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Meshack Kekana

Nickname: 'Mesh'

Founder of Dads in the Picture (NPO)


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born in Johannesburg South Africa

A man passionate about improving the state of parenting. Aiming to see every male become the best DAD he can be to all our Children, be it they relate to the child as a biological father or not.
A great deal of experience gained over 20 years in the IT industry as a software developer and analyst!

Contact details

info@dadsinthepicture.co.za

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Web presence

Business Address

Hammanskraal, Hammanskraal, South Africa


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City Press How to spread it Dialogue

in Dads in the Picture

2014 Drivers of Change Award Finalists

in Dads in the Picture

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Software Specialist | Programme Office | Sanlam Developing Markets
Johannesburg, South Africa | February 2017 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

Analysis of related software products. Presentation of findings and recommendations to business. Overall accountability for the conception, development, implementation and maintenance of products.


Founder & Director | Business development | Rre le Mme (pty) ltd
Tshwane, South Africa | August 2017 - present

Consulting and Project Management

Leadership of the organization! Implementation of the strategy supporting the Mission and Vision!


Founder & Director | Social upliftment | Rre le Mme Foundation
Tshwane, South Africa | April 2016 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Leadership of the organization! Implementation of the strategy supporting the Mission and Vision!


Founder & Director | Dads in the Picture
Pretoria, South Africa | June 2015 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Membership and Stakeholders Management


Previous Position(s)

Chairman | Dads in the Picture
GAUTENG, South Africa | October 2012 - June 2015

Social Development and Community Services

Managing and Leading the organization


Software Developer | Information Technology | South African Revenue Services
Pretoria, South Africa | August 2011 - January 2017

Consulting and Project Management

Development of solutions based on the specification presented by business.

Educational history

Secondary

Hans Kekana High School, Hammanskraal, South Africa (1991)

Tertiary

Faculty Training Institute (FTI)

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2011 - June 2011

Business analysis Diploma - Information Sciences

Business Analysis practical training programme.

Luso Computer Institute

Johannesburg, South Africa | January 1992 - November 1993

IT Programme - Information Sciences

Basic programming

Achievements

Shortlist and nomination

Investing in future & Drivers of Change Awards | 2014

Dads in the picture were voted Finalists in the 2014 Investing in the future & Drivers of Change Awards hosted by Mail and Guardian and souther Africa Trust Annually.

media exposure

Move Magazine April 29th 2015 Edition | 2015

Discussing the issue surrounding fathers who return into children's lives after being absent!

Mail and Guardian Newspaper | 2014

The organization was awarded as:

Finalist: Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change Civil Society Award Dads in the Picture

City Press Newspaper | 2014

An article on the culture of giving, not only in monetary terms but as well as giving in kind your time to uplift communities.

Impendulo Q&A on DumisaTV | 2014

Fatherhood discussion with input from a Religious leader and Dads in the Picture. Trying to find answers to challenges faicing our communities and families!

Power FM 98.7 Contributor | 2014

Invited to contribute on the Power Life programme presented by Masechaba Lekalake. Every alternative Tuesday evening we look at issues affecting family!

Move Magazine - 9 April | 2014

An article titled 'Putting dads in the picture' was featured in the magazine. Making yet another call to men, asking for their involvement in every aspect of their children's lives.

SABC3 Interface TV Interview | 2013

Signed off a great year with an interview on SABC3 Interface. The topic: celebrating the spirit of Philanthropy!

SABC1 BigUp - Profiling Dads in the Picture | 2013

The hard work that we have put into getting the dads to play an active role was rewarded with a special feature on SABC1. The program included recording part of a music video in honour of the real men who are taking care of their children!

Motsweding FM - Interview on the origin of Dads in the Picture | 2013

During our National Tour with members of Dads in the Picture, we came in contact with one of Motsweding FM DJ. Mr Segale Mogotsi managed to book us an interview the following day before we departed from Kuruman to Mafikeng!

Bloemfontein Courant - 19 August 2013 | 2013

The Bloemfontain newspaper wrote an article about our National Tour during our visit to the town. Offering the support that the organization needs in getting the men to understand their parental role!

Jozi FM - Profiling Interview | 2013

Interview on Jozi fm to introduce to Dads in the Picture, with the focus being on how we planning to gerow the organization and assiste the men.

SAfm Radio interview by Mandla Shongwe | 2013

A followup invitation to take part in a debate about fatherhood issues affecting our children, families and communities.

Unisa Radio - Interview to discuss the state of fatherhood in our country | 2013

Unisa Radio gave us the platform to inform on issues relating to our men. We also discussed the events and activities that Dads in the Picture is embarking on in making a difference!

True Love Magazine - June 2013 Edition | 2013

Father figure article highlighting issues affecting our children's wellbeing due to the absence of fathers!

SAfm Radio interview by Naledi Moleo | 2013

Attended a live interview on SAfm where we profiled Dads in the Picture

Mail & Guardian Critical Thinking Forum | 2013

The organization of Dads in the Picture took part in the debate on "Why is violence so Widespread in SA.".

Front Page Father | 2013

An article on life story. Sharing my upbringing experience!

Talk Radio 702 - Interview with Redi Tlhabi | 2012

Aa radio interview with Redi Tlhabi to talk about the organization Dads in the Picture, and inform the general public.

Pretoria News | 2013

Pretoria News, 6 Feb 2013. Page9
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An article in the Pretoria News on the charity work I am involved in!
Bikers rev up the joy at orphanage

SA Good News | 2012

The organization was invited to submit an article on the great work that is being done with the fathers.

Other Achievements

Coordinator for Go-Kart Fundraising Day at Glenstantia | 2012

Took up the role of Grade representative as a member of the Parents Association (PA). Helped coordinate the stall and donations for the fundraising - setting up the stall - making sure that there are enough volunteers to help - managed the sales and prizes

Activities

Memberships

Ride til we Rot International Society

Member, May 2013 - present

Ride til we Rot International Society for Bikers & Trikers that have come off and want too get back on with a bit of tongue in cheek humor!

Front Page Father Media Campaign

Member

A media campaign aiming to create awareness of the value of involved fathers and to empower men to be more involved in the lives of their children / family

Bike Ride

Member, 1102012 - present

A UN project that is aimed at using biking as a means to send the EVAWG(Ending Violence Against Women and Girls) message to all of Southern Africa.

community

Medesins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - Doctors Without Borders

Donor and Supporter, June 2012 - present

I am regular Donor to the organization, hoping that their work continues. With the understanding that my contribution ensures that the organization continues to provide an Independent Humanitarian Action! I will continue my support in my circle of contacts and help raise awareness wherever I meet people!

Support Mandela Day in Limpopo and Gauteng

Active Participant, July 2013 - present

Teamed up with Dads and friends in Dedicating time to perform voluntary tasks in line with the Mandela Day spirit.
- 13th July:
Bike ride with the Harley Davidson bikers to Nobody, Polokwane to support a SapaYopa / Nelson Mandela Foundation initiative. This entailed getting dirty by planting a veggie garden and erecting a fence! Excellent initiative and well worth the time!

- 18th July:
(1) Dropped in at PTA Motessori for an early morning song-n-dance with those who meant so much to our ailing statesman.
(2) Met with the producers of the Hippo Roller Water Drum in Randburg with the aim of kicking off a drive to promote their all important and live changing product in partnership. With our expansion to other provinces, we can do more together.
(3) Took time to join the Stop Hunger 67000 meals initiative. Helping pack food parcels destined for the needy!
(4) Rode to participate in the SAVF Famnet's clothes donation drive in Pretoria, dropping off some unused clothes of mine. A great work this team of social workers are doing.
(5) Rode with the Emperors Motorcycle Club to Hammanskraal, with the aim of painting the children's home of Ebenezer House of Hope.

Action against Drugs and Child Abuse

Community Partnership with Dads in the Picture, 62013 - present

Eersterust Community march to commemorate International Day against Drug Abuse on June 29th 2013

Ebenezer House of Hope

Contributor - Sponsor, 1012010 - present

Making voluntary donations to Ebenezer house of hope to assist in feeding the children. Abandoned and run-away children of all ages are brought to the home by social workers and the SAPS whilst the help is sourt for them.

Other Activities

Glenstantia Primary School Parents Association

Active coordinator, 12014 - present

Assist the Parents Association in managing fundraising activities for the school as directed by the school governing body!

Glenstantia Primary School Parents Association

Active coordinator, 12014 - present

Assist the Parents Association in managing fundraising activities for the school as directed by the school governing body!

Emperors Motorcycle Club

Member, 1012009 - present

A biking club that comprises of real bikers. The focus being on friendship, fun, safety and community involvement.

Testimonials

Roy C Mahlangu

"Thank you for the enlightment, it's well formulated and incisive!" - 2014

Ayanda Cele

"Your presence was felt and you made a very positive mark in that community, that became evident soon after you left when men and women started engaging on issues around parenting, distinguishing father’s role and mother’s role in a child’s life." - 2014

Shashape Setipe

"I highly appreciate the work you are doing. There is a difference in every man involved in caring and showing love. Keep up the good work you are doing. It's goes a long way." - 2014

Peter Kgolokoane

"I am humble to be part of such a fast growing Organisation but words need be told to you that "You are doing a fantastic job"

Thank you Taema for the wonderful vision coming true.
" - 2013

Nozabakho Nkayi

"Good work you must keep it up this things should be done repeatedly rather than on Mandela day or similar days like that." - 2013

Mageba Themba

"Great initiative that you guys are doing, may God keep you moving forward and making a difference in people’s lives " - 2013

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