HISTORY OF AFRIKA TIKKUN

We were founded in 1995 by the late Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris and Philanthropist/Businessman Dr Bertie Lubner. Initially, the day to day needs of children was a priority but soon after, the organisation evolved into one focused on overall development. Renamed MaAfrika Tikkun and later Afrika Tikkun, our approach was refined and reformulated into a Holistic Developmental Model. This Model is aimed at providing education, health and social services to young people and their families through centres of excellence in South African townships. Our main goal was to create a sustainable future for the youth of South Africa and the credibility of this cause won the support of the organisations Patron-in-Chief Nelson Mandela.
Since then, we have built 4 centres of excellence across Gauteng and 1 in the Western Cape.

REASON WE EXIST

The primary objective of Afrika Tikkun is to provide holistic development in disadvantaged communities. We aim to empower young people by affording them the opportunity to receive gainful education, good health care, nutrition and support for their families. In doing so, we equalise the playing field for unprivileged young people so that they have the same employment opportunities that privileged youth have. We offer a number of programmes that ensure an all rounded person as the outcome. Our 360 degree Model of care consists of three programmes, namely: Early Childhood Development, Child and Youth Development, and Career Development. Additionally, we have programmes which support our 360 degree Model, namely: Family Support Services, Primary Health Care, The Empowerment Programme, and Nutrition and Food Security Programme.

OUR FOUNDERS

Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris
Founder
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris is one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun. He trained at the Jews College, and served suburban congregations in Kenton and Edgware and finally St Johns Wood from 1979.
Bertie Lubner
Bertie Lubner
Founder
Bertie Lubner is one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun. He spent 41 years expanding the Plate Glass Group and developing their interests. By the early 1990’s, the Group was operating in 19 countries, employing 23000 people, with a turnover of over $1. He went on to take on various philanthropic initiatives and from this Afrika Tikkun was born.
Ann Harris
Ann Harris
Founder
Ann was born in the UK and for 30 years she practised as a solicitor in the City of London. Her late husband, Rabbi Cyril Harris was a community Rabbi in three different London congregations and in 1987, he became Chief Rabbi of South Africa. With this appointment, they moved to Johannesburg where Ann became one of the lawyers working in the Law Clinics
Arnold Forman
Arnold Forman
Financial Director
Arnold Forman is a Chartered Accountant who completed his articles with Arthur young, in 1989, and remained in the profession until the end of 1994 when he left Coopers Lybrand Canada.
Herby Rosenberg
Herby Rosenberg
Executive Deputy Chairman
Herby, who was among the earliest founders of Afrika Tikkun has, over the years, become Afrika Tikkun’s Ambassador, loved and deeply respected within the organisation, and far beyond its walls.

ACHIEVEMENTS

2015

FW de Klerk Goodwill Award

The FW de Klerk Foundation awarded us with the 5th annual FW de Klerk Goodwill award.
2012

Sports for Social Change Network (SSCN) Award

On March 2nd, the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund invited the SSCN members and stakeholders to a dinner showcasing best practices in the sport-for-development sector. Afrika Tikkun and Kick4Life received the inaugural SSCN Awards.
2013

South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA)

The Transformation Award was presented to us – Our Uthando centre was developed into a heritage building - the old Transvaal Memorial Children's Hospital.
2011

Cyril Harris Humanitarian Award to Marc Lubner

We received the ABSA Jewish Achievers Award.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Mark Lubner
Mark Lubner
CEO - Afrika Tikkun
Marc, who has an MBA from Western University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Business, has worked in his family’s business, the PG Group, as well as built a business in the entertainment software industry.
Arnold Forman
Arnold Forman
Financial Director
Arnold Forman is a Chartered Accountant who completed his articles with Arthur young, in 1989, and remained in the profession until the end of 1994 when he le Coopers Lybrand Canada.
Onyi Nwaneri
Onyi Nwaneri
Group Executive: Strategy, Partnerships and Communications
Onyi has experience in diverse fields including legal practice, business development, marketing and communications, as well as NGO management.
Leonie van Tonder
Leonie van Tonder
Chief Operating Officer
Leonie, who is a qualified professional nurse with midwifery and psychiatric qualifications, has deep levels of experience within large, highly complex organisations.
Jevin Cassel
Jevin Cassel
Chief Financial Officer
Jevin Cassel is a chartered account who has worked across a range of industries including audit, banking, manufacturing and property. With 15 years of post-qualification experience, he brings a solid set of financial management skills to the organisation.