||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.
has been involved with Nemato Change a Life from 2012. His involvement
started when he was the Manager at the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment in Grahamstown and worked very closely
with several of our young people to encourage them to make positive choices and achieve their Gold Award’s. He has
also been involved in Nemato’s strategic planning sessions, which he voluntarily facilitated for us. Brett is on
the Board of three local NGO’s all dealing with issues of poverty and Youth Empowerment. He has changed many lives
in a wide range of different projects and organisations.
“I am by nature not one to look for accolades or recognition,
and have always valued my worth by the number of people I have been able to assist or put on an improved life journey.”
||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 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.