Our Board

André du Plessis


“I often wonder whether more of us should not just pack up our corporate lives to serve others, but organisations such as Community Keepers need assistance, advice and funding. I believe we all have a specific calling to care and offer our assistance. To me it is very clear that if we start with the youth and education system, we can make a difference to the generations to come.”

André obtained the degrees BComm and BComm (Hons) and qualified as a CA (SA). He has nearly 30 years of experience in business advisory, financial consulting and strategic and financial management. He was the Chief Executive of Financial Management of Boland PKS and NBS Boland from 1996 to 2000 and a partner at Arthur Andersen where he worked from 1986 to 1996. André joined the Capitec Bank Group in 2000 as one of the founder members, where after he was appointed Financial Director of the group. André is the non-executive chairman of the Community Keepers Board of Members.

Gerrit Laning


“It is kind of fun to do the impossible” a quote by Walt Disney that embodies the work of Community Keepers for me. Working in impossibly difficult environments and situations, our staff intervenes in the lives of children and young people. The fun part is seeing the results of Community Keeper’s involvement, with our clients believing again in the hope of possibility.”

Gerrit completed a Bachelor of Theology and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Pastoral Care (MTh.) at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003. Gerrit is registered as a Religious specialist in Christian pastoral counselling at the Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counselors (CPSC), affiliated with the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP). After completing his studies, Gerrit got involved in community development work as a practical way of living out his calling and convictions around a God that cares about more than just the saving of people’s souls. Gerrit joined Vision AfriKa in 2006 as its first full-time employee and grew with the organisation for the next 12 years. Gerrit joined Community Keepers as CEO in January 2018.

Tracy-Lee Waullenbach


“I have always had a strong sense of responsibility to develop myself and contribute to the development of those around me. This has primarily manifested in the involvement of various community outreach projects over the years. As a mental health professional, it has been a priority of mine to make mental health intervention (education, therapy, awareness) accessible to all. I believe that Community Keepers shares the same vision and does so with excellence.”

Tracy-Lee obtained her BA Humanities (cum laude), Psychology Honours and MA in Clinical Psychology and Community Counseling from Stellenbosch University. She worked for Community Keepers as a part time psychologist between 2016-2018. She currently works both in private practice in Stellenbosch, and for The Neurodiversity Centre in Simondium who provides assessment, support and intervention to children, adolescents and adults presenting with neurodevelopmental needs and challenges.

Jerome Slamat


“What kind of culture do we want to make to leave for our children and grandchildren as a heritage?”

Jerome Slamat is Executive Manager in the Rector’s Office at Stellenbosch University. He was previously Coordinator: International Fundraising at the Stellenbosch Foundation and before that has occupied various positions in the Western Cape Education Department, the most recent being Senior Curriculum Planner: General Education and Training Assessment. He has in-depth knowledge and experience in international development work through his participation in an exchange programme with the Badische Landeskirche in Karlsruhe, Germany (1993–1996). He holds a B.Com, Higher Diploma in Education and M.Ed (cum laude) from the University of the Western Cape and a PhD in Education Policy Studies from Stellenbosch University. He was invited in 2009 by the National Research Foundation (NRF) to serve as a member of its expert panel on community engagement. Jerome is an ordained minister in the Moravian Church.

Annetjie Louw


“My experience in education and Community Keepers gives me the opportunity to change the lives of individuals, and equip them with the necessary tools to enhance their future and social well-being, to develop independently.”

Annetjie obtained a Higher Education Diploma from the College of Pretoria in 1974 and continued her studies at Stellenbosch and subsequently started her career as an Educator in 1975. She has more than 40 years’ experience in school settings as an Educator, Deputy Principal and Principal. Annetjie is currently the Principal at Buren High School in Ysterplaat, Cape Town.

Ernst Hertzog


“My involvement with Community Keepers stems from my passionate belief that healthy, productive and hopeful children are the surest route to the restoration of our families and society.”

Ernst obtained the degrees BEng and MEng (Industrial) from Stellenbosch University and an MBA at the University of Cape Town. He worked as a Solution Architect at Vodacom from 2004-2007 and as a Business Process Engineer at Mediclinic until 2013. Ernst is currently involved in creative and technology start-ups, business analysis consulting services and other entrepreneurial ventures. Ernst then started his own angel investment company and is currently full-time involved in funding and mentoring new businesses and entrepreneurs.