Meet the Team

Meet the Ligstad Team ???

Ligstad Board of Directors

Dir. John van Straten


I am a founding member of Ligstad who views my biggest task to assure that the focus maintain on the vision and mission of Ligstad. My dreams for Ligstad is to include more children and parents from the community. I also have a heart for destitute women and children and see the need in our community for a night shelter for the homeless.

Dir. Linda Botha


I am involved as a director of Ligstad since October 2015 and view my biggest task to serve in dependence of God to enable the realisation of Ligstad’s vision and mission. I dream of this team will be sharing and living God’s blessings in order for us to reflect more and more of His light to the glory of God.

Dir. Willie Badenhorst


I am a founding member of Ligstad. I view my biggest task to do whatever I can to to realise God’s plan for Ligstad and dream that Ligstad be a true beacon of light where people can experience Christ’s love, grace and hope.

Dir. Suretha van Straten

Nutritional advisor and Functions.

I was recently co-opted into the Ligstad Board of Directors with the task to be involved in the management of the catering and functions. However since Ligstad started I played a supporting role for my husband John in his involvement at Ligstad. I see my biggest task to make Jesus’s love tangible for every child at Ligstad. My dreams for Ligstad makes me quiver because they are so big, but Ephesians 3 instructs us that we are strengthened by the Spirit Who resides in us. I just want to follow and trust God.

Dir. Andra Badenhorst

Nutritional advisor and Functions.

I am involved in Ligstad since the start and currently more active in Ligstad Bellville for the past two years. My passion is for the seniors in the community and I love to be of assistance to them. My dream for Ligstad is that the community see 1 John 3:16, 18 in the lives of everyone involved with Ligstad… That our acts of service not only be talk but action driven by Jesus’s love and genuine.


Mr. Daniel Viljoen

Operations Manager/Aftercare.

I’ve been serving at Ligstad since October 2015. By being in the service of God, we are also in the service of people. I believe that we all have influence. I choose to use mine to improve the lives of those I serve at Ligstad. I dream of a Ligstad where we are surrounded by people whom are aware of their own special gifts…great gifts that they are willing to share freely. Hebrews 13:16 “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased”.

Ms. Alida Jooste

Social Worker/Community Services.

As a founding member of Ligstad I was one of the dreamers envisioning and witnessing the establishment of Ligstad in 2012. My role as social worker is to focus on community development. I am also responsible for the organisational administration of Ligstad. Partnerships are an important part of Ligstad’s existence and I am thus always alert to establish and develop new partnerships and maintaining existing partnerships. The most important task is is to act in obedience to God’s guidance and to follow Him I dream of a well-established community centre where every member of the community can become part of in order to reach their potential. The vision and mission of Ligstad is what I strive towards daily.

Ms. Marne Barnard

H.O.D. Playgroup (Grade R).

I’ve been working at Ligstad since January 2019. My biggest mission at Ligstad is to look after children and to make sure they receive the education that they need and deserve. My dream for Ligstad is that Ligstad will grow and prosper and that all our children will grow up to be upstanding citizens in a nation that loves God.

Mr. Peter Rossouw


I joined the Ligstad team in June 2017. My biggest task is to be of service to God. I love working with the seniors and children and sharing my musical abilities I received as a blessing from God. Uplifting the community is important to me. I dream for Ligstad to truly be a beacon of hope, security and love to the needy in the community. I see my work as a ministry reaching out to the community physically and spiritually.


Ms. Sietsko Schwartz

Grade RR.

I’ve been working at Ligstad since March 2018. My mission at Ligstad is to serve my community through the provision of high quality care and education. My mission is focused on all children attending our playgroup and aftercare. My dream for Ligstad is that Ligstad would become a leader for and example to other non-profit companies who wish to serve less fortunate communities.

Ms. Angelique Lategan

Grade RRR.

I’ve been working at Ligstad since October 2018. My mission is to create a foundation that will enable the children to become the best self they can be. I aim to create building blocks to help them with their educational journey ahead. My dream for Ligstad, is that we will continue to inspire children to discover the world through learning.

Ms. Gugu Ngobese

Grade R.

I’ve been employed at Ligstad since January 2017. As an Ligstad employee, I take care of our kids as if they were my own. I know each and every child at Ligstad and wish to see them happy!! My dream is to see Ligstad grow bigger and better each year, with more kids to serve and a bigger playground.

Ms. Bridget Moilwa

Grade RR.
I’ve with Ligstad since August 2015. My biggest mission at Ligstad is to take care of the children, to treat them like my own and to show them love, kindness and warmth. My biggest dream for Ligstad is to see it grow even bigger than it currently is, to help more children and to give them the best early child education possible.

Ms. Tebogo Mogapi

Grade RRR.

I’ve been at Ligstad since April 2016. The biggest mission at Ligstad is to take care of the kids we serve. I wish for them to be as happy as they can possibly be. I dream of success for Ligstad. I believe if we dream big, the results will be just as big.

Kitchen Staff

Ms. Lorna Swart


I’ve been serving at Ligstad since January 2019. I aim to ensure that the children I serve, receive balanced meals every day. I prepare all my dishes with love, because I love each and every child we serve. My dream is that our children will take that which they learn at Ligstad, with them into the future. I know the children at Ligstad feel loved, because…they are loved.

Ms. Sindiswa Mbatha


I’ve been working at Ligstad since June 2019. My mission is to prepare delicious dishes for our children. I prepare these dishes with a smile on my face and a lot of love in my heart. My dream for Ligstad, is that it will grow bigger and bigger each year, In the name of Jesus AMEN!!!


Mr. Abram Nkopane

Caregiver/Bus Driver.

I’ve been working for Ligstad since March 2013. My role is to transport the Ligstad kids safely and keep them safe. I help to serve the Alberton Community by letting them feel part of something bigger. My biggest dream for Ligstad, is that the organisation will grow to be one of the biggest NPC organisations in the east of Johannesburg. We have to strive to serve more and more kids in need.


Mr. Dumisani Bhengu

I’ve been employed at Ligstad since January 2016. My mission at Ligstad is to keep our premises neat and tidy. I take great pride in my work and love what I do. My dream for Ligstad is have it filled with many happy children.

Ms. Nancy Maake


I’ve been working for Ligstad since January 2015. My aim is to keep the Ligstad buildings clean and tidy. My wish for Ligstad, is to bring about an Old age home for people from all races. A place where the elderly can find peace and happiness. A home for the homeless.

Ligstad Partnerships

Ms. Ilse-Louise Herholdt


I am involved with the Ligstad Art Centre section since 2016/17. I am involved to sow my talents back into the Kingdom of God. I am involved at Ligstad teaching music at the playgroup. I want to promote the wonder of music. I also teach recorder lessons to a group of aftercare children at Ligstad once a week. I aim to bring a quality service to these children free of charge. This valuable skill of music is priceless. I view Ligstad to be in the centre of God’s plan for Alberton. God’s Word need to be shared in the community in order for Ligstad’s light to shine in the dark places only God can reach.

Lana Veldhuizen


I have been involved in Ligstad activities and especially in counselling since 2016. I bought into the vision and mission of Ligstad early on and appreciate the opportunity granted to me to partner with Ligstad through Dunamis. I dream of people finding meaning in life through their relationship with God and skills learnt so they may live purposeful and meaningful lives. I can only thank every person involved in Dunamis for the passion they pour into their teaching and art and I am grateful to be a part of something bigger than myself.

Charisma Van Der Merwe

Ocupational Therapist.

Charisma qualified as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Pretoria. She has been working in the community, physical rehabilitation and mental health fields of occupational therapy for the last 8 years. She, together with Ligstad, wants to provide a community resource for young people, creating a support network and social interaction opportunities. She also assists with coordinating care for adolescents with mental health difficulties and supporting them and parents in the process of getting the assistance they need.

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