Meet The Team
Nikki Pretorius (Founder) – With a corporate background and as a third generation philanthropist, Nikki entered the Non-profit sector in 2010 when assisting at the social services organisation where her Mom is the Chairperson. She fell in love with the industry and never looked back. She resigned and joined the ACVV Koeberg with a portfolio of Fundraising, Marketing, Project Management and Community development. It is here that she started her first preschool, Clever Kids Academy, for the ACVV Koeberg.
Whilst at the ACVV Koeberg, she met Carla Ferreira at SAVE Volunteering who started placing volunteers at her first preschool. Eventually Nikki joined SAVE Foundation as a Manager on condition that she can continue her work in Skandaalkamp. She left SAVE in October 2015 and now works full time in Wolwerivier with the assistance of the awesome SAVE volunteers and occasional interns!
In July 2016 she did her level 5 First Aid and now also looks after the health and well-being of the desperately neglected community.
2017 the Aksel memorial community clinic opened, serving the now over 5000 residents living in Wolwerivier. Dr David Cameron donates his time every Wednesday to see patients who require medical assistance, hospital referrals or prescription medication.
We intend to keep growing and adding more services to assist the growing community during this difficult time in South Africa.
Marileen van Horne (manager) When Marileen – a girl born and raised in the Netherlands – first came to South-Africa in 2014 she fell in love with Sunshine Educare within the first minute. After working at Sunshine for 5 months as an intern, the return was inevitable. Which she did twice in 2018, and now Marileen is back to stay as manager at Sunshine.
Frank Petersen Father of 4 kids who all attended Sunshine, devoted husband to Lissie. He loves to work with the kids, and is an all-around-handyman: cooking, fixing and maintaining the school building and schoolgrounds, looking after the teachers and supervising that everything at Sunshine is going well.
Lissie Petersen Devoted mother of 4 boys and married to Frank, has been with Sunshine Educare since 2014. She started working at Sunshine in the baby room, and after that she became our store manager. If you’re looking for anything – crayons, paper, toys, games, medical supplies, you name it – Lissie is your woman! She also helps at the Axel Memorial Clinic on the schoolgrounds.
Mbongeni He is a young man hardworking and loves what he does. Makes sure the school is safe for the kids around the school. Anything that need fixing, he does it wonderfully. He Loves gardening and nature, and since he started working at Sunshine we have a vegetable garden which provides the vegetables for our kids at school.
Miranda Matiyamba Wamiridza Enthusiastic young mother, who loves working with children. Firmly believes young children learn through leaning. Loves sunshine and she strives to keep it a happy playfully yet educative for the leaners. She has been with big class for two years.