Donne Nicol : Director

Previous experience: I am the CEO of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation which focuses on small business development and education. Prior to that, I was the Executive Director of the Shanduka Foundation and an Exco Member of the Shanduka Group.  I was executive assistant to Cyril Ramaphosa from 1993 to 2004 and during that time I was instrumental in setting up the Adopt-A-School Foundation and acted as Executive Director in its first year of operation. I started my career as an activist and was the Deputy Secretary of the Border Region of the ANC, which was later amalgamated into the Eastern Cape. I am a Trustee of the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust, The Alexander Forbes Community Trust, Mabindu Trust and the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. I am a Director of the Adopt-A-School Foundation and Shanduka Black Umbrellas.

Your family: I live in a house full of family and friends, dogs, cats and an African Grey. I am the youngest of 5 children.

The thing you like most about yourself: I am passionate and loyal.

The thing you like least about yourself: I am impatient and show my emotions too easily.

Your favourite hobbies: Reading and walking.

A quote that inspires you: “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” – Robert F. Kennedy

What you love most about what you do: Making a difference in peoples’ lives.

What music are you listening to? Current music on the radio and anything from the 80s.

What book are you currently reading? Committed – Elizabeth Gilbert

Who is your greatest icon? My mother – she is a phenomenal woman.