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Celebrating women in OLIVE LEAF Foundation

zandie 8.8.2010

August is Women's Month in South Africa. This is a great opportunity to introduce women in the organisation to you. Along with our programmatic efforts to promote and practice gender equality, we have also asked them to share a few facts about their lives with us.

Each woman was asked to reply to the following:

  • What do you value the most?
  • What do you find challenging?
  • Who at work inspires you?
  • If you were a car what kind would you be?
  • What would the title of your biography be?
  • What is the last book you read?
  • What is your personal mantra?

So without any further ado - we are pleased to introduce:


Itumeleng Nthabiseng Komanyane†

Itumeleng 8.8.2010

I value my family, life and good health†the most.†

Nothing challenges me! All I need do is roll up my sleeves and take a leap of faith! OLIVE LEAF Foundation has very many special people who I deeply admire. These people each have a trait that I find particularly inspiring. Elisa's warmth, Nozipho's loyalty, †Zandi's make-you-feel-good attitude, Dudu's excitement, Rook's methodical †approach to work, Pumeza and Matema's go-getter attitude, Erina's helpful †nature, Dumisani's humility and grace, Daddy's belief in people, John's †sense of humour and Eddie's resilience and humaneness.†

If I were a car I would have been a vintage 1965 Ford Mustang - High Performing!†

The title of my biography would be†Resilience and strength: A memoir of Itumeleng Komanyane†

The last book I read was†The Alchemist, it helped re-affirm what I have always known - following one's dreams, listening to one's heart and reading lifeís omens.†

In five years Iíll be:†Let's see...at the helm of my business and humanitarian ventures!†

My personal mantra is Veni, vidi, †vici!†


Zandile Maubane†


Zandie 8.8.2010

I value family†the most. they will always be there for you no matter how hard life can treat you, they would love you unconditionally, take you in when no one wants anything to do with you. ††††††

It challenges me to the core when I see children who are Orphans, children who donít have shelter, clothing and food,† , I ask myself what am I doing to make a difference in these childrenís lives.†

I am inspired by Itumeleng Komanyane, Nozipho Muthwa, Molelekwa Maubane and Eddy Phillips: These colleagues will spend hundreds of hours to make sure that the task is completed even if it means them sleeping 2 hours. ††

If I were a car I would definitely have been a Cherokee, I worship the ground were that car passes, it simply makes me crazy!

The title of my biography would be†Mama Zandie: The woman who loves children dearly.

The last book I read was†10 Principles of Great Leadership

In five years Iíll be:†I see myself as someone influential and responsible to making sure that the Early Childhood Development Strategies are being properly implemented in all our Provinces and that proper qualification and recognition can be given to everyone working with ECD Interventions. †††

My personal mantra is Being Proud of being an African Woman: I believe that it is not a mistake that I was born African, God had a purpose to fulfil by me being an African Woman in South Africa today.

Erina Muir


Erina 8.8.2010

I value my faith and family the most.†

Incompetence challenges me!†

Our fieldworkers inspire me most at work.

If I were a car I would have been a 1965 Volkswagen Beetle ††

The title of my biography would be†ĎNot without the childrení ††

The last book I read was†Ghost Child by Torey Hayden †

In five years Iíll be:†Reality: †Making a real, concrete impact on the development of our children all over Africa; ††Wish list: An everlasting vacation!!! †

My personal mantra is †ďDonít†just do it, do it well!Ē ††

Debbie Phillips

Debbie 8.8.2010

I value my family the most.†

I find it challenging to let go and let God Ė not to be a worrier! ††

Erina Muir † inspires me most at work.

If I were a car I would have been a VW Golf Cabriolet †

The title of my biography would be†Here and now Mrs Phillips! †

The last book I read was†Sisters †Ė a mindless novel! †

In five years Iíll be:†Still in administration at OLIVE LEAF Foundation Ė hopefully making a difference to the staff and clients of OLIVE LEAF Foundation †

My personal mantra is † Life is what you make of it Ė you can make a difference



Palesa Matuludi


Palesa 8.8.2010

I value my family and Integrity the most. I cannot trade those for anything.

People that canít make ends meet challenge me. It is so difficult to walk in the streets of our communities and see kids that are not well taken care of because of the effects of poverty and HIV. I try to give where I can but there is just so much need.

Our CEO Mr Edward Phillips inspires me most at work. There are very few people I have met in my lifetime that are as dedicated, hard working and diligent as Eddie. I love excellence and want to perform my best in all I do so having people like him around continues to inspire me.

If I were a car I would have been any car from Volkswagen. †Their cars are simple on the outside but reliable, fast, affordable to buy and maintain. Yep, thatís me. I am simple, reliable and am not hard to please.†

The title of my biography would be†Her Faith Amidst The Challenges of Life

I daily feed myself with the Bible, it keeps me grounded. The last book I read was Rich dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.

In five years Iíll be:†Thatís an interesting question. If you would have asked me a year ago, I would have said my other business will be pulling in significant revenue that me and my family will be living comfortably and be able to assist needy extended families.†
Now, Iíve been praying for God to help me desire what He desires for me so at this point in my life Iím not really concerned about where Iíll be in 5 years. I know God has my back. He has plans to prosper me and not to harm me, plans bigger than those I can set for myself. Iím at ease, I know God will take care of me, my daily challenges and grant me successes.†
My personal mantra is I donít want to associate with failure so that motivates me to be the best I can be.


Kerry-Jane Coleman


KJ 8.8.2010

I value my family, friends and true happiness the most. ††

Dishonesty and not succeeding when I put my mind to things are challenging to me.††

Erina Muir inspires me most at work.

If I were a car I would be a Chrysler PT Cruiser ††

The title of my biography would be She fought to the end and gave it 200 % ††

I am currently studying digital photography part time so I have a number of photography books that are required by my course to be read as well as child protection books for my upcoming conference in Hawaii! ††

In five years time I will be happy, healthy and living every day as if it where my last. ††

My personal mantra is:†Some good comes out of everything. Just look for it and what comes around goes around! †


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