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The Mophato oa Mants'ase Society
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The Board of Trustees
23rd February 2020
Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso
The Anglican Church
Mr Geoff McPherson
Mr Herman Nieuwoudt
Ms Nthabiseng Sesinyi
Ms Lineo Mphunyetsane
Mrs Gladys McPherson
Mrs Catherine Nieuwoudt
Mr Thesele Leshota
Ms Naomi Schalm
Ex officio Members
The Principal Chief of Taung
The District Administrator
The Chairman of Local Government
The Commissioner of Police
The District Social Welfare Officer
Mr & Mrs Danny & Anne Bothma
Gladys joined the Mophato oa Mants'ase Society in 2001 and has served on the Board since 2008.
Gladys went to St Stephen's High School in Mohale's Hoek, has worked for the Jandrell Group since August 1977 and is a Lay Minister at St Stephen's Anglican Church.
Gladys married Geoff on Christmas Day 1977 and they have two daughters. They have fostered eight children and are also very proud grandparents. With Geoff's wholehearted support Gladys has worked tirelessly to help her family, her church, her co-workers and the community of Mohale's Hoek.
Thesele was six when he moved from the Mokhotlong district to Mohale's Hoek to live with his Grandmother, a loving and very busy Staff Nurse and Midwife.
First employed as a clerk in 1988 Thesele worked his way up to his most challenging position, that of Manager of a large retail store in Maseru. In 2008 he joined The Rosehip Company and was soon helping at Mants'ase too. He has served on the Board since April 2013.
A politician, Thesele stood as a candidate for the Alliance of Congress Parties in the 2007 election, and a family man, he is devoted to his wife and three children. He also declares that his wife is the most beautiful wife.
A third generation Mosotho, Catherine grew up in Mohale’s Hoek and after completing her schooling continued her studies in Bloemfontein, South Africa, where she studied Fine Arts and Hospitality.
Married to Herman and mother of Heidi and Bjorn, Cathy works at The Rosehip Company in Mohale’s Hoek. She first volunteered her help at Mants’ase in December 1999 and has continued to support the children of Mants’ase in many ways.
Cathy served on the Board from 2011 to January 2014, and has served on the Board again since August 2015.
A family man and Managing Director of The Rosehip Company in Mohale's Hoek, Herman was born in South Africa, grew up in the Cape and went on to study at the University of the Free State from where he graduated with a B Agric degree.
Herman first volunteered his help at Mants'ase in December 1999 and we often associate him with ideas and plans, a number of which have come to fruition resulting in improved facilities for both children and staff at the Home.
Herman served on the Board from 2011 to June 2018, was Chairman from January 2014 to June 2018, and has served on the Board again since February 2020.
Geoff has served on the Board since August 2015.
Born and raised in Mohale’s Hoek, he was educated at St Stephen’s Primary and High Schools.
Geoff is married to Gladys and is an active member of the St Stephen’s Anglican congregation. His nickname (literally translated) is ‘Doctor’ as he is always willing to help wherever and whenever he can.
Geoff first visited Mants’ase in December 1999 and since then has often volunteered his help, assisting in many ways.
Born and raised in Mohale’s Hoek, Nthabiseng graduated from the National University of Lesotho in 2010 with a BA degree in Public Administration and Sociology. She has worked for the Jandrell Group in Mohale’s Hoek since August 2010.
In July 2017 Nthabiseng joined the Mophato oa Mants’ase family when she volunteered her help, assisting the Treasurer with the bookkeeping.
Nthabiseng has served on the Board since February 2020.
Naomi was born in Mohale's Hoek and spent her first ten years in Lesotho. She remembers happily visiting Manst'ase as a child with her family. Naomi returned to Lesotho in 2013 as the Executive Director of Trust for Africa, a child protection agency in Mohale's Hoek.
She has a Masters in International Development and is also a certified trainer in Trauma Informed Care. She is passionate about not only helping vulnerable children, but also improving child protection and family strengthening systems. Naomi has worked together with Mants'ase in many ways over the years, and is honored to serve her first term as a board member.
Born and raised in Mohale’s Hoek, Lineo acquired life skills and business management training from the Crossroad project in 2006 and graduated from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (Maseru) with BA (hon) Degree in Broadcasting and Journalism in 2013.
Lineo volunteered at Pholomoli Home Base Care in Northwest (South Africa) before returning to Mohale’s Hoek where she has worked for the Jandrell Group since 2018 and started volunteering her help for Mophato oa Mants’ase in 2019.
Lineo has served on the Board since February 2020.