Vuyani Safe Haven’s board is composed of people with different skills and attributes, which ensures that the appropriate expertise is available to run the board and the Child and Youth Care Centre effectively.
It is important to Vuyani that our NPO is representative of the community we serve. The community members on our Board bring unique insights into the particular issues being faced by that community, as well as an understanding of what strengths lie within the community, which is an asset to the organisation in dealing with these issues.

board membersCurrent Vuyani Board and senior staff as in photo: Etnè Hufkie (Secretary); Paul Merifield (Chair); Joshua Acheampong (since left Graaff-Reinet); Elaine Stanley (Treasurer); Peter Whitlock (Additional Member); Peter Thomas (Additional Member); Hildegarde Brummer (Vuyani Safe Haven Social Worker); Harold Steven-Jennings (Vice-chair); Catherine Steven-Jennings (Additional Member); Lena Adams (Additional Member) and Add In’s — Left: Denise Hope (Vuyani Safe Haven Office Manager) and Right: Riana v.d. Ahee (Vuyani Safe Haven PR and Marketing Officer)

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Paul Merifield – as Chairperson he oversees the functioning of the board. Paul is a farmer and businessman with a National Higher Diploma in Accounting & Company Administration.


Harold Steven-Jennings – as Vice Chair he supports the chairman where necessary.  Harold has a BSC in Engineering and is a Farmer with a huge knowledge and experience of Environmental friendly farming.

elaineElaine Stanley – as Treasurer she takes care of Vuyani’s financial responsibilities. Elaine has a National Higher Diploma in Accounting.
ethneEthnè Hufkie – as Secretary she prepares board documents and drafts meeting minutes.  Ethnè has a Higher Diploma in Senior Primary Education and was a teacher in Graaff-Reinet for many years before her retirement. She is also the Board member responsible to meet regularly with the children at Vuyani.

catherineCatherine Steven-Jennings has a BA Drama degree.  She has loads of experience in people management and regularly assists with the Vuyani Newsletters.

whitlockPeter Whitlock has a Bachelor of Building Art (B.Bldg.A) (1985) and Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) (1987) and assists Vuyani with all matters pertaining to construction and infrastructure.

peterPeter Thomas has a National Higher Diploma in Forestry, but now works in construction.  He mostly assists Vuyani with any building or reparation enquiries.



Lena Adams has served as Caregiver and Supervisor at Vuyani for 15 years.  She retired at the end of 2015, but has been co-opted to the Board as an additional member in order that Vuyani may still draw on her years of experience with the children at Vuyani.



Vuyani Board members and other community members meeting with Mr. Theo Tijssen from the Netherlands.  Theo has raised funds for Vuyani and other Non-Profit Organisations and schools in South Africa, through his organization, Stichtung Nomzano Africa for the last 15 years.

board2At Vuyani Safe Haven‘s last AGM all the current Board members were re-elected.  The treasurer, Elaine Stanley, submitted the audited financials.  The chair, Paul Merifield, read his annual report and handed out long service certificates to some of the staff members. board3