Our Team

“We have a passion for learning; we do it all the time! We are on a restless quest to find better and simpler ways of making life easier for learners who are often baffled by the complexities of layers of life, and confusing expectations that confront them. We love life and believe that all people should be able to have a crack at finding meaning and fulfillment in what they do from day to day.”

Chief Operating Officer – Ernest Boateng

ErnestErnest has been Operations Manager since 2010. He overseas and manages all programmes, fundraising, project finance, monitoring and evaluation as well as strategic planning. Besides his tasks as Operations Manager, Ernest is also a Programme Facilitator and has over 18 years experience in entrepreneurship and SME development, especially in the technology, agriculture, school Entrepreneurship, co-operative and business planning competitions. His extensive work experience and skills have qualified him to become a member of various organisational boards. Ernest has given a number of talks at the various business fora. Ernest holds a BA in Social Science and a MA(Econs) in Development Studies. Among others, he has certificates in Management Consulting, Small Business Development, and Business Management. Apart from his formal education, he participated in several additional courses, including the Business Mentorship Programme, Project management, Fundraising and Perma-Culture Farming.

Chief Support Officer – Sharon Lagorie

sharonSharon is the Administration Manager and responsible for organisation, administration and management tasks. She manages human resources, accounting, knowledge management, administration (office and Learnership Academy) and project management. Sharon also supervises administration staff. She completed her Typing diploma and has a Microsoft Office Certificate, an Accounting certificate, an Assessor certificate in training, and Project Management certificate. In 2003, Sharon completed a higher certificate in Business Management and Administration. Sharon has experience in administration, customer service and management of training and logistics. She believes her greatest qualities are her interpersonal and communication skills. Her personal values include hard work, punctuality and reliability, all of which are reflected in her attitude to work. In her free time, Sharon enjoys going to gym and all other forms of physical activity, such as hiking and marathon running. When not at work, or being active in sports, she serves in her church Praise and Worship team. On the weekend she likes to visit wine farms with her family.

Receptionist – Iris Bavu

IrisIris is the Receptionist at the Institute. Her tasks include welcoming visitors, managing the telephone system, creating invoices, data capture and taking care of catering and shopping lists. Iris has been with the organization for 15 years and completed a computer course from Megabro and an Office administration course from Damelin. Iris is fluent in English and Xhosa. In her free time she is involved with her church, or else is on the road with her band. Iris loves to read all kind of books and she enjoys listening to music, including R&B, Reggae and Gospel. She shares her passion for singing with her daughter, with whom she spends a great deal of time.

Administrator – Mareldia Dollie

MareldiaMareldia is the Institutes Bookkeeper and Assistant Administrator. She has been with the organisation since 2009. Her role is to make ensure all travel logistics are planned and prepared for the Project Managers, and to process and maintaining financial data. Previously Mareldia worked as a Production Assistant at a copy shop. She studied and successfully completed Office Administration at Rosebank College in 2010. She is also familiar with Pastel Accounting, Microsoft Word, and Excel 2007. Her long term career goal is to progress from being a Basic Bookkeeper to become a Financial Accountant. Mareldia loves to spend her weekends outdoors. She likes to take long distance drives around the coastline with her husband and two children, or to organise a braai with friends and family.

DTP and Layout and Product development – Valene Stynder

ValeneValene manages DTP and lay-out of all material produced for training at the Institute. She designs all brochures, flyers, business cards and publications. She is part of the development team for new products and assists with the Learnership Academy as an Administrator. During her education and work experience as a Production Manager she developed the skills needed to supervise and recruit general workers, to manage & plan production, and to receive and record orders. Valene is punctual, organised and eager to learn new things.

Academy Administrator and Video Editor – Laken Samaai

LakenLaken is the Academy administrator at the Learnership Academy and Video Editor. As the Academy administrator, Laken recruits learners and performs the data capturing requirements for the Learnership Academy. As Video Editor she is in charge of editing, capturing of dialogue on spreadsheets, and the final production of videos. Laken is also the SA Institute for Entrepreneurship’s Event/Project Manager. She has worked on the SEDA Small Business Stars Competition, SEDA School BIG Competition and the Santam School Competition from 2011-2013. Laken finished her grade 12 in 2006, and worked as an au pair in New York in 2008. During this period she took a course in Child Care and American History at the Long Island University of New York. Laken is passionate about child development and teaching underprivileged children.

Project Manager – Gavin Leverton

GavinGavin is a Project Manager and training facilitator. As Project Manager he is responsible for the organisation and implementation of projects, the development of new programs, and conducting research into impact. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Theology (Rhodes University in Grahamstown), and has an Accredited Assessor certificate from ATDP SETA. Gavin worked as a Methodist Minister in various towns in South Africa. In addition, he has teaching and training experience as a high school teacher, as well as on various other projects, such as the ‘School Leavers Opportunity training’ and as a facilitator for ‘Leadership and Entrepreneurism’. In his free time Gavin likes to work in the garden and enjoys music. He also has a passion for working with wood and enjoys the outdoors, travel and interacting with people from all walks of life.

Project Manager – Trevor Bagley

TrevorTrevor’s responsibilities as a Project Manager at the Institute are the development and design of training material, the management and implementation of training projects, and the monitoring and evaluation of the projects. As a Facilitator, he has the task of training and developing entrepreneurs, among others, in the areas of entrepreneurship, agriculture and computer technology. Trevor worked previously as a Training Officer for the Provincial Administration in the Western Cape, and as a Human Resources Consultant for I.T.O. Focus. After completing his national diploma in Human Resource management, he decided to continue his studies in Training Management and Vegetable Production. He holds certificates as an accredited assessor and accredited moderator. Trevor believes you can never learn enough, and decided to continue his career path by studying Business Law at UNISA. In his free time Trevor enjoys reading, swimming and spending time with his family. He spends his weekends watching rugby, or making trips to enjoy the natural beauty of South Africa.

Johannes Mokhali Kutumane

mr J

Mr. J is the driver for SAIE. He takes our Project Managers into the townships and to the airport for their long trips. He is also responsible for bank visits, pick-ups, deliveries, and is our all-round handy man. He used to be a village salesman, a motor assembler, and he owned his own small taxi business. Mr. J loves to play sports: he was active in soccer, boxing, rugby, judo and karate. He used to play golf in the ’60s with some of the top South African golf players. He spends his weekends with his family.