The committee is comprised of members from various professions and walks of life, all with a heart for God and to see our country healed and reconciled through prayer, restitution and relationships.
Gary Appleton has a background in project administration in public sector housing projects, and currently provides administration services to small businesses. Gary’s believes that as a white South African who has specifically been advantaged by the policy of Apartheid while others were specifically disadvantaged, restitution is both a biblical and a necessary response to addressing injustices of the past.
Jessica has ten years experience in administration and bookkeeping and has completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree, specialising in Financial Management. She currently runs her own bookkeeping and accounting business where she services numerous Non-Profit Organisations. She dreams of seeing Cape Town transformed into a city of no divides, regardless of race and socio-economic status.
Born and raised in Athlone, Cape Town. Even though Earnely experienced segregated childhood, he counts himself fortunate and encouraged to be living in a society of such diverse cultures & backgrounds as found in Cape Town, South Africa and believes there is a special relevance found in the diversity of God’s creation and our nation being called the “Rainbow Nation”. God seems to love the harmony of diversity. He has been working in the property management and development industry for just over two decades and currently manages his own company involved in property development and property maintenance.
Alister has many years’ experience in software development and is a director of a small software development business. As a beneficiary of apartheid privilege, Alister recognises and is moved by, the serious social injustices that exist in South Africa today, where past Apartheid policy still leaves a massive gap between rich and poor, down racial lines. For Alister, Level Ground has been a great conduit for him to help restore dignity to brothers and sisters in Christ who have been robbed by Apartheid’s legacy, and to share in the joy that this restoration brings.
A recent BSc Geomatics graduate from the University of Cape Town. From a township south of Durban called Umlazi, having grown up in a township and seen the implications of spatial planning of the apartheid era, it is his deepest desire to see that transformation in spatial planning. He has a deep interest in housing and urban land use and hope that level ground will be a space to explore, learn and contribute towards creative solutions that will see Cape Town being and inclusive City that is shared and enjoyed by all of its citizens.
Greg moved with his family to Cape Town from the UK in 1998 to be involved with multi-racial church ministry and computer training in Khayelitsha township . He is an engineer and believes providing affordable housing solutions are a key factor in restitution and restoration for those previously disadvantaged by apartheid.
Tristan was born in East London and is the son of a Teacher and Builder. For a day job he works as an administrator and implementer at Jubilee Community Church in Observatory. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and aspires to be a Chartered catalyst for change in the world. He believes that change often comes from the margins, starting small.
Tom moved from the UK in 2012 to serve the local church and enrol at the University of Cape Town. Graduating with majors in history and politics (BA) he developed an understanding of the historic spatial segregation across racial divides in South Africa. Having married his wife Nokwazi in 2015, Tom now works for Jubilee Community Church as the Children’s and Student Pastor. Tom is passionate to see the church connect the Gospel to current justice issues in South Africa and see the church make a specifically Christian contribution to the nation.
Job is a Belgian who moved to Cape Town in 2013 to get married to his South African spouse. He holds an MSc in Educational Sciences (Ghent University, BE) and an MA in Theology and Religious Studies (ETF Leuven, BE). He currently works as a WooCommerce Happiness Lead for Automattic. Culturally, owning property is a very important aspect for Belgians. Only when getting to South Africa, he started considering the ethical implications of land division. He hopes that Level Ground is a place to explore those ethical dilemmas and to offer practical examples to churches and political leaders.