Equal Education’s Democractically Elected National Council

Chairperson: Yoliswa Dwane


Born in Eastern Cape Yoliswa did her primary and secondary schooling there before moving to the Western Cape to study. She received degrees in Film, Media and Visual Studies and in Law from UCT. In 2008, she co-founded EE and since has worked to build this movement. She has headed the Policy, Research and Communication unit of EE and became EE’s first spokesperson and first democratically elected Chairperson. She is very passionate and committed to the struggle of the working class and the poor – fighting for equality and quality education, human dignity. In 2010, she was selected as one of the 200 young South African leaders by the Mail and Guardian. In 2011, she was selected to be in the M&G Book of Women which recognized influential women who occupy positions of power in our society and who are doing transformative work. She was selected as one of the 26 Young African Women Leaders by US First Lady Michelle Obama. She is also a founding trustee of EELC and member of the UCT Council – the governance structure of that University.

Deputy Chairperson Post School Youth: Tracey Malawana

Tracey was born and bred in Gauteng. She fell in love with leadership at a very young age. She was appointed to serve as the chairperson of peer supporters in Gauteng, when she was in Grade 11, and became LRC President when she was in Grade 12. She has been an equaliser, facilitator, Community Leader and now serves as a Junior Organiser. Tracey is also a Public Relations student at UNISA. She lives to serve her community and believes in equality and justice. She loves her work with EE and believes that as Deputy Chairperson she will be able to represent her fellow members effectively and will be able to properly address their grievances within the movement.

General Secretary: Tshepo Motsepe

Before his election as General Secretary, Tshepo Motsepe served as co-head of EE in Gauteng. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education with honours. Currently completing his Master’s degree, Tshepo is a former Wits SRC member, Wits SASCO branch treasurer, and the former Regional Secretary of SASCO in Johannesburg.

Deputy General Secretary: Ntuthuzo Ndzomo

Ntuthuzo Ndzomo joined EE in 2008 as an equalizer. In 2009 he was part of the first Leadership Committee of EE which was known then as the Crisis Committee. After working as a facilitator in 2010, he spearheaded a new youth group in Mitchells Plain in 2011. In that same year he was nominated by his fellow facilitators to represent Post-School youth on EE’s board. In 2012 at EE’s first National Congress he was elected as Deputy Chairperson for Post-School Youth. In 2013, while a student at UCT, he served on UCT’s EE Society Executive Committee. That same year he was responsible for the training of the Community Leaders in the Western Cape. In 2014 he worked on bridging the gap between the NC and the membership as a NC liaison officer. Before his election as Deputy General Secretary he served as the Head of the Youth Department in the Western Cape. Ntuthuzo has a BA in History, Politics, and Public Policy & Administration from UCT.

Treasurer: Doron Isaacs

Doron co-founded EE in 2008. He served as Coordinator for four and a half years until July 2012. He served for three years as Deputy General Secretary. He has strong relationships with almost all of EE donors, and as treasurer will work to ensure continued good funding. While he wants to stay involved in the movement he also is dedicated to supporting new leaders.

Post School Youth Representative: Niek Marutha

Niek has been with the movement since 2013, joining as an equaliser. He has been a facilitator for two and half years and believes it has been a very worthwhile experience. For him, Equal Education has been a platform of learning. He is very committed to the movement and considers being part of Change to be his everyday goal.

Post School Youth Representative: Zintle Tomose

Zintle Tomose studied mathematical technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She joined Equal Education as an Equaliser, and then the Community Leadership Programme as the head of the Litha Park area. Throughout these experiences she became more politically aware and gained many skills. As an Equal Education facilitator, she worked to pass these skills on to the Equalisers she engaged with. Zintle has written a number of articles on our work and youth issues in South Africa.

Parent Representative: Daphne Erosi

Daphne was born in Cape Town in 1963. She was raised and educated in the Eastern Cape, but circumstances forced her to drop out of high school before completing matric. In 1982 she moved back to Cape Town and worked as a domestic worker for almost 14 years. In 1998 she registered at Chris Hani High School in Makhaza (Khayelitsha) for Grade 11 and in 1999 Daphne earned her Matric Certificate at the age of 37. She joined Prevention in Action in 2011 (preventing violence against women and children). Due to her sway in the community she was appointed as a community influencer. Later in that year she heard about Equal Education while attending a parents’ meeting at Matthew Goniwe High School. She never looked back. She believes EE has empowered and motivated her and other parents to be active and assist their children in achieving their dreams. Encouraged by EE’s fight for quality education, she enrolled for an adult education programme at UCT, and will graduate in April 2018.

Parent Representative: Dumile Runwana

Dumile was born in Qumbu, Eastern Cape, but grew up in Cape Town. He lives in New Crossroads in Nyanga. He is an organiser with SANCO, New Cross branch. He is also the Treasurer of the Gugulethu CPF. He is married, and has one child. He joined EE in June 2014 and has been a member since.

Equaliser Representative: Thato Mashego 

Thato Mashego is an Equaliser from Rivoni Secondary School in Daveyton. In 2014 he was part of the mobilising team at Rivoni. He was the first equaliser at his school, responsible for introducing EE to the Rivoni community. He has been with EE for three years. He is a hard worker and a good listener, and he believes it is his communication skills which will most empower him to be an effective representative on the National Council.

Gauteng Representative: Thabang Mabuza

Thabang Eric Mabuza is a dedicated individual who is committed to Equal Education. He began as an equaliser and has continued to be a part of the community volunteering as a facilitator. He has good communication skills and outstanding leadership qualities that will help to uphold the Equal Education’s reputation as a victorious movement provincially and nationally. He has committed himself to always advocate for a better represented Gauteng while fulfilling the mission and vision of Equal Education. Viva EE Viva!

KwaZulu-Natal Representative: Samukelisiwe Kunene

Samukelisiwe, or Samu, is a very calm people person. She believes that respect for other people is essential if we want to be respected ourselves. She has been a KZN facilitator for a year now, and has shown her leadership through her personality and work. She believes education is an essential part of life which is why she has chosen to dedicate herself to Equal Education.

Limpopo Representative: Dikgang Eugene Ramashala

Dikgang Eugene Ramashala was born in Limpopo, Ga-Mashashane. Ramashala joined Equal Education in 2014 as a Facilitator and later became a Community Leader the following year. Ramashala has a National Higher Certificate in Accountancy from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development with the University of South Africa (Unisa).

Western Cape Representative: Thokozile Qalanto

Thoko joined EE in 2009 as an Equaliser and was elected to the Leadership Committee in 2010. She later volunteered as a facilitator, and a Leadership Committee mentor, before working at EE as an administrator in the Western Cape Youth Department.