Cotlands announces new Board Chairperson and Vice Chairperson

Cotlands announces recent 2020 Board Appointments for Chairperson and Vice Chairperson

JOHANNESBURG – 09 October 2020

Cotlands is proud to announce the newly elected office bearers of the Cotlands board. After 23 years of loyal service, chairperson, Dumisani Ncala hands over the reins to Niven Postma. Our new vice-chair is Tatiana Page and Motseki Majake retains the role of treasurer.

Dr Monica Stach, CEO of Cotlands stated “We would like to congratulate Niven Postma and Tatiana Page on their Chair and Vice Chair appointments respectively. Both board members have diverse expertise and experience and we look forward to their guidance and leadership as we embark on an exciting e-learning journey to build skilled capacity in the early childhood development sector.”

As a South African who is deeply committed to my country it is a privilege to be part of the work that Cotlands does. As citizens, we all know the critical difference quality education can make, not just in the lives of individuals but in the trajectory of societies and economies. Cotlands’ world class expertise and programmes in communities around the country, give our children the chance to thrive in their formative years and from there, for the rest of their lives. The 84 year contribution of this remarkable organisation to changing children’s lives cannot be under-estimated or ever fully understood.” Niven Postma, Board Chair

Building a pipeline of ECD practitioners in South Africa has to be our number one priority if we truly care about the quality of our future leaders” Tatiana Page, Board Vice Chair

Cotlands has also spent considerable time and effort inviting and nominating board members with expertise in strategy, basic education, distance learning and mentorship to ensure we achieve our organisation’s mission and goals. At the recent virtual Annual General Meeting that was held on 8 September 2020, Marie-Louise Samuels and Nwabisa Qwanyashe were the newly elected members to the Cotlands board.

Niven Postma - Cotlands Chairperson
Tatiana Page - Cotlands Vice-Chairperson
Motseki Majake - Cotlands Treasurer

A brief biography below on the Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer.

Niven Postma joined Cotlands as a board member in January 2018 and has served as vice chairperson and also head of the Business Development and Marketing committee. Niven works at senior and executive levels in business, civil society and the public sector. She is the MD of Niven Postma Inc., providing leadership, strategy and culture consulting to clients in South Africa, Australia, the UK, Germany and Scandinavia. Niven has a BA from the University of Stellenbosch. She completed her EMBA at the UCT Graduate School of Business and her PG Dip Futures Studies  at the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Tatiana Page has served as a Cotlands board member since November 2017 and leads the Organisational development committee. Tatiana has 20 years’ experience in the human resources discipline having worked in large organisations across industries such as ICT, banking, retail and petrochemical. Tatiana holds an honours degree in Industrial Psychology. She is a registered psychometrist with the HPCSA and is also a practising coach registered with COMENSA.

 Motseki Majake joined the Cotlands board in February 2018 and leads the Audit, Risk and Investment committee. He holds an MBA from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a BSc Honours in Industrial Systems from the University of Pretoria. Motseki currently works at Life and Funeral Assurance as a general manager. His previous work career includes 360 Financial Services Group as executive director, Union Life as chief executive officer and MTN as senior manager: government.


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