Christina Nomdo

Executive Director

Christina Nomdo has a MA in gender studies from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and has worked in the children’s sector for more than 15 years. She is an experienced manager, researcher and trainer. Her areas of specialisation include budget analysis from a child rights perspective, child participation and gendered networks.


Eugene Patientia

Resources Co-ordinator

Eugene attended the University of Cape Town where he completed a BA in English and History. Thereafter he completed a HDE diploma in Education and a diploma in Information Science. After periods of teaching and working in a company library, he started working at RAPCAN as the Information Officer.

He was responsible for the maintenance of the resource centre, the dissemination of child abuse information resources to our client base as well as IT support. In addition, Eugene is an invaluable resource in materials design, web design and DTP. He has more recently been involved in funding proposals and research work.


Shane Lentoor

Community Liaison Officer CAP Project

Shane joined RAPCAN in August 2009 and performs community liaison for the Children are Precious (CAP) project working in the Lavender Hill area. He has 10 years of community development experience, worked in different sectors such as HIV/AIDS, prison sector, arts, masculinity and power and children’s rights. He is currently completing his BA degree.


Merle Swartz

Prevention & Gender Coordinator

Merle has the passion and drive to contribute in a meaningful manner to our community. This need has steered her to RAPCAN which she joined in September 2006. Filled with energy and zest for life, Merle endeavours to expand her knowledge and serve the community and our children. She assumed coordination of the Children are Precious (CAP) Project. She has recently taken on the role of Prevention and Gender coordination.


Ainsley Mclean

Research Intern

Ainsley Mclean joined the RAPCAN team in 2012. She recently completed her Honours in Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town, where she holds in degree in Psychology. She worked as a volunteer for the student-based organisation SHAWCO while at UCT and at UCT's library - RAPCAN is her first formal working experience.

She teams up with the Children are Precious (CAP) team in Lavender Hill, conducting baseline research in child participation and documentation across other projects.

She has a passion for children and youth development - being at RAPCAN enables her to deepen her understanding of children's rights and youth development.


Mercia Jales

Office Assistant

Mercia came to RAPCAN in 1998 after 30 years in the clothing industry, where she worked as a machinist. After being retrenched, Mercia spent two years as a home executive, but found this really boring. She came to RAPCAN because doing something different appealed to her. She enjoys the challenge of ensuring that we all have enough coffee and milk, and the clerical work that she does which oils the wheels. She has three children and three grand-daughters.