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Geraldine Franciscus

(Psychology: Head of Department)

Geraldine Franciscus is a Counselling Psychologist registered with the HPCSA and the Chair of the South African Association of Counselling Psychology (SAACP) a division of the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA). Geraldine completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Education and her MPsych degree at UWC. She is the Head of the Psychology Department and a Senior Psychology Lecturer at Cornerstone Institute, a private higher educational institution (NPO) based in Cape Town. She has been a Psychology Lecturer for 19 years and involved in academic planning and management since 2010. Geraldine has also been involved in setting up student counselling services, offering therapy, facilitating groups, mentoring and supervision to Honours and Master’s psychology students, interns and Registered Counsellors. Geraldine facilitates psycho-educational and HPCSA accredited CPD workshops for psychology professionals, NGO’s, teachers, mental healthcare workers, occupational therapists, and psychiatric nurses and social workers. She has a special interest in Brain Working Recursive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focussed Brief Therapy and its application in the South African context.

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Contact: geraldinef@cornerstone.ac.za

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Beverley Dankers

(Student Services: Director)

Beverley has lived, worked and volunteered in the USA and Swaziland. She has been involved in tertiary institutions in various capacities for the past ten 10 years. Her own educational journey started with Cornerstone in 2009. She graduated with a BTh in Community Development at Cornerstone Institute in 2010, completed a BSocSc Honours degree in Development Studies at the University of Cape Town in 2012, and in 2016, completed a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction through Concordia University. At the African Christian College (NPO) in Swaziland Beverley taught women, youth and children while managing the college cafeteria.

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Contact: beverleyd@cornerstone.ac.za

Eugene Brandt

(Facilities: Manager)

Eugene Brandt has more than a decade of experience in corporate South Africa.

Contact: eugeneb@cornerstone.ac.za

Deidre Julies

(General Education and Media Studies: Programme Coordinator)

Deidre Julies earned an M.A degree Intercultural Theology at the George-August University, Goettingen in Germany. Her Theology study career commenced at Cornerstone Institute where she completed a Bachelor degree in Theology Community Development and Psychology then transferred to the University of the Western Cape where she earned a Bachelor degree in Theology and Honours degree in Religion and Society. She also holds a Diploma in Office Administration and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Marketing from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.

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Contact: deidrej@cornerstone.ac.za

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Thulani Dube

(Business Department: Programme Coordinator)

Thulani Dube holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nicosia. He also graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Management from the University of South Africa (UNISA) where he earlier received a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Human Resource Management. His passion for human capital development further urged him towards a Higher National Certificate in Skills Development Facilitation through UNISA as well. His lecturing focuses on areas including, Leadership Development, Entrepreneurship and Business Management. He remains committed to focussing on Managerial Leadership Development as well as Youth Empowerment and Development through various platforms.

Contact: thulanid@cornerstone.ac.za

Nqobile Ndlovu

(Librarian: Academic Resources Manager)

Nqobile Ndlovu is a knowledgeable professional Information Specialist with experience in the academic library setting. She gained experience working at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College), Durban University of Technology and Scottburgh Memorial Public Library. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Studies from Durban University of Technology. Dedicated to providing assistance in information retrieval and research techniques. She is committed to promoting literacy by supporting educational initiatives using online platforms. Nqobile possess extensive knowledge about materials (both physical and online), research databases, circulation, and other aspects of archiving. She is experienced in working with and supervising staff and supporting library operations.

Contact: nqobilen@cornerstone.ac.za

Shakirah Dramat 

(Social Entrepreneur and Speaker)

Shakirah Dramat is a Social Entrepreneur and Speaker from the Bo-Kaap in Cape Town. She is the Founder and Managing Director of TN Enterprises, a social enterprise that aims to contribute to social development and economic growth on the African continent. Under this stable, she heads up THAT Network and TN Communications. THAT Network bridges the gap between clients and artists and TN Communications is a socially conscious digital communications agency, offering organizations a wide variety of services, including social media management, google ads and virtual eventing.

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Contact: shakirahd@cornerstone.ac.za

Wendy Hinson

(Onboarding Sales: Team Lead)

Wendy has lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Italy and South Africa in both corporate and small businesses. She studied for and attained her N4 in Commerce at South Peninsula Technical College and then her Human Resources Diploma from Damelin.  She also holds a certification as a qualified Reflexology Practitioner, attained in the United Kingdom.

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Contact: wendyh@cornerstone.ac.za

Dr Marianne Louw

(Deputy Dean)

Marianne is responsible for academic operations and quality and chairs the faculty management committee.

She has worked and studied at various tertiary institutions in South Africa and holds a doctorate in leadership communication. She is the co-author of the first comprehensive South African textbook on interpersonal communication, Let’s talk about interpersonal communication, which saw its fifth edition in 2020. Her past career also includes several years in the media industry, including serving as editor and managing editor of two national magazines. Marianne is a qualified life and business coach and in the early 2000s ran her own business, training and coaching corporate clients on leadership and communication.

Contact: mariannel@corenrstone.ac.za

Adeliah Jacobs

(Human Resources: Team Lead)

Adeliah has been in service to individuals and groups of people in the workplace and community based setting for 12 years. She is deliberate in her efforts to infuse all engagements albeit it a project, programme or people with insights gained from various work experiences from previous roles as an HR Manager, Quality Management Representative, Project Manager and from executive coaching sessions. She is exceptionally good at connecting dots, simplifying complex themes and creating enabling environments for people to work with their strengths. She has worked and volunteered at NGO’s in the primary healthcare setting, in production & engineering companies in the private sector and at a manufacturing & distribution company in the corporate sector. She makes a very concerted effort to listen well and to help individuals and teams to unlock possibility. She’s a social entrepreneur/product owner who has launched 2 business between 2016 and 2020 – one of which is a great example of how to fail forward.

Contact: adeliahj@cornerstone.ac.za

Henrietta Settler

(Sociology: Programme Co-ordinator)

Henrietta Settler worked as a Development Practitioner for more than 20 years in the community and youth development sector.  Her dedication to education and freedom, stem from her desire to contribute positively to the lives of marginal constituencies and with this has a deep understanding of issues affecting the most vulnerable. As a black feminist, she also has a keen interest in gender migration in particular black, female migrants and agency.

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Contact: henriettas@cornerstone.ac.za

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Stephen Langtry

(Manager: Office of the Executive Dean)

Stephen has more than 12 years of experience in university administration at different South African higher education institutions. In addition, he also has experience in the public service and the not-for-profit sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Cape Town.

Contact: stephenl@cornerstone.ac.za

Anlene Teljaard

(Faculty Office: Theology and Ethics)

Anlene has an interest in classical and contemporary approaches to theology that account for relevant responses to societal issues, especially in Africa. They strive to work towards a more just and humane society has been part of her career path in the areas of formal theological education, as a lecturer, community worker in local South African communities, as well as, volunteering and providing service in the church (Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa) as a part-time minister.

Anlene holds a Masters in Divinity Studies from Stellenbosch University and a Research Masters from Vrije University, Netherlands.

Contact: anlenet@cornerstone.ac.za

Bulelani Ndindwa

(CEO Office: Advancement Coordinator)

Bulelani Ndindwa holds a National Diploma in Sports Management and a PGCE Senior Phase qualification which he attained at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He spent the first ten years of his career working as a Life Orientation (Subject Head), History and English teacher for Cape Town High School. He also held the position of Sports Coordinator for the school for the duration of his employment. He served on the School Governing Body (SGB) as the elected Educator Representative for six years.

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Contact: bulelanin@cornerstone.ac.za

Heinrich Visser

(Online Learning Specialist)

Heinrich received his Honours in Education in 2018. He joined Cornerstone Institute as a Learning Technologist in 2019 and currently holds the position of Technical Team Lead whilst also furthering his studies.

Contact: heinrichv@cornerstone.ac.za

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Peter Pederson

(Head of Department in Education)

Peter joined Cornerstone in 2013 to serve in the newly formed Education Department.  At that stage, only the PGCE Intermediate Phase (PGCE IP) programme was presented.  It was at a time when online education was a fledgeling new concept.  There was much conversation about new online developments.  Cornerstone played its part and contributed much to this new development.  He currently serves as the HOD: Education Department and has played a big role in developing the Education Department.  Apart from the PGCE IP programme, Cornerstone also presents the PGCE Foundation Phase (PGCE FP) programme.

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Contact: peterp@cornerstone.ac.za

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