BPSA Education Foundation is an independent trust established in 2014. Over the past years the BPSA Education Foundation has disbursed millions of rands supporting initiatives within the South African education space, through individuals supported in high school as well as university scholarships.
The Foundation operates on the basis of strong partnerships with stakeholders including education departments, donors, service providers, higher education institutions, researchers and schools which share the Foundation’s vision of skilled and empowered young people, who can contribute towards the growth and development of South Africa.
To advance the opportunities of inclusive economic development and shared growth through targeted talent development, financing for higher education & skills development.
To offer sustainable improvements in education, specifically maths, science and languages, and provide access to higher education. Harnessing the potential of young people participating effectively in the economy of their country.
To provide resources and opportunities
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees governs the Foundation. Collectively the Trustees have broad experience of founding organisations, with many years of financial, legal, governance and management experience both in the public and private sectors.
Prof G Loyiso Nongxa
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Prof Nongxa is a founding Chairperson of the BPSA Education Foundation. Prof Nongxa retired in 2013 as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He returned to the University in March 2014 as the Founding Director of the Centre of Mathematical and Computational Sciences. He obtained a Bachelor of Science (1975), Honours (1976) and Masters of Science (1978) from the University of Fort Hare and a Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford University (1982). He has served in various leadership positions at the University, which include Chairperson of the Review Committee of the National System of Innovation appointed by the Minister of Science and Technology, member of various advisory committees constituted by the Foundation for Research Development, member of the Senate of the University of the Western Cape, founding Chairperson of the SASOL Inzalo Foundation, Chairman of the Higher Education South Africa Research and Innovation Strategy Group, Chairman of TENET, a South African NREN and Board Member and Chair and Trustee of various educational trusts.
Qualification(s) : DPhil (Oxon.)
Loyiso Nongxa matriculated from Healdtown College with distinction as the top matric student in South Africa in 1972. He was accepted at the University of Fort Hare (UFH) thereafter and obtained a BSc (Hons) in 1976. After obtaining a MSc from UFH in 1978, he became South Africa's first Black Rhodes scholar, and he obtained a D.Phil from Oxford University in 1982.
Loyiso has lectured mathematics at UFH, the National University of Lesotho, the University of Natal and University of the Western Cape. At UWC, he held the post of Professor of Mathematics, and he was later appointed Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He had also been a visiting research scholar at the Universities of Colorado, Harvard, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Baylor.
He was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research at Wits in October 2000 and Vice-Principal in April 2002. In November 2002, he was appointed as Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University. On 19 May 2003, the University Council appointed him as the Vice-Chancellor
Dr SL Mokone-Matabane
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Dr Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (BA) from the University of Syracuse, USA, a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Radio & Television from the University of Syracuse, USA and a PhD in Educational Administration from the University of Texas, USA.
Sebiletso has extensive experience in the broadcasting, film and telecommunications sectors in the US and in South Africa. Her experience while in the USA includes serving as a media specialist and instructional technology manager, executive producer and manager of a college cable television channel, teaching media courses at tertiary institutions and serving as a production supervisor for public radio and a commercial television station.
In South Africa, she has worked as the Co-chairperson of the Independent Broadcasting Authority and Project Manager of the Tertiary Education Programme Support. She also served as a member of a number of government appointed task teams including the Communications Task-group on Government Communications, the Task-group on the Development of the Film Industry in South Africa, Selection committee for the CO.ZA Domain Authority, Selection committee for the Board of the National Film and Video Foundation, Advisory member of the National Research & Technology Foresight Project, and participated in the development of the South African broadcasting and telecommunications policies and regulations.
She is the former CEO of Sentech and is also a member of the Advisory Council for SA Fashion Designers Association, Ministerial ICT Advisory Council and Presidential National Commission on Information, Society and Development.
In October 2014, Sebiletso was appointed as a non-executive Director to the Board of BP Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd and she chairs its Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee. She was also appointed as a Trustee on the BPSA Education Foundation Board of Trustees, which is a Trust established by BP Southern Africa.
Dr Mokone-Matabane also serves on the Councils of the Market Theatre Foundation and the Robben Island Museum.
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Thandi is a 1978 B-Juris graduate from Fort Hare. She was expelled in 1980 for students’ politics while doing her LLB final year. She subsequently completed both her B-Proc and LLB with UNISA.
Thandi's legal and business career of over 30 years spans the Legal Resources Centre, National Director of both the Independent Mediation Service of SA (IMSSA) and the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and senior partner at the commercial law firm, Routledge Modise (presently known as Hogan Lovells (SA) Inc.).
She is presently an Executive Director and Shareholder at Peotona Group Holdings. She is involved in various community initiatives including chairing the Legal Resources Trust, Zenex Foundation, Ceramic Foundation, De Beers Fund and the Fort Hare University Council. She also sits on the South African National AIDS Council Trust (SANAC).
She chairs the Board of BP Southern Africa and Tokiso Dispute Settlement. She is a non-Executive Director on the Boards of Toyota SA, Toyota Financial Services (South Africa) Ltd, Reunert Ltd, Ceramic Industries Ltd and the IDC. She was previously a non-Executive Director of the South African Reserve Bank and other listed companies.
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Kelebogile Tseladimitlwa, HR Director of BP Southern Africa, has been involved in a variety of industries, from financial services and motors to sports apparel and logistics. Her impressive resume lists a range of blue chip companies, ranging from Volvo to Nike, and DHL Sub-Saharan African, where she was the Vice President of human resources. Now, alongside her current role, she is also Board Member on the BP Southern Africa Trust and the chairman of petroleum solutions company Masana’s remuneration committee.
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Tania is a co-founder and non-executive director of WDB Investment Holdings and previously served as its CEO for 12 years. She serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Bidvest and Caxton and is the Chairman of the WDB Seed Fund. Her previous directorships include Discovery, BP South Africa, Rennies Travel, Paracon, National Small Business Development Council and the Lilliesleaf Trust.
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Rhulani is an award winning Journalist and TV Presenter. She currently works as Editor at SABC Radio News. She has previously co-hosted SABC1 talk show, called Shift. She also hosted a youth Show on SAFM known as Intune. Her media career started on Voice of Wits (VOW) as a News reader and co-anchor.
Rhulani was born and grew up at Elim Near Louis Trichardt In Limpopo. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Higher Education Diploma from Wits University.
She is the first of six children, with two brothers and three sisters born after her. Both her parents have passed on and still has her maternal grandmother, uncles and aunts as family. She has a 16 year old daughter. Rhulani was born partially blind and lost her full sight while in high school. She’s grateful for her family, especially her late grandfather who always believed in her abilities.
She also feels indebted to the Wits University Disabled Students Unit, which helped her throughout her Wits years. She reads a lot, enjoys meditating, praying and meeting people with different opinions and ideas.
She is a member of BPSA Education Foundation trust; Casual Day Ambassador; National Identity Ambassador with the Department of Arts and Culture; Amongst other positions.
She has worked as a crime and court reporter for the SABC. She has travelled to Australia and the United States with her work .Her lowest point in her media career was when she was mugged at gunpoint while covering a story in Soweto. However, this did not discourage her from her job.
She has also worked as an Internal Communications Manager for the first National Lottery Operator, Uthingo Management.
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Motukuane has held a number of senior management positions in the oil Industry over the past thirty years. He holds a BSc, UED from the University of UNIZulu as well as MBL from the University of South Africa.
His career started at Shell in 1985 where he held a number of positions across many business units, ranging from Sales, Technical Advisor, Marine, Trading and Supply chain Management.
He served on the board of Blendcor for two years from 2008 to 2010.
From 2010 to 2013 he was appointed as Supply Marketing Manager at BPSA before moving to Supply Operations Manager a position he held until August 2014 before being appointed to the current role of CEO for the Education Foundation Trust a position he holds to date.
Private: Andiswa Machanyana
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Andiswa Machanyana is a strategic Cost Accountant, with over 14 years working experience gained at JSE listed companies, fortune 500 in Manufacturing and distribution as well as Not for Profit organisations.
Her career started out as an intern at ACSA after completing her Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting at then Cape Technikon, now known as CPUT. She spent five years at Cummins Inc. a fortune 500 New York listed company where she was looking after Service Reporting for the African Region. Before Cummins she spent a few years at PPC.Before joining BPSA Education Foundation she was consulting at PWC.
When she is not working she is busy organising events at INTERNATIONS a networking organisation for expats and locals alike .She can also be found around Joburg streets transporting her son from one casting agency to the next , or cheering at junior soccer matches. She blogs for South African bloggers as well as SAmomblogs.
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Akhona is an admitted attorney with over 10 years of work experience most of which were gained in petrochemical multinational companies and mining companies listed in JSE, New York and London Stock Exchange. She has had opportunities of leading and managing complex themes of transformation such as preferential procurement and supplier development in various companies. Her legal background has put her in good stead to guide and ensure compliance with various legislations affecting companies and business units. Most recently her passion for Education and developmental work associates with it, has driven her to take up a position of Programme Manager within the Foundation.
She is currently the Programme Manage of BPSA education Foundation and she responsible for articulating and implementing the strategy and mandate of the BPSA Foundation, which is Education and Skills development.
In addition to her formal career at BP, Akhona volunteers her time to various NGO’s involved in Youth Mentoring Programs.