Our Vision

Empowered, Resilient Future Leaders and Families Living with Dignity and Hope.

Our Mission

Rays of Hope is a Non-Profit Company (NPC) and a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO), which manages a large number of social outreach programmes in Alexandra Township (Alex) in northern Johannesburg.  The organisation focuses on children and their families to improve all aspects of their lives, journeying with them from vulnerability to independence. This creates a lasting impact on the broader Alex community.

Rays of Hope started operating with one project in 1991 and has grown to a network of community-based programmes, focusing on learning & development, psychosocial support and family care.  We currently have 400 children and their families in our programmes and have impacted thousands of people through the years.  The organisation is hands-on in Alex, having developed close relationships with community leaders, the police, high schools, the Alexandra Clinic and the Department of Social Development, which has enabled it to leverage appropriate assistance when available and necessary.

Partnering with the Alexandra community to create sustainable change through psychosocial services, learning and development programmes.

OUR BOARD

John Shuttleworth

Chairman

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.

Thabo Gumbi

Board Member

Prior to joining TEBA, Thabo held various positions in the financial services field at Absa Bank, Hollard Insurance Group and Standard Bank. He joined TEBA in September 2012 as the financial services manager to spearhead the company’s financial services strategy. He was then appointed head of new business to pursue growth opportunities. His current position as Head of Commercial integrates new business activities, operations, research and marketing.

Jenni Kurten

Board Member

Jenni has worked for Rosebank Union Church as the leader of the Missions Ministry for 16 years. She is passionate about the work of Rays of Hope and believes everyone has a unique role to play in reaching Alex with the gospel and seeing the community flourish to the glory of God. Jenni & her husband Andre have been members of Rosebank Union Church for more than 20 years. They have 2 adult daughters and 3 grandchildren. Jenni enjoys gardening, birdwatching and travelling.

Ian Anderson

Board Member

After marticulating at Hilton College, Ian spent 9 Months in the army as a paratrooper. Ian graduated at night school with a CIS (Chartered Institute Of Secretaries) while working in the Stock Exchange and was a trader for all of his working career. He wrote the StockExchange exams and became a Stock Broker and director of Ivor Jones then became a Director of Deutsche Bank when they bought Ivor Jones out. He is now retired. Ian has volunteered at Rays of Hope for over a decade. He has organised the 3-day chartity ride from Clarens to Johannesburg for 8 years raising funds for Rays of Hope. The highlight was when 38 cyclists raised just over a Million rand. Ian has always been very sporty and has completed 5 comrades marathons, including the New York Marathon.and 21 CapeTown Cycle Tours. He completed 10 of them with Irene on the tandem. Ian was married to Sheryl for 36 years and has three sons. After her passing, he married Irene several years later and they have been married for 11 years.

Muziwethu Zwane

Board Member

Born and bred in Alexandra, Muziwethu’s mission in life is driven by a core belief that a life worth living is one dedicated to serving others. As a leader, he uses his influence to inspire, challenge and transform people’s lives so they can operate at their optimum level. He is motivated by a passion for people development and subscribes to the values of ubuntu and integrity in bringing a human touch to the world of business. Muziwethu has a proven history of delivering value as a corporate professional focusing on human capital, strategy and general affairs within the media publishing, automotive manufacturing and technology industries. As a servant leader with a social conscience, he is now pursuing his passion for philanthropy by sowing through community development. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, cooking, gardening and photography.

MEET THE TEAM

Muziwethu Zwane

Chief Executive Officer

Sandy Chapman

Finance & Operations Manager

Bertha Muchadeyi

Psychosocial Support Manager

Charmaine Seloma

Stakeholder Relations Manager
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