The Scalabrini Centre has a team of 26 people and the revolving help of about 40 volunteers.
Meet our people.
Scalabrini Centre People
Miranda Madikane
Director
Scalabrini Centre
mmadikane@scalabrini.org.za
Miranda Madikane
Miranda Madikane is a graduate of the University of Cape Town with a BA in English and Drama. As a young graduate she worked as a stage manager at most of the big theatres in Cape Town eventually co-founding the theatre company Third World Bunfight and leading it as production manager. After the birth of her first daughter she worked part-time as the Communications Officer for Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council and part-time for Scalabrini Centre as Development Manager. She took over the Directorship of Scalabrini Centre in 2007 and has led the organisation since.
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Asha Uwamahoro
Receptionist
Scalabrini Centre
asha@scalabrini.org.za
Asha Uwamahoro
Asha Uwamahoro was born in Rwanda and grew up in Kenya. She matriculated from Rhodes High School in South Africa and went on to work as an Educator at Planned Parenthood Association of South Africa. Asha then moved to Mozambique where she worked as a self-employed business woman. After her return to South Africa she completed a counselling course with FAMSA. She is fluent in a number of African languages including Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kiswahili, Portuguese and English. Asha first joined the Scalabrini Centre in 2015, first as an EAP client, and then as a volunteer, teaching basic literacy to English School students as part of the Read and Write Programme. Asha joined the Scalabrini Staff as our Receptionist in April 2015, and is happy to be working with people from all over the world.
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Dulce Pereira
Financial Administrator
Scalabrini Centre
admin@scalabrini.org.za
Dulce Pereira
Dulce Pereira was born on Madeira Island and emigrated to South Africa in 1953. She went to school in St. Agnes and Aquinas Commercial College in Woodstock, and started working at Standard Bank in 1964 and worked at various branches for 34 years. Dulce retired in 1998 and started doing volunteer work for the refugees with the Scalabrini Fathers in District Six. When the Fathers opened Scalabrini Centre in 2002 she started working as the Bookkeeper for the Centre. She was then appointed a Trustee to the Board of Scalabrini Centre in 2013. At present she is the Financial Administrator of the Centre.
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Kimberly Brennan
Employment Access Programme Manager
Scalabrini Centre
kimberly@scalabrini.org.za
Kimberly Brennan
Kimberly Brennan was born in Vietnam and raised in the United States, Kimberly Brennan received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. After working as Managing Director at a creative services firm in San Francisco, Kimberly switched gears and moved to Vietnam where she spearheaded several fundraising events for Saigon Children’s Charity (SCC), an NGO committed to eliminating poverty through education. After serving as Head of Development for SCC, Kimberly relocated to South Africa where she began to volunteer with a variety of not-for-profit organisations in the Cape Town area. Her volunteer work with Lawrence House led her to her current post as Employment Access Programme manager, with a focus on the Employment Information Desk.
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Kaelynn Macdonald
Assistant Employment Access Programme Manager
Scalabrini Centre
kmacdonald@scalabrini.org.za
Kaelynn Macdonald
Kaelynn is from Perth, Western Australia. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations and Global Development from Murdoch University and went on to work in various roles for the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection. It was here that she undertook further graduate studies in Human Rights and realised her desire to work in a non-profit setting with a focus on refugee and migrant communities. Kaelynn first joined the Scalabrini Centre in August 2014 as an Employment Access Programme Intern, after which she assumed the role of Intern and Communications Manager. She has now rejoined the EAP team as Assistant Manager.
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Lylah Monroe
Assistant Employment Access Programme Manager
Scalabrini Centre
lylah@scalabrini.org.za
Lylah Monroe
Lylah Monroe left her home in Washington D.C. to receive her B.A in International Relations (with a concentration in African Politics) from the American University of Rome. During her 5 year stay in Italy she travelled to Kosovo and Ghana for intensive studies on political instability and conflict resolution. It was when she visited the Buduburam Liberian Refugee camp outside of Accra that she realized her passion to assist those in the refugee and migrant communities. Lylah arrived in Cape Town in 2011 and began volunteering at Lawrence House. Lylah was previously employed as a Sales Executive and Corporate Social Investment Coordinator for a travel company in Cape Town, before joining Scalabrini in August 2013.
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Jennipher Kanswe
Welfare Consultant
Scalabrini Centre
jane@scalabrini.org.za
Jennipher Kanswe
Jennipher is originally from Zambia. She joined the Scalabrini team as a Welfare Consultant for the Welfare Department in October 2013. After graduating from the University of Zambia with a Diploma in Social Work and Psychosocial Counselling in the field of HIV/AIDS, she worked in Hermanus at Camphill with Children with special needs. Additionally, she has worked for Catholic Welfare and Development (CWD) as the Shelter Supervisor and done work with The Inner Circle (TIC) focused on LGBTI related issues.
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Etienne Ciemala
Assistant Welfare Consultant
Scalabrini Centre
etienne@scalabrini.org.za
Etienne Ciemala
Etienne’s primary background is in Nursing, with a diploma in Nursing and Education from the University of DRC. He specialized in the field of health science and social services and received a national diploma in nursing practices. He has worked in several health sectors and is also a professional HIV/AIDs counsellor and Youth league leader in the Evangelic Mennonite Community. He likes the challenge of working with different cultures and has a keen interest in the refugee and migrants sector. Etienne joined the Scalabrini Centre in 2014 to grow professionally and broaden his knowledge.
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Marilize Ackerman
Advocacy Officer
Scalabrini Centre
marilize@scalabrini.org.za
Marilize Ackerman
Marilize has a LLB from the University of Stellenbosch and a LLM (International Human Rights) from the University of the Western Cape. Previously, she worked with humanitarian organizations Médecins Sans Frontières and International Committee of the Red Cross in various different countries including the DRC, India and the Philippines.
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Corey Johnson
Advocacy Officer
Scalabrini Centre
corey@scalabrini.org.za
Corey Johnson
Corey Johnson has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wyoming in Political Science, a Master of Arts from La Trobe University in International Policy, and a Master of Law in Human Rights Law from Monash University. He has worked with refugees at the Humanitarian Crisis Hub in Melbourne, Australia before joining the Advocacy Programme at the Scalabrini Centre in 2011.
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Sindisiwe Moyo
Advocacy Officer
Scalabrini Centre
sindi@scalabrini.org.za
Sindisiwe Moyo
Born in Zimbabwe, Sindisiwe Moyo graduated from the University of Zimbabwe with LLBs. After graduating she worked as a legal practitioner at Zimbabwe Women Lawyers Association, a non-governmental organisation that provides free legal services to indigent women and children. In 2008 she moved to South Africa where she first worked as a legal advisor at a private law firm for two years. In 2011 she joined Ilitha Labantu, an NGO with a specific focus on addressing violence perpetrated on women and children. She sees herself as an agent of change in society and is interested in human rights issues.
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Charlotte Manicom
Advocacy Officer
Scalabrini Centre
lotte@scalabrini.org.za
Charlotte Manicom
Lotte Manicom grew up near the port of Dover, UK, where many people seeking asylum enter the UK in dangerous conditions. It was here, aged 16 that she began to be involved in the refugee sector. After a degree in Politics, she came to South Africa, where her father came from. Here, in following a path that her father commenced, she completed a Masters in Human Rights Law at the University of Cape Town. She has gained experience at the Fahamu Refugee Programme, Red Cross, Cape Town Legal Resources and has run art & social projects in detention centres in the UK.
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Jabulani Madlingozi
Women's Platform Sustainability Manager
Scalabrini Centre
jabulani@scalabrini.org.za
Jabulani Madlingozi
Jabulani Madlingozi was born and raised in Cape Town. Her studies span the fields of youth development, workplace education and training, and sports and health management. Previously she worked as a Camp Manager and Workshop Facilitator in a CEMEA France-initiated programme; then as National Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, and later Women's Empowerment and Sports Trainer, with Sports Coaches OutReach. Thereafter Jabulani was Athlete Mentor and Lifeskills Facilitator at the Sports Science Institute of SA and, most recently, Placement Officer with Learn to Earn South Africa. In these environments she has been involved in strategy development, workshop design, facilitation and evaluation, as well as youth lifeskills and job readiness mentoring and training. She joined the Scalabrini Centre as the Women's Platform Sustainability Manager at the beginning of 2017.
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Shayni Geffen
Women's Platform Operations Manager
Scalabrini Centre
shayni@scalabrini.org.za
Shayni Geffen
Shayni grew up in Cape Town and studied Psychology and Gender Studies at the University of Cape Town. She has worked and volunteered at a range of community-based, civil society organisations in Cape Town including the Homestead Project for Street Children, the Safety and Violence Research Initiative, and The Bookery. She is deeply passionate about community building, women’s rights, and social justice. These passions, and lifelong pursuits, mean Shayni is most excited to have join the Women’s Platform as Operations Manager.
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Amy Shackelford
Assistant Women's Platform Manager
Scalabrini Centre
amy@scalabrini.org.za
Amy Shackelford
Amy Shackelford was born and raised in the United States. At the age of 16, Amy began volunteering in the NGO sector in homeless shelters, which led to her first NGO job at School on Wheels and motivated her to pursue a degree in Social Work. After her graduation, Amy worked in several community organizing and program development positions in the NGO sector, including at the Sustainable Library Citizens Coalition and Central Indiana Jobs with Justice. She returned to university to pursue two masters degrees. While completing her Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees, Amy worked at Indiana University in scholarship and curriculum development and served on the board for the Indiana National Organization for Women. She began as an intern at the Scalabrini Centre in the Women’s Platform in September 2016, which led to her current position as the Assistant Manager of the Women’s Platform.
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Ever-merry Chipise
Women's Platform Mentor
Scalabrini Centre
evermerry@scalabrini.org.za
Ever-merry Chipise
Ever-merry Chipise was born in Zimbabwe. She is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu -Natal with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She served as the Vice President for the Golden Key Pietermaritzburg Chapter in 2013. She went on to work as an Intern Counselling Psychologist at the Rhodes University Counselling Centre in 2015. Through her studies and practical experience, one of the areas in her field that she developed a passion for was that of career assessment and development. This passion together with the desire of working in a non-profit organisation saw her join Scalabrini Employment Access Programme as a Volunteer Intern at the Employment Help Desk in July 2015. She then joined the EAP staff as Assistant Employment Access Programme Manager and is now working with the Women's Platform.
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Sam Peck
English School Manager
Scalabrini Centre
sam@scalabrini.org.za
Sam Peck
Samantha was born in Pietermaritsburg and grew up in Cape Town before attending university in Stellenbosch. Studying politics, she became part of an outspoken group of students on campus who raised some of the issues faced by first generation students in integrating into campus life. University management responded by creating the Unit for Multiculturalism and Diversity, for which she then worked for 2 years. After 6 years in Stellenbosch, believing it was time to spread her wings a bit, Samantha moved to Korea to be an English teacher in public elementary schools for four years. Upon returning home to Cape Town, she started volunteering at the Scalabrini Center as an English teacher, where she now works as the Assistant Manager of the English school, organizing the English Alive co-curricular program.
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Diana Akokpari
Assistant English School Manager
Scalabrini Centre
diana@scalabrini.org.za
Diana Akokpari
Diana was born in Ghana and then spent some time in Lesotho and the majority of her life in Cape Town, South Africa. She attended Rustenburg Girls High School in Cape Town and is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Education at the University of South Africa. Diana has previously worked in various training and educational roles, coming into contact with students and people from around the world. In January of this year she joined the Scalabrini team as Assistant English School Manager, and is very excited about being part of a phenomenal team.
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Jade Bell
Unite As One Manager
Scalabrini Centre
jade@scalabrini.org.za
Jade Bell
Jade was born and bred in Cape Town. She attended the University of Stellenbosch, obtaining a BA in Social Dynamics with a focus on Social Development and Psychology. She became involved with many not-for-profit organisations supported by the university, solidifying her desire to work in this sector, specifically with the youth. Jade then worked for a non-profit programme focusing on youth development and leadership which prompted her to further her studies. She obtained her post graduate degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa, as well as a post graduate diploma in Counselling and Communication from the South African College of Applied Psychology. After the completion of her studies, Jade worked in the Coaching field before coming back to her passion of working in youth development and joining the Scalabrini Team on the Unite As One programme at the end of 2016.
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Mthetheleli Wontyi
Unite As One Facilitator
Scalabrini Centre
mtheza@scalabrini.org.za
Mthetheleli Wontyi
Mtheza was born in Johannesburg, and grew up in Cape Town. He matriculated in 2008 from Philippi High School, after which he joined a bridging Year program with SAEP, and then went on to pursue studies in Public Management at Northlink College. After finishing his studies, he joined Amandla Development where he worked as a full time program coordinator for 2 years. Whilst at Amandla, Mtheza was involved in 2 programs; Community Solution, ensuring that all Philippi stakeholders met twice a year to discuss progress and possible solutions to the challenges faced by the community, and Resource Access Program, working with 12 schools in Philippi to ensure that learners had access to quality education. Mtheza joined the Unite team as a facilitator in January 2017.
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Judith Mukuna
Unite As One Facilitator
Scalabrini Centre
judith@scalabrini.org.za
Judith Mukuna
Judith was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo but spent most of her life between Johannesburg and Cape Town. After High school Judith took some time off to volunteer and intern for various projects including PASSOP, IKASI Youth and The Semonkong Hospital Project. In 2013 Judith started studying at the University of the Western Cape where she got involved in the competitive university debating circuit, and social justice activism. She is passionate about transformation, African development and the role that young people play in changing communities. As someone who grew up in South Africa as a refugee, the work that Scalabrini does is very close to her heart and that is why she is excited to join the Unite As One team as a facilitator.
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Akhona Madikane
Unite As One Programme Assistant
Scalabrini Centre
akhona@scalabrini.org.za
Akhona Madikane
Akhona matriculated from Dansa International College in 2010, and then went on to attain a Diploma in Public Management from Northlink College. He worked in various major retail stores in South Africa whist studying as a full time student at Northlink. It was during this time that he discovered his desire to work with different people from different backgrounds. Akhona first joined the Scalabrini Centre team as an All-Rounder/Unite intern in March 2016, after which he officially joined the staff team as programme assistant for the Unite As One programme in January 2017.
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Operations: Facility Hire and Guest House People
Amanda Kirk
Operations Manager
Operations
operations@scalabrini.org.za
Amanda Kirk
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Jay Faasen
Operations Assistant
Operations
jay@scalabrini.org.za
Jay Faasen
Jay is from Cape Town, South Africa and has spent many years working in the hospitality industry. He started working at the Scalabrini Center in December 2016. He has travelled the country extensively, enjoys meeting new people from all over the world and is very happy to be involved in the work of the Center.
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Ruvi Mubika
Operations and Finance Assistant
Operations
ruvi@scalabrini.org.za
Ruvi Mubika
Ruvi was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and came to Cape Town to pursue her studies. She achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences through UCT. Ruvi joined the Scalabrini Center 5 years ago as an “All-rounder” intern which included being a volunteer English teacher, moving on to a position as Guesthouse and Operations Assistant. Ruvi is fun loving and friendly and loves people.
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Alphonsine Tshinguta
Office & Facility Hire Housekeeper
Operations
facilityhire@scalabrini.org.za
Alphonsine Tshinguta
Alphonsine Tshinguta or Mami, as she is affectionately known, is originally from Bukavu, DRC. After graduating from High School she started her own business selling clothes and shoes. She arrived in South Africa in October 2003 and started working at the Scalabrini Centre in 2005. She is our longest standing staff member!
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Mamitshu Musinga-Kazaai
Office & Facility Hire Housekeeper
Operations
facilityhire@scalabrini.org.za
Mamitshu Musinga-Kazaai
Mamitshu is from Congo, DRC. She came to South Africa in 2008, and is married with four children. Mamitshu has previously worked as the Raya Hotel as a housekeeper, and started working at the Scalabrini Guest House in 2013. She is a member of Scalabrini’s Women’s Platform and also has her own small business selling the jewellery that she makes herself. She hopes that she can keep growing this business so as to continue supporting her children.
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Franck Adou
Guest House Night Assistant
Operations
reservations@scalabrini.org.za
Franck Adou
Franck Adou joined the Scalabrini Guest House team at the start of November 2015. He works mainly night shifts and on weekends. Franck was born in Brazzaville and lived in Congo DRC from 1997 during the war, and then came to South Africa in 2005. Franck is also a volunteer teacher at Scalabrini’s English School. He has experience working in the hospitality industry and is always happy to share his experiences with our guests.
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Salome Uys-Tshimanga
Guest House Relief Night Assistant
Operations
reservations@scalabrini.org.za
Salome Uys-Tshimanga
Salome is from Cape Town, South Africa and is married with one child. She studied Business Management through Telkom and later went on to become a branch manager for the service provider, where she feels she learnt the importance of working in a team. She started working at the Scalabrini Center in January 2017 as the Guesthouse relief night assistant. She loves dealing with people from different backgrounds and cultures and is therefore thrilled to be contributing to the work of the Center.
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Christelene Scheepers
Guest House Housekeeper
Operations
reservations@scalabrini.org.za
Christelene Scheepers
Christelene was born in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, and after matriculating studied computers at a local training college. She has worked for Volkswagen as a cleaner before relocating to Cape Town where she took up a post at the Cape Town International Convention Center as a housekeeper, a position she now holds at the Scalabrini Guesthouse. Christelene is married with a young son that she adores, and is passionate about housekeeping.
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Priscille Kayiba Tshenda
Guest House Housekeeper
Operations
reservations@scalabrini.org.za
Priscille Kayiba Tshenda
Priscille is from DRC. She arrived in South Africa in 2007, and is married with one child. Priscille has previously worked at Superspar as a cleaner, and started working at the Scalabrini Guest House in December 2015, where she works four days a week. She has experience as a waiter and housekeeper, but always looks for ways to gain more experiences that can contribute to supporting herself and her family. Priscille enjoys meeting new people from all over the world and is very happy to be a part of the Scalabrini team.
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Lawrence House People
Giulia Treves
Manager
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Giulia Treves
Giulia graduated from the Libera Universita’ di Lingue e Communicazione (Milan, Italy) with a BA in English and Contemporary History and obtained a Masters in Migration Studies from the Pontifical University Urbaniana (Rome, Italy) in 2006. Since 2003, she has worked for the International Scalabrini network. Before joining the Scalabrini Centre in 2006, she was assigned to various projects such as an after care programme for internally displaced children in Bogotá, Colombia and as a member of a task team on the prevention of child trafficking on the Bolivian-Argentine border.
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Sheillah Chigudu
Social Worker
Lawrence House
socialworker@scalabrini.org.za
Sheillah Chigudu
Sheillah joined Lawrence House in 2015 and currently serves as a social worker. Sheillah comes to Lawrence House with experience as an educator now turned social worker. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of South Africa. Sheillah is person-centred and believes in self- determination. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life and regards everyone as unique in their own special way.
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Romina Meneghetti
Child and Youth Care Worker
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Romina Meneghetti
Upon finalising her degree in Professional Childcare at the University of Padua, Italy, Romina travelled to Cape Town with the intention of spending a year as a volunteer in Lawrence House, but then fell in love not only with Lawrence House but also with the Mother City, and never left! Romina has served Lawrence House in various roles, and since 2010 has worked as a senior child care worker. Despite the many challenges, Romina enjoys being among children and teenagers with a different culture and background.
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Cathleen Fredricks
Child and Youth Care Worker
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Cathleen Fredricks
Cathleen or rather “Aunty Kay” is a professional Child and Youth Care Worker born and raised in Cape Town. She has been working in child care for more than 20 years. Kay has acquired her experience by working for various institutions in South Africa and in the US. She is happily married and enjoys spending her free time with her family.
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Jeff van Diemen
Child and Youth Care Worker
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Jeff van Diemen
Jeff is a registered Child and Youth Care Worker. Compared to his previous experience at Steinthal Children’s Home, Lawrence House has had a greater impact on his life – since the number of children here is smaller, one gets immediately drawn into their lives. As Child Care Worker he feels he is more present and involved in the children’s lives and has the possibility of doing much more for them and with them. Jeff is very passionate about his work with children and youth; he is keen on sharing his enthusiasm and encourages others to always extend a helping hand to children in need.
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Yves Bonyeme
Child and Youth Care Worker
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Yves Bonyeme
Originally from the DRC, Yves joined Lawrence House in 2010. While having a background as a political activist, his passion for children and youth has turned him into a dedicated Child and Youth Care Worker. Besides his passion for his work, his daughter and Chelsea FC are at the centre of his life.
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Tonia Mujinga
Housekeeper
Lawrence House
lawrencehouse@scalabrini.org.za
Tonia Mujinga
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