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.

PATRON-IN-CHIEF NELSON MANDELA IN MEMORIAM

HISTORY OF AFRIKA TIKKUN

After a visit to a Tikkun project in Orange Farm in 1999, President Nelson Mandela said that he had “seen a miracle” and, offered to become the Patron-in-Chief.

In the words of Nelson Mandela:

“The [Ma]Afrika Tikkun project demonstrates in a practical and sustainable manner what can be done with limited resources, great commitment and passion. The challenge to reach all the disadvantaged people of South Africa remains a paramount one. We need all the resources, both human and financial, to address these challenging tasks. It is my belief that [Ma]Afrika Tikkun represents the best of what civil society can offer in partnership with Government’s considerable efforts. [Ma]Afrika Tikkun has proven that it has the ability to reach sections of our disadvantaged population at grassroots level. It therefore provides both physical help, as well as giving hope and dignity to the recipients.”

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.

VISIT ONE OF OUR AFRIKA TIKKUN'S CENTRES

Take a visual tour of any one of our centres here and find out more about each centre’s history and its people here:

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 its interests. By the early 1990’s, the Group was operating in 19 countries, employing 23000 people, with a turnover of over $1 billion. 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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Mvelase Julyan
Michael Mvelase Julyan
Emerging Leader
Dedicated, diligent semi-professional rugby player (wing/fullback), has played a number of other sports (including football) at representative levels when younger.
Gary Lubner
Gary Lubner
Chief Executive Officer
Gary Lubner became Chief Executive Officer of the company in May 2000. Belron is the worldwide leader in vehicle glass repair and replacement with more than ten major brands – including Safelite® AutoGlass, Carglass® and Autoglass®.
Andrew Nolan
Andrew Nolan
Head of Family Office
Andrew is a Partner in our Family Office Division. For over 17 years he has helped families around the globe deal with the complex day-to-day challenges of succession, governance and wealth transfer.
Gary Millner
Gary Millner
Board Member
Gary was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1971, and read for a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Cape Town before he moved to Switzerland
Nitzan Olsha
Nitzan Olsha
Board Member
Nitzan joined Maitland in January 2003 and has been a partner since 2008. He advises private and public companies and high net worth individuals on UK and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.
Brian Susskind
Brian Susskind
Board Member
In 2000, Brian co-founded Win Technologies, one of the UK’s first digital marketing companies specialising in the online gaming industry.
Jan Jenson
Jan Jenson
Board Member
Jennifer owns UK-based Six Degrees, a specialist reputation management consultancy, and last year founded www.mybusinessbookclub.com.
Jaqueline Julyan S.C.
Jaqueline Julyan S.C.
Board Member
Jaqueline has an international family practice and is an expert in the field. She is also a skilled practitioner in all aspect of domestic and child matters.

EMERGING LEADERS

Greg Zimmerman
Greg Zimmerman
Emerging Leader
Greg Zimmerman is a digitally-saavy, style-centric, millennial sales & marketing specialist, who works for a boutique private equity firm. 
Michael Mvelase Julyan
Michael Mvelase Julyan
Emerging Leader
Dedicated, diligent semi-professional rugby player (wing/fullback), has played a number of other sports (including football) at representative levels when younger.
Alexandré Fulton
Alexandré Fulton
Emerging Leader

I am 23 years old. I was born and raised in South Africa. I have recently moved to the UK after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Strategic Management.

Bokani Tshidzu
Bokani Tshidzu
Emerging Leader
A Zimbabwean- born, British artist and technology Entrepreneur. She studied Politics and Economics at the University of Bath.
Natalie Riley
Natalie Riley
Emerging Leader
I finished school in June 2017, and have just begun my first year at the University of Bristol studying Civil Engineering.
Sam Lubner
Sam Lubner
Project Manager
 I work as a Project Manager for Belron in the Developing Markets and Franchising department.
Tobi Ruth Adebekun
Tobi Ruth Adebekun
Emerging Leader
 From the south coast of the United Kingdom. She studied French and communications at the University of Nottingham, and after graduating, started her career at Six Degrees - a STEM public relations agency. 
Hannilee Fish
Hannilee Fish
Emerging Leader
Founder of iKan Health and author is passionate about wellbeing. After her own experience of burn-out, it spurred her on to becoming an advocate for awareness and change in the way people behave in and out of the office.

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.
2011

CYRIL HARRIS HUMANITARIAN AWARD TO MARC LUBNER

We received the ABSA Jewish Achievers Award.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Carole Day
Carole Day
CEO UK
Carole is a proactive, results driven business executive and entrepreneur with extensive experience in collaborating with clients and stakeholders to deliver solutions to address priorities.
Jennifer Miles
Jennifer Miles
Exec Director UK
Jennifer has a BSc from the University of Wales Swansea, an MSC from Birmingham University and is currently completing further academic study.