Barkly East Team

Tersia Gerber

Tersia was born in a small village in the Free State and married her school sweetheart.  She has four children including one adopted son.

Tersia set up and is full time Project Manager for KL.  Her duties include:

  • Manage The Hughes’ Bequest Cluster Foster Home for 18 HIV/AIDS affected children
  • Coordinate placement of traumatized children in safe house with Dept. Social Development
  • Financial management
  • Human Resource management
  • Research and compile proposals, business plans
  • Link with communities, organisations, churches and state departments
  • Network with local and international donors and funders

During a long professional career she has taken many training opportunities, receiving numerous certificates and diplomas (from two Universities and other Training Institutions) including:

Management and Leadership; Facilitator No Apologies, Prevention HIV/AIDS; Forensic medicine, law and ethics focusing on Crimes against Women and Children; Trauma Counseling; Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced Play Therapy; Gestalt Color Therapy; Management Training for HCBC Organisations; Social Work Supervision.

Her hobbies include cooking, baking, crafts and reading.

Mongezi Motleleng

Mongezi was born and bred in Barkly East. He worked for a local NGO and is currently employed by the Dept of Local Government and Human Settlements as a Community Development Worker. He studied part-time and obtained a Certificate in Development Developmental Practice in 2008.

Mongezi has been involved with KL since day 1, a member of management since 2003 and chairperson since 2009.  More than a committee member, Mongezi plays a major part in the children’s lives. He visits the house daily and is a male role model.

He is unmarried and has “adopted” the children from KL as his family. He relaxes by playing golf.

Levia Mantile

Levia was born and bred in Barkly East, where she attended a local primary school and was employed as a cleaning woman by several households for many years.

In 2005 she was appointed as a Foster Mother. Since then 9 foster children were placed in her care.

She has two children, and two grandchildren, both girls, and is an active member of the women’s group in her church.

UK Team


Clare Murphy

Clare currently works as a GP in London. She set up and ran an HIV Clinic and Home Based Care group in Barkly East in 2002.

She was closely involved with the setting up KL and since returning to the UK in 2009, has been a Trustee of Friends of The Hughes’ Bequest Khaya Lokukhanya Project and is one of the main fundraisers.

Emma Weatherstone

Emma lives and works in the UK and is a close friend of Clare Murphy. She has visited Khaya Lokukhanya on a number of occasions and has a close affinity to South Africa.

She became involved with KL after her many visits, setting up fundraising activities in the UK. She is a Trustee of Friends of The Hughes’ Bequest Khaya Lokukhanya Project and a main UK fund raiser.

Rob Jones

Rob is a consultant business analyst. He has visited Khaya Lokukhanya several times with Clare since 2015 and is also a Trustee.