VUYANI SAFE HAVEN BOARD OF MANAGEMENT
Back: Bernard Zonge (Member), Elaine Stanley (Chair), Paul Merifield (Treasurer), Ampie Jordaan (Vice-Chair), Peter Whitlock (Member).
Front: Ethnè Hufkie (Secretary), Lena Adams (Member), Hildegarde Brummer (Ex-Officio, Manager)
Not in picture: Harold and Catherine Steven-Jennings (on the board for many years and still supporting Vuyani where they can and attending Board meetings)
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 which brings unique insights into the issues faced by this community, as well as an understanding of what strengths lie within the community.
Elaine Stanley is the current Chairperson and she oversees the functioning of the board. Elaine has a National Higher Diploma in Accounting and together with her husband, Arland, they have built up Stanley Accounting Services.
Ampie Jordaan is the vice-chair and with his background as qualified chartered accountant asks the right questions. He is financial director at Montego Pet Nutrition.
Paul Merifield is the Treasurer and he very competently takes care of Vuyani’s financial responsibilities. Paul is a farmer and businessman with a National Higher Diploma in Accounting & Company Administration.
Ethnè Hufkie – Secretary of the Board and the Board member responsible to facilitate the Youth Forum at Vuyani. Ethnè has a Higher Diploma in Senior Primary Education and was a teacher at Spandau High School before her retirement. Ethnè is a District Commissioner of Girl Guides and leads a Guiding Unit at Spandau High.
Peter 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 and drafted building plans for the expansion of our facilities. Peter is also on the museum board and heritage society of Graaff-Reinet.
Lena Adams – additional member. Lena 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.
Beauty Nonceba Ndamasi is an additional member and quite new on the Board. She is a teacher at Nqweba High School in Graaff-Reinet and also head of the Languages department. She will be able to assist us with our Xhosa speaking children and staff at Vuyani and also with any education challenges of our children or liaison with schools.
Harold & Catherine Steven Jennings are farmers in the Graaff-Reinet district and bring with them years of experience with staff and farming. They are the stalwarts on the board who carried Vuyani through difficult times by their willingness to share their knowledge and wisdom with management.