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Programme Director

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 of TVEP

Align the mission of the organisation with its objectives and strategies

Board structure

Roles and responsibilities of the Board members

Effective functioning of sub-committees

Ensure efficient implementation of management practices

Review of the lines of communication (information flow)

Involvement of Cluster Heads in strategic and implementation planning

Facilitation of regular management meetings

Delegation of responsibilities

Institutionalisation of team meetings

Develop resource and implement succession planning

Ensure implementation of efficient management information system

Assessment of administrative procedures

Assessment of reporting procedures and feedback mechanisms

Institutionalisation of monitoring and evaluation systems

Review and update of the Delegations of Authority in line with the revision of the management structure

Manage productive 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         

Production and 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 Development Forum 

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 Environmental Education.

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.