It’s the power of passion. What we learn from the story of Justice Makhale is that when you have passion, everything is possible. When Kenneth met Bram met in 2010 he introduced him to Justice his story, and that inspirational session was the start of what became Mavu. The two have donated a lot of their time and resources to Mavu’s mission in the build up to its establishment, as they believe there is a huge need for an organisation like Mavu in South Africa.
Kenneth Neluvhalani – CEO
For a long time Kenneth’s dream was to set up an organization that creates opportunities for people with potential. Born in Tshakhuma, a rural Venda village, Kenneth understands how it is to be disadvantaged. With MAVU he realizes this dream creating a platform. He finished his degree in BA Human Movement Science in 1993 at the University of Limpopo.
Kenneth also holds a post graduate diploma in Higher Education and a diploma in Management Development Program. Kenneth has a long history in sport development. As a football manager of the University of Pretoria he is currently making sure TUKS Football is the most professional development club of Africa. He started his career as a lecturer in Physical Education and Sport Management at Makhado College. He went on to be a provincial coordinator for a sports development organization.
In 2001 Kenneth joined The University of Pretoria as a sports manager and soon became the overal Football manager. From 2003 till 2007 he was the general secretary of the South African Taekwnondo Federation. From 2004 untill 2008 Kenneth served as a board member of Cycling South Africa. Kenneth is as a volunteer CEO responsible for the execution of the strategy and fundraising activities. He lives in Centurion with his wife and three kids.
Bram van Wijck – COO
Inspired by Kenneths ideas of MAVU Bram jumped at the opportunity and assisted Kenneth with the founding essentials of the organisation. Bram has a passion for development. Born and raised in a sport crazy family in The Netherlands, his destiny was to study a Bachelor in Physical Education like many other of his family members. Bram followed that up by starting his career as a Physical Education teacher.
His relationship with South Africa began in 2005 while working as the first sport development worker in the rural township Bankhara Bodulong, Northern Cape. Thereafter Bram finished his MBA degree in Sport Management at the Sport Management Institute in Groningen, The Netherlands. His final thesis was about the success of sport development workers from abroad in the African context.
Bram worked at the Oldenzaal sport department for 5 years and was a consultant for several organizations. Bram is as COO responsible for all MAVU operations. He lives in Johannesburg with his partner and their 4 year old daughter.
Team Leader Mpumalanga
Pretty grew up in a village near Brits and has a long time passion for football. She currently plays for Mamelodi Sundowns FC and is a former player of TUKS.
Pretty graduated in sport science at the University of Pretoria. And in 2017 she got her honors in sport science.
Team leader Gauteng & North West
Ofentse grew up in a Pretoria suburb and soon went to the UK where her mother was working. She developed a passion for dancing and went to competitions once back in South Africa. Ofentse likes to be part in sports on every level. She recently finished her degree in Sport Science, and assists Mavu’s board as assistant secretary.
Team leader Limpopo
Vukosi studied physical education at the University of Venda. The Malamulele born is a passionate basketball player and coach. Recently he delivered an U16 player for the national team. a player he inspired and groomed. Vukosi plays for the provincial team and competes in national leagues.
Vukosi also plays soccer for a local SAB team and is the a true team player.
Team leader Freestate & Potchefstroom
Kgotso studied Sport Management at TUT, and is currently doing his
masters. Kgotso loves soccer. He is a dedicated Sundowns fan. For a while he thought that he could get there too, not focussing on anything else than his own soccer career.
But soon after finishing Matric he realised that studies are important and the Potch born joined the University of Tshwane.