Board of directors

At Jo’s School Board Of Directors


Hafiza Fakier


The Chairperson of ELF MTT, Hafiza, is a business consultant who also has a Montessori Pre-Primary Diploma. She is very passionate about promoting quality ECD in marginalised communities.

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”


Shamiemah Jassiem


Shamiemah is the secretary of ELF MTT and she became involved in the Montessori Philosophy after completing her Honours in Psychology. Since then she completed her Montessori Pre-Primary Diploma and works as a lecturer in the organisation.

“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”


Nokuthula Shabalala


Nokuthula is the treasurer of ELF MTT as well as a member of the Humanities faculty at UCT. She supervises the clinical psychology students at the UCT Child Guidance clinic. She has been involved in the 2004 ECD audit undertaken in the country and has several publications around HIV/AIDS to her credit.

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”

Board member

Berenice Daniels

A board member of ELF MTT, Berenice is the Provincial Head of Specialised Learner Educational Support. As an Educational Psychologist, her interest in ECD and promoting quality ECD in Cape Town and surrounding areas deepened after she worked at the Mitchell’s Plain School Clinic and as the Chief Education Specialist for the Metro South Education District.

“While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.”

Board member

Zaida Asmal


Zaida is a board member of ELF MTT and comes with a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Education and over 22 years of teaching experience in community schools.

“Every sunrise is an invitation for us to arise and brighten someone's day.”

Board member

Hawa Tayob


A board member and programme director of ELF MTT, Hawa has over 10 years of teaching experience both internationally (USA, Netherlands) and locally. Her qualifications include a Masters in Educational Psychology, and a Montessori Diploma (AERCO Montessori USA)..

Board member

Najmah Mallick

CEO of Meezan Building Services Has diploma's in Sales and Marketing Management as well as Business management Passionate about the support and advancement of women in business.