Who We Are
The Knysna Initiative for Learning and Teaching (KILT) was established in 2016 to help build an empowered community through education.
When Gill Marcus retired to Knysna in 2016, local principals approached her and asked for help with problems in their schools. The principals identified the most pressing needs an education partner could address and suggested potential solutions. The Knysna Initiative for Learning and Teaching (KILT) arose from that discussion, and Gill registered it as a non-profit organisation in April 2017.
We now run 18 projects in 17 schools in the Knysna District and have achieved an astonishing reach in just five years.
KILT’s leadership is an experienced group of professionals who believe in the power of learning and teaching. Our team of bright, talented, and passionate people understand the industry and work to support our schools through their various areas of expertise.
Talita de Beer
Monitoring and Evaluation Lead and Programme Development Lead
Public Relations Lead
Our Board of Directors represents a wealth of experience and insight and have decades of expertise in their respective fields. These committed advisors support us through this journey and keep us focused on our mission of fostering self-empowered schools.
Ms Marcus was Governor of the South African Reserve Bank from 2009–2014. She worked in exile for the African National Congress from 1970 before returning to South Africa in 1990. In 1994 she was elected to the South African Parliament. In 1996 she was appointed as the deputy minister of finance and from 1999 to 2004 was deputy governor of the Reserve Bank. Ms Marcus was the non-executive chair of the Absa Group from 2007–2009 and has been a non-executive director of Gold Fields Ltd and Bidvest.
She has acted as chair of a number of South African regulatory bodies. In 2018, she was appointed to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation.
Merle has a PhD and is a registered clinical psychologist. She has served on local and international professional boards associated with her specialisation in traumatic stress and resilience.
Sandy Ueckermann has worked in the education NGO sector for 14 years. She spent eight years at the rural campus of TSiBA Education as a psychological counsellor and, from 2009, as executive director.
Naidene is a financial executive and CA. She is on the board of SA Corporate Real Estate Limited. She was a member of the investigation team on the Mpati commission of inquiry. She was GCFO of Alexander Forbes, and of the South African Reserve Bank.
Kusum studied in the US and India where she serves on several boards. An MBA graduate, she followed a career in banking. Kusum is passionate about empowering girls and women through education, mentoring and economic equality.
Bonang Mohale is Chancellor of the University of the Free State and Professor of Practice, Johannesburg Business School. He currently serves on the Boards of Swiss Re Africa Limited and Rand Merchant Bank Limited (RMB). He was awarded the Free Market Foundation Luminary Award for 2019.
Thuli Mpshe is an executive coach and independent consultant. She is a seasoned human capital executive with over 20 years’ experience across sectors including banking, retail and aviation. Committed to active citizenry, she is chairperson and non-executive director of the Field Band Foundation and non-executive director of ReimagineSA.
Johann Nel is the Human Resources Director for Abi Sab Group Holding Ltd. From 2015 to 2017, he held the position of Human Resources Director at Sabmiller PLC. He has extensive experience in his field, change management, global strategy and leadership. He has also been engaged in senior executive mentoring and development coaching.