“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, after which I spent the next 3yrs as General Manager of Umbindi Publishers and in 2008 I took on the exciting challenge of directorship at the ASF. 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. The ASF further allows me to live out my aspiration to facilitate the opportunity for ASF bursars 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.

Lynette Daniel

Sponsor Secretary

After school did a secretarial course and followed this up with a public relations course – also did a 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. My daughter aged 24, completed her studies at the University of Cape Town in 2009. 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 have watched ASF grow in leaps and bounds under the leadership of Margaret Elsworth and would like to see it continue to flourish under the guidance of our new director, Eliza James. My other great passion is golf – and a hole in one still eludes me!

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.

Nontuthuzelo Mnyaluza

Student Liaison Officer

I completed my schooling in the Eastern Cape. In 2008, I completed my Secretarial Diploma at Northlink College through ACCESS Trust. I joined the ASF in 2009 as the Bursary Secretary. In 2013 I was promoted to School Liason Officer and I am happy to find myself in an organisation that makes a difference in the lives of underprivileged African scholars. My job is to maintain the schools database and manage liaison with schools and learners. In addition, I render general administrative duties as required, manage and coordinate correspondence and receive visitors to the office. Presentation of special awards at schools and assisting the Gr9 & Gr12 bursars with career guidance brings firsthand insight and provides me with much joy. My message for the youth out there: do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

Mpumi Williams

FET Bursary Manager

I am a past bursar of the ASF and come from a small Karoo Town called Beaufort West. I completed my National Diploma in Business Management through ACCESS Trust. I started working for the ASF in 2005 where I was employed as the School Bursary Secretary and later promoted to Student Advisory Officer. In 2010 I started assisting the FET Bursary Manager and in 2013 was given the opportunity to take over the management of the FET portfolio. My portfolio requires that I present Student Support Workshops at FET colleges, which gives me a further opportunity to directly influence and guide our bursars. My message for the youth out there: always program your mind for success and never give-up, if one dream dies then move on to another and always be happy with who you are!

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.