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Address Nemato Change a Life
53 Tyali Street
Nelson Mandela Township
Port Alfred, 6170
South Africa
Coordinates S33.58308 E26.88689
Phone Lunga (manager) 084 427 2829 (international calls: +27 84 427 2829)
Jan (founder) 073 505 9168 (international calls: +27 73 505 9168)



Bank name

First National Bank (FNB)
Bank address 1 Main Street, Port Alfred, 6170, South Africa
Branch (sort) code 210917
Swift code FIRNZAJJ
Account name Nemato Change a Life
Account number 6225 665 9461
Account name Nemato Rowing Club
Account number 6211 024 6651
Account name Nemato Gymnastics Club
Account number 6222 350 5689
Account name Nemato Handball Club
Account number 6231 455 7242
Account name Nemato Fencing Club
Account number 6231 456 7720
For donations from anywhere in the world donate online to Nemato Change a Life

Nemato Change a Life

Nonprofit Organisation 075-396-NPO

Public Benefit Organisation 930033563 (Section 18A)

Board of Governors

Decisions in Nemato Change a Life are made by the gold members: the beneficiaries with the highest commitment to our empowerment programme (for youth, by youth). Our Board of Governors forms a safety net that can only act to overrule decisions made by the gold members that go against the aims of our organisation. The Board has four members: two of our most senior beneficiaries and two people from outside with a strong passion for and understanding of our organisation.

Athenkosi Hlekani
Board Member Athenkosi Hlekani Athi has been a member right from the start of our rowing club at the end of 2005. At the young age of 16 he did the acceptance speech when we won the Jack Cheetham Award, what earned him the words "young man, you have a great future ahead of you" from the CEO of Murray & Roberts. He was scouted as rower by the University of Johannesburg and became the first black captain of UJ rowing club. As only South African he was selected to participate in a United Nations Youth Leadership Camp in Qatar. Athenkosi Hlekani was the first member of Nemato Change a Life to graduate with a degree in Business Science and is now employed as a teacher and rowing head coach at Jeppe Boys High School in Johannesburg as he completes a post-graduate course in education.
Lesley Lambert
Board Member Lesley Lambert

Lesley Lambert is a communications and corporate social investment specialist. She has worked as a financial journalist for Business Day, a media advisor in the South African Ministry of Finance for Finance Ministers Derek Keys and Chris Liebenberg, and a communications executive for Billiton and Murray & Roberts. In 2003, Lesley established a financial communications consulting business which offers services to the corporate sector in communications strategy development, writing, editing and management or promotion of corporate events and corporate social investment programmes.

Lesley has known the Nemato project since its earliest days in 2006 when it won the Jack Cheetham Memorial Award for sports development, and has assisted in securing corporate funding for Nemato Change a Life. Having watched the project develop over a decade and marveled at the depth of its impact on young people in an area of great need, Lesley had no hesitation in agreeing to be a board member of Nemato Change a Life.

Simlindile Veto
Board Member Simlindile Veto

Simlindile Veto has been an active member of Nemato Change a Life and our rowing club for many years. He was the chairperson of Nemato Change a Life in 2012 and he was also involved in the restructuring process of our organisation. He is currently studying Public Management (N4 to N6) at Port Elizabeth College.


Chairperson Liyema Nxobo 063 219 9189
Treasurer Lihle Nxobo 083 967 3837
Manager Lunga Mcetywa 084 427 2829
Founder Jan Blom 073 505 9168

Nemato Sports

Nemato Rowing Club

Chairperson Akhona Quma
Secretary Thando Ngoqo
Treasurer Simthembile Bari
Captain Odwa Ntamo 073 042 1464

Nemato Gymnastics Club

Chairperson Siphamandla Baku
Secretary Sino Mendze
Treasurer Siphosethu Mnyanda
Captain Liyema Nxobo 063 219 9189

Nemato Handball Club

Chairperson Lihle Nxobo
Secretary Zintle Nkohla
Treasurer Simamkele Matinise
Captain Odwa Quma
Head Coach Lifa Nxobo

Nemato Fencing Club

Chairperson Zanele Daka
Secretary Anoxolo Salaze
Treasurer Thulani Magongo
Captain Owethu Nqowana

Matinyana Bursary Fund

Chairperson Bunie M. Matlanyane Sexwale
Treasurer Jan Blom 073 505 9168

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