To create high impact opportunities for children and youth to get a quality education, discover and develop talents, and to grow toward their potential in life.
Jim has led Masinyusane as CoFounder and Director for the past 11 years, building an organization that creates opportunities for others: the opportunity to get an education, to develop one's talents, and to reach one's potential in life.
Jim arrived in Port Elizabeth from New York in 2008 after leaving behind a promising career on Wall Street. He possesses an MA in Development Studies (Nelson Mandela University), a BSc in Operations & Research Engineering (Columbia University, NY), and a BA in Computer Engineering (Fairfield University, CT).
What drove Jim to come to South Africa was to be able to provide the same type of opportunities for others that he received growing up in the United States. Upon arriving,
he met some amazing people (see Fiks below!) who shared the same passion and belief in uplifting others through education.
His embrace of the townships of Port Elizabeth has been all in. Jim has lived in the townships, adopted kids, embraced the culture, and even learned the local language, isiXhosa.
Fikile "Fiks" Mahola
Fiks is has been a CoFounder and Manager at Masinyusane for the past 10 years. More than that, he is the face of Masinyusane in our schools and communities. Passionate about community development, Fiks has been the guiding force in developing our initiatives, working with family to identify needs, and engaging with the community to ensure their involvement.
Fiks also left a promising career, albeit one in entertainment. He has acted in numerous films and theatre productions. Most famously, he starred in the role of "Simphiwe" on South Africa's popular television series 7 de Laan. Everyone in our communities knows that Fiks walked away from a career of fame and success and returned to help uplift others. He embodies everything Masinyusane represents.