The mido foundation was founded by Dale and Verity Simons of MiDO Technologies (Pty) Ltd., a black-owned business specialising in creative, cutting-edge information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for educational institutions.

Our mission at the mido foundation is to turn young people in South Africa into digital citizens with the digital skills needed for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), a world where their mastery of these skills will be vital to finding employment.

We do this through our Digital Technology Hubs and our Digital Citizenship Programme.

Our Board

We are constantly growing the expertise of our Board which currently consists of Daniel Solomons, Raymond Brinkhuis, Verity Simons, Claudean Myburgh, Mario Mufweba, Dale Simons (Chairman).

Daniel Solomons
Executive Director & Chaplain

He is passionate about transforming the lives of South Africans and positively affecting the youth. Daniel is a Stellenbosch University graduate with a BA in Industrial Psychology, a Postgraduate Diploma in HIV/Aids Management, an MPhil in HIV/Aids Management and a MTh in Clinical Pastoral Care. He has spent most of his career working with students and learners, first as Faculty Secretary for the Law, Theology and Economic and Management Sciences faculties and later as Director of Dynamic Skills Consultants.

Through these positions he assisted prospective students with university admission queries and guidance on school subject choices to gain entry to university, and offered skills development programmes for the youth and high school learners in need of study skills and in learning motivational techniques. He has also assisted the Western Cape Education Department with the High School Improvement Programme aimed at Grade 12s. Daniel is also the Director of The Breathe Institute, an NGO offering trauma and relationship counselling services to lower income individuals and the general public, and has facilitated a range of workshops on leadership, conflict resolution, strategic planning and diversity management.

Raymond Brinkhuis
Chief Financial Officer

Raymond is the Founder and Director of Lierolac (Pty) Ltd, a consulting company established in 2017. He applies his skills and experience in Operations, Audit and Finance (which was accumulated in his banking career of over 22 years) to assist small business owners to establish and operate sustainable business ventures.

Fun Fact: Raymond enjoys spending time on creative activities like drawing, painting, and making cement garden planting pots.

Dale Simons
Business Development

Dale Simons is the Managing Director of MiDO Technologies and is highly skilled in information and communication technology software solutions, support, training and systems implementation. He has worked for Pragma Africa, an international leader in the provision of asset management services, and Spier Holdings, a well-known wine and leisure business. During his time at Pragma and Spier, he worked as an ICT Consultant, a Support Manager, Systems Administrator, IT Manager, Group IT Manager and an ICT Director.

He holds a NDip in Mechanical Engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and completed a project management course at AECI Engineering. Dale has also completed the 12-month Executive Development Programme of the University of Stellenbosch Business School. In 2003, he became a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate. His knowledge and experience in ICT solutions for educational and public benefit organisations combined with his desire to bring about change and transformation in society are the driving forces behind his commitment to prepare the youth for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Verity Simons
Business Administration

Verity Simons is our Business Administrator and manages all human resources, administration, finance and our technical team. She holds a Diploma in Hotel Operations and Management and has more than 18 years’ experience in management and administration.

She is dedicated to providing opportunities for South Africa’s youth to develop technological skills and believes that there is nothing as important as exposing the youth to the limitless possibilities that exist beyond their current environments.

Claudean Myburgh
Education Strategies & Curriculum Development

Claudean is the newest addition to the MiDO Foundation Board.

With a keen interest in education, and is studying towards a B.Ed degree.  

She joined the MiDO Foundation in 2016 as Project Manager overseeing the implementation of projects sponsored by the Rupert Education Trust and Remgro.  

With a keen eye for detail, Claudean focuses her efforts on analysing data to help determine the impact of projects.  In this way, she helps ensure that MiDO Foundation stays the course and continues to change lives through technology.  

Mario Mufweba
Strategic Planning

Mario is a highly qualified educationist in radical pedagogy & the philosophy of education.

“A  passionate educationist with unquestionable  & exemplary work ethic. Dedicated to whole school evaluation, improvement  and has made tremendous developmental impact in education institutions. He served in different education leadership roles & mentored students, teachers, principals & circuit managers.”  Quoted from Ms. Verna Stuurman

Fun Fact: Music, reading,  hiking, cycling, camping & all grandchildren

Our Team

The team at mido foundation consist of a diverse group of individuals with an extensive set of skills from  information and communications technology to infrastructure roll-out, leadership development and expertise in the effective application of Google for Education in the education sector.

We have 9 Hub Coordinators on-site providing continuous assistance.

We also employ 20 teachers training assistants per year on a 12-month paid internship contract at the Digital Technology Hubs at the schools we service.

Sheldon Bergstedt
Operations Manager

Idiosyncratic individual with a flair demonstrated aptitude for operational management and relationship building beyond cultural and international frontiers!

Fun Fact: I have been an extra in the movie Star Trek – Beyond and have represented Gauteng in action cricket.

Nadine Farao
Head of Sales, Marketing & Fundraising

Nadine is an enthusiastic go-getter, who joined the MiDO Foundation team in 2020. Her formal studies in Tourism and Hospitality helped prepare her for a career in which she excels at working with people. Nadine is responsible for Sales, Marketing & Fundraising at MiDO Foundation.

Fun Fact: Nadine enjoys the outdoors especially hiking and camping. She keeps fit by doing regular Zumba sessions. Nadine also believes in uplifting the youth in her community and is involved in a number of community-based organisations.

Kim-Lynn van de Rheede
HR Management

I am an energetic, deep thinking, creative and intuitive woman, passionate about seeing people grow in their unique callings and reaching their full potential. I completed my bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management in 2016 and with this I’ve been offering HR solutions to small and medium enterprises on a pro bono basis until Mileck HR Solutions was born 1 May 2019.

Fun Fact: I enjoy long walks on the beach and sunset drives.

Nhlanhla Mthembu
Project Administrator

Nhlanhla is passionate about social innovation, social impact, product and business development. He has spent 15 years in the social enterprise space, training social entrepreneurs to create revenue streams to support their dreams. He has a reputation for creating and curating large scale international events for small businesses and social impact organisations. He has worked in SADC and East Africa unlocking new opportunities for small and medium sized businesses.

Fun Fact: Nhlanhla is an avid Orlando Pirates fan, taking up Golf lessons now and a closet activist. He is a father and husband, moonlights as a garden boy at his wife’s Butterfly Farm.

Cassidy Williams
Digital Marketing Coordinator

With a natural ability for graphic design and coupled with her experience in social media and photography, Cassidy has an eye for detail and brings a wealth of skills and knowledge in terms of visual content representation.

Fun Fact: Cassidy is a professional golfer and is looking to start her career on the Ladies Sunshine Tour.

Michelle Swartland
Senior Project Administrator

Michelle joined the MiDO Foundation team in 2020 as Project Administrator responsible for the Hub Coordinators and Yes Interns.  In 2021, she was promoted to Senior Project Administrator. 

Fun Fact: Michelle is a Professional Photographer who spends her spare time capturing the special moments in her clients’ lives. She is also a great guitar player and talented singer.

Michelle lives by the motto: Someone’s destiny is connected to your life.

Roderick Samuels
Infrastructure & Support Technician

Roderick is the Infrastructure and Support Technician at MiDO Foundation.  He is always ready to help and enjoys finding solutions to complex problems.  

He has a Can-Do attitude and no problem is ever too difficult to tackle.  

Should you be interested in volunteering your skills and time to serve as a mido foundation Board member, please feel free to contact Daniel Solomons at daniel@mido.co.za.