard Maponya of the Coca-Cola bottling plant in Port Elizabeth. He also had an early partnership with Sol Kerzner’s Sun International group which lasted till his death. This partnership saw the creation of the Sun City complex, among the group’s flagship businesses. In the mid-1990’s the Government of a free South Africa appointed him the Chairman of the South African Diamond Board, a role he distinguished himself in in the years he served.

Mr Thula is also popularly referred to as “Mr Gautrain” for the pioneering role he played in the SPG BEE partnership with Mbombela within Gautrain rail transit business. Mr Thula was also the founder member of TOSACO, in a pioneering transaction with Total South Africa soon after the adoption of Mining Charter. Mr Thula also had business interests in a coal mine in the Witbank area. He was also the founding member of Phumelela Gaming and Leisure, a JSE listed company.

Mr Thula was for 15 years the Chairman of the University of Zululand Council and Foundation, and institute of higher learning to which he was a major donor. He was also the Chairman of the International Relations Council of Wits University and is renowned as having assured the education of thousands of students at various stages though his family’s Khotso Trust, many of the students qualifying as lawyers, doctors, engineers, etc. Mr Thula was also the founder of the Carnival City Community Trust which supported important causes in the Brakpan area in Ekurhuleni.

Mr Thula was passionate about supporting charitable causes and had embraced the work of SANTA; Johannesburg Child Welfare; Elizabeth Avren Home and the Bophelo-Impilo Community Association, a laudable project his late son Velani Valentine Thula played a critical role in its creation in the late 1980’s. Mr Thula also served the sport of boxing and was also an avid fan of Orlando Pirates Football Club.

He leaves behind his widow Mrs Anastacia Thula, a daughter (Mrs Nolwande Mboweni) and three grandchildren.


Mrs Nolwandle Noli Mboweni

Mrs Nolwandle Noli Mboweni

Mrs Nolwandle Noli Mboweni

Mrs Mboweni holds a Senior Teachers Diploma, B.A in Education Degree, MAP from WITS Business School. Mrs Mboweni was a Science teacher for 10 years at Fons Liminus High School in Diepkloof (Soweto). In 2002 she joined the corporate world, partnered with Absa bank asa a Director and shareholder in ALPAY Gauteng which has been paying Social grants in the whole of Gauteng on behalf of Government for the past 11 years to date.

In 2001 she joined the Sun International as a Director and Shareholder in Afrisun Gauteng, the Grandwest CapeTown, a Trustee of Afrisun East Rand Community Trust to date. She has been the CEO of Vela International since 1999 to date. Mrs Mboweni is also part of Mbombela (SPG) the Developers of the GAUTRAIN.

In 2004 she became the Director and a Shareholder of PHUMELELA Leisure Pty (Ltd) a listed company and also seats in its Audit Committee. She is also a Director and a Shareholder of TOTAL South Africa Transformation Committee.

Noli is very passionate about empowering, mentoring women to venture into business and still be able to strike a balance between business and family. She also serves in a number of Boards of women owned companies e.g Vela International Women Pty, Katekane Women’s Investments, Invest Firm. She also takes Social Corporate Investment as an obligation not a choice. She Chairs the Khotso Trust that supports more than 14 Welfare Organizations and also offers Tertiary Scholaships.

Noli is married to Dr Lincoln Mboweni and she is a mother of 2 sons, and 1 daughter.

 


Dr Zolela Ngcwabe

Dr Zolela Ngcwabe

Dr Zolela Ngcwabe

Dr Zolela Ngcwabe holds a degree from Wits University (MBBCH), BSc degree from Fort Hare University.

Dr Ngcwabe has been a General Practitioner at Brakpan District for 15 years, managing a private medical practice also working as a District Surgeon during that period.

In 2005 she joined Pholosong Hospital as the HOD of Accident and Emergency Department, later joined Far East Rand Hospital in 2006-2010 as Clinical Manager. Currently she is working at Sebokeng Hospital in the Vaal Triangle as the Chief Executive Officer.

She is currently studying a Master Degree with Wits University (Hospital Management) currently busy with the research work.

She is actively involved in the community as a motivational speaker and a mentor to mostly the youth. She is salso involved in Community Outreach Programmes.

Dr Zo Ngcwabe is a Trustee of Afrisun East Rand Community Trust.

 


Bishop Timothy Sipho Tshabangu

Bishop Timothy Sipho Tshabangu

Bishop Timothy Sipho Tshabangu

He is the Bishop of Trinity Church of South Africa, Grand True Templer of Independent Order of True Templers, Programme Director of Idamasa. He was trained as a Minister of Religion in 1985 to 1987, concentrated as a Bishop in 2003 to date. He is married to Gladys Ncane Maseko and has been blessed with 5 children 2 girls and 3 boys, 8 grandchildren and 1 great-grand child.

 

 


Ms Gugulethu Ndlangamandla

Ms Gugulethu Ndlangamandla

Ms Gugulethu Ndlangamandla

Gugulethu was born and grew up in Kwa-Zulu Natal (Pongola). Her family moved to Springs in 1988. Gugu matriculated in 1995 at Cana Combined School (Mpumalanga). She studied BA Social Work at the University of Pretoria (1997-2000)

She started working in 2001, at Springs and Kwa-Thema Child Welfare Society as a junior Social Worker. In 2003 she joined the Gauteng Department of Social Development as a Statutory Social Worker. In March 2006 she resigned from the Gauteng Department of Social Department, to work for the National Lotteries Board working as a Grant Officer.

In 2006 to date, she joined again the Gauteng Department of Social Development, working as a Social Work Supervisor in the NPO Development, funding anad Monitoring Unit. Gugu is based in the Springs Cluster. Gugu is studying Masters Degree with the University of Pretoria (Social Development and Policy). She is currently busy with the research work. Gugu joined the Afrisun East Rand Community Trust in August 2012.

 


Mr Abbey Witbooi

Mr Abbey Witbooi

Mr Abbey Witbooi

He was the General Secretary of Police and Prisons Civil Rights (POPCRU) FROM 1998-2009. In 2009 he worked for few months in the Ministry of Correctional Services and 2010 he joined the Business sector.

Mr Witbooi was appointed as the Chairperson of the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority in 2011. He joined Afrisun East Rand Community Trust in 2013 as a Trustee.

 


Dr Derick Mdluli

Dr Derick Mdluli

Dr Derick Mdluli

He obtained his Medical Degree at Wits University in 1993. He has worked as a General Practitioner in various areas in the East Rand from 1995, namely Katlehong, Delmore Gardens in Boksburg, Daveyton, Tsakane, AlraPark, Nigel and Deon (Impumelelo).

He is currently working at Natalspruit Hospital in a Family Medical Department. He is married to Constance Mdluli and have two Children Rhulani and Nikilitha.