Our Team

The Siphila Sonke team comprises a Board of Directors, an Executive Team, Staff members and up to 40 Volunteers.

Board of Directors

  • Ann Bradford – Chair
  • Brenda Silberbauer – Vice Chair
  • Stuart Maxwell – Treasurer
  • Dudley Adolph
  • Kim Brown
  • Headman Menziwa
  • Bev Morgan

Executive Team

  • Ann Bradford
  • Linda Boyd
  • Kim Brown
  • Jane Huskisson
  • Stuart Maxwell
  • Headman Menziwa
  • Bev Morgan
  • Brenda Silberbauer

Staff Members

 Tina Johnson is Siphila Sonke’s Manager.  She is responsible for the overall management of staff and co-ordination of Siphila Sonke’s activities.  Tina has been at the helm of Siphila Sonke since 2015 and is a well-known member of our community.


Linda Braun is our full-time Fieldworker. The majority of her time is spent working in the community – identifying and assessing new Food Parcel Beneficiaries, visiting and helping current Beneficiaries (which could be anything from encouragement, to summoning an ambulance).  Linda also assists with the monthly food parcel deliveries. She actively networks with other community organisations and is secretary of our quarterly General Community Meeting.  Linda is a qualified and experienced Home Based Carer and has been with Siphila Sonke since 2008.


Unathi Ngonyama is our part-time Fieldworker and is responsible for our isiXhosa speaking Food Parcel Beneficiaries. Like Linda, she does Beneficiary interviews and assessments, home visits, record keeping, referral to other organisations and general assistance such as help with applying for documentation such as ID books and birth certificates.  Additionally, Unathi helps with our food parcel deliveries at the end of each month.  Unathi is a qualified and experienced Home Based Carer and joined Siphila Sonke in June 2014.


Lien Nobalibongwe Mtati joined the staff of Siphila Sonke at the beginning of October 2016 to fill the vacancy left by Felistus Madondo.  She is the new Kids Club and Support Group Co-ordinator. Lein has certificates for Social Auxiliary Work, Paediatric First Aid and ECD level 4.  Lien worked for Khari Gude (Dept. of Education) as an educator & supervisor for 7 years, where she was involved with teaching older people and comes highly recommended.


Dume Manqatha has been appointed as Kids Club Facilitator since the beginning of 2016.  Dume facilitates the CAMI educational computer training programme, which we introduced at the start of the 2016 school year as part of our Kids Club curriculum.  He is fluent in Afrikaans, English and Xhosa and is a great asset to our team!



Maria Ncapayi joined Siphila Sonke from the beginning of March 2017 and assists Lien Mtati with the Kids Club in the role of Kids Club Facilitator.  Due to the increase in the numbers of children attending the Kids Club it became evident that we needed another permanent member of staff to help with the Kids Club, and we are happy to welcome Maria to this team.  Maria has obtained ECD levels 4 and 5 through Boland College and is a local lady fluent in Xhosa, English and Afrikaans.


Maria is our General Assistant and helps with keeping our offices and the Church hall clean and ready for all activities to take place.  She assists with Support Group and Kids Club activities as necessary as she is always ready and willing to help where she can!




Siphila Sonke is fortunate to enjoy the support of up to 40 Volunteers from the community in the village of Grabouw and farming community of the Elgin Valley.  Our Volunteers assist Siphila Sonke in so many ways – helping with the administrative elements of our organization; assisting with our day-to-day core activities of Food Parcels, Home Visits, Support Group and Kids Club; and fundraising activities.  For more detail, see the section  Supporters – Volunteers.


Siphila Sonke Outreach Program