Rabana Modisane - MENtor
Rabana "Rabie" is married to Mpho and they have a son and a daughter. He has worked with young people for over 20 years. Rabie grew up in an entrepreneurial family that was influenced by teachings of the women of the Church of Reverend Nicholas Bhengu. This has made him to always initiate some enterprise activities.
After completing his Matric he attended a Theological Seminary where he completed a three (3) year diploma in Theology. Upon his return, he worked briefly at Motswedi Assemblies of God as a youth leader before he joined Youth For Christ as Youth Worker. Rabie was later appointed as a Provincial and National Director for Youth For Christ (YFC) South Africa.
Currently, Rabie is the General Manager of the Gauteng branch of Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of SA. He is also moonlighting as a property investor and a rural enterprise development activist.
Once a month one of our Mentors will host a Dinner With A Difference. It’s a space for our teens to talk about the challenges they face.
Wonderwall Climbing Gym
Wonderwall is an indoor climbing & retail store - est. 2007 as a one stop all things climbing destination, Wonderwall has grown into a large well respected brand within the climbing community that has been very involves in developing the sport of climbing as well as climbing infrastructure.
Wonderwall represent a number of quality European brands and are also involved in designing and installing climbing walls large and small.
Boys benefit from camping with Character
Camping in the great outdoors provides us with the opportunity to introduce our boys to a wide variety of experiences so they can learn and grow and explore, get ahead, be smart and well-rounded. We really think taking kids camping is one of the best things you we do with your boys, even, and especially, while they are very young.
There is just something special about taking a boy on a camp, and it provides an extraordinary opportunity for us to speak into the lives of the boys that we work with. It is a time away from technology, in the “wild” outdoors, full of adventure and new experiences – creating memories that will last a lifetime. We do several weekend and school holiday camps throughout the year with different themes. All camps are age group specific and we offer a number of different kinds of camping experiences, aligned with our curriculum - our camps build character!
The Character Company offers a number of camp experiences, and whilst we operate on a first-come-first-served, we do our best to ensure that every single boy on our program gets the opportunity to participate in at least one camp per year!
Our camps follow our annual curriculum and each will have a camp theme and provide opportunities to impart our 5 biblical values, as well as fun opportunities to push personal limits in a safe and controlled environment.
Adventure education often makes use of practical skills that will benefit an individual in areas beyond the activities. Campers will begin to recognize the inner resources, strengths, and positive qualities within themselves and within their friends. Reflecting and debriefing on the experience or ‘adventure’ afterwards allows the boys to learn more about their personal behaviour and contributions. This feedback informs them of the performance of the group as well and gives us an opportunity to relate this new understanding back to their everyday lives and routine to create positive change.
Cabanga Conference Centre
Set amid beautiful indigenous gardens only 20minutes from Sandton City, Cabanga is a multi-award winning conference facility and function venue that hosts top-class events - every time. We’re consistently rated as one of the top conference venues in Johannesburg and South Africa for three main reasons: we provide professional, caring service, offer top-quality facilities with garden views, serving wholesome, tasty food that is classy without being fussy.
Xolani Zicwele - MENtor
Xolani is a multi-faceted finance professional and a qualified Chartered Accountant with extensive experience in auditing and finance ranging from different industries in the Mining, Energy, Investments and finance, Transport, Communications, Media, and Leisure, amongst others.
His experience in auditing and finance is a strong foundation of his ideas of proper governance, financial management, and compliance.
Xolani is passionate about serving the interest of others and has committed his efforts to protecting these interests and adding a unique value that enables and empowers, which is why he left private sector work for the public sector. His vision is to see all people liberated from hindrances of being.
Xolani is an unwavering disciple of Christ; a husband and father to 2 two beautiful girls; a brother, a Thinker; a Muso; a movie buff, and a buccaneer, amongst others.
Michael Moore - MENtor
'Uncle Michael' is one of our trusted Mentors with a heart of gold, he is an Industrial Designer by trade and a caring animal lover as well as being one of our most vocal advocates! He was born in Kenya, grew up on a dairy farm in KwaZulu-Natal and now lives in Johannesburg.
Michael is our 'arts & crafts' person and his creative energy is always a great resource on rainy days at camp.
Marinus de Kok - MENtor
Originally from the town of Vereeniging, I moved to Cape Town with my folks at a very young age. I matriculated here and then went on to study Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University. My spare time was spent mainly making music, in music ministry, or working for my father at his service station. I completed my Master's degree in Industrial Psychology, with the focus of my research on remedying unemployment through affirmative development.
At home I am married for four years to the sweetest woman you can imagine. My wife and I are known as "the love birds." She is a teacher by profession and her name is Yvette. We are expecting our first (a little girl) this year and we are very excited.
I have seen what fatherlessness is causing in our society. I believe it to be central to so many problems in the world, particularly violence against women - which upsets me deeply. I have seen what a good father looks like through what my own dad is, and has been, for me. Furthermore, so many caring older male figures have guided and supported me in my life - without whom, I would not be where I am today.
Cavin Smit - MENtor
Aged 26 years, born in Namibia (Usakos) and resides in Kalbaskraal in the Western Cape. His number one priority is God for the reason that he has always been the answer to all his life problems. Cavin loves making friends, cooking, reading and swimming, and has a great passion working with kids.
Tim Ross - Regional Character & MENtor
Tim grew up in Johannesburg before pursuing forestry as a career at the University of Stellenbosch – mostly to avoid the traffic and pursue fly-fishing and enjoy great coffee! Forestry has enabled him to live in some beautiful places locally and travel to breathtaking vistas around the globe.
He currently works for an East African based forestry company and often travels to Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, and less exotic destinations like Zimbabwe.
Tim married up – an industrial engineer in the forestry sector – and lives in Pretoria with his amazing wife, son and daughter. Growing up without a dad, but surrounded by capable MENtors, having a son of his own, and seeing the impact of absent dad’s through his travels, has given Tim a burning desire and passion for fathering and sons.
By partnering with TCC, Tim hopes to raise men that will live pure, speak truth, drink great coffee, act justly, read Lord of the Rings, right wrong, catch big fish, walk humbly, hike far, love hard, stand strong and honour the king!
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Bradlee Tyack - MENtor
Bradlee was born and grew up in Alberton. After matriculating he studied Marketing Management. He then joined Bonfiglioli in 2013 as an Internal Sales. And now he is currently an Operations Coordinator. He was a Sunday school Superintendent at the Methodist church.
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