REASON WE EXIST

The primary objective of Afrika Tikkun is to provide holistic development in disadvantaged communities. We aim to empower young people by affording them the opportunity to receive gainful education, good health care, nutrition and support for their families. In doing so, we equalise the playing field for unprivileged young people so that they have the same employment opportunities that privileged youth have. We offer a number of programmes that ensure an all rounded person as the outcome. Our 360 degree Model of care consists of three programmes, namely: Early Childhood Development, Child and Youth Development, and Career Development. Additionally, we have programmes which support our 360 degree Model, namely: Family Support Services, Primary Health Care, The Empowerment Programme, and Nutrition and Food Security Programme.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

June Tatelman
June Tatelman
Director
JUNE TATELMAN is a true investor in community change, June Tatelman’s career in education and commitment to philanthropy spans over 40 years.
Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi
Elizabeth (Liz) Ngonzi
Chief Executive Officer - Afrika Tikkun
ELIZABETH (LIZ) NGONZI is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North America representative of Afrika Tikkun-- a cutting-edge South African organization that has for the last 23 years,
Karen Blumenstein
Karen Blumenstein
Governance Chair
KAREN BLUMENSTEIN is the Principal at Flower & Stone, Ltd. and leads the development of commercial real estate projects including mixed use private partnerships (P3s) and municipal finance transactions.
Nicole Cramer
Nicole Cramer
External Affairs Chair
Onyi has experience in diverse fields including legal practice, business develop- ment, marketing and communications, as well as NGO management.
Steve Katznelson
Steve Katznelson
Director
STEVE BRETT KATZNELSON, CFA is the Partner, Managing Director, and Chief Investment Officer at Radcliffe Capital Management, L.P.
William Recant
William Recant
Director
Dr. WILLIAM RECANT serves as the senior staff person regarding all of JDC’s non-sectarian programs and directs JDC’s Government Affairs program.

EMERITI DIRECTORS

Tassilo Baeuerle
Tassilo Baeuerle
Jonathan Brodie
Jonathan Brodie
Scott Gassman
Scott Gassman
Euvin Naidoo
Euvin Naidoo

ADVISORY BOARD

John Chalsty
John Chalsty
Advisor
JOHN CHALSTY was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. in February 1996 after serving as President and CEO from 1985.
Sanjay Gupta
Sanjay Gupta
Advisor
SANJAY GUPTA has 20+ years of senior level global strategy and business leadership with top tier management consulting and Fortune 500 companies across financial services.
Lisa Issroff
Lisa Issroff
Advisor
LISA ISSROFF and her husband founded and run the Issroff Family Foundation, which provides educational and related support for children and youth across Africa and in New York City.
Andrew Levy
Andrew Levy
Advisor
ANDREW LEVY is the senior counsel at the DLA Piper. He serves the business and legal needs of participants in most aspects of, and product types in, the real estate industry throughout the United States and in Europe.
Olga Meshoe
Olga Meshoe
Advisor
OLGA MESHOE describes herself as adventurous, energetic and possibly a little bit of a workaholic.
Teboho Moja
Teboho Moja
Advisor
Dr. TEBOHO MOJA is a Clinical Professor of Higher Education at New York University.
James Newlands
James Newlands
Advisor
JAMES A. NEWLANDS is a Partner at Ernst & Young, where he leads EY’s Americas-Africa Business Center based in New York.

JUNIOR BOARD

Rory Julyan
Rory Julyan
Advisor
Benjamin Jacobson
Benjamin Jacobson
Co-Chair
Ari Hirsch
Ari Hirsch
Co-Chair
Reilly Koren
Reilly Koren
External Affairs Committee Co-Chair
David Hurly
David Hurly
Member
Jordyn Hurly
Jordyn Hurly
Member
Nathan Pitock
Nathan Pitock
Member

ACHIEVEMENTS

2015

FW de Klerk Goodwill Award

The FW de Klerk Foundation awarded us with the 5th annual FW de Klerk Goodwill award.
2012

Sports for Social Change Network (SSCN) Award

On March 2nd, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund invited the SSCN members and stakeholders to a dinner showcasing best practices in the sport-for-development sector. Afrika Tikkun and Kick4Life received the inaugural SSCN Awards.
2013

South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA)

The Transformation Award was presented to us – Our Uthando centre was developed into a heritage building - the old Transvaal Memorial Children's Hospital.
2011

Cyril Harris Humanitarian Award to Marc Lubner

We received the ABSA Jewish Achievers Award.

OUR FOUNDERS

Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris
Founder
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris is one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun. He trained at the Jews College, and served suburban congregations in Kenton and Edgware and finally St Johns Wood from 1979.
Bertie Lubner
Bertie Lubner
Founder
Bertie Lubner is one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun. He spent 41 years expanding the Plate Glass Group and developing their interests. By the early 1990’s, the Group was operating in 19 countries, employing 23000 people, with a turnover of over $1. He went on to take on various philanthropic initiatives and from this Afrika Tikkun was born.
Ann Harris
Ann Harris
founder
Ann was born in the UK and for 30 years she practised as a solicitor in the City of London. Her late husband, Rabbi Cyril Harris was a community Rabbi in three different London congregations and in 1987, he became Chief Rabbi of South Africa.
Arnold Forman
Arnold Forman
Financial Director
Arnold Forman is a Chartered Accountant who completed his articles with Arthur young, in 1989, and remained in the profession until the end of 1994 when he left Coopers Lybrand Canada.
Herby Rosenberg
Herby Rosenberg
Executive Deputy Chairman
Herby, who was among the earliest founders of Afrika Tikkun has, over the years, become Afrika Tikkun’s Ambassador, loved and deeply respected within the organisation, and far beyond its walls.

HISTORY OF AFRIKA TIKKUN

We were founded in 1995 by the late Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris and Philanthropist/Businessman Dr Bertie Lubner. Initially, the day to day needs of children was a priority but soon after, the organisation evolved into one focused on overall development. Renamed MaAfrika Tikkun and later Afrika Tikkun, our approach was refined and reformulated into a Holistic Developmental Model. This Model is aimed at providing education, health and social services to young people and their families through centres of excellence in South African townships. Our main goal was to create a sustainable future for the youth of South Africa and the credibility of this cause won the support of the organisations Patron-in-Chief Nelson Mandela.
Since then, we have built 4 centres of excellence across Gauteng and 1 in the Western Cape.