meet the team
Susan (Sue) Barnes (Hillcrest, Durban)
Sue Barnes is a mother of two children, one daughter aged 22 and the other daughter aged 20.
She is married and lives with her husband and their 3 fur babies in Hillcrest. When Sue first heard about the issue of young girls struggling to go to school each month because of a lack of access to sanitary wear she was devastated. Because of a degree in fashion design Sue decided to use this knowledge to help these girls with a sustainable option.
Sue set out to design and manufacture the Subz washable, reusable sanitary pad that clips directly onto a panty. In 2010 she patented the design and started by helping 3 schools in Durban, KZN. Word got out about the project and more schools started to ask for assistance. The project has grown since then and Sue has won numerous awards including Clarins Women of The Year 2013.
In 2014 Sue registered Project Dignity as her NPO through which fundraising is done to raise funds to manufacture the Subz Pants and Pads for distribution to schoolgirls. Sue works with an established CMT factory in Durban to manufacture the product and is continually looking for ways to help improve the lives of the less fortunate in South Africa.
Brenda McCann (Hillcrest, Durban)
Brenda works for Subz full time and has since September 2016. She is a mother of two boys, one aged 12 and the other aged 10. She first heard about Subz in August 2014 whilst listening to DJ Fresh on 5FM. The fact that young girls were missing out on school because of a lack of access to sanitary wear appalled her and this prompted her to get in touch with Sue Barnes.
It turned out they both lived in Hillcrest and soon after they met for a coffee Brenda started volunteering her assistance to Subz. The more she got involved the more passionate she became about the work and is a now a full-time member of staff. Brenda is largely responsible for the activations at the schools and works very closely with Nokwazi Thabete, the Subz Zulu facilitator.
Nokwazi Thabete (Durban)
Nokwazi is a mother to April, her two-year-old daughter. She has an incredible passion and zest for life and for helping the young girls of South Africa.
Nokwazi worked as a facilitator at ChildLine and has used this experience to help her with her talks on puberty and menstruation to the schoolgirls with Subz.
She is vibrant and fun, and the girls love her. The fact that Nokwazi can speak to the girls in IsiZulu is a huge advantage as it is important to ensure that the girls understand everything that she is talking to them about.
Liza Adlem (Cape Town)
Liza left her team building position to become a full-time mom to her daughter. After reading about Sue Barnes and Subz, her heart felt she wanted to help Sue to empower the girls.
Liza signed up as a volunteer in Cape Town and used her participation in sports event to create awareness of the girl’s plight.
Pregashnie Naidoo (Cape Town)
Pregashnie is a mother of two children, a son aged 23 and a daughter aged 17.
She enjoys cooking, baking and spending quality time with family.
She is passionate about being a helping hand wherever she can assist especially to children and the elderly.
Mphaladi Phaladi-Magoai (Johannesburg)
Mphaladi is our Subz Johannesburg based ambassador and joined the team in 2015.
Maphaladi is passionate about sexual and reproductive health rights for adolescent girls and has extensive knowledge in this field.
Maphaladi has recently ventured into being an independent consultant after heading up a SRHR programme for seven years.