Meet the PFEF team


Lezelle Scholtz

Foundation Manager

With over 20 years of experience in skills development, Lezelle has seen the important impact of acquiring knowledge and skills. Her role allows her to continue her journey as a people developer and brings her joy to see Polyoak families make use of this amazing opportunity.


Simone Daniels


A seasoned Administrator who loves helping people, Simone's role at the Polyoak Foundation allows her to do just that every day of the week.


Meet the PFEF trustees


Suzanne Dingley

Founding Trustee

Suzanne is a director at Polyoak Packaging (Pty) Ltd. As a founding director, she offers guidance around business and strategic planning, with a firm belief in long-term impact projects that are responsible and sustainable.

"Our students and graduates are hard-working and driven individuals who inspire young minds in our communities."

Ernest Moore

Independent Trustee

Ernest is the Principal Liaison at Partners for Possibility. As a retired school principal with a long career in education, he fulfils the role of Chairperson with a deep knowledge and insight into education in South Africa.

"A former principal once told me that in life, the only way to avoid criticism is to say nothing, be nothing and do nothing. I can't live my life that way. So, I have made many mistakes in life and probably will still make many more, but if I do that while trying to make a difference in my small corner of the world, then I will humbly accept the consequences."


Fatima Jakoet

Independent Trustee

Fatima is a professional pilot and Founder of the Sakhikamva Foundation. She is actively involved in igniting interest and developing talent in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) amongst the youth in South Africa.

“We strive to connect and empower communities through our programmes and the vision to build a great future for generations to come.”

Phindile Msomi

Company Representative Trustee

Phindile is currently the HR Manager in Gauteng and has been with Polyoak for over 4 years. She is passionate about people and development, and has been involved in the Work Readiness programmes and Foundation Welcoming and Graduation sessions since she joined Polyoak. 

"Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world."