Award Staff


Adele Latchman

Acting CEO

Adele Latchman was born and raised in Lenasia Johannesburg, where she lived and schooled until 1999. She decided to relocate to Cape Town and spend 18 years in the fairest Cape working with Nedbank.

During her 15-year career at the Bank, she was hand-picked together with five other candidates to start up the first Call Center in the Country for Nedbank with EDS, and international Contact Center specialist company. After successfully launching the call centre, she was once again hand-picked and tasked to set up regional offices that would mark the start of the Old Mutual/People’s Bank alliance. With much success being achieved, the next task progressed to kicking off the Peoples Bank/Joshua Doore Alliance.

Her appetite for new challenges was met when she was approached to head up the Western Cape region in the Media Monitoring and Analysis for Monitoring SA. After 3 years of Media Monitoring and Analysis, she was head-hunted to manage the Shoprite Woman’s of the year award. It was then that her interest in the corporate social investment arena was born and her move from the corporate world to a career in the NGO sector unfolded.

Her career in fundraising spiralled at Catholic Welfare and Development, where she headed up fundraising for their WARMTH project. Her curiosity to understand why corporates did not fund faith-based organisations grew and she soon found herself back in the corporate world managing the CSI portfolio and subsequently the Trust for the Sanlam Group. She represented Sanlam as part of a government delegation to Ireland together with Dell/Intel and EMC. She was also invited to attend the Prague Summer school where she received a certificate for her participation in the future of school’s project.

She left Cape Town as she yearned to return to Johannesburg in 2016 in pursuit of developing and engaging further in the CSI field. After joining Partners for Possibility as the Regional Manager working closely with school principals, and being a school headmasters daughter, her passion in the education sector surfaced, and her move to PROTEC (an NGO focusing on STEM careers), saw her managing the PROTEC/TELKOM Project, the largest of the PROTEC projects for a period of three years.

Owing to the varying positions she held over the years, she has acquired a diverse range of experience within several business sectors and industries.
Motivated by her passion to succeed in the CSI space, together with her commitment to making a difference in society, she gladly accepted the opportunity to join the Rhona Group as the Foundation lead, where she will be responsible for managing the social projects for the Foundation.

She is a firm believer in working hard and being passionate in all that you do and themes her life on a famous quote by Mother Theresa, “It’s not about how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts”

Adele joined the team in October 2019 as Acting CEO. She can be reached on

Dhilnaaz Ramdin

Organisational Relations Support

Dhilnaaz joined The President’s Award in August 2017 as Executive Assistant to the CEO. She has now assumed the role of Organisational Relations Support with emphasis on Employee wellness. Dhilnaaz has extensive experience in Human Resources, Organisational Development as well as Customer Relations. Her work experience includes a stint at Dimension Data and a number of reputable companies. She continues to provide support to the CEO as well.

Dhilnaaz can be reached on

Palesa Matuludi

Head of Development

Palesa joined the organisation in February 2011. She was actively involved in youth development through HOPE worldwide and OLIVE LEAF Foundation for a number of years. Having previously served as Programme Manager for Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West, Palesa is now responsible for Research, Monitoring & Evaluation, as well as stakeholder relations. “It is such an honour to be working for such a dynamic organization that empowers the youth from all walks of life regardless of race or social class. I am blown away by the impact the Award has in the lives of young people; each has a unique story of how they have grown. I am also inspired by their commitment to serve their communities and uplift other young people in their towns!”

Palesa can be contacted on

Jaco Maree

Head of Programme

Jaco is the Head of Programme for The President’s Award, responsible for efficient and effective implementation of the Award Programme nationally.

In his previous role at Karos & Kambro, he served as Manager: Operations and Strategy.
17 years’ experience working in the NPO environment focusing on Youth Development and more than 13 years’ experience in Senior Management positions running Organisational units.

Jaco graduated with honors from Tshwane University of Technology with a degree in the Performing Arts, specializing in Educational Theatre and Directing.

“Seeing the joy and excitement that the participants have, just to be involved in the program, makes each day very rewarding at The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment. Helping youth to explore their full potential and find their passion, purpose and place in the world, is what working with youth is all about!”

Jaco can be contacted on


Mandy Smith

Programme Administrator

Mandy joined the Award in June 2012 in order to assist the Western Cape Office with administrative and event management responsibilities. She has event management experience and that is clearly displayed in how she contributes to the Western Cape Office. “To be part of a team that inspires our youth to become better human beings makes me a better person too.”

Mandy can be reached on

Keenan Daniels

Programme Manager

Keenan joined The President’s Award in April 2018 as Project Coordinator for Residential Youth Care facilities, Community Youth Groups etc. He has now assumed the role of Programme Manager responsible for the Western Cape Schools, Community Youth Groups, and also provides support to the Northern Cape and Free State regions. “My greatest passion is youth development and empowerment. I am excited to drive the programme to reach more youth in the Western Cape, whilst ensuring that I develop their skills and attitudes”. Over and above his passion for youth development, he is an avid graphic designer.


Busisiwe Mzandolo

Programme Manager

Busisiwe joined The President’s Award in September 2018 bringing along extensive experience in Youth Development. Busi has loads of energy and her passion lies in psychosocial support for Youth at Risk. She is committed to taking the Gauteng region to greater heights.


Qhama Dyakala

Project Coordinator

Qhama is a member of our Alumni, he completed all three Award levels between 2009-2013. He joined the team in November 2019 and services the Eastern Cape as Project Coordinator.

He studied Human Movement Science and completed a postgraduate degree in sports science. He previously worked as an intern at the Departmant of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture in the Sarah Baartman District Office/Grahamstown. And completed a Level 1 World rugby coaching qualifaction. He also had an opportunity to travel Europe on a one year Exchange Program facilitated by DSRAC in partnership with German Olympic Sports Federation. Only 4 young people across the country were selected for this exchange.

Qhama is excited about working with young people as he is very passionate about developing and empowering others. He can be reached on

Nombulelo Habana

Programme Administrator

Nombulelo is one of our most experienced Programme Administrators, having served TPA for a cumulative period of more than 10 years. Her knowledge of the Award programme is unparalleled.

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Alfred Phiri

Programme Manager

Alfred comes from a teaching background and has been involved a lot with sports development in schools. “It’s an honour to be part of a prestigious Award such as The President’s Award”.


Christine Wyngaard

Programme Manager

Christine joined The President’s Award in 2014 and has worked hard and commands respect amongst her Award units within Kwa-Zulu inland. Christine enjoys working with young people and she completely transforms when interacting with youth.

Mduduzi Mkalipi

Programme Manager

Mdudzi joined The President’s Award in September 2018, having previously worked for the Tiger Titans Cricket Club in the Eastern Cape. He is now responsible for managing Award implementation in the Ethekwini District Municipality.

Shani Stevens

Programme Administrator

Shani joined the Award family in March 2007 and she provides important support to the National Programme Administrator. Shani ensures that all Award programme information on participants, Award Leaders and agencies from all three of TPA’s focus areas are captured accurately on the database. Having completed a secretarial course and worked for a local estate agent, Shani contributes positively to our administrative needs within the organisation. “It is a great experience being part of a team of good people, who are doing good work, to make sure that our youth are equipped to meet the challenges facing them.”

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