About Us

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) was established in 1939 to shape South Africa into a country where persons with disabilities have access to equal opportunities and rights.

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) has played an integral role in shaping South Africa into a country where persons with disabilities have access to equal opportunities and rights. For eight and a half decades we have run awareness programmes, influenced government policies, promoted physical and social access, and facilitated economic participation for and with persons with disabilities.

NCPD Vision

An all-inclusive and equitable society where the human rights of all are upheld and protected.

NCPD Mission

Advocating, lobbying and raising awareness for and with Persons with Disabilities in achieving collaborative social and economic inclusion through innovation, partnerships, research, development and services.

NCPD Core Values

Integrity: In all our dealings, which implies openness and honesty, dependability and consistency, and honouring the individual and collective integrity and all its structures, functionaries and employees.
Passion: We’re passionate about everything we do.
Trust: Unwavering mutual trust and respect for one another’s intentions, but also our collective ability, capacity and contribution.
Professionalism: Consistently act in a professional manner in our dealings with one another and stakeholders, namely, the structures, functionaries, staff, clients and partners of the organisation.
Commitment: Individually and collectively committed to make a difference.
Honour: Our intentions are honourable. Honour one, help many.
Respect for diversity: Recognising individual differences and uniqueness.
Accountability: Align our actions to expectations and provide explanations which are accurate and complete.
Transparency: Open and honest within all our operations.
Self-representation: Honour the right of individuals to self-representation.

NCPD Core Principles

Governance: Committed to making sure that all our actions are guided through association and consultation with persons with disabilities, to ensure that optimal recognition is given to challenges, abilities and needs.

Transformation: Best transformation practices and targets allow us to remain relevant and appropriately structured.

Service-orientated: Listening to and addressing the needs of our clients, beneficiaries and stakeholders. At the same time, we respect the self-representation of persons with disabilities.

Consultative: Consult with one another and with our clients, beneficiaries and relevant stakeholders prior to making decisions.

Partnerships: Building partnerships to expand the delivery capacity throughout, and lower our resource and cost base.

Meet our team

Dr Vincent Maphai
NCPD Patron

Dion Rademeyer

Penny (Busi) Smith Khuzwayo

Suraiya Mohammed

Sikelelwa Alex Msitsana

Joseph Komape
Vice Chairperson

Smiling man seated in an office chair and dressed in a collar and tie

Martin Mvulane
Additional Member

JP Muller

Dr Ben Greyling
Additional Member

Therina Wentzel
National Director: NCPD

Danie Marais
governance & universal design

Goodluck Ngobeni
Business Development & Sales

Lebogang Boya
Enterprise Development

Nthabiseng Molongoana

Shavisani Tsumele

Abidah Hersie
PA: Therina Wentzel

AdoWord Bakasa
Youth Coordinator

Andre Kalis

Andre Kalis
Human Rights & Children's Rights

Annemarie Knoblauch
Workplace services & skills Manager

Augusta Law
Rural Development

Bernadette Rigney
PR Manager

Brunhild Strauss
Media Development

Charne van der Merwe
PA: Gabriel Hoffman

Christopher Van Staden
CD: NPOs & Schools Coordinator

Daphney Twala
CD: Online Orders

David Matlakala
Community Liaison Manager


Dylan Mashele
PR & Media

Emisson Masegela
CD: Warehouse Orders

Erica du Toit
Disability Rights

Eugene Marais
Video & Plant Nursery

Fanie du Toit
Hearing impairment & deaf affairs

Fanie Swanepoel
Disability Information Coordinator

Gabriel Hoffman
Office Manager

Godfrey Maphanya

Jackie Malan
Food Distribution

Kalinah Mokgolo
CD: Accountant


Louis Botha
CD: Warehouse Manager

Lubabalo Mbeki
Economic Empowerment

Lucy Mbatha
CD: NPOs & Schools Coordinator

Mapule Twala
CD: Government Assistant

Mary Dazana
Senior Financial Accountant

Michele Tonks
Human Rights & Awareness

Nokuthula Manana
CD: Companies Coordinator

Patrick Khumalo

Ronel Minnies
Recruitment Assistant

Sam Ennocent Makansi
General Worker

Sandy Thabalala
Companies Sales Assistant

Sebenzile Ngobese
NPOs & Schools Sales Assistant

Simon Niriyenda
CD: Government Coordinator

Siphokazi Qqoboka
Support Worker

Tinashe Rubaba
Gender Matters

Ernestine Mofokeng

Joyce Ralethohlane

Kendyl Townsend

Lindiwe Mkhwananzi

Malcolm Thakadu

Namhla Mvinjelwa

Nelisiwe Madonsela

Ngcwelekazi Kave-Jiyane

Nombulelo Mfeka

Qaqamba Nkohla

Queen Zungu

Thuthukile Khumalo
PR Intern

Vuyani Nqumako