About Us

ABOUT US

Since 1999 the Kay Mason Foundation has worked to eliminate barriers to quality education for promising young people from underserved communities in and around.

OUR VISION:

Our vision is to ensure equal opportunities through
education. To build a nation of leaders with impact at
the levels of community and country. We believe that by
equipping individuals to move out of poverty through
education, each can become an agent of change with
the potential to impact others around them.

 

OUR MISSION:

Our mission is to provide talented but underserved
scholars in South Africa access to quality education,
support and development opportunities in order to
nurture a generation of tomorrow’s leaders.

We’ve identified the top schools around South Africa and match the right learner with the right institute so that their experience is rewarding in all aspects.

We are proud of the learners who have passed through the Kay Mason Foundation program, excelling and developing as people along the way.

Watching our graduates begin to give back themselves later in life is additional reward

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In memory of our Patron

"Ultimately, our greatest joy is when we seek to do good for others."

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Patron.

Meet our Founder

Richard Mason

About Us

Meet the Team

Lauren Bright
Lauren Bright
CEO

Kay Mason Foundation CEO, Lauren Bright, has over 20 years’ experience in the events, sponsorship procurement, NPO, fundraising, client service and operational project management arena. She has worked on large scale and global events and prides herself on her ability to adapt, pivot and get things done. She has a Bachelor’s degree in African Languages and Industrial Psychology. She is a trained Neuro-linguistic programming practitioner and corporate coach, as well as an abstract artist. Lauren was previously the Country Manager for Operation Smile South Africa and started her position as CEO at the Kay Mason Foundation beginning of 2021.

Lindie Ammon
Lindie Ammon
Finance

Lindie was born in Cape Town and after matriculating at JG Meiring High School, went to study at Boland College Stellenbosch, where she obtained her Cost and Management Accounting Diploma. Lindie married Maans Ammon on the 9th of March 2013 and the couple was soon blessed with the birth of a little girl, Lené Ammon, born 20 November 2013.

Lindie loves working with children and have a passion to positively influence the lives of people less privileged. Her professional career started at PriceWaterhouseCoopers where she worked for 5 years. She then entered the non-profit sector during 2007 where she worked at Epilepsy South Africa for almost six years before joining the Kay Mason Foundation in April 2013 as the Administration and Finance Manager.

Lindie enjoys working at the Kay Mason Foundation where every day is so rewarding when one can see how the KMF children develop into strong leaders of the future.

 

Stacey-Anne Maritz
Stacey-Anne Maritz
Marketing & Fundraising

Stacey has always excelled at whatever she puts her mind to do. A successful career in the film industry encompassed working her way up from Production Assistant to Producer and this was accomplished within only 8 years. From there she went onto animation production working for an additional 8 years as one of South Africa’s only Animation Producers in some of the country’s best post-production studios, and in conjunction with international distributors and animation houses in the UK and Canada.

In this time Stacey also studied to be a Project Manager and was subsequently hired as the National Events Manager for Rennies Travel, one of the largest Travel Management Companies in SA, where she also embarked on additional Marketing Management studies. In October 2020 Stacey was given the incredible opportunity to be the Marketer and Fundraiser for the Kay Mason Foundation where she brings her expertise in Project Management, sponsorship liaisons, and networking with her usual all-around bubbly, “give it her all” attitude! She is also a proud mom of 2 boys.

Stephanie Kotze
Stephanie Kotze
Social Development

Stephanie was born in the Northern Suburbs in Cape Town on the 2nd July. She studied a BA in Social Work at the Huguenot College and graduated in 2012. She got married in October 2013 to Jaco Kotze and they were blessed with two beautiful Daughters who were born in 2015 and 2019.

Prior to joining the Kay Mason Foundation Stephanie worked for 5 years at an NPO, The Deaf Community of Cape Town, where she absolutely loved learning a new Language, namely Sign Language. Stephanie has always been passionate about children, their development, and their well-being. She joined the Kay Mason Foundation in December 2019 as the Development Manager and has since been able to live out her dream of developing children and ensuring that they reach their full potential.

Almarie Slazus
Almarie Slazus
Social Development

Almarie Slazus is a qualified social worker who worked at Hermanus High School for seven years where her focus was providing support and guidance to high school students. She loved working in the school system and working together as a team to ensure that the best environment was created where the students feel safe and cared for.

Almarie has a passion for working with teenagers with a special interest in trauma counseling and play therapy. She loves group work and presenting workshops.

Her goal is to help teenagers understand themselves, their emotions, and their actions better not only to teach them new skills to deal with it but to give them the tools to thrive and flourish within themselves!

Kholofelo Magongoa
Kholofelo Magongoa
Catapult Program

Kholo was born in Pretoria, she lived in Sweden for 5 years of school career and completed her high school when her family returned to South Africa in the Eastern Cape, at the Lady Grey Arts Academy. She pursued her tertiary studies in Information Science in her first year at the University of Pretoria but later decided to study a BA in International Relations at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Kholo has been passionate about children for as long as she can remember. From taking care of her relatives’ children and actively volunteering for local charities, to partnering with communities to motivate young girls to chase after their dreams no matter what. Kholo’s passion for working with children was further ignited when she worked at Reach For A Dream where she actively got to be a part of impacting lives through hope and dreams. She joined the Kay Mason Foundation in June 2021 as the Catapult Project Leader where she believes she will continue to touch the lives of those entrusted to her.

Mingah Anthony
Mingah Anthony
Academic Support Manager

Attending an under-resourced high school did not deter Mingah from pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of Cape Town. After graduating, she worked for Numeric to deliver maths programs in township communities while completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She then taught maths in high schools and lectured at various colleges. She thrives on working with youth and is overjoyed at seeing the growth her students make.

Mingah understands that you cannot pour from an empty cup and has spent many years on self-development; through academics and also by virtue of deliberate practice with professionals in the field of self-actualization. She joined KMF in July 2022 and is thrilled to continue playing an active role in creating community upliftment.

Alumni Advisory Board

Ziyana Miche Lategan
Ziyana Miche Lategan

Ziyana was a KMF Scholar from 2004 through 2008, when she graduated from Livingstone High School. She went on to study social science at the University of Cape Town (UCT), focusing on political studies, philosophy, justice and transformation. In 2018 she secured a master’s in political studies. She’s currently working as a teacher’s assistant while pursuing a Ph.D. on a Fulbright scholarship at Binghamton University.

Ziyana says: ‘The Kay Mason Foundation exposed me to brand new people, places and opportunities. My experiences as a KMF scholar have convinced me of the important role education plays in any young person’s life, and in my academic research I am committed to pursuing sustainable solutions to society’s critical problems.’

Kevin Stoffberg
Kevin Stoffberg

Kevin was a KMF Scholar from 2002 through 2004, when he graduated from Livingstone High School. He immediately went on to study medicine at the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Science. In 2019, he completed his training as a specialist physician and is currently pursuing his master’s in medicine while working as a medical doctor.

Kevin says: ‘If I’d not become a KMF scholar, I may never have had the chance to enter the medical field. I would not have been able to focus on academics. My KMF scholarship has had a direct effect on the person I am today.’

Nicole Arendse
Nicole Arendse

Nicole was a KMF Scholar from 2010 until 2014, when she graduated from Camps Bay High School. She went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in social science from the University of Cape Town, specializing in organizational psychology and industrial sociology. She is now an HR generalist at TRACE Southern Africa. Nicole is also the founder of the Sister Assist Foundation.

 

Nicole says: ‘Had my path not crossed with the Kay Mason Foundation’s, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I’ve known for a long time that I wanted to spend my life helping others through my chosen career path, and that realization was planted the moment I became a scholar at KMF.’

Naledi Maponopono
Naledi Maponopono

Naledi was a KMF Scholar from 2006 until 2010, when she graduated from Westafor High School. She went on to complete her bachelor’s in social science at the University of Cape Town, specializing in both public policy and administration & sociology. She now works as a lecturer at UCT and as an entrepreneur, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in African languages and literatures.

 

Naledi says: ‘My KMF scholarship gave me the tenacity and boost which I needed to push through my circumstances. I realized that I could dream big and know that my dreams were valid, even though I was poor. The support and guidance which I received from the Kay Mason Foundation will stay with me for the rest of my life.’

Desree Kubheka
Desree Kubheka

Desree was a KMF Scholar from 2008 until 2012, when she graduated from Camps Bay High School. She went on to complete her BCom (Hons) in financial management at Stellenbosch University. She is now an investment banking associate in the export and credit finance team at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB).

 

Desree says: ‘I never had to worry about getting stationery on time, or not being able to attend school due to outstanding school fees – I was allowed to be a child and enjoy school. The lessons learnt during my years in high school as a KMF scholar are lessons that I am still able to apply in my career and personal life.’

Asongezwa Sitwebile
Asongezwa Sitwebile

Asongezwa was a KMF Scholar from 2009 until 2013, when he graduated from Camps Bay High School. He went on to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science, and a BCom in information systems, at the University of the Western Cape. Asongezwa now works as a Salesfore Developer at Yoco.

 

Asongezwa says: ‘The KMF has changed my life tremendously. I grew up in a township, and I was used to one way of living. The moment I joined KMF, I was exposed to different schools, places, and a different way of living. It is where I learnt that anything is possible and that the sky’s the limit. I was able to dream beyond my circumstances.’

Our Board of Trustees

Sasha Knott
Sasha Knott
Chairlady

Sasha Knott, the current Chairlady of the Kay Mason Foundation, has been part of the Kay Mason Foundation since 2016.

Sasha holds an Honours Degree in Business Management and is a serial entrepreneur within technology businesses, a thought leader, female speaker, wife and mother to two little girls. Passionate about education, with herself striving for her PHD in Strategic Management. Sasha works directly with the kids of the KMF to ensure they plan today for their future careers – ensuring we break the cycle of poverty with one child who can create exponential change to many.

Martin Autotte
Martin Autotte

Martin is originally from Montreal, Canada and relocated to London in 2013 to pursue his career in finance. A former Capital Markets executive with 30 years of experience, including most recently Managing Director and Head of Europe for Global Markets at a leading Canadian bank, Martin has always been passionate about people and social causes. In parallel to his career in banking he has been involved in several charitable organisations either as a board member with the CIBC Children’s Foundation, Repit-Providence or Galerie Optica, or more recently as a frontline volunteer at London City Harvest.

Martin currently sits on the board of Fnality International, a London based fintech, where he brings his expertise at building innovative businesses and his experience in governance.

Noluvuyo Ntilashe
Noluvuyo Ntilashe

I am Noluvuyo Ntilashe (single parent to a KMF Alumni). Working for one of the biggest South African financial institutions, current role Dealmaker within Home Loans Sales Support. My goals and aspirations are social responsibility, career, passion and being open-minded to new opportunities. Most impressive achievement for me is that this year I will be celebrating 25 years of service with the same financial institution.

Eva-Maria Dimitriadis
Eva-Maria Dimitriadis

Eva-Maria Dimitriadis is Managing Partner and CEO of Conduit Connect Ltd. In 2020 Eva collaborated with Ascension Ventures and Conduit Capital to launch the first Conduit EIS Impact Fund. Prior to Conduit Connect, Eva was Chief Operating Officer at C5 Accelerate where she built and ran their global accelerator program working with founders from around the world. Through its offices in Washington DC, London and Bahrain, C5 incubated and invested in pre-series A tech startups using cloud technology for positive social change. Prior to C5, Eva served as Chief of Staff to the CEO at Christie’s. During her nine years at Christie’s she also worked in Business Development focusing on the company’s expansion into growth markets such as India, China, the Middle East, and Africa.

Eva is originally Greek, born in London, grew up in Zimbabwe and has an MA (Oxon) in PPP from Oxford University. She is passionate about social impact investing and empowering women in tech. Eva mentors a number of startups and entrepreneurs. In 2020 she was appointed to join the Development Board of the English National Ballet.

Catherine Gull
Catherine Gull

A multifaceted business developer with proven experience in breaking into new markets with new business concepts and defining value propositions. Matches customer requirements with the capabilities of the business within the sector eco-system to maximize results through delivering technology-based solutions that provide transformational business propositions.

Chloe Blumberg
Chloe Blumberg

Co-founder and Director at Finance Studio.  Chloe’s expertise is in streamlined accounting, local or international tax consulting and tax structuring, informed advice on start-ups or strategies to take your business to the next level.

John Trahan
John Trahan

Accomplished, influential, and analytical senior management professional with roots in the banking and non-profit sector. Top performer working in complex, multi-layered, and multiple stakeholder organizations, both as an employee and as a volunteer.

Lynda Cooper
Lynda Cooper

14+ years of Financial Services industry experience across roles in marketing, operations, strategy, client engagement and CRM, banking, product development, loyalty & rewards, and investments. She has a passion for strategic marketing, research, brand building, client experience, and relationship management.

David De Coning
David De Coning

Appointed CEO in Dec 2014. Founding member of Opengate and its Products & Advanced Payments business unit in 2006. The unit was subsequently spun out of Opengate into a new company called Crossgate Technologies in December 2014.  David has been active in the card and payments markets for 20 years having worked for NamITech and Opengate in business development and management roles.

Henry Dowding
Henry Dowding

B2B Digital Marketing & Martech specialist with experience in Adobe Experience Cloud, SEMRush, Ahrefs, Mailchimp, Intercom, Hootsuite + more. Henry has strong business and communication skills including public speaking. Entrepreneurial mindset and technical savvy gained running & building his own MVP for my early stage real-time meeting space marketplace. He has media experience including Audio Production, Video Production + virtual events/LIVE.

Richard Mason
Richard Mason

Richard Mason is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, and producer, whose books have sold over a million copies in 30 languages. He founded the Kay Mason Foundation in 1999, with the royalties from his best-selling first novel The Drowning People.  Richard named the organisation after his sister Kay, who committed suicide when she was 24 – and who was passionate about giving young people opportunities. Richard is a recipient of the Inyathelo Award for Philanthropy.

Alexandra Zintle
Alexandra Zintle

Alexandra works in International Dispute Resolution and is an LLM graduate. She works at Slaughter as a paralegal and was previously with firms such as DAC Beachcroft and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Amanda St Levans
Amanda St Levans

Amanda’s career has spanned a period of incredible technological innovation and market disruption. This has undoubtedly had a huge impact in all sectors and all sizes of business. As a Tech Executive & Global CMO, she leads highly talented teams focused on reimagining the customers’ journey & delivering on digital engagement. Over recent years as a Digital and GTM focused Board Member she has helped large & mid caps as well as start-ups with their demand and go to market strategies as well as supported their international ambitions.

Nicole Bell
Nicole Bell

Nicole Bell is a public relations and communications pro with more than two decades of experience as a journalist, media strategist and college professor. She currently serves as the Vice President of Public Relations for Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused NGO.

Prior to joining Smile Train, Nicole was at 1st Degree Marketing & Public Relations. As a Sr. Media Strategist at 1st Degree, she worked with the agency’s top clients to lead campaigns, create media strategies, write press releases, pitch stories and secure top tier national media coverage.

Nicole spent 5-years as the Director of Public Relations for Operation Smile.  In that role, she secured local, national, and international media coverage to raise awareness, funds and increase corporate partnerships. Nicole also spearheaded national and international campaigns while amplifying the organization’s mission on international stages.

Nicole also served as a public relations manager for a K-12 school. As a college professor, she taught graduate level courses in public relations.

For more than a decade, Nicole covered a wide array of topics while working as a television journalist. She has reported for TV stations in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Nicole holds a Master’s in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and a Bachelor’s in Speech Communications and Broadcasting.

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