105 Oxford Road Saxonwold Johannesburg South Africa 2196

About Us

Khulisa Social Solutions (KSS) is a multi-award winning, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) registered in 1997. Its aim is to empower vulnerable children, youth, those who are marginalized, and the community at large to unlock their full potential in order to develop resilient pathways and skills that lead to a sustainable future. We operate nationally, employ over 180 staff through 18 offices, and work in approximately 150 communities in collaboration with 350 NGO partners, impacting on the lives of close to 100,000 people per annum.

Khulisa’s initial focus was to implement South Africa’s first official rehabilitation programme, targeted  at young offenders.  We then expanded our activities, primarily through peace-making and restorative approaches, to holistic community development tackling a wide range of issues countering social and economic inclusion.

Today Khulisa, a catalyst organisation, works systemically in geographic eco systems, in order to effecting sustainable widescale change through a multi stakeholder and inter-sectoral approach.

This bespoke methodology, developed over the past 5 years, has now been coined as our “Communities of Opportunity” (CoO) programme, which is currently running in six provinces throughout South Africa.  “Communities of Opportunity” are places where all people, regardless of income, level of education, age, gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation, can aspire and thrive in safety, health, economic opportunities and with a strong culture of connectedness and self-empowerment.

Our Values

All governance matters are aimed to be King IV

compliant with all employees adhering to these principles.


A safer, healthier and more prosperous South Africa, where all people, especially youth, have access to the information, skills and opportunities they need to contribute to equitable local and national development.


To address social vulnerabilities and inequalities by providing support and developmental know-how, through key partnerships for initiatives at a community level that quantifiably demonstrate social impact.


Khulisa commits to its stakeholders, partners and beneficiaries that it adheres to good corporate governance principles and ensures that It maintains its reputational capital by always placing those who we support first.


Khulisa recognises that the typical approaches of government and NGOs compartmentalise problems and deliver programmes which tend to address single issues in a non-operative and unsustainable manner. In response Khulisa has developed an approach which addresses the challenges faced by communities in a holistic and comprehensive manner by adopting an integrated approach to community development. The organisation’s purpose is to utilise this methodology to deliver a strength of community cohesion to communities and to aid there development

The model identifies the systemic challenges in society and communities, attaches value to intrinsic community assets and indigenous knowledge, and explores and maps opportunities to overcome fragmentation of policy, systems and service delivery through the supported mobilisation of local capacity. Based on this understanding, Khulisa works collaboratively with multiple stakeholders to identify key projects that would have the highest impact in ‘the system’ to effect sustainable social change.


By restoring empathy, self-belief and selfworth


By enabling confidence, aspiration and ownership


By believing that all people can grow


By enabling people to have an equal voice and building collaborative relationships

Our Directors and Board Members

All governance matters are aimed to be King IV

compliant with all employees adhering to these principles.

Ian Mann


The founder and managing director of Gateways Business Consultants, a boutique consultancy specializing in leadership and strategy. The firm consults with large and medium-sized businesses in 14 countries.

Lesley Ann van Selm

Managing Director

Started her own marketing company at 24 in 1979, focusing on the upliftment of marginalised communities.

The genesis of Khulisa, spearheaded by Lesley Ann, dates back to 1997 when she launched a storytelling programme amongst juvenile offenders utilising African stories to promote a sense of cultural pride.


Khomi Cimus Makhubele

Deputy Chairman

An entrepreneurial, bottom-line-focused business leader with a solid record of accomplishment of hands-on experience and success in strategic Overall Business, Marketing, and Human Capital Development.

Lynne Ross


A successful entrepreneur with an impressive range of experience  across many business and discipline areas. In 2014 Lynne founded  Idea Alive SA (IASA) – an Executive, Business & Life Coaching  practice.

Vimbai Macheka


A Chartered Accountant with experience in Financial Management  and Accounting. She was interested in setting up Controls,   Governance, Internal Auditing and Risk Management. 

Lufiya Fajander


A Finance Executive with a depth of experience and expertise within multiple industries, including retail, distribution, financial  services, and infrastructure management.

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Mothathe Sewelo


A Dynamic and motivated professional with global and business acumen. Technically strong individual, with excellent interpersonal skills, who is eager to be challenged.  Adaptable leader with an ability to work independently, think strategically, create effective presentations, and develop solutions that further establish organizational goals.

Anele Motha


A Mid‐level public relations professional with a proven history of success working in both small and large teams. Have experience in content development for B2B and B2C, strong media relations capability and a thorough understanding of social media management, working with both global and local marketing agencies.