Duncan Pringle – Chairman
Duncan Pringle is currently Chairman of the Siyakhula Sonke Trust and also a Director of Andisa Agri. He is an agricultural economist with additional qualifications in credit management, strategic planning and marketing. He has wide experience in agricultural and agribusiness development, having been intimately involved in the fields of business strategy and planning, land reform, agricultural and micro finance, agricultural economic and environmental assessments, project planning, financial modelling of business operations and value chain analysis.
During his 30-year career he has held positions as Divisional Manager, Agri Business, Ithala Development Finance Corporation, Director of Sukumani Development Company, KwaZulu Stockowners, Natal Trust Farms, Ntingwe Tea and Coastal Cashews. He has also served as a Trustee for the Agricultural Development Trust and as Deputy Chair of the Amanzi Trust, a community based entity responsible for the implementation of the first Presidential RDP rural community potable water project in 1994.
He has undertaken assignments in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Ghana, Liberia, Rwanda and Cambodia.
|1980||BSc (Agric) Agricultural Economics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa|
|1984||BSc (Hons) Agricultural Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa|
|2005 – present||Managing Director, AndisaAgri|
|1991 – 2004||Divisional Manager Agribusiness, Ithala Development Finance Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal, SA|
|1990 – 1991||Project Manager, Ithala Development Finance Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal, SA|
|1984 – 1990||Marketing Services Manager, Sasol Fertilisers, SA|
|1980 – 19841980||Agricultural economist, Corporation for Economic Development, SAProfessional Officer, Agricultural Economics Division, DAFF|
Peter Crundwell – Vice-Chairman
Peter Crundwell, is a retired Methodist minister. He is married to Priscilla and they have four grown up children and seven grandchildren. He was ordained in 1980 and has served in four churches and two Methodist schools as chaplain. He now lives in Hillcrest near Durban. The main things that drive him to be involved in this empowerment project are the great love and compassion of God for every human being, and the need to close the massive gap of inequality that exists between rich and poor in South Africa.
Wendi Tiedt – Operations
Wendi Tiedt, is a Methodist Deacon Minister in training, she will be ordained in September 2014. Born in Durban, she matriculated from Pinetown Girls High School in 1984. Wendi is married to Vincent and they have two teenage daughters. From 1985 to 1997 she worked in various companies in an administrative and bookkeeping capacity. In 1993 she studied Intermediate Accounting, achieving the ICB, Top Student Award in South Africa in. The family moved to Newcastle in 1994, returning to Durban in 1998.
In 1999 Wendi joined the Compass Communications team, a PR and Marketing Company, working as a Communications Project Manager on numerous sampling and in-store promotions for many national brands. Her corporate working career honed her natural inclination to be organised and methodical in her approach to her work. Working on brands also provided opportunity to exercise her natural creativity. It is all of these skills that she was able to bring into ministry with her in 2009 when she left Compass to exercise her call into ministry. She has been in training since then.
Her love for God and her passion to see “the least of these” prosper and experience the love of God for themselves, is what drives her daily in this and other ministry opportunities at a local and circuit level. Wendi is excited to be part of the Siyakhula Sonke Trust team and looks after the day to day organisational operations of this ministry project of the MCSA Clerpine Circuit.
Bruce Templeton – Secretary
Bruce Templeton, is married to Sheryl and they have 2 adult children. He has 40 years of business experience having worked in companies like IBM, JSE and Metrofile. He is a candidate Methodist Deacon, who will begin his probation training in 2015. He serves on the Trusts of Vuleka, Hillcrest High School and Siyakhula Sonke.
Bruce is a member of the Hillcrest Methodist Church and currently serves on their Executive Committee. He has worked extensively on committees and outreach programmes most of his adult life.
Glynis Stokes – Finance
Glynis Stokes is retired and joins the Trust in a financial capacity. She comes with many years of accounting experience. She worked for the Methodist Connexional Office, the Administration Head Office of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa for 14 years, heading up this office for 6 of those years. She has a passion for the Methodist Church and is a committed Christian. She is married and has two adult children.
Thandekile Jessica Nhleko – Marketing & Fundraising
Thandekile Jessica Nhleko – Marketing & Fundraising
Thandekile Jessica Nhleko matriculated in 1997 from Northlands Girls’ High. In 1998 -1999 she was part of the In House Trainee Program Royal Hotel in Association with American Hotel and Motel Association – (Diploma in Hotel Management). She has studied Sales management & Public Relations and is currently studying towards BCom Tourism Management at UNISA. Jess considers herself a proud child of KZN and is excited to be involved in the work of the Siyakhula Sonke Trust.
She’s married to Siyabonga Nhleko and is a proud mother of S’qalo 8yrs and Andile 4yrs.
She has worked in different roles in the Hotel Industry including 5-Star hotels and smaller boutique hotels; later enjoying Sales and Marketing in Hospitality.
Highlights of her career are: Being able to host people from all over the world and of different backgrounds at the likes of the World Aids Conference and Common Wealth Heads of Government Meetings, where she worked closely with the British office looking after Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and was even privileged to have an audience with her.
Over the years she has worked for what was, at the time, the third largest hotel group in SA and in early 2010, was appointed Regional Sales Manager of a New Group of hotels, which saw it receive accolades at the World Travel Awards in 2010 & 2011 for Africa’s Most Innovative Hospitality Group. The industry has always been exciting with new opportunities, which has led her to where she is now, director of African Insignia Hotels, a specialist Independent Sales and Marketing Company, with her partner Lerina McCall that promotes individually owned hotels or restaurants.
Comfort is naturally one of a good hotel’s key attributes but PEOPLE are what make the difference. As a hotelier she’s driven by guests and clients that stay and dine in their special spaces and that is what makes her role most fulfilling.
Andrew Robinson – Circuit Superintendent