“Your purpose is not what you do to bring home a paycheck – it is what you do with such intensity and passion that it becomes a spiritual calling. “


Eliza James


I completed my Associate in Management Programme at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business in 2005, whilst in the employ of Cambridge University Press.  Thereafter I was appointed as General Manager of Umbindi Publishers – tasked with establishing the business (commissioning editors and overseeing the “concept to print” of study guides for high school learners) in addition to ensuring the return of investment made by the 3 partners within a 3yr period (a feat managed within the first year of operation).  In 2008 I took on the exciting challenge of directorship at the ASF and I have not looked back.  Here I am able to live out my passion – that of facilitating the opportunity for learners to complete their basic schooling, to awaken the desire to continue furthering their education, to be transformed and to break free from the cycle of poverty.  My greatest hope for mankind is that every person be given the opportunity to reach their full potential.  One of my most treasured memories is a meeting with Tata Nelson Mandela, which I view as “my reward” for initiating CSI Programmes at Capespan Ltd.

Asanda Gigaba

TVET Bursary Manager

I am a responsible Social Scientist who prides herself in improving the quality of life and well-being of others.  I completed my BA Degree majoring in Psychology at UWC, after which I joined Media24 in 2007 as receptionist, while doing my BA Honours in Development Studies.  I spent 3yrs with the Multichoice Fort Hare Inkwenkwezi Trust and in 2013 found my passion when I joined Access Trust as a Project Coordinator (mentorship and support).  My primary duty was to assist the students with their transition from high school to college, offering academic, social and personal support.  After 4 fulfilling years at Access Trust, I was offered the opportunity to join the ASF (the mother organisation of Access Trust).  As the TVET Bursary Manager, I am responsible not only for the financial, but also the personal well-being of the students we support at Colleges in the Western and Eastern Cape.  Managing the entire portfolio has exposed me to, and sharpened my strategic, administrative and budgeting skills.  It is empowering to be in control of my department and I can now safely say, because of what I have learned at the ASF, I can see what the future has in store for me.

Lynette Daniel

Sponsor Secretary

After school I did a secretarial course and followed this up with a Public Relations and Life Line Course. Worked for Management at Old Mutual Head office for 5 years and thereafter as Assistant Secretary to the CEO of BP Southern Africa until 1986 when I left to have a baby.  I joined the amazing ASF team in 1994 as Sponsor Secretary, where I am primarily responsible for liaising with and managing our database of generous sponsors. I watched ASF grow in leaps and bounds under the leadership of Margaret Elsworth and it continues to flourish under the guidance of our Director, Eliza James. My other great passion is golf – and a hole in one still eludes me!

Nontuthuzelo Mnyaluza

Student Liaison Officer

“I am originally from the Eastern Cape where I did my secondary education.  I went on to complete my Secretarial Diploma at Northlink College through Access Trust, and in 2009 joined the ASF as the Bursary Secretary.  In 2013 I was promoted to take on the role and the responsibility as the Student Liaison Officer.  I now supervise the entire schools’ portfolio –  liaising with appointed Bursary Representatives, facilitating communication with and payments to our 2500 learners, managing the learner database, making recommendations for special awards and scholarship nominations. I am happy to find myself in an organization that makes a difference in the lives of underprivileged Scholars”.

Zena Stanfliet

Accounts Manager

I joined the ASF in 2003 as Accounts Manager where my primary task is to manage the full accounting function. I fondly recall how “back in those days” the thousands of payments made to our schools were all still done manually. With my accounting background, I was able to implement payments on a computerised system that allowed for a more streamlined process – thank heavens for technology! I am passionate about the ASF and the work it does and look forward to the organization’s continued growth.

Busiwe Magwentshu

Administrative Assistant

I studied Public Relations at MSC College and completed my Business Management Diploma at Esayidi TVET College in KwaZulu Natal.  This is also where I did my in-service training.  I joined the ASF in 2018 and have comfortably stepped into the dual role as Receptionist / Administrative Assistant.  My duties are to manage the front office and support the Student Liaison Officer in the management of the Schools Portfolio.  The work that we do is very close to my heart, since I am familiar with the background, the challenges and the hardships endured by the learners this organisation helps.  This work is worthwhile, rewarding and very fulfilling – I am happy to be part of this organisation.

Professor Geoff Everingham Chairperson: Retired Professor of Accounting - University of Cape Town. Previously Chaired Sycom Property Fund and Transnet Ltd.
Mr Thurston Brown School Principal, Ex Chairperson of Mamela Trust
Professor Hugh Corder Deputy Chair: Professor, Department of Public Law - University of Cape Town. Founder member of The Five Plus Project.
Mr Stephen Flesch Honorary Treasurer: Travel Consultant. Retired Publisher
Mr John Gardener Ex Headmaster of Bishops. Post retirement: Mentor for Independent Quality Assurance Agency
Mr Barry Hart Ex Headmaster of St. Georges Grammar High School
Mr Malcolm Law Manager - Curro private education
Mrs Wendy Moult Honorary Secretary: Retired Educator
Mrs Eunice Musapitso Educator
Mrs Erika Targett Retired Business Administrator
Professor John Webb Retired Professor of Mathematics - University of Cape Town
Dr Margaret Elsworth Founder and Patron
Miss Ruth Allsopp Ruth, a retired English lecturer, resigned as Trustee at the end of 2013. She continues to offer her services to the ASF as adjudicator of our annual Mary Livingstone Essay Competition.