Cheryl N Hlabane

 Cheryl Hlabane is a Change Agent, Public Speaker and Social Activist. She is passionate about empowering women and ending the scourge of GBV. Cheryl plays an active role in helping destitute and abused women at FHS and in the community. Cheryl has facilitated many campaigns through social committees to proactively and effectively address key issues affecting women and children. She was part of the #TotalShutdown which saw thousand of women marching to the Union Building and handing out #24Demands to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Cheryl Was also invited to be a delegate at the 1st ever Gender Summit which was the result of the march. Cheryl holds qualifications in Human Resources Management and Labour relations with over 15 years experience in the HR/Recruitment industry. She is also currently studying towards her BAppSocSci and plans to use this qualification as a tool to further help women deal with their psychological issues in a more holistic manner.

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) 

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.

Nelisiwe Xaba
House Mother (September 2016) 

High-energy and creative management professional with experience and success in helping clients optimize investments.  Demonstrated skills in project management and analysis of current market conditions, understanding industry trends, and recommending most appropriate courses of action for clients and partner companies. I am able to build strong, sustainable relationships with internal and external individuals. Perform effectively under high-pressure situations. Maintain highest ethical standards. Passionate about affordable housing, empowering African emerging markets and communities. Strategic global thinker as a line manager and as an executive member.  Aqualine qualifications include a BA, Mini-MBA - Finance Essentials, Certificate - Housing Finance and C3P - Certified Credit Compliance Professional

Vice Chairperson 

Social Entrepreneur, Business Developer and Educationalist, Commerce Graduate, Strategist & Innovator. Team-Player and Strong Leader committed to development through promotion of education.  Riyaadh holds a BCom Economics & Business Management and a Post-Grad Diploma Education Management

A Narrative Therapist with a Masters in Practical Theology having completed a dissertation on the impact of faith on female identity using a narrative, participatory approach.   Passionate about community work and desires to be a part of implementing programmes that are meaningful to the community.

Since having a family she has completed her National Ceriticate in Junior Bookkeeping and has worked parttime as a bookkeeper for the past 3 years.

Has great appreciation for administrative systems which support and facilitate the broader working of an organisation and enjoys being part of the design and implementation of these systems.

Suzanne McKay
Board Member

Remaining true to his commitment towards access to health for all, Dr Cephas Chikanda, as the Founder and Managing Director of Pulse Healthcare, is leading the organisation in a complex and rapidly changing environment, responsible for the overall executive management, business development, financial management and employee management & development. He is also the lead consultant doing the actual project work, running the different projects at client sites/offices. Dr Chikanda has served in various capacities in both public, private and NGO sector organizations and has a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals and interest groups. 

Board Member

An entrepreneurial, solution-and-results-orientated practicing attorney; resilient with a broad legal background, exceeding 17 (seventeen) years post-qualification in private practice, in the practice areas of conveyancing/property law/notarial work; litigation/debt collection and commercial law, He has extensive experience in advisory services; research, analysis, drafting and problem-solving. 

Board Member

Penny Hlubi is an experienced Head of Human Resources with a demonstrated international experience in the petrochemical, mining and renewable and automotive industry. She is Skilled across the HR value chain including specialization in IR, Transformation, Deferred Compensation, and Strategy. She holds a B. Social Science, B (Hons) industrial Psychology and currently studying towards MCom I(labour Economics).

She holds a BSocial Sciences, BHons Industrial Psych, MCom Labour Economics and Certificates in Workforce Diversity & Strategy Management

Board Member

Sydney is highly capable professional with a diverse understanding of business and leadership developed through experience across a variety of industries and geographies, with a passion for leading, developing and nurturing creative thinking teams around starting and growing businesses. He hails from a Financial Management background and his  passionate about quality customer experience. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills reinforces his ability to lead and influence relationships at all levels. His  experience operating at an executive level has helped him master strategy formulation, establishing appropriate structures to achieve efficiencies, drive transformational change and ensure the delivery of desired goals. He is a  motivated and ambitious entrepreneur who thrives on diversity and committed to making a meaningful contribution wherever he can.

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