A Tribute to the Education Legacy of Mandela - Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development

The NMI Senior Team

The NMI has a small core team, working closely with an extended team of educators, district officials, interns and other educational partners across the Eastern Cape.

Kimberley Porteus (Ph.D.), Executive Director

Born in the US, Kim worked with the democratic trade union movement through the build up to the first democratic elections in 1994. Since then, she has focused her work as an activist, policy researcher, and teacher trainer on the transformation of the public education system in South Africa. Her work bridges the divide between classroom based realities and wider policy development work. She is interested in the potentiality of teacher and curriculum development to better support quality teaching and learning in classrooms serving learners.

Brian Ramadiro (MA), Deputy Director

Brian grew up as a youth activist in Soweto in the 1980's. His current work focuses on the interface of language and linguistic development, focusing on isiXhosa - English bi-literacy across the primary phase. Combining careful study of the linguistic structure of isiXhosa and English, with a detailed understanding of the sociolinguistic context of rural learners and teachers, he is building the first field-tested bilingual literacy curriculum oriented toward reading breakthrough amongst isiXhosa rural learners in South Africa, informing bi-literacy developments across the Continent.

Kudakwashe Mugova (CA)

Kudakwashe Mugova is a qualified chartered accountant who completed his articles with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). His training and experience is in the following competencies: financial management, taxation, auditing and assurance, management decision making and control, and financial accounting. He has wide experience in the following industries: non-governmental organisations, automotive, manufacturing, construction, investment property, public sector and retail industry.

Nobuntu Mazeka (Dip), Mbizana Area Coordinator

Nobuntu Mazeka is a human rights activist, community organiser, teacher trainer and a lifelong learner. Growing up in rural Mbizana, and shaped by experiences of socio-economic injustice and the daily struggles for survival, she has committed her life to working with marginalized rural communities at the interface of education and rural development. Working with Freirean methods, her work to build the voice and power of rural communities is well known. She has the unique ability to mobilise communities and parents to effectively engage in the education of their children. At the same time, she is a respected teacher trainer, working with teacher to re-animate the daily pedagogy of foundation phase classrooms. She is currently completing a BEd in mathematics, looking toward transforming the way mathematics is taught to rural children through primary schooling.

Bulelwa Mbanga (BEd), Teacher Support Coordinator: Grade R and 1

Bulelwa is committed teacher trainer focused on Grade R and 1. She combines her interests in curriculum development and teacher training, spending the majority of her time supporting rural teachers in their classrooms. She is a poet and promoter of balanced bi-literacy in early childhood education. She is interested in the relationship between literacy and language in successful foundation phase teaching.


Contact the NMI

Nelson Mandela Institute for Rural Development and Education
at the University of Fort Hare
Office 414
4th Floor, Gasson Centre, 50 Church Street
East London, 5200
South Africa
Postal Address
PostNet Suite 369
Private Bag X9063
Vincent, East London, 5200
Eastern Cape
South Africa

P: 043 704 7235
F: 086 625 2362
E: kporteus@mandelainstitute.org.za