Fiki Nxumalo / Eastern Cape, South Africa

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Since 2009, Opportunity Education has been assisted in the Eastern Cape by Ms. Nofikile "Fiki" Nxumalo who is the co-ordinator of the Social Sector in the Public Works Program managed by TEBA Development Agency. TEBA Limited was formally established in 1902, with the objective of assisting the mining industry in sourcing and engaging workers to work in the various mines. In 2001, TEBA Development was re-launched as an organization to apply TEBA Limited's facilities and infrastructure to improve the living conditions and livelihoods of communities that have provided labor to the mining industry. TEBA Development is primarily funded by the mining companies and projects include home-based care for medically repatriated miners, repair of village boreholes and latrines, food security and enhancement, rehabilitation of classrooms and administering pension plans for miners and their dependents. Fiki is a professional nurse, journalist, rural development worker and activist. She was born in Mbizana, Eastern Cape and speaks English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and seSotho. Her tertiary qualifications include a BA Honors degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University and a Diploma in General Nursing and Midwifery at McCord Hospital. Before joining TEBA Development, Fiki worked as a Country Manager for The Fred Hollows Foundation, an Australian-based, non-governmental organization to prevent blindness. She has also worked as a Producer for Audio Visual Alternatives in Kwa Zulu Natal to produce relevant community videos addressing social issues. After this, she was the Regional Coordinator for the Progressive Primary Health Care Network - AIDS Programme situated in the Eastern Cape and as Regional Organizer for the Environmental and Development Agency.