The Team

South Africa


Marion Wagner

Marion is the Director and prior to this was Breadline Africa’s Group Marketing Executive for 2.5 years. Marion has extensive experience in the corporate world and headed major global projects in her 20-year career with Shell International. She has specialist skills in marketing, eCommerce and large scale programme management.

She qualified with a BA Hons, followed with a Diplom Betriebswirtsschaft (Degree in Business Administration) and MBA from Heriot Watt University. Her compassion has led her to roles in the NGO sector including Chief Operating Officer at Umthombo Wesizwe, followed by a Deputy Director position at African Solutions to African Problems in Cape Town.

Marion is deeply committed to playing numerous civil society roles: she is currently the chairman of the Muizenberg Improvement District; was a director on the board for 3 years prior to this and a volunteer with the Homestead Street Children’s Project; is a Neighbourhood Watch committee member and an active volunteer wildfire fighter with the Volunteer Wildfire Services. She has a passion for all outdoor activities and has completed more than 50 marathons including 11 at ultra-distance.


Roy Mayers

Roy has been the Financial Manager at Breadline since December 2014. Roy’s business experience includes more than 20 years as Accountant and Head of Administration at the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town, a national facility funded by the Department of Science and Technology through the National Research Foundation. He obtained a B. Com. degree from the University of South Africa through part-time study.

Roy has spent many years as a volunteer in community work and is treasurer for the Rotary Club of Cape Town’s Camps Programme for Disadvantaged Youth. He also serves as the Financial Trustee for IPACC (Indigenous People of Africa Coordinating Committee), a South African public benefit organisation involved in human rights and climate change. Roy has also enthusiastically volunteered to assist Paradigm Shift with facilitating business skills training courses for entrepreneurs in Cape Town.


Puleng Phooko

Puleng has worked in the NGO development and non-profit sector for more than 15 years. She spent her formative years coordinating and managing HIV treatment literacy and HIV Policy development programmes in South Africa, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Botswana through USAID, EU, and DFiD bilateral funding. She worked at the University of Cape Town in HIV/AIDS prevention, education and management, while creating platforms for shared learning and opportunities for networking by coordinating the activities of various stakeholders and partners.

Puleng possesses a master’s degree in human nutrition from the University of Stellenbosch. In 2012, Puleng joined Breadline Africa to oversee the Library and Early Childhood Development container programmes.


Edna Titus

Edna is Breadline Africa’s Donor Liaison Officer in the Cape Town office and has been involved in the organisation since 1998. She has worked for various charitable organisations, including Community Chest and The Haven Night Shelter Organisation. She has obtained qualifications in marketing, fundraising, public relations and management.

She has been involved in the conversion of shipping containers for all kinds of projects, including early childhood development centres, classrooms, libraries, soup kitchens and ablution facilities. She organises the annual trip to the seaside for disadvantaged children, taking more than 14,000 children to the beach over the years! She is secretary of the SA Institute of Fundraising’s Western Cape Branch.


Debbie Beukman

Debbie works as financial administrator for Breadline Africa and her drive for meaningful work led her straight to the organisation in 2002. She has more than 10 years of experience in the non-profit field and has worked in all departments of Breadline Africa in one form or another, gaining much experience along the way.

When she is not in front of a computer, working through Breadline’s finances, you will find her painting, or exercising her considerable creative ability in one way or another.


Diane Laugksch

Diane joined Breadline Africa in June 2015 and holds responsibility for reviewing and interpreting monitoring data on Breadline Africa’s Early Childhood Development and Library Projects.  A child of the Cape Flats, Diane has a huge passion for community development and in particular, for protecting the rights to education of children with disabilities.

A UCT Sociology graduate, Diane also holds a MA Social Science Methods from Stellenbosch University.  She has worked in academic, non-profit and donor environments and until recently, was the Social Capital Development Manager at the DG Murray Trust.

Diane was born in District Six and now lives in Rondebosch with her husband, Rudi, their two teenage children and three-year old Ridgeback.


Cleon Lategan

Cleon is a fun, loving and vibrant young lady, who is a mother of one. She has a long history with Breadline Africa, for one so young, having joined the organisation in 2007 as a Junior Marketing Assistant and during her time here, has obtained a marketing degree.

She is passionate about the organisation and believes in the difference that is being made. She is family oriented and takes every opportunity to enhance her skills professionally, and as a mother.


Selina Kleinsmith

My journey with Breadline Africa started in 2004 whilst working for Isonka Trust a marketing agency in Pinelands.  My passion for the work we do at Breadline Africa flourished with every community visit. Coming from the  corporate industry into the NGO sector humbled me.  I feel that the NGO sector is where I truly belong. With over 15 years of marketing experience I am able to use my skills to contribute to the greater good. I feel blessed for this opportunity.

If I’m not working then I’m spending time with my family usually doing things our kids love. As a mother I feel my children should not just be a member our our immediate family but see themselves as part of larger family that they should help and care for others. We all should play a part in uplifting each other and sometimes it means starting in our own home and in our family.


Gail Dreyer

Gail joined Breadline Africa in 2009 as Allocations Assistant and is now part of the dynamic Programmes Team. She previously worked at Grow Peace in Africa, a non-profit organisation, where she managed the office and administration. She now engages with various stakeholders and has a passion for working with people at grass-roots level who run inspiring projects in their communities.

Gail believes that the community is her university. When she’s not in the office, she loves a good run, hates a messy room and can do a mean push-up. Working at Breadline Africa has taught her that “all of us can and should contribute to the humanitarian effort needed in our societies”.


Thandiswa Adin

Thandiswa started working at Breadline Africa in November 2005. She currently works as Receptionist and is well suited to her position as front of office. Thandi is a friendly and dedicated employee. She regular assists the finance department with administrative tasks, which helps her to expand her skills base. Thandiswa was born in Eastern Cape. In 1998, after completing her schooling, she moved to Cape Town. She is happily married and takes pride in being a part of community development through Breadline Africa.


United Kingdom


Wendy Hill – UK Administrator

Wendy is Breadline Africa’s UK Administrator. She joined Breadline Africa at the very beginning in 1993 and has been delighted to have been part of helping the charity grow to the very proactive, vibrant charity it is today, providing help in some of the poorest communities in South Africa.

Wendy oversees the charity’s UK office, co-ordinating all enquiries from UK and Irish donors together with the donation response handling. Having visited South Africa and seen Breadline Africa projects first-hand, Wendy is very passionate about all that the charity believes in and strives for.


Tina Carpenter – Assistant Administrator

Tina joined the UK team in 2008 after working locally for another charity for some years. She has a good grasp of IT and is always the one called upon if there are any computer issues! As Assistant Administrator, she very efficiently deputises for Wendy.

She also co-administers all the charity’s Irish income with her colleague Karen. In her spare time, Tina likes spending time with her family and her two black Labradors.


Karen Chaplin – Clerical Assistant

Karen has worked in administration for many years and came to Breadline Africa in 2002 on a short contract to complete a set task and has never left!

She works primarily with UK donations, but co-administers the Irish income with Tina. Prior to 2002 Karen worked for some years at Lloyds Bank Plc.


 

Annette Perry – Response Handling Assistant

Annette joined the charity along with Hayley in 2011 to fill the newly created roles in Ipswich for Response Handling Assistants. Annette has more than 30 years’ experience in data handling through her previous employment with Barclays Plc.

Annette is a dedicated and thorough worker who is always willing to assist others when needed. Annette’s love of anything Disney is well known in the Ipswich office.


 

Paul Munning – Bookkeeper

Paul is the sole gentleman on the UK team and is always thoroughly spoilt by the ladies! Having been a bookkeeper all his working life, he has now worked part-time for Breadline Africa for two days a week since 2006 and balancing the books is undertaken very efficiently and strictly by him.