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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
Simthembile (chairperson) 0646461697 (international calls: +27646461697)
Jan (founder) 0735059168 (international calls: +27735059168)



Bank name

First National Bank (FNB)
Bank address Shop 6 & 7, Heritage Mall, Gluckman Road, Port Alfred, 6170, South Africa
Branch (sort) code 210917
Swift (BCC) code FIRNZAJJ
Account name Nemato Change a Life
Account number 62256659461
For donations from anywhere in the world

Nemato Change a Life

Nonprofit Organisation 220-298-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.

Bunie M Matlanyane Sexwale
Board Member Bunie M Matlanyane Sexwale
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.

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 he completed a post-graduate course in education. He is working as a teacher and rowing coach. In 2022 he represented South Africa as the coach of the junior pair at the Rowing World Championships in Italy.

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 studied Public Management (N4 to N6) at Port Elizabeth College.


Matinyana Bursary Fund

Chairperson Bunie M. Matlanyane Sexwale
Secretary Sylvanus Welcome
Treasurer Jan Blom
Dutch office Rob Melenhorst

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