The Team

South Africa

Marion Wagner

Marion is the Director and prior to this was Breadline Africa’s Group Marketing Executive for 3 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 has a BA Hons in European Business Studies, a Diplom Betriebswirtsschaft (Degree in Business Administration) and an 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 Chair of the Muizenberg Improvement District; was a director on the board for 3 years prior to this and is a 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.

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.

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.

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.

Internationale Verklaring van Ethische Principes
 Breadline Africa hanteert de internationale verklaring van ethische principes bij het werven van fondsen, handelt volgens de vijf onderstaande universele principes en voldoet aan de wetgeving van elk land waarin zij opereert:

Eerlijkheid: Fondsenwervers handelen te allen tijde eerlijk en waarheidsgetrouw, zodat het vertrouwen van het publiek is beschermd en donateurs en begunstigden niet worden misleid.

Respect: Fondsenwervers handelen te allen tijde met respect voor de waardigheid van hun vak en hun organisatie, en met respect voor de waardigheid van donoren en begunstigden.

Integriteit: Fondsenwervers zullen open optreden en vanuit hun verantwoordelijkheid voor het vertrouwen dat zij van de maatschappij genieten. Zij zullen melding maken van alle huidige of potentiële belangenconflicten en elke schijn van persoonlijk of professioneel wangedrag vermijden.

Empathie: Fundraisers zullen zodanig werken dat dit hun doel bevordert en zij zullen anderen aanmoedigen om dezelfde professionele standaard en betrokkenheid te gebruiken. Zij zullen waarde hechten aan de persoonlijke levenssfeer, de individuele keuzevrijheid en de verscheidenheid in al zijn vormen.

Transparantie: Fondsenwervers streven er naar om over het werk dat ze doen, over de manier waarop donaties worden beheerd en uitgekeerd en over de kosten en uitgaven, op een accurate en begrijpelijke wijze, heldere rapportages te leveren.

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Breadline Africa onderschrijft ook de in 1993 door de Vereniging van Fondsenwervende Professionals en andere aanverwante organisaties aangenomen ‘Donor Bill of Rights’.

De Donor Bill of Rights

Filantropie is gebaseerd op een vrijwillig handelen voor het algemeen belang. Het is een traditie van geven en delen die de grondslag is voor kwaliteit van leven. Om de waarden van filantropie en het vertrouwen van het publiek te waarborgen, en  ervoor te zorgen dat donateurs en toekomstige donateurs het volste vertrouwen hebben in non-profit organisaties, verklaren wij dat alle donateurs over de onderstaande rechten beschikken:

  1. Het recht op informatie over de missie van de organisatie, haar doelstellingen en over de manier waarop de organisatie verkregen gelden inzet en over haar mogelijkheden daartoe;
  2. Het recht op informatie over de leden van het bestuur van de organisatie en op een gerechtvaardigde verwachting zodat zij een verstandig oordeel vellen vanuit hun verantwoordelijkheid;
  3. Het recht op toegang tot de meest recente financiële jaarverslagen;
  4. De verzekering te hebben dat giften worden ingezet voor het doel waarvoor ze gegeven zijn;
  5. Het recht als donateur passende erkenning en waardering te krijgen;
  6. Het vertrouwen te hebben dat informatie over hun donatie met respect en vertrouwelijk wordt behandeld, zoals gesteld in de wet van het land van de donateur;
  7. Erop te kunnen vertrouwen dat alle relaties met personen die de organisatie vertegenwoordigen, van professionele aard zijn;
  8. Er via de website of anderszins gemakkelijk achter te kunnen komen dat degenen die namens de organisatie om donaties vragen, vrijwilligers, medewerkers of professioneel ingehuurde krachten van de organisatie zijn;
  9. Het recht en de mogelijkheid te hebben te worden verwijderd van verzendlijsten die de organisatie wil delen met andere fondsenwervende organisaties;
  10. Zich vrij en onbezwaard te voelen om vragen te stellen bij het doneren van geld en daarop prompt eerlijke en oprechte antwoorden te krijgen.

Als u vindt dat Breadline Africa niet aan één of meer van deze eisen voldoet, neem dan gerust contact op bij

Breadline Africa Nederland draagt zowel het ANBI als het Goede Doelen keurmerk.



Fundraising Principles


Breadline Africa aligns itself with the international statement of ethical principles in fundraising, in particular, the following five universal principles and complies with the fundraising laws in each country in which it operates:

Honesty: Fundraisers shall at all times act honestly and truthfully so that the public trust is protected and donors and beneficiaries are not misled.

Respect: Fundraisers shall at all times act with respect for the dignity of their profession and their organisation and with respect for the dignity of donors and beneficiaries.

Integrity: Fundraisers will act openly and with regard to their responsibility for public trust. They shall disclose all actual or potential conflicts of interest and avoid any appearance of personal or professional misconduct.

Empathy: Fundraisers will work in a way that promotes their purpose and encourage others to use the same professional standards and engagement. They shall value individual privacy, freedom of choice, and diversity in all forms.

Transparency: Fundraisers stimulate clear reports about the work they do, the way donations are managed and disbursed, and costs and expenses, in an accurate and comprehensible manner.

Breadline Africa also subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, adopted in 1993 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and other associated organisations. 

Donor Bill of Rights


Breadline Africa also subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights, adopted in 1993 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals and other associated organisations. 

The Donor Bill of Rights

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

Breadline Africa continuously monitors its internal processes to ensure these standards are maintained. If at any time you feel that Breadline Africa is not meeting these standards, please contact us at