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Noel Daniels

(Chief Executive Officer)

Noel Daniels holds an M.A. in Education Administration and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Institute, where he has served since September 2015. He has worked in all sectors – government, civil society and private. Noel’s work in education, training and development focuses on adult learning, leadership and management.

He 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. Currently Noel serves on the boards of the Cape Cultural Collective and is the chairperson of Darkroom Contemporary Dance Theatre.

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.

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Rudi Buys

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Rudi joined Cornerstone Institute in 2017 as Dean of Humanities. He also chairs the Senate and its executive and academic planning committees, leads the faculty management committee and is responsible for faculty oversight of all undergraduate and graduate degree, diploma and certificate programmes.

Rudi’s earlier professional roles include appointments as a youth pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church, spokesman for the Western Cape Education Ministry and as Commissioner tasked with Education and Arts and Culture of the Provincial Youth Commission.

From 2007 he served as founding CEO of the iGubu Leadership Agency, which focused on racial reconciliation and co-curricular campus transformation at several South African universities.

He joined the University of the Free State (UFS) as Dean of Student Affairs in 2010. His tenure at the UFS also focused on reconciliation and transformation, which themes he also addressed in his doctoral research initiated during this time.

In 2015 he continued his doctoral research as faculty research associate and joined the Paulo Freire Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) as visiting scholar, hosted by Prof. Carlos Torres, and with a NRF-Scholarship.

His doctorate, supervised by Prof. Jonathan Jansen and awarded in 2017, A Phenomenological reading of the racial knowledge and identities of student leaders engaged in reconciliation, reveals an approach to leading change as it emerged in the analysis of the lived experiences of four student leaders who participated in reconciliation initiatives following a horrific incident of racial discrimination at the UFS (the Reitz incident of 2008). The study refines and combines the notions of `in-betweenness’ (as an identity framework), of `transitionality’ (as a type of knowledge), and of `building bridges’ (as a leadership practice) as a `theory of bridgebuilding’ – an original perspective on change leadership in higher education. The study drew on the work of Paulo Freire, Homi Bhabha and Rene Girard, among others.

Rudi recently published his first book dealing with higher education change with Penguin Random House. The Afrikaans (Kaapse) title, ‘Brugbouers, Die Reitz-video en die pad na versoening’ [Bridgebuilders, The Reitz-video and the road to reconciliation] applies his theory of bridgebuilding to current understandings if reconciliation and transformation on university campuses.

Rudi loves downhill mountain biking, debating movies and a meaty braai in the veld.

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Crystal Jannecke, PhD in Political Science

Registrar and Chairperson: Policy Review Committee (PRC)




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 the 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.

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Basier Dramat

(Financial Manager)

Basier Dramat graduated at the University of the Western Cape with a Bachelor in Commerce and served his articles with Shrand and Ekermans Inc. where he served as Audit Manager and Financial Advisor.  He is registered with the South African Institute of Professional Accountants and has served as an Economic and Financial Consultant on numerous projects. He specialises in accounting, taxation, environmental accounting, economic development and community based projects.



Eugene Brandt

(Facilities Manager)

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


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Tiara Pathon

(Human Resources Manager)

Tiara Pathon has more than 25 years experience working in a myriad of industries in Strategic Human Resources, Entrepreneurial Journeys and Start-ups, Organisational Development & Legislative Compliance with an excellent understanding of the legislative compliance.


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Zeenat Norton

(Marketing Manager)

 Zeenat Norton is a University of Cape Town alumni with a post-graduate diploma specialising in Marketing and Advertising. She is a marketing and sales all-rounder with over 16 years’ experience in building strategic communication plans that deliver measurable results.