Welcoming New Team Members

We are thrilled to introduce four team members – some familiar, others new – to the GWF family.

Zola Nokuzola Myakayaka – Head of Cluster: Hazyview

Zola Nokuzola Myakayaka is the Hazyview Head of Cluster at Good Work Foundation. The cluster consists of five campuses currently: Hazyview, Justicia, Huntington, Lillydale and Dumphries. My role as the Head of Cluster requires that I provide effective management to GWF’s operations’ function at all its digital learning campuses and campus support division for the Hazyview Cluster.

I have a proven track record of implementing programmes and being a change agent for projects with Wits University MRC/Research Unit. I have been involved in coordinating various projects with Donor funded organisations (PEPFAR and Global Fund) and have had to strengthen relationships with various stakeholders in different departments and communities in Mpumalanga. With the PEPFAR funded NGO, I led the team that wrote a proposal and received funding from the HCI foundation to change the lives of various communities at the Ehlanzeni District.

Throughout my career, I have been engaged in various studies which include Health Sciences Education as well completing a Management Programme with Yale University.

Zola’s favorite quote: “It is never too late to be what you might have been”

Kathy Knott – Bridging Academy Programme Manager

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My name is Kathy Knott – I used to be Kathy Pott and then met and tied the knot with Mr Knott! I’m a Counselling Psychologist with a passion for developing people. My new role is the Bridging Academy Programme Manager, and I am so excited to be part of the GWF team, joining them to make a difference in so many people’s lives.

I first came into contact with the Good Work Foundation in 2017 when I was living and working in Johannesburg. Their mission was highlighted at a conference held in Skukuza, in the Kruger National Park. I visited the Hazyview campus with my sister, and met Kate who kindly showed us around the campus. I was blown away. I clearly remember thinking ‘Imagine if I could work here!’ Within a year, I had moved to my hometown near Hazyview and was doing GWF soul work with Gogo Mo and the Bridging Academy. So be careful what you wish for… it may just come true. And that’s what I want to help Bridging Academy students do – I want to encourage them to dream and then help them learn how to realise their dreams.

Kathleen Hay – Acting Tourism & Travel Academy Programme Manager

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I joined GWF last year in the Hospitality department, preparing for the roll out of the new SA College for Tourism programme that we will be presenting this year. It’s been so wonderful working with the GWF team and such an exciting time to be able to contribute to developing hospitality skills and creating opportunities for people living in this unique wildlife and tourism hotspot!

My career background has been a combination of wildlife conservation, nature guiding, hospitality and managing training programmes in these sectors. I have been lucky enough to live in a few of Africa’s most beautiful wildlife destinations, combining my two loves of wildlife and tourism. This has meant learning to shoot a rifle one minute and mixing a perfect cocktail the next… but I love it!

Gemma Thompson – Senior Communications Manager

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After almost 10 years working in the advertising industry with Ogilvy, I’ve taken the leap to work as Senior Communications Manager here at GWF. I’ve lived and worked all over the world have never been more excited than to be here in this community to help share the story of what remarkable work GWF is doing. I’ll be creating a communications strategy to shine a light on what our incredible community-based leadership team is doing to grow up bright, compassionate, and educated young people. I’m aiming to create a window for the world to peer into what we do here every day and show how you can be an integral part of helping us continue to grow GWF’s footprint in the education revolution.

We have a family manifesto that we try to say everyday: “Miracles follow Miracles; Wonders never Cease; I give thanks for this perfect day”. I have never believed more that miracles do follow miracles, and wonders upon wonders can happen, than when I look around here at what GWF has done and continues to grow!