UKZN Foundation

UKZN Foundation, The University of KwaZulu-Natal Foundation is the formal fundraising arm of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). The UKZN was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new University brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities. As part of this rich chronicle, the Foundation record dates back to 1949 when the then Natal University Development Fund was established and weaves through 1999 when the University of Durban Westville Foundation came into being. Subsequent to the merger, the name was changed in 2003 to the University of KwaZulu-Natal Foundation Trust to reflect the name of the merged institution.


To provide an efficient and effective fundraising service which supports the development of UKZN and addresses the needs and aspirations of our donors


Legal and Fiduciary responsibilities for the Foundation and its activities rest with a Board of Trustees, which comprises members of the University Executive Management, members of the University Council and Convocation, and representatives from the broader community. The Board of Trustees meets four times annually, or more frequently if necessary. The Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration Committee are sub-committees of the Board, which meet at least two times annually, or more frequently if necessary.

Our Team

Prof Anesh Maniraj Singh (Executive Director)Prof Anesh Maniraj Singh has been in the employ of the University since 1999. In that time, he has worked his way up the ladder from a temporary lecturer through a number of academic roles to his current position as Executive Director of UKZN Foundation. Anesh has held numerous academic and leadership positions at UKZN. He served as Interim Head of Information Systems and Technology, Deans Assistant – Research, Head of the Graduate School of Business (GSB), and Dean and Head of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance. Anesh served on a number of national and international committees related to his areas of interest in Education. He has presented at many conferences and his research has been published in journals locally and internationally. One of the highlights of his career was leading the GSB to be recognized as the Top Brand in KZN in 2011.

Mr Brendan Patrick Boyce (Operations Manager)Brendan served as School Manager in the School of Agricultural Sciences for six years. He left the University for a short stint in government before re-joining the University as the Operations Manager of the UKZN Foundation in 2016. Brendan has served in various capacities in government as a Researcher, Research Coordinator and Deputy Director. Brendan holds a Masters of Social Science in Development Studies, which was conferred in 2003 from the UKZN, a BA (Law) and BA Hons from University of Durban Westville. Brendan is a published author and has a keen interest in the following areas: data management systems, youth empowerment and social justice, leadership, and decision tools.

Mrs Rashina Moodley (Finance Manager)Rashina has been in the employ of the University since 1987 and worked for the Centre for Socio-legal Studies, as a Finance Officer where she managed the finances of seven satellite offices in other universities. She joined the UKZN Foundation in 2003 as the Finance and Administration Manager and is responsible for the Financial Management of the Foundation. This role entails financial analysis, management of the accounting system, online banking, management information and financial reporting. Rashina holds a Diploma in Financial Management.

Ms Perine Leonard (Personal Assistant)Perine has several years work experience in the office environment where she has held posts of Personal Assistant, Administration Officer and Office Manager. She has been employed at UKZN for the past 12 years and has held the post of Personal Assistant to the Executive Director and Deputy Director Human Resources from November 2004 until December 2009. From January to May 2010 as Personal Assistant and Administration Officer for the Director of Campus Management Services. Since June 2010 Perine has held the post of Personal Assistant to the Executive Director of the UKZN Foundation Trust.

Mr Monde Mjebeza (Senior Development Officer)Monde joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2014. Since joining as a Senior Development Officer at the Foundation, he has mainly focused on individual giving. Monde has brought with him a variety of competencies which he amassed from various advancement roles (database management, alumni relations, and fundraising) that he held at various higher education institutions (CPUT, UCT, and Monash University). He has also spent time in the corporate and NGO sectors. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science degree majoring in Economics (UCT) and Associate in Management (AIM) from the UCT Graduate School of Business as well as extensive training in fundraising, events management, database management, project management and strategic management from a variety of providers (Inyathelo, UNISA etc.). An avid reader, Monde is quite passionately expanding his interest on pan-African development in which he intends pursuing a further qualification.

Mr Steve Camp (Senior Development Officer)Steve has extensive knowledge and experience in corporate marketing and communications. It was while working as a volunteer in youth and conservation non-profit organisations that he developed a strong affinity for fundraising. This experience gave him a deep appreciation for how non-profits can make a significant difference towards improving the quality of life across the diverse sectors of South African society. The work of the UKZN Foundation fits in well with his commitment to serve his fellow South Africans, by developing opportunities for students and raising funds for strategic projects for the University. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree and is currently working towards his Master of Commerce in Leadership. Steve is still active in community organisations and in his spare time enjoys running, paddling, cycling and soaking up the outdoor opportunities of KwaZulu-Natal.

Ms Bukiwe Nqopiso (Prospect Researcher)Bukiwe joined the Foundation in January 2016 and is relatively new to the world of fundraising. Bukiwe supports the work of the Development Team and the Executive Director by providing them with leads and information about current and prospective donors. Prior to joining the Foundation, Bukiwe worked for various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in positions that included: research, project coordination, community mobilising, capacity building and skills development as well as administration. Bukiwe holds an Honours Degree in Social Sciences and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Social Sciences (Criminology).

Mr Sithembiso Pedian Hadebe (Assistant Administration Officer)Sithembiso joined UKZN as an Assistant Administration Officer in 2012 having previously served in the shipping industry for seven years. He is responsible for Financial Administration of the UKZN Foundation. Sithembiso holds a Diploma in Office Management and Technology from the Durban University of Technology as well as a BTech in Business Administration

Mr Reg Brijlal (Senior Administration Assistant)Reg has been in the employ of the University since 1995 and worked in the Examinations Department at the former University of Durban-Westville. He then joined the Committees Division where he gained invaluable knowledge in the administrative systems of the University. Reg is currently involved in managing donor contracts, communication and the website.



 Mr Mahmood Mia (Chairperson)  Dr Vukile Mehana (Chair of Council)
 Dr Phumla Mnganga (Deputy Chairperson) Judge Navanethem Pillay
 Mr Abdool Osman Dr Albert van Jaarsveld (Vice Chancellor)
 Ms Hixonia Nyasulu  Mr Vusumuzi Sibisi (Chair of Convocation)
Prof Deresh Ramjugernath Ms Nontuthuko Mbhele (Chief Financial Officer)
 Mr Samuel Mashita Prof Anesh Singh (Executive Director)
 Mr Brian Kurz Ms Zinhle Sokhela
 Mr Steven Saunders

Staff contact details


Anesh Maniraj Singh Executive Director (+27) 31 260 2389
Perine Leonard Personal Assistant (+27) 31 260 2389
Brendan Patrick Boyce Operations Manager (+27) 31 260 1445
Rashina Moodley Finance Manager (+27) 31 260 2842
Monde Mjebeza Senior Development Officer (+27) 31 260 2020
Steve Camp Senior Development Officer (+27) 31 260 2395
Bukiwe Nqopiso Prospect Researcher (+27) 31 260 1851
Sithembiso Hadebe Assistant Administrative Officer (+27) 31 260 3291
Reg Brijlal Senior Administrative Assistant (+27) 31 260 2906