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Cheryl Hlabane started her career in Human Resources and Recruitment. She has completed qualifications in Human Resources Management (UNISA), Labour Laws (UCT), Labour Relations (UNISA) and Mini MBA.  She has always been passionate about building human capital and making a difference where skills and Development is a need. She is a motivational speaker who has also facilitated many workshops in and around South Africa talking about issues that affect women. She also has a program that focuses on finding learnerships and employment for disabled individuals.  Her passion for her work was ignited at an early age while helping her mum with her NGO which catered for Orphans and elderly people.  Cheryl Hlabane also Sits on the Board of Semukho Empowerment (Chairperson) and Khula Home Based Care (Member). She managed an award-winning HR Consulting Company for over 10 years and was   nominated for Top 100 Entrepreneurs to look out for in South Africa and was amongst the top 10 in 2008. She is currently completing her BAppSocScie with the South African College of Applied Psychology. 

Cheryl N Hlabane

A Heijer says: We often feel tired, not because we've done too much, but because we've done too little of what sparks a light in us.


Working at Frida Shelter for the past 3 years has ignited my passion and seeing the ladies and children smile because of my little contributions puts a smile on me each day. I love my job, and I would not trade if for the world.

Nokuzola Adams
Snr House Mother (July 2014) 
Nelisiwe Xaba
House Mother (September 2016) 

Frida Hartley gave me a second chance in life. I came in as a broken mother who was homeless and had lost hope. However, they saw the fire burning in me and they helped me gain skills to be where I am today. When the opportunity to become a House Mother was offered to me, I was over the moon. But I was scared to take on such a huge responsibility. The love and support of my Manager has turned my life around, and I will forever be grateful for this life changing opportunity.

Alta Moloi

Alta has been our in-house crèche teacher since 05 November 2015; she has over 15 years child minding experience working for another Non-Profit Organization in Johannesburg. Alta loves children, and that’s very evident in the manner she takes care of the little ones in her care daily. Alta goes beyond her call of duty when it comes to the children. That is why mothers have peace of mind when they leave the children in the crèche. Her loyalty and dedication is never in question.

Dr Shahana Rasool ( Board Chair) 

Shahana Rasool (D. Phil) has been an activist, researcher, trainer and academic in the field of gender for many years, with a particular focus on gender-based violence.   She is a Rhodes Scholar who obtained a Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Oxford (UK), Department of Social Policy. Shahana has a keen interest in social transformation, which began as an anti-Apartheid activist and continued through her work in the NGO sector both in South Africa and Australia. In South Africa, she has worked in the field of gender-based violence as a social worker, trainer, and researcher.  Whilst in Australia, she worked in the HIV and AIDS sector, with women experiencing post-natal depression, and with immigrant women on domestic violence policies. 

Suzanne is trained as a Narrative Therapist and has worked as a trainer and therapist with churches and NGO's for 10 years. Since starting a family however, she trained as a Bookkeeper and is currently working part-time for Frida Hartley Shelter, and other companies and individuals, to manage their accounts. She is passionate about empowering women, and is grateful to be part of the FHS team. 

Riyaadh Ebrahim is an educational specialist currently consulting with educational NGO’s working in schools in South Africa. Riyaadh has over 9 years of developmental experience working at mid, and senior levels, building educational organisations and initiatives with specific reference to technology innovation in education. He is passionate about reducing poverty through education and skills development.

Viviene Cobbert

Vivienne is a member of the St Columbus church who has been active in helping and funding Frida Hartley shelter over the years. She also sits on the Board of Nicarela which is a division of St Columbus that focuses on fund raising for various organisations. Vivienne is a liaison between Nicarela and Frida Hartley Shelter, and over the years, she has collected clothing, food, household goods and cash donations for the organisation.

Aqualine has extensive management consulting experience and is the Director of GAP Solutions. As part of her consultancy, Aqualine is currently working with the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF) as well as PYGMA Group on their Affordable Housing projects. Before that she was the Investment Director of Angsam Holdings, a private equity investment firm with operations in Angola, South Africa and Mozambique. In this capacity, Aqualine was responsible for deal origination, assessment and presentation to the investment committee and Board. Prior to being a management consultant, Aqualine was a Director at Community Investment Strategies, an affordable housing real estate development firm in New Jersey. Her education includes, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town, 2014, Housing Finance for Sub-Sahara Africa – Certificate, Rutgers University Centre for Management Development, 2006 Mini-MBA, Finance Essentials, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2003 and Bachelor’s Degree

Riyaadh Ebrahim
Aqualine Suliali ( Board Member) 
Suzanne Mackay (Finance )