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KHULA in South Africa

Though our core team is very small, we have strong relationships with the principals and management teams at our partner schools and they act as an extended team. We also work closely with the US Government’s Peace Corps and have helped place more than 18 volunteers in the KHULA schools for up to two year placements.

If you have a query regarding our programmes out in the field please contact our team in South Africa on SAteam@khula.click

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Ben Henderson

KHULA CEO & Trustee

Ben is CEO and a Trustee. Retired in 2006 from general management in international construction. Long-time friend of David & Nicky Rattray. Passionate about history and the provision of equal opportunity through quality education.

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Slindo Mncube

Admin & Accounting

Slindokuhle attended partner school, Amoibe Primary and recently joined the KHULA team in South Africa where she is looking forward to working towards empowering the children through education and changing the lives of the Rorke’s Drift Community for the better.

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Noluthando Madela

Isisekelo Preschool Head Teacher

Nolu is hard working and has high ambitions for the success of Isisekelo Pre school. She is friendly and considers herself to be a hard worker. Nolu is a positive and considerate member of the team who is always considerate of others peoples' needs and time.

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Thandi Sibanyoni

Isisekelo Preschool Teacher

Another local girl, Thandi studied at Oscarsberg Primary, Shiyane Secondary. After leaving school she studied Early Childhood Development.
Thandi’s most noticeable characteristic is her combination of energy and enthusiasm which she applies to everything she does.
Thandi firmly believes in education as an essential tool in life.

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Thokozile Mtshali

Isisekelo Preschool Teacher

A graduate of Oscarsberg, Shiyane High school and St Oswald College, Thoko joined the family business before discovering her love for teaching. She came to KHULA in 2015 as an assistant teacher at Isisekelo Preprimary School.
Her aim is to ensure that both urban and rural learners receive equal educational opportunities.

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Sthembile Ndebele

Isisekelo Preschool Teacher

After graduating from Pietermaritzburg with her ECD certificate Sthembile secured a position as a general assistant at Heather High School in Pietermaritzburg. From there she came to Isisekelo Preprimary School in 2015.
Sthembile’s aim is to help children - especially in rural areas.

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Nqobile Ntombela

Grade R Teacher

A strong-willed and courageous individual, Nqobile matriculated from Matshitsholo. After obtaining her level 4 ECD Certificate in Gauteng, Nqobile volunteered briefly at Oscarsberg Primary School before going back to Gauteng.
Nqobile joined KHULA in January 2016 to work with graduates from Isiekelo Preschool at Oscarsberg Primary school. At the same time, Nqobile is pursuing a Degree through Unisa.

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Denver Ndlovu

English Teacher - KHULA Resource Centre

Denver is an educational professional with 13 years' experience in the field. He holds a Diploma in Secondary Education from the University of Zimbabwe. He is currently studying towards a Bachelor Accounting Sciences Degree through UNISA. He believes in levelling the playing field for learners by affording them access to educational opportunities from which their rural background usually excludes them. He is committed, dedicated and fully supportive of KHULA's aims.

Nicky Rattray

Chairperson

A true South African girl from KZN, Nicky met and married David out of University in Pietermaritzburg. After short spells at Mala Mala, in Johannesburg and in Namibia, they moved to the family farm in Rorke’s Drift in 1989 where they started to build Fugitives' Drift Lodge. Self-effacing and modest, Nicky’s determination to make a home for her family has never been more evident than in the last several years where she continued developing and running the Lodge on her own. Nicky shared the same ideals and aspirations for the local Zulu people as her husband and has continued the work that the two of them started together. Nicky is extensively involved in the activities of the DRF/DRMT and KHULA and is a key participant in the Isisekelo Preschool.

Andrew Rattray

Trustee

Andrew has a B.Comm. degree, is passionate about all things wild and especially about Fugitives' Drift where he grew up, and its flora and fauna of which he has an intimate knowledge. He is a fluent Zulu speaker. Andrew spent his childhood sitting at his father, David’s, feet listening to his stories of the Anglo Zulu War, sharing his father’s enthusiasm for the history of the area and for the Zulu people. Andrew is regularly involved with the activities of KHULA.

Brian Xaba

Trustee

Qualified with a BA in Law, Brian has been a Trustee of the DRF/KHULA since its inception. Brian was extensively involved with the local communities, & worked together with David Rattray and others in an attempt to bring improvements and educational opportunities to the young people of the area.
Brian is, amongst many other social responsibilities, Vice-Chairperson of the Mangwebuthanani Traditional Council with responsibility for large areas of traditional lands around Isandlwana in which KHULA operates. Brian provides a deep insight into the needs of local communities and provides invaluable advice and guidance in applying our resources.

Mark Read

Trustee

Mark graduated from Cape Town University BA/BSc in 1979 and in the 1980’s joined the family art business – Everard Read. Throughout his life Mark has been dedicated to the ‘green’ movement both in southern Africa and internationally. This has led him to joining the boards of a number of conservation groups including the Chairmanship of WWF (SA) and serving on the WWF International Board.
Mark and his wife Christine became close friends with David and Nicky Rattray.

Robin Woodhead

Trustee

Robin Woodhead is Chairman of the David Rattray Memorial Trust (now known as KHULA). Robin joined Sotheby’s in 1998 becoming CEO for Sotheby's International and a Member of the Board of Sotheby’s Holdings. Since 2008 he has held the position of Chairman, Sotheby’s International. He is also Deputy Chairman of London’s Southbank Centre, Chairman of Hofesh Shechter, a contemporary dance company and is a Trustee of the African Arts Trust. Robin has been involved with the Rattray family since 1991, and is a part owner of the Umzinyathi Reserve.

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KHULA in the UK

Our UK office provides fundraising support for our South African operations.

If you wish to discuss a partnership with KHULA or would like to make a donation, please contact our UK team on UKteam@khula.org.uk

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Robin Woodhead

Chairman

Robin Woodhead is Chairman of the David Rattray Memorial Trust (now known as KHULA). Robin joined Sotheby’s in 1998 becoming CEO for Sotheby's International and a Member of the Board of Sotheby’s Holdings. Since 2008 he has held the position of Chairman, Sotheby’s International. He is also Deputy Chairman of London’s Southbank Centre, Chairman of Hofesh Shechter, a contemporary dance company and is a Trustee of the African Arts Trust. Robin has been involved with the Rattray family since 1991, and is a part owner of the Umzinyathi Reserve.

Sarah Wilson

Head of Fundraising

Sarah has previously held senior fundraising posts across major UK charities. Sarah joined the KHULA team in July and is responsible for all of our fundraising. You can contact Sarah by email:
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Ben Carroll

Trustee

Chairman of Syndaxi Financial Planning, previously MD of Noble Lowndes, then CEO Bain Clarkson Financial Services and Corporate Pensions, Director of Prudential Insurance Co, member of ICAEW Compensation Committee and Member of Institute of Actuaries Disciplinary Panel

Thomas O'Malley

Trustee

Corporate Governance analyst at HSBC Asset Management. Visited Fugitives’ Drift in 1996 and subsequently brought many people to David Rattray’s lectures in London and elsewhere.

Ralph Kugler

Trustee

Chairman of Byotrol plc, and director of a number of companies including InterContinental Hotel Group plc, Discovery Group Ltd, and Spotless Group Sas. He is Board advisor to Mars Inc, and senior advisor to 3i plc. Ralph is past director of Unilever plc and Unilever nv.

Huw Lloyd

Trustee

Huw works at Torch Partners, a corporate finance boutique. Prior to Torch he worked at KPMG’s transaction services division. He developed his passion for Africa working for David Rattray at Fugitives’ Drift before going to Oxford University to read Archaeology and Anthropology specializing in African studies

David Mayhew

Trustee

Chairman of JP Morgan Cazenove, non-executive director of Rio Tinto Ltd and Rio Tinto plc. He is also a Trustee of the Royal Anniversary Trust

Suzannah Endfield Olivier

Trustee

Suzannah is the author of more than 15 books and has contributed to newspapers and magazines including The Times, The Guardian magazine, and many others. As a child she spent time in South Africa on the set of the film Zulu, where she learned Zulu dances, and she has carried this link with her all her life.

Tom Boardman

Trustee

Bringing a wealth of business experience, Tom is Chairman of KHULA in South Africa and is a Trustee on the UK Board.

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