Carl was born in Cape Town during the Apartheid era. As a ‘coloured person’ in the old South Africa Carl has had first-hand experience with some of the struggles and inequalities that South Africans have faced and still face today. However, Carl was blessed with a family who sacrificed much to ensure he received a good education. After finishing high school, and without funds to study further, Carl found work at a law firm through friends at his church. He began working as a messenger and slowly worked his way up to become the assistant to the firm’s senior partner, under whose guidance he began studying law. Carl grew up around people who desired to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. His father works for the Red Cross Society and Carl, when deciding to study law, believed that he could use law to aid the work of people like his father. However, while studying law, Carl realized that what he really wanted to do was create an organization that would make a true difference in the lives of the less fortunate in Cape Town – and so idea of Sizisa Ukhanyo was born in 2007 and properly established in 2010. But before he left the legal profession and started developing his skill in recruitment doing various types of recruitment for various companies from 2008 to about 2012. In 2010 during the world cup Carl made large of friends and contacts with foreign students. These students were here for internships and others just came for the world cup. Carl Also made lots of contacts with intern students through is father working for Red Cross. He also incorporated the advice given by his Father with regards to logistics and operational running of an organization like Sizisa Ukhanyo.
Brian William Davis – Operations Manager (part-time)
For over two decades, the South African Red Cross Society has entrusted their (Cape Town/headquarters) premises and (relief) equipment to Brian’s care. During this time, he has also been responsible for fund raising events, administration, overseeing various teams and control of welfare services.
Bringing his years of experience with the Red Cross Society to the team, Brian Davis’s role as Operations Manager/Logistics ensures that Sizisa Ukhanyo is managed effectively, from the smooth, general running of the business down to all the finer details.
Leanne’s passion, determination and natural talent were evident from a young age, earning her a spot on the Western Province athletics team at age 15 years and leading her to a career in sports development. Completing her degree Baccalaureus Technologiae in Public Management in 2014 at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, while raising two young children, Leanne not only has the professional skills to pursue sports development in the Cape Flats and other areas of Cape Town, but she has a heart for it too.
Sizisa Ukhanyo benefits greatly from Leanne’s experience, having worked for more than 10 years for the City of Cape Town. In her role as Project Manager/Coordinator, she strategically oversees, monitors and manages projects in order to ensure they are delivered on time, to budget and to quality standards. She will also manage Sisiza’s many essential relationships, including those with international students and local project contributors.