He was Senior Manager Investments for General Mining Union Corporation and managing director of Genbel Investments Limited, its JSE listed investment arm and Group Financial Director for the Alexander Financial Services Group, and have held numerous board appointments of listed and non-listed companies of which currently he is a non-executive director of HDI Global, Land Bank Insurance and Land Bank Life insurance companies, of which companies he chairs the Audit and Risk Committees and is a member of the Actuarial and Investment Committee.
He is a Chartered Accountant (Witwatersrand University) as well as a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Higher Diploma in Tax Law (Witwatersrand University).


Sister Elizabeth Coleman has been involved in youth care work for over two decades. After completing her studies, Sister Elizabeth gained extensive experience as a high school teacher at Missionary Sisters of Assumption Schools where she served as school principal for 22 years. She was assigned the role of Boarders’ Mother at Assumption Convent boarding school. She started and managed the Johannesburg Catholic School Council for eight years. Sister Elizabeth holds BSc and BEd degrees from Rhodes University and has a diploma from the Institute of St Anselm in Mill Hill, London. She also completed a semester programme with the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies at St Mary’s University of Minnesota and Tangaza College in Nairobi.


As a board member for more than 30 years and, having held several terms as a Chairperson, David Daniels formed an integral part of the growth, development and transformation journey of Girls and Boys Town. Some of his key functions include ensuring the overall success of Girls and Boys Town; extension of service offerings; commencement of admission of girls; establishment of new projects at Learner Support Centres in Macassar (Western Cape) and Kagiso (Gauteng) and introducing measures to promote financial sustainability. His qualifications include a Masters Degree in City Planning (University of Cape Town); Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) and BA degree from the University of the Western Cape.


Michael de Klerk is an experienced educationist who has a long history of serving various schools and institutions across Southern Africa. He is a member of the boards at REAP; Christian Brothers Association; Catholic Education Trust; Northern Free State Institute for Community Development and the newly established Catholic Board of Education in South Africa. He is also Province Leader for the Congregation of Christian Brothers. Michael qualified as a teacher in Melbourne, Australia. He furthered his tertiary studies at La Trobe University and University of South Africa.


Patrick Dillon previously worked as a manager at Impala Platinum, is a shareholder at Nimag Ltd and member of Lions International. He holds a BSc Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town.


Father Robert Gore’s rich background in the education field as a teacher and principal has equipped him for his contribution to Girls and Boys Town. Father Gore’s experience includes being the director of a Cape Town-based child care programme and the Bosco Youth Centre in Gauteng. He hold an Honours Degree from Maynooth University in Ireland and Bachelor of Arts and education qualifications from University of South Africa.


Ros Halkett is a Social Science (Hons) graduate from the University of South Africa and has a wealth of expertise in the world of business who has fulfilled previous positions as Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and member of the Finance Committee. She is a retired social worker with career highlights that include working at Child Welfare South Africa and National Programme Manager: HIV/AIDS, followed by an impressive list of private contract work in the diverse areas of policy development and organisational development.


Currently the Chairperson of Girls and Boys Town Board, Shimi Donald Kau has a long history of serving young children lacking home support. A scholarship from the Gifted Child Programme instilled in him the values of mentorship and stewardship of young children lacking basic home-care. Donald previously worked as a Communications Officer in Transnet’s Corporate Social Investment division and was an Executive Director at Meropa Communications. He holds a national diploma in Public Relations Management from the University of Johannesburg.


GBT CEO Lee Loynes has been at the helm of GBT organisation since 2007 and prior to that her career has focused on education and counselling. She trained as a clinical therapist and is working towards completing her PhD. Ms Loynes feels honoured to be a role player in the youth-care field where her goal is to find solutions that help challenged youth get a better chance at life. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Social Work from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and a Master of Science in Child and Youth Care Administration from Nova University in the US.


Sr. Velephi Venencia Mthembu was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg. She entered the Convent in 1992. She is a physiotherapist at King Edward Hospital. She studied in UKZN for one year before she headed for New York to complete her studies in Bsc in Biology, Masters and Doctorate in Physiotherapy. She has worked for two years in New York before returning back to South Africa. Prior to studying Physiotherapy, she was involved in different ministries of the Congregation. She has worked in the Orphanage, Preschool, and Adult Basic Education project.


Br. Mario serves in the Catholic religious institute of the Marist Brothers. He has been serving the institute as Secretary for the Marist Brothers Province of Southern Africa. A school teacher by profession, has worked in Kenya for eight years, where he immensely contributed to the religious and professional formation of young Brothers from over twelve countries in Africa. Upon returning to South Africa, he has managed formation workshops for teachers in Marist schools in the country and beyond.
His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from the then University of Natal, Post-Graduate Education Diploma (UNISA), as well as two Masters degrees: M.Ed (Wits) & M.Phil. Theology (St Augustine).


Pat Pillay has served GBT for over two decades and in that time he has been part of the process to ensure that optimal management of KwaZulu-Natal homes in Glenwood and Verulum homes. In his capacity as principal of the Youth Development Centre Tongaat, Mr Pillay warmly welcomed youth into their new homes and endeavoured to secure them placement in appropriate local schools. The retired school principal holds several qualifications most of which are the education field including a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees from University of Durban Westville.


During her initial career, she was involved in financial control of major works contracts and as a records controller at Public Works Department. She has served at Trust Building Society as Head of records, and set up record systems with respect to investments and housing loan accounts. She has held several portfolios including Personal assistant to Assistant regional director of Public Works Department, Head of Records and Systems at Trust Building Society, Personnel Officer at the National Research Institute for Oceanology (part of the CSIR), Personnel Manager at Ninham Shand, Human Resource consultant on few contracts at BPSA, and Human Resource Manager at Cape Town Child Welfare Society. She has served as Principal Officer at Child Welfare Pension and Provident Funds. She has also served as Chairman of the MSP/Sizwe Medical Aid Regional Committee. After her retirement, she has acted as a facilitator in Human Resources and Industrial Relations training for NPRT. She serves as a Trustee on the Boards of several NPOs, where she is mainly involved in human resource management and corporate governance sub-committees. She is actively involved with Stellenbosch Hospice NPC, Heartlands Baby Sanctuary and GBT. She believes that serving on governing structures enables her to give back and assist organisations to realise their vision and mission. She holds a BA (1968) and HONS B&A (1984) from Stellenbosch University.



Margaret Balazi is the Head of External Training Services at Girls and Boys Town. She previously worked as an educator for nine years. She has held numerous positions at Girls and Boys Town, having started out as a Trainer and then her dedication and commitment enabled her to take on the roles of first Regional and then National Training Coordinator. Margaret’s career highlight was setting up suitable resources for Girls and Boys Town Learning Support Centres. She obtained numerous qualifications from the University of Johannesburg including an Honours degree in Education; BEd; ABET diploma and Education Training and Development Practices as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry from CFCI Bible College.


Chantelle du Toit is the Head of Residential Services and Internal Training at Girls and Boys Town. After spending time as a social worker in the Family Homes, she headed up the Internal Training division in the Western Cape. She finds gratification in seeing Girls and Boys Town alumni making a success of their lives. She takes seriously the need to promote a safe environment in which youth can flourish and be a role model to her staff. Chantelle has a BA Hons degree in Social Work from the University of Stellenbosch.


Karen Farred is the Head of Family Services at Girls and Boys Town and she has 29 years of experience as a social worker. She specialises in therapeutic work with emotionally and behaviourally challenged children and youth in different settings, including clinical settings; shelters for street children and children’s homes. Karen assisted the Director of Youth Services in policy development which was done in consultation with senior residential care staff. Prior to joining Girls and Boys Town, she worked at the Child and Family Unit at Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital where she served as the Unit Manager, and was the Manager of Claremont Children’s Shelter, a project of Child Welfare. She conducted research in the treatment of Conduct Disorder and the findings of her research were presented at the National Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Conference. Karen has a Degree in BA Social Work from the University of the Western Cape.


Making a difference, adding value and being of service to colleagues and youth are Derrick Groep’s sources of daily motivation for fulfilling his role as Head of Residential Services at Girls and Boys Town. Derrick cites as a career highlight his Observation and Training visit to the original Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, USA in 1996. He completed two decades of service with Girls and Boys Town in 1999 and in 2008 he was appointed Head: Residential Services. He holds a BA Social Work (Honours) degree from the University of the Western Cape and a BSc (Honours) degree in Social Planning and Social Administration from the University of Cape Town. A range of roles and responsibilities have shaped his professional career. As a Social Worker/Probation Officer with the Department of Social Development, he received valuable in-service training on the Children’s Act. During his time at the Cadet Training Centre for unemployed youth, he equipped them with essential skills for adulthood and good decision-making. He worked at De Novo Rehabilitation Centre for Alcoholics where he supervised a team of three social workers and realised the importance of preventative work after working with adults that were affected by long-term alcohol abuse.


Pearl is the National Marketing Manager at Girls and Boys Town. Her career in marketing started in Media and has had the opportunity to work with some of the well-known brands in corporate nationally and internationally. She has worked as an independent consultant within Marketing and Strategic Communications for some of the multinational companies. Her educational background includes B. Comm Marketing Management, Social business sciences from GIBS and Management Advancement Programme (MAP) from Wits Business School and is currently studying towards her MBA at Henley Business School.
She adds into the organisation her passion and dedication for Strategic communication, brand management and digital marketing solutions to leverage Girls and Boys Town brand to new market audience.


Peter Marx has been in service at Girls and Boys Town for over 20 years. Prior to his appointment as the Head of Evaluation and Research, he held numerous positions including Child and Youth Care Worker at St Johns Hostel where he was involved in direct youth care work and Vice Principal at Girls and Boys Town Macassar campus where he combined youth care work with the supervision of staff and overall campus management. He considers the development of life-changing resources for the organisation that result in the upliftment of communities as the most important aspect of his work. His educational achievements include a BA with Majors in Psychology and Human Movement Studies and Honours in Clinical Psychology from Rhodes University. He is currently studying towards a Masters Degree in Research Psychology.


Tommie Veldman has over two decades of experience in financial management. He has worked for Telkom SA for 11 years as a Regional Finance Manager. He also served as the Financial Manager for Basil Read Homes (Pty) Ltd; was appointed the Head of Inspections for the South African Revenue Service; and is an articled clerk with Ernst & Young. Since taking up his position at Girls and Boys Town has been the pursuit of the organisation’s financial goals in order to safeguard employees and ensure the availability of resources to serve the youth entrusted in its care in the short and long-terms. With a B.Comm Accounting degree from Rand Afrikaans University, Tommie has also completed a Senior Management Programme at the University of Pretoria; the qualification of Associate General Accountant with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants SA and has completed Articles of Clerkship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
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