We work hard to ensure that the youth reach their highest potential, every day.
Meet the team which gives enke it’s life blood, passion and drive.
Passionate about creating environments for people to define and achieve success, Rufaro’s worked in the nonprofit and social enterprise sector in Zimbabwe, Canada and South Africa. Rufaro’s dedication to youth development in Africa is driven by her belief that socio-economic transformation and leadership of the continent is in young people. This passion led to her joining enke in 2012 as a communications intern, then managing and leading enke Programs (2012-2015) and taking over the CEO baton from Pip Wheaton in 2015.
Beyond enke, Rufaro is a board member of Ikamva Youth (a leading education and tutoring organisation), is a One Young World Ambassador, part of the inaugural Obama Foundation Leaders Africa Network (2018). She has been recognised in 2017 listing of Top 25 Distinguished Women Leaders in Africa and 2018 Avance Media’s 100 Most Influential Young South Africans. Rufaro holds a Masters in Public & Development Management from the Wits School of Governance (2017); a Social Entrepreneurship Certificate from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (2013); and a B.A. Hons. Degree in International Development Studies and Communications Studies and Certificate in Non-Profit Management from York University (2010).
A self-confessed nerd, Rufaro loves random trivia and crushes at 30 Seconds. In her spare time you may find her either binge-watching political, legal, SciFi or sitcom shows, or hanging out with friends/family having a good laugh.
Chief Executive Officer
Don't let perfect be the enemy of good.
Skhumbuzo Moodaley Mpisane has experience in youth development, crime prevention, community development, diversion, mediation, conflict resolution, education and law. His career and educational goals have led to a keen interest in human rights related issues, appropriate implementation of youth policies and how laws and policies can effect sound or progressive community developments in townships and rural areas. Skhumbuzo is currently Head of Programs at enke: Make Your Mark (enke) and a Co-Founder of the Young Professionals’ League. Skhumbuzo holds a Post Grad- Diploma in Law from the University of South Africa and Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Head of Programs
Freddy joined enke in 2017 as the Finance and Administration Manager and was later appointed Head of Operations in 2018. He has a passion for efficiency, continuous learning and process improvement for organisational sustainability.
Prior to joining enke, Freddy was in the corporate sector and his experience entailed a combination of operations management, financial management and strategic planning. Freddy holds a B. Accounting Degree from Africa University.
Freddy’s vision is for enke to maximise its social return on investment to its partners, widen its impact on its beneficiaries while remaining a great place to work for its employees.
In his spare time, Freddy enjoys gardening, cooking and travelling. He is also an avid Formula 1 fan.
Head of Operations
Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.
Tidimalo is passionate about youth development and active citizenship. She has worked with several non-profit organizations establishing way of creating sustainable income. Tidi’s journey with enke, began in 2012 when she took part in the Trailblazer Program. Since then, she has been infatuated by the organizations dedication to developing youth leadership and agency. Tidi has grown from being a Trailblazer, the youth liaison, and today she is the Sales and Engagement Manager for MYM: Training and Development Services.
Beyond enke, Tidimalo has her own company where she organizes Golf days as fundraisers for companies and is looking to branch into player management. Tidimalo has also served as the treasurer for the Diocese of Johannesburg’s children’s ministry. She has also taken part of many youth development programs like the “People to People Summit” which she attended in America. With a Bachelor of Accounting Degree from Monash University (2019) ,Tidimalo wants to use her background in finance to assist non-profit organizations to find sustainable ways of generating income
Tidimalo is passionate about youth and helping people redirect their money and uses that skill to raise funds for the development of the youth. Being from a small town herself, Tidi has a love for long drives to small remote towns around South Africa. She loves eating, and feeding people all her favorite foods. For Tidi, laughing out loud, eating good food, playing in the sun with her God Daughter and jamming soul music is what this living thing is all about, it’s the reason God created the Moon, the stars and the sun, and the reason God created her.
Managing Director (enke Services / MYM Training & Development)
I want to be the kind of story that you have to tell everyone you know.
Operations Manager: HR & Admin
No tree eats its own fruits. We exist to bless the world and not ourselves.
Program Manager: Training & Engagement
Don’t make permanent decisions on temporary situations.
Make someone smile everyday but never forget you are someone too.
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
Program Officer: Kimberley
When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Program Officer: Jeffreys Bay
Screw it, Lets do it!
Program Officer: De Aar & Surrounds
If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Program Assistant: Jeffreys Bay
"You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings"
Program Assistant: De Aar
Don't ruin a good day by thinking of a bad yesterday, let it go.
Operations: Admin Intern
Development: Admin Intern
Program Intern: Kimberley
Board & Advisory
Dr Chrischar Rock is a citizenship, multiculturalism and human rights practitioner with twenty years professional teaching and facilitation experience in the United Kingdom and South Africa. Between 2001-2014 she held the post of Head of Citizenship at two inner-city comprehensive North London colleges, developing and advising on several educational initiatives to promote citizenship education, youth engagement and political literacy. For many years she served as a teacher training mentor at the Institute of Education (University College London) and as an associate curriculum content writer for the National Schools Partnership. Chrischar has acted as a Leadership Coach on the Mandela Washington Fellowship Programme for their Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). She is a Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Alumnis and holds a Masters' Degree in Education and International Development from UCL Institute of Education (UK), with a research focus on curriculum reform and teacher identity. In January 2017, Chrischar became a certified Master Instructor for the Institute for Leadership Development in Africa. Since her return to South Africa in 2015, Chrischar has channelled her professional experience to contribute to the evaluation and impact measurement of after school programmes in South Africa. This has included delivering short course programmes at Stellenbosch University to advance capacity building for practitioners who work in low and no-fee schools across the Western Cape. Currently, Chrischar is a Practical Learning lecturer in the Faculty of Education and co-ordinator of practical learning for all B.Ed cohorts. This position helps her to utilize her broad international teaching experience to contribute to the effective delivery of practical learning and preparing students for school-based practicum. Chrischar's research and interest areas include teachers' practices and perspectives in the delivery of democratic citizenship education in South African schools as well as exploring different tools to develop teachers' reflective practices and self-criticality.
Dr. Chrischar Rock
Lecturer, Faculty of Education: Stellenbosch University
Board: Non-Executive Director
Senior Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Bain & Company
Board: Non-Executive Director
Chief People Officer, Deloitte Africa
Board: Non-Executive Director
Mrs. Kgomotso Mufamadi is a lecturer at the University of Johannesburg in the Departments of Procedural and Mercantile Law. She was appointed to the faculty in 2015.
Ms Mufamadi is also CEO and Director of Business Development of SpreadLuv Movement, a non-profit organisation focused on providing effective career guidance to learners at under-resourced schools in the province of Gauteng.
She has worked as a legal researcher for former Justice Kate O’Regan, current Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and the late former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
She is a fellow of both Brightest Young Minds and the Aspen Institute’s African Leadership Initiative. She is also the 2014 recipient of the Inyathelo Youth in Philanthropy Award in addition to being named one of Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young People to Watch in 2015.
Kgomotso holds a Diploma in Social Entrepreneurship from the Gordon Institute of Business Science and practiced at Cheadle Thompson Haysom Inc in Johannesburg for 4 years. She has been the head of SpreadLuv for 8 years. Kgomotso holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Law, a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Masters in Law degree (Intellectual Property and Media Laws) all from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a member of the Charities Aid South Africa Board of Directors and is the chair of its Governance Committee.
Wits University President of Convocation, Attorney and Academic
Head of Finance, RMB Investment Bank
Board: Non-Executive Director
Sonwabise’s career has led her to various leadership roles in highly regulated industries such as Technology, Financial Services, Health and Diplomacy, overseeing go-to-market corporate and regulation strategy, public policy, risk mitigation, government relations, mergers and acquisitions, and communications in South Africa, rest of Africa, and Asia. Market access problem solving within STEM and the promotion of inclusion within STEM has been the key driver for her career choices. Currently, she is a director at an innovative biotech – AbbVie, and previously she held senior leadership roles at Global Citizen, the London Stock Exchange Group, and Cisco; to name a few, with her career setting its foundation in diplomacy and public policy as a Diplomat representing the South African government at the South African High Commission in New Delhi, India. Her work in driving inclusion within STEM and her extensive experience has also led to her to be appointmented in various Board leadership positions including being a Trustee for Cisco’s Charitable Trust Foundation and previously Board Director for Cisco Technology Systems South Africa, Board Chair of the South African Women in ICT Forum. Previously she was the Deputy Chair and Councilor of the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council and formed part of the Secretariat of the Thomson Reuters Africa Advisory Board Network. Sonwabise is an ALI-YL Fellow. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in International Affairs and Diplomacy from the University of South Africa and Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of the Witwatersrand in addition to various internationally recognised certificates in financial accounting and marketing from the Wharton Business School, women executive leadership from the UN Institute for Research and Training, French from Alliance D’Francaise, analytical thinking from the AO Development Institute and executive leadership training from the DIRCO Diplomatic Academy.
(Acting) Chair of the Board, South African Women in ICT Forum
Board; Non-Executive Director
From focusing on industrial psychology when he first studied, to now running the Letsema Foundation - Robin’s professional interactions are all coloured by his personal passions and focused on creating a lasting positive difference in other’s lives. Robin is fascinated by the role entrepreneurship can play in transforming society and the lessons business can teach us in seeking to solve society’s most intractable problems. He believes that a focus on people is a focus on sustainability. Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Law, from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Master of Arts, Psychology (Industrial), from the University of the Witwatersrand, and an MBA from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining the Letsema Foundation, he worked as a management consultant where he worked hand in hand with clients to solve some of their greatest challenges.
Foundation Associate at Letsema
Board: Non-Executive Director
Dr. Miriam Altman is a recognised thought leader, strategist and economist. She has deep experience in economic policy research, and also in leadership of major transformation initiatives. Most recently, she led the development of government’s National Infrastructure Plan 2050, and before that was Chief of Strategy at Telkom leading its turnaround. She was a National Planning Commissioner in the Presidency for 11 years and one of the co-authors of the National Development Plan. She led a think tank for 10 years focused on how to address South Africa’s high unemployment levels.She is a Professor of 4IR Practice in the Dept of Economics, University of Johannesburg. Miriam has economics degrees from McGill University, the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester. Her publications and blog can be found at www.miriamaltman.comOver the past 40 years she has been actively engaged as a social entrepreneur. She has a passionate commitment to youth empowerment, that is led by youth, which she believes is the foundation for South Africa’s future success. In 2019, Miriam initiated the Youth Accelerating National Development in School Advancement (YANDISA) Program with an extensive group of youth co-creators, which was implemented in partnership with enke. It is from this collaboration that the Trailblazer+ Program was co-created between enke and Miriam, where she serves as a strategic advisor and ambassador of the Trailblazer+ Programme working closely with enke to bring Trailblazer+ to more youth. Miriam is committed to building leaders of today that go from strength to strength in putting SA on track.