Fiona Nicholson is the founder and current Programme Director of The Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme and sits on the Board of The Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Trust. She has a long history in business and advocacy.
In addition she holds an Advanced Tourism Studies Diploma, is a board member of Vhutshilo Mountain School and previously sat on the Board of the Standards Generating Body for Victim Empowerment.
To ensure best practice in all fields of governance & management
thereby promoting the efficacy of programmes and the institutional
sustainability of the organisation,
Ensure the integrity of governance structures of the organisation
Legal status of the
organisation (Trust vs. NPO; TVET vs. TVEP)
Focus and jurisdiction
Align the mission of the
organisation with its objectives and strategies
responsibilities of the Board members
Effective functioning of
implementation of management practices
Review of the lines of
communication (information flow)
Involvement of Cluster
Heads in strategic and implementation planning
Facilitation of regular
Develop resource and
implement succession planning
Ensure implementation of
efficient management information system
Assessment of reporting
procedures and feedback mechanisms
monitoring and evaluation systems
Review and update of the
Delegations of Authority in line with the revision of the management structure
relationship with key stakeholders, incorporating research bodies, service
delivery organisations and donors/sponsors
Partnership agreements /
memorandum of agreements with key stakeholders
Regular formal and
informal communications at various levels of the organisations
distribution of annual and donor reports
Board of Trustees
Fiona Nicholson (See above)
Trustee - Vhulahani Patrick Tshivase
A teacher by proffesion, Vhulahani is a secretary of The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) in Lunungwi Village, a secretary of Council Secretary of Ward 32, Chairperson of Takalani Home Based Care Board and the Coordinator of Lunungwi
He currently holds a Further Diploma in Environmental
Education, a Diploma in Computer Studies,BED Hons in Environmental Education
and is currently registered for a Master Degree in
Trustee -Magistrate Makema Mapule Lebese.
Currently a Magistrate at the local Family Court Section in Thohoyandou,with a specific focus on Maintanance,
Domestic Violence, Foster Care, Adoption and Sexual Assault. Magistrate Lebese is a valuable resource for the organisation, holding an LLB Degree from University of Venda.
She was appointed by
the Lebowa Police Commisioner as a Legal Administration Officer in 1992, she was then promoted to the position of Public Prosecutor. Magistrate Lebese is trained in Sexual Offences for
Prosecutors (Family Law, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence).
Trustee - Dean A E Randitsheni
Holding an honours degree in Theology from the University Of Venda , Dean Randitsheni of the Lutheran Church studied at the University of Switzerland and the Kwa Zulu Natal Northern Umphomolo Seminary before becoming the Chairperson of the Faith Based Organisations AIDS Partnership (FOHAP) within the Department of Education.
Dean Randitsheni is also the Chairperson of the Vhembe Branch of the South African Council Of Churches.