HISTORY OF AFRIKA TIKKUN
We were founded in 1994 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.
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. From 1966 to 1971, Harris also served as Senior Jewish Chaplain to the British Armed Forces. He later went on to become one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun. Cyril Kitchener Harris was Chief Rabbi of The Union of Orthodox Synagogues of South Africa from 1987 to 2004. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland. During his tenure as Chief Rabbi, he was noted for his support of full democracy during South Africa’s apartheid years. He spoke at the induction ceremony of President Nelson Mandela in 1994, and also gave a blessing at Mandela’s wedding to Graça Machel in 1998. Mandela frequently referred to Harris as “my rabbi.”
He trained at the Jews College, and served suburban congregations in Kenton and Edgware and finally St Johns Wood from 1979. From 1966 to 1971, Harris also served as Senior Jewish Chaplain to the British Armed Forces. He later went on to become one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun.
After Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris’ death in 2005, his family and friends thought that the best way to remember and honor him as well as to continue his work would be to create a foundation, the object of which would be to assist the training of personnel for organisations in whose objectives he had a particular interest. The CK Harris Memorial Foundation has now been in operation for 10 years.
For those with whom the late Chief Rabbi worked, assisted, whose guidance he sought, who suffered his criticisms or sought his spiritual guidance, his skills in every aspect of communal endeavor and his lively personality remain very much alive in all of them. This of course is largely due to his own merits.
Bertie Lubner grew up in an entrepreneurial family. His father, Morrie Lubner, was one of the founders of the Plate Glass Group. After school, he completed a B-Comm at the University of Witwatersrand, and then joined the Plate Glass Group in 1951 as a trainee. In 1953, he moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to develop the company’s interests in what was then the Central African Federation.
After 14 years of developing the Group’s interest in seven countries of the region, he returned to South Africa at the end of 1967, and assumed responsibility for expanding the Group’s interest in the wood industry. By the early 1990’s, the Group was operating in 19 countries, employing 23,000 people, with a turnover of over $1 billion.
After 41 years with the Plate Glass Group, Bertie changed his focus to allow him to undertake a number of initiatives, including continuing involvement with major business organizations, government bodies, and his family’s philanthropic initiatives. In particular, he wanted to create organizations that would look after the future interests of the emerging generation of black children. This led him to initiate, and become a founder and thereafter the Chairman of a number of outreach programmes and from this Afrika Tikkun was born.
Ann was born in the UK and for 30 years she practiced 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. With this appointment, they moved to Johannesburg where Ann became one of the lawyers working in the Law Clinics at Wits University. Ann currently lives in Cape Town and is a respected member of the Afrika Tikkun Family since her husband became one of its founders.
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. He joined the Lubner Group in 1995, as a Financial director, and remains in the group, currently as the Chief Executive Officer, responsible for a multitude of companies ranging from property developments, direct property investments, nurseries, office automation, private equities, share trading companies and other financial services.
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. Herby is a retired attorney, who has also served as the director-General of the South African Zionist Federation. Herby’s list of patronages and directorships include Worcester School for the deaf and Blind, Medunsa University and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in New York, where Herby was the only South African on the board.
When Herby is told, “We can’t do that!”, his response is “Never mind – we’ll do it, we’ll do it!” Herby’s philosophy is to ‘listen to the donors and understand their diversities”. As a result, Afrika Tikkun aligns itself with sustainable relationships and re ects a 90% donor retention rate!
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kay is founder and CEO of KAY Diversity & Performance B.V., a global company committed to embedding diversity of talent into the transformational purpose of companies so as to unleash more creativity, more innovation, more growth, more engagement and better financial outcomes.
Hamish is a Partner of the Group responsible for the Business Development and Philanthropic Divisions at Stonehage Fleming. He advises a number of international families. Hamish joined the Group in 2005, after three years at Credit Suisse. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 with Deloitte in their Financial Institutions Team.
Eldon Beinart – A qualified chartered accountant with 15 years, of investment management and corporate
finance experience. Eldon is the founder of Stonewood Capital (Pty) Ltd, an asset management business focused
on providing high net worth families with investment solutions in private, public equity and property assets.
Before Stonewood Capital, Eldon was head of Brait Corporate Finance and a member of the Brait Private Equity team.
Eldon also worked in London for Goldman Sachs International as an associate in their Investment Bank.
Leslie is a retired senior partner of Accenture. He is on the boards of various companies
and active in a number of non- profit organizations. Having lived much of his life in South Africa
he feels the need of non profit organizations to support the transformation of the country.
He is attracted to Afrika Tikkun by its philosophy of self help, beneficiary ownership and demonstrable
delivery track record.
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During his time with the company, Gary has held a number of roles that have seen him responsible for the growth and development of key areas of the business.
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Gary studied finance at the University of Cape Town, and on graduating joined Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981. He then joined the PG Group where he held a number of roles including Finance Manager of the Contracting Division, and MD of PG Masterfit. He left for London in 1989, completed his MBA programme at the London Business School in 1991, and joined Belron soon after graduating.
Gary is involved in a number of different charities and is a trustee of the Nelson
Mandela Legacy Trust. He has completed a number of triathlons, including the annual Spirit of Belron Challenge, where he joins hundreds of his Belron colleagues who swim, cycle and run to raise money for a South African charity, Afrika Tikkun.
Nitzan’s experience in these transactions include advising on venture capital and expansion capital investments across a range of sectors and negotiating the full range of acquisition, capital raising and joint venture documentation, including advice on shareholder rights and disputes. Nitzan has also advised on initial public offerings and take-private transactions including advising clients on the equity arrangements in the take-private vehicle as well as financing arrangements with lenders. Nitzan was previously with Brait in South Africa.
Jaqueline is astute and has an eye for the fine detail, and is able to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients. A graduate of Stellenbosch and Cambridge Universities, Jaqueline was called to the South African Bar in 1986 and took silk in South Africa in 2004. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in July 2009. In South Africa Jaqueline has sat as an Acting Judge of the High Court.
Theo Solomon runs a results focused digital marketing agency in London. Using paid advertising and leading data driven strategies they produce campaigns with measurable impact.
Hanan is a Strategy & Operations Analyst at Deloitte UK with a demonstrated history of working in the consulting and digital industry. She graduated with a First Class Honours in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Some projects Hanan has worked for include; assisted the development of HouzKEY- Malaysia’s first Rent-To-Own product to be fully enabled on a digital platform- under the tutelage of Maybank’s Business & Development team, assisted the assessment of the finance system architecture of a global insurance company with Deloitte UK Analytics and Information Management team and supported the digital rebranding of Real Action UK Fundraising strategies.
Hanan aspires to integrate her passion for journalism, international relations and technology to amplify the voices of women and youth.
Michael Mvelase Julyan
Dedicated, diligent semi-professional rugby player (wing/fullback), has played a number of other sports (including football) at representative levels when younger. Combines athletic ability and academic training in sports business management. Strong problem-solving skills, able to respond extremely quickly on the field, and able to bring those qualities to the workplace. Highly regarded by coaches and teammates as a positive and respectful team member, with the ability to collaborate productively and follow instruction. Proven capabilities in focusing and managing time under stressful conditions, being able to balance a demanding physical training schedule while excelling in full-time undergraduate studies. Works effectively with minimal supervision and communicates concisely at all levels.
Jayde Roberts is a London- based Trainer specialising in Pre and Post Natal Training, Weight Loss, strength Training and more.
Ruth Solomon has over 3 years experience working on projects in the development sector. She recently completed her Masters in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, where she was also Chair of the African Development Forum Committee (2015-2016).
Born in South Africa and raised in London, Greg has always been immersed and consequently passionate about Entrepreneurialism and the Business world.
As a student of International Business Management at the prestigious “Russel Group” university, The University of Nottingham, Greg gained a thorough understanding of business management and marketing theory.
Greg’s career history and work experience includes Belron, a global vehicle glass repair and replacement organisation, a Los Angeles-based International Music Management company, a Wealth Management firm, a group of international private member’s clubs, and a marketing consultancy firm. He specialises in developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies that grow revenue and build brand equity.
While studying Spanish & Russian at university, I spent time as an English teacher during the holidays and on my year abroad, and have also worked as a swimming instructor in the past. Watching students develop new skills and build their confidence was an incredibly rewarding experience for me and I look forward to becoming more involved in education efforts as part of the Emerging Leaders Board.
She has worked across a range of organizations and industries and owned her own Concierge & Lifestyle Management company. Highly competent in addressing and implementing strategic plans and is passionate about the upliftment of Education and Social inequalities throughout South Africa.
Claire has an MA in Migration and Displacement studies from the University of the Witwatersrand. After completing her studies, Claire spent 2 years working in marketing for a New York start-up. She hopes to bring her knowledge of digital marketing trends into her work at Afrika Tikkun. Claire is committed to being part of evolving the socio-economic landscape of South Africa.