Rays of Hope is governed by an active Board of Directors that meet five times a year.
Keith Small - Chairman
Keith Small is a Professional Engineer with over 30 years experience, having studied and worked in South Africa and abroad. He is a qualified secondary school teacher and currently teaches mathematics as a volunteer at Rose-Act.
Sihle Mooi - Executive Director
Sihle was born and bred in the heart of Soweto. After graduating from Law Studies at Wits University, he went on to study Theology at George Whitefield College in Cape Town and later at Cornhill in London. He then lectured for 4 years at Johannesburg Bible College, pioneering the Soweto Campus and sat on the Board of the College.
Sihle is passionate about mentoring and developing young leaders from marginalized communities and has led 3 church plants in three different major cities in South Africa. It was during the years of leading a church in Soweto that he got involved with orphans and vulnerable children in the community. He has lectured and facilitated workshops nationally on topics like Race and Understanding Townships, and views himself as a bridge between communities; the privileged and the poor, townships and suburbs.
Chris Murray has worked in youth livelihoods and skills development, youth employability and early childhood development for over 30 years. He operates at a local level running youth projects, as well as at a strategic and national level in order to create systemic change. In the mid 1980’s Chris ran a Saturday Enrichment Programme for youths from the primary and high schools of Alexandra. He has enjoyed doing international advising and training in Kosovo, Macedonia, Bangkok, Mali, Benin and Ethiopia, and has a passion for encouraging youth to earn a living from their own skills.
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Doug graduated with a BCom Law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Doug has lived in Melbourne, Fiji, Sydney and Toronto, with nearly 20 years FMCG experience in companies such as Bunge Australia and Goodman Fielder, and 10 years experience in QSR with Yum Brand’s KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. Since home is where the heart is, Doug returned home to South Africa in 2012, where he is responsible for leading the iconic KFC brand in Sub Saharan Africa. A people focused leader, who believes in the power of believing in his people and driving business growth in Africa, Doug is also a bit of a geek, and loves technology and keeps abreast of the fast moving digital world. He is a husband and father to three sons and loves the great outdoors during his downtime. Whether skydiving, windsurfing, snowboarding or mountain biking, Doug loves to go fast and feel alive.
John’s career spans 37 years with an international corporation where he currently serves as Operations Director for Africa-Middle East regions. He was directly instrumental in the establishment of an FET High School and Technical College in Soweto, which aims to provide quality education and relevant industry skills to youth within the local communities. John served on the board as trustee and chairperson for over 10 years. John and his wife Sue are members of Rosebank Union Church, and have been married for more than 31 years with three children. Jointly they share a passion for the elderly and people in need within our communities, and have both been engaged in sustainable upliftment efforts in Alexandra.
Having grown up in both Kwa-Zulu Natal and Johannesburg, Jenny has always had a heart to see positive change in people’s lives. After studying teaching she spent time in London working for a charity organization supporting unemployed young adults. Over the years she has filled the role of Executive Pastor and Campus Pastor at a church in the North of Johannesburg, as well as completed her Honours in Bible and Theology. After almost 7 years in the church context Jenny moved into the corporate environment where she now works in Branding and Communications.
Tim has spent the last 15 years running businesses and providing consulting services to various corporates and governments in southern and eastern Africa. As an equity partner in a professional services company and active supporter of a number of NGO’s, Tim’s passion is to ‘make a difference’ using the talents and resources at his disposal. Tim’s involvement in Rays of Hope began as a volunteer in 2011. He has been a member of the Rays of Hope management committee and remuneration committee providing his expertise in the areas of governance, risk, finance, HR, administration and strategy.
Lydia Molebatsi Tshabalala
Lydia Molebatsi Tshabalala was born, raised, and attended school in Alex. Due to the support of family, friends and educators, she successfully completed a Teaching Diploma from the Johannesburg College of Education. She is currently working at Realogile high school as Head of the Life Orientation Department. The school governing body awarded her the opportunity to lead the school as acting Deputy Head of school earlier this year.
Lydia is involved in numerous social responsibility organizations such as Abuse Prevention and Training (ADAPT), Scripture Union, Peer Learner Education facilitator, the SRC, SANCA, and Columba 200 netball. Her devotion to Christ has been the foundation for her concern and subsequent action for the less fortunate. She believes that all children should be well fed, happy and brought up in a safe and clean environment, which is conducive to their overall well-being.