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Meet the ACSI Office Team

Neil Malherbe

NATIONAL DIRECTOR – SOUTHERN AFRICA

Neil_Malherbe@acsi.org

Debbie-Sue Blanks

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Morgan Nel

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Nicole Thomas

PA TO ACSI DIRECTOR

Annerie van der Walt

OFFICE MANAGER & MARKETING

Refilwe Thekiso

FINANCE

Claudia Hiestermann

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Jeffrey Mashia

WEB DEVELOPER

Mpho Thwala

ADMINISTRATOR

Shann de Smidt

POLICIES

Erith Budge

WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL COORDINATOR

Cobus Sipsma

SOUTHERN AFRICA REGIONAL COORDINATOR

cobus@acsi.co.za

Ian Vermooten

EASTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL COORDINATOR

ACSI Board Members

Cobus Sipsma

BA THEOLOGY, MA EDUCATION LEADERSHIP. APPOINTED TO THE ACSI BOARD IN 2020

Cobus has served in Christian education for 28 years. He is currently the Executive head and Chairman of the Board at Rabboni Christian School and is serving as the ACSI Southern Africa Regional Coordinator

Neil Malherbe

M.ED. APPOINTED TO THE ACSI BOARD IN 2023

Neil has taught and served in leadership roles in a number of schools across South Africa. He is currently the National Director of ACSI Southern Africa.

Tim Irving

TTHD. APPOINTED TO THE ACSI BOARD IN 2018

Tim has served in Christian education for over 20 years. He retired as Executive Head of HeronBridge College in 2022 and is currently an educational consultant.

Erith Budge

B.A. HONOURS, N.H.E.D. B ED. APPOINTED TO THE ACSI BOARD IN 2021

Erith has served in Christian education for 45 years and was the Headmaster of El Shaddai Christian School for 25 years. Erith is currently an educational consultant and is serving as the ACSI Western Cape Provincial Coordinator

Jacobus (Mac) van den Berg

BED, BA, HONOURS, MASTERS IN EDUCATION LEADERSHIP. APPT. TO THE ACSI BOARD IN 2021

Mac has served in Christian education for 30 years. He is currently the Vision Leader and Principal at Eagles Nest Christian School in Polokwane

Shann de Smidt

PTD, HED (PREPRIMARY). APPOINTED TO THE ACSI BOARD IN 2020

Shann has served in Christian education for over 30 years. She retired as School Principal at Eastside School, Pretoria, at the end of 2021 and currently serves as part-time Policy writer for ACSI Southern Africa.

Ian Vermooten

ADVANCED IPM DIPLOMA. APPOINTED TO THE ACSI BOARD IN 2021

Ian has served in Christian education for 12 years and retired as the Executive Head at Harvest Christian School in Gqeberha (PE) at the end of 2023. Ian currently serves as the ACSI Eastern Cape Provincial Coordinator

Martin Botha

BA HUMANITIES (PSYCH & ENG) PGCE (SNR & FET ENG & LO) APPOINTED TO THE ACSI BOARD IN 2023

Martin has served in Christian Education for 7 Years.He is currently the Managing Director of StudyXpress Potchefstroom, which he founded in 2016 as a dual-medium, Christian combined school.