Noel Daniels

Chief Executive Officer Noel Daniels holds an M.A. in Education Administration and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an active life-long learner, an accredited Assessor, and has completed a coaching course with CRR Global. Currently he is conducting a longitudinal ethnographic study focused on Adult Learning and Poverty for his PhD thesis.

He has worked in all levels of the education and training system and also in all sectors – business, NGO and government. For the past twelve years Noel has been a co-owner and the Managing Director of The Fundamentals Training Centre (FTC) which now is a social enterprise within Cornerstone Institute. Noel has a track record of active engagement in a number of leadership and management initiatives. This includes lecturing on the University of Cape Town’s Bachelor of Education (Honours) Educational Leadership and Management course and the Advance Certificate in Education: Education Management Leadership Development programme for which he has provided project management, planning, lecturing, coaching and mentoring, assessment and moderation services. He is passionate about community development and was fully engaged in FTC’s own Higher Education and Training Certificate (HETC) in Development Practice, aimed at community-based leaders, especially youth and women. He has developed a Youth Development Facilitators training programme for UNICEF, entitled Pathways to Possibilities, which is currently being implemented by the National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW). Under his leadership, FTC was appointed as the South African representative of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) Passport to Success programme and he facilitated FTC’s partnership with the British Council’s Connecting Classrooms programme.

Noel is the recipient of the United Nations sponsored Karmaveer Award for his contribution to leadership development which he collected in New Delhi, India in November, 2013. Noel contributed to the Indian best-seller, Karma Kurry by writing a chapter on Kumi Naidoo, the ex-Director of Greenpeace International. Currently Noel serves on the boards of two non-profit organisations. He is a Trustee of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement who works to build a vibrant democracy in South Africa by strengthening civil society organisations and higher education institutions and developing a strong philanthropic movement. He is also Inyathelo’s treasurer, and serves as an adjudicator for South Africa’s premier philanthropic awards which are convened by Inyathelo. As the chairperson of Darkroom Contemporary, a physical dance theatre company which focuses on accessible physical theatre, dance film and community outreach, Noel actively supports its quest to use arts and culture to address social challenges.

Previously Noel served as chairperson of African Development Options, an organisation which focused on poverty alleviation and employment creation. In this capacity and as the Training Director, he was instrumental in the creation of Duinepos Chalets – a flagship model for poverty alleviation in South Africa. For the period 2012-2014 Noel was the chairperson of the Cape Chamber of Commerce’s Human Resource Portfolio Committee. Previously he served as chairperson of the Chamber’s Athlone and Cape Flats Branch and he also served as an elected member of the Chamber’s Cape Town Chapter committee. He represented the Chamber on the Premier’s Council of Skills.

Noel has served as Cornerstone Institute’s CEO since September 2015 and takes responsibility for driving Cornerstone’s vision, mission, its 10–year Strategic Plan and is currently leading and managing the organisation’s marketing and recruitment portfolio. As the proud father of a teenager, Noel is particularly concerned about how we actively realise and build meaningful legacies today, to ensure a sustainable and brighter future for tomorrow’s generations.


Caroline De Wet (BTh Hons)

Registrar Caroline studied at Cornerstone (then known as the Cape Evangelical Bible Institute) in the late 1980s and became assistant to the Dean in 1992. She now oversees all statutory issues pertaining to a higher education institution, dealing with the Council on Higher Education (CHE), the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) and the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA).

Rudi Buys
Dean of Humanities

Rudi Buys joined Cornerstone Institute in 2017, following completion of his doctoral studies as full-time student locally and abroad. His prior roles among others include dean of student affairs at Free State University (2010-2014), Provincial Youth Commissioner tasked with education (2005-2009) and spokesman of the provincial education ministry.

Rudi specialized to masters level in public theology, with a focus on community engagement. His dissertation dealt with the practice of holistic communication and language theory, drawing theoretically on the work of Leonardo Boff, Jurgen Moltman and Ludwig Wittgenstein, among others. Prof. Kallie August and Prof. Johan Cilliers at Stellenbosch University supervised successive dissertations. In his doctoral work Rudi focused on higher education studies, with a focus on change theory. He completed the qualitative study in 2015 as visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the dissertation last year supervised by Prof. Jonathan Jansen at the University of the Free State. The study theoretically draws on the work of Paulo Freire, Homi Bhabha, Donald Winnicott and Rene Girard, among others.

In addition to conferences to present his findings, Rudi currently continues his research with two book projects on bridgebuilding as theory of change leadership. He wants to be a Freirean and a phenomenologist, a scholar of praxis.

Beverley Dankers
Director of Student Services

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. She also worked as the administrator for The Luke Commission in Swaziland (NPO) where she served in the capacity as administrator managing the office and providing leadership to the staff. Prior to joining the Student Services Department at Cornerstone Institute she worked at UWC in the alumni relations office.

Beverley has a son who is a civil engineer residing in Secunda, and a daughter and son-in-law who are both graphic designers. Her granddaughters are her pride and joy.

Rudy Oosterwyk

Eugene Brandt