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02/07/2020 - Better together

Since the waging of the ‘war’ against the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the directive to wear a face mask has been of primary importance, along with sanitising and washing hands with soap (for 20 seconds)!

03/06/2020 - Negative joy


These are certainly unprecedented times that we are living in.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens” and verse 5 reads, “a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing”.


05/05/2020 – Life and Legacy


Dear AE friends,

We hope you are all safe and healthy!

As we all know, since I last wrote to you, the coronavirus has been the global news headline, and we have all been affected by it, some more seriously than others. Today, South Africa has the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Africa at 6783, and 131 recorded deaths, which is tragic.

02/04/2020 – On Fire


January dawned and with it the establishment of the latest Foxfire team to carry the mantle for the next twelve months! The ‘Crew’Five members of the 2020 Foxfire team met for the very first time on 9 January, whilst the sixth member…

18/02/2020 – Share the load


Dear friend,

We have been praying for you, and trusting that you have had a blessed start to 2020, that is, besides some inconvenient load shedding! I am reminded about the wonderful promise of another (biblical) load shedding……

13/12/2019 – Wishing you a blessed Christmas

Dearest friend,

We wish you joy and peace this Christmas season, as you reflect on God’s amazing grace in sending us His Son. As we continue to share this truth with the lost, we thank the Lord for your ongoing prayer, and partnership through your…

28/11/2019 – Cape Town Mission 2019: Foxfires youth outreach



“I am sending you like sheep amongst the wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Matt 10:16) Preparing for any battle will take many months or even years of preparation. And so,…

15/11/2019 – Cape Town mission news


Dear friend,

We are currently in our proclamation phase of our Love Cape Town CityFest mission, and gearing up for our final festival gathering! I would like to share with you the experiences of one of our team members, Ben Campbell…


2019 FOXFIRE GRADUATION Dear AE Supporter Our Foxfire team has been setting the Youth Ablaze for Jesus in South Africa and it is time to acknowledge their service. The 2019 Graduation Ceremony will be held at; Venue: African Enterprise, 1 Nonsuch road…

Featured Article

02 July 2020

Since the waging of the ‘war’ against the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the directive to wear a face mask has been of primary importance, along with sanitising and washing hands with soap (for 20 seconds)!

It is the clarion call of every world leaders’ address on this pandemic in the bid to curb the infection rate and has fast become an integral part of our daily apparel.
Amidst the chaos and anxiety, human industry and ingenuity has found expression in producing face masks of a variety of colours and designs, branded for advertising and ‘blinged’ for fashion.
Who can question our commitment to stay safe and look good whilst doing it?

Sadly though it remains the indigent who are in desperate want of such an important and basic need!
Ever aware of the plight of the impoverished, AESA has endeavoured to address this need since the commencement of Lockdown by distributing handmade face masks together with food parcels. These masks were made and donated by individuals and by the AESA Ngezandla Zethu Sewing Project.

AESA would like to thank AE Australia for partnering in providing funding for a special project where our sewing students will produce and distribute over 2500 face masks, free of charge, to the most needy in our community. All praise be to God!

Our students (pictured) are working feverishly, and have already produced 460 face masks in just four days!

We are indebted to our donors and the students of the Sewing Project for their unwavering commitment to assist us in addressing this need. The fight to keep the most vulnerable safe is, however, on-going and so as we rally together to reach out, we appeal to you for your continued assistance.
God is our shelter and strong tower…stay safe and be blessed!

Gavin John
Communications | AE South Africa

About Us

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce African Enterprise (AE), a Christian non-profit organisation, founded by Dr Michael Cassidy in 1961.

AE has served millions across the continent of Africa, through word and deed, for over 50 years! But there is still much to do…

AE has grown into a partnership of over 600 staff, volunteers and friends representing national teams in eleven African countries.

African Enterprise has had a unique and spiritual ministry for many years. It is always a joy for me to recommend this ministry of evangelism, Christian leadership training and the many other facets of their organization.” – Billy Graham

Our strategic areas of focus include –

Stratified Evangelism

AE aims for a city-wide impact, taking the Good News to people wherever they are; from hospitals, schools and homes, to prisons, street corners, nightclubs and stadiums.

Community Transformation

During our missions we bring hope and healing by demonstrating Christ’s love. We also have long-term projects including supporting early childhood development and vulnerable women.

Peace & Reconciliation

AE seeks to bring peace where there is conflict. We were instrumental in facilitating a peaceful transition to democracy in South Africa in 1994 (see Michael Cassidy’s book ‘A Witness Forever’).

Leadership Development

We actively engage with leaders at every level of society. From local chiefs to pastors and presidents, communities and nations have been impacted by our work!

Youth Empowerment

AE invests significantly in young people across South Africa, through life-skills, leadership training and discipleship.

Please consider partnering with us through your giving, to help us fulfil our mission. We would be so grateful!

Yours sincerely,


Theuns Pauw

AE South Africa – CEO

Partner with Us

Bank details:
African Enterprise (South Africa)
First National Bank (FNB)
Acc No: 50950005121
Branch Code: 22 13 25
Branch Name: Boom Str, Pietermaritzburg
Account Type: Cheque
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ221325
Ref: your name

NPO Reg no: 007-107
PBO no: 130001616

Meet our CEO

Theuns Pauw (born 04 July 1977) grew up in Stellenbosch, South Africa, where he also graduated in 1999 from the University of Stellenbosch with a degree in Management Accounting.

Theuns is passionate about sharing the gospel, having come to faith radically in a personal encounter with the Lord on 23 March 2003.

He left the finance sector to pursue ministry, and was ordained as pastor in 2007. Theuns planted a church in Cape Town and pastored in two others.

He has led mission teams in Malawi, India, Thailand, and in numerous regions of South Africa. He has also ministered in Ukraine, Kenya, Uganda, Canada, Netherlands, N. Ireland, Botswana, DRC, Ghana and Rwanda.

Theuns left a flourishing church in response to God’s call to join African Enterprise, South Africa, in 2017 as CEO. He is committed to advancing the Kingdom throughout the cities of Africa.

Theuns is happily married to Charlene, and they have three amazing children, Christiaan, Esther and Reinhart.

Meet our Board

Chairman: Robert Langley

Robert has the following qualifications, a BSc, BSc(Hons)(Microbiology/Plant Pathology), HDE, BEd, and MSc (Botany).

He is a retired Headmaster (Howick High School) after having taught for 40 years. He is currently an elder at Howick Community Church, and serves on their worship team and missions committee.

Robert is married to Bridget (44 years), and they have two daughters, two sons, and eight grandchildren! His hobbies include painting/drawing, travelling, pilates, and caring for and serving others.

Vice - chair: Vezi Mncwango

Vezi is a certified leadership coach and author of 2 books, Transforming Glory and Vessels of Glory.

Vezi is intensely passionate about the power of the gospel to transform individuals, communities and nations. Vezi and his wife Nhlanhla run a ministry focussed on equipping the church with practical day to day strategies for loving our neighbour.

Vezi founded and runs his coaching practice known as “The Thought Coach”, through which he has coached hundreds of leaders in the corporate environment.

Vezi is also a Professional Associate at the University of Pretoria Gordon’s Institute of Business Science where he teaches and coaches on leadership.

Vezi is married to Nhlanhla and they have four children.

Founder: Michael Cassidy

Michael Cassidy founded African Enterprise in 1961 and built and served in this ministry for almost 60 years. 

He is an evangelist, a respected and loved Christian leader, statesman and author. He has conducted evangelistic missions all across Africa and overseas, and he is the author of numerous books, his latest being his memoirs, Footprints in the African Sand.  He is known as a reconciler and played a key “behind the scenes” role in South Africa’s miraculous first democratic election in 1994.  In 2012 he was made the Honorary Chairman of the Lausanne Movement for World Evangelisation, succeeding the late John Stott, and was also made the Distinguished Alumnus of the year at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Azusa Pacific University.

Along with Evangelism, Michael and African Enterprise have sought to be a unifying force among Christians by spearheading the largest Christian interdenominational leadership gatherings in Africa over the last fifty years. Michael also led and chaired the Marriage Alliance of South Africa.

Michael and his devoted wife Carol celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in Dec 2019. They have 3 grown up and married children and 8 grandchildren.

Secretary: Linda Grant

Linda is married to Anthony, who is an attorney in Pietermaritzburg and they have 3 children: Stewart (22), Grace (20) and Mark (18).

Linda has a Master of Arts in Urban Geography but gave up her university career to be a full-time home-maker. In addition to this, she is involved in African Enterprise – her late father, Garnet Venn having come to personal faith through Michael’s first mission to Maritzburg in 1962 – her local church, her children’s schools and her neighbourhood.

Linda loves being in nature and is interested in current affairs, environmental issues and cares deeply about children and young people.

Finance chair: Gavin John

Gavin is married to Miranda and they have three children, Mathew (20) and Nicole (31) who were born to them and, following the recent marriage of their daughter, their son-in-law Kirsch(31). An accountant by profession, he joined the AESA Budget & Finance Committee in 2004 and has chaired this Committee since 2006; from which date he serves as an ex officio member of the AESA Board. Proudly Pietermaritzburg, having been born and raised in this city, Gavin worships in the same local church following four generations of his family before him. He continues to be actively involved in the life of this church, serving in areas of worship, ministry and administration. He has also recently taken up the position of Communications Officer at AE.

Deborah Kirsten

Deborah, daughter of AE founder Michael and Carol Cassidy, was born in KZN in 1974.
She graduated Cum Laude at UCT with a Bachelor in Primary Education and a Master’s degree in Theory and Philosophy of Education. Deborah is married to South African cricketer and coach, Gary Kirsten. Due to Gary’s extensive travelling schedule, Deborah opted for a more flexible career as a freelance journalist which has enabled her to travel with Gary. She has written for magazines such as Food & Home, Marie Claire and The Oprah Magazine. Deborah’s autobiography, Chai tea & Ginger beer, was released in South Africa in 2015 and reached bestseller status within a few weeks.

Deborah is a motivational speaker and engages with a variety of audiences, from schools, universities and churches, to the NGO and corporate sectors. Speaking locally and internationally, she is particularly passionate about inspiring women to realise their unique value and potential. Along with colleague, Jacqui Mol, Deborah has developed, and teaches a course entitled “Living your Strongest Story”, with the focus being to help women take very intentional steps towards maximizing their strengths and potential. They have also recently formulated “Growing your Strongest Story”, which is a workshop designed specifically for teenage girls.

Deborah strongly believes in adding value to her broader community and plays a key role in the community initiatives in both her boy’s schools. She is also actively involved with the township work of The Gary Kirsten Foundation. She and Gary live in Cape Town with their three children, Joshua (16 yrs), James (12 yrs) and Joanna (8 yrs).

Sandile Mkhwanazi

Sandile Mkhwanazi is a pastor, business, and community leader.

Negotiating transformation, providing opportunity and encouraging people to grow is a passion that has driven Sandile for more than 10 years. He also spent a number of years engaging communities on the transformation of the mind and heart in the matter of race relations, education inequality, social and economic class structures and bridging the gap between these groups.

Sandile is also passionate about engaging Kingdom leaders that are making a difference.

Dr Xolie Jones

Dr Xolie Jones. A born-again child of God, totally sold out for the Kingdom of God, a gift to the body of Christ internationally, a medical doctor and a seasoned business women. Dr Xolie is a suitable help-mate to her husband Bishop D.B Jones (Global Justice Ministries), and they are blessed with 5 children. They serve in Christ Impact Church, and reside in the USA and South Africa.

Ps Senzo Myeni

Ps Senzo Myeni is the founder and senior pastor of Esibusisweni Christ Tabernacle which is a church based in Pinetown. He is married to Ps Mpume Myeni and they have two boys.

Ps Senzo has been active in the ministry since 1995 when he received Jesus as his Lord and Savior, and has been ministering on different platforms to various audiences in South Africa and abroad.

Ps Senzo is a radio personality with 19 years experience in commercial and community radio, and recently he has ventured into television ministry. His passion is community development, social justice and youth empowerment. Over the years, he has been involved in a broad spectrum of civil society organisations, where he participates in different capacities to bring about change and empowerment.

In 2016, Ps Senzo was honoured with a doctorate by the Mount Horeb Bible Institute in Durban, in recognition of his contribution and impact in society through the preaching of the gospel and in leading community development programs.

Audrey Mbuyazi

Audrey is married to Phiwayinkosi and they have 4 children: Menziwokuhle, Tsungai, Nqubeko and Gqamile. She has worked extensively on business and technology implementations as well as training projects for large corporations and private enterprises for the past 20 years. Audrey is a results oriented, business solution focused, team player with international project and business management experience. She has identified and delivered sustainable improvements for global clients in the financial services, telecommunications, utilities, education, government and mining industries. Audrey is also a recording artist with 3 albums to her name, an author and board game designer. She is also an international speaker and singer who encourages and cheers others on to fulfil their God-given dreams. Audrey’s music blends African ballad, soul, jazz, classical even disco featuring songs of love, praise and worship, encouragement and the issues of life’s hard choices. Music that is truly for the heart and soul!

Jennifer Garnett

Jennifer matriculated from Carter High School in 2000 and was Deputy Head Girl in that year. She studied a Bachelor of Arts in English, Drama and Gender Studies at UCT, after which she returned to Pietermaritzburg in 2005 and did a learnership at Carter High School and completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Drama and English) through UNISA. 

In 2006, Jennifer started teaching Grade 8 to 12 Dramatic Arts at Russell High School, and in 2016 she became an HOD at the school. In 2018, with God’s direction, Jennifer joined The Wykeham Collegiate as Chaplain.

She is married to Shaun Garnett and they have two sons, Caleb and Joshua. Shaun and Jennifer also lead the Children’s ministry at One Life Church’s south site. 

Jennifer is passionate about ministering to the youth, and helping them discover and grow in their God-given potential.

Meet our Team

Darryl Naidoo - Deputy Team Leader & Financial Manager

Sue Fuller - Centre Manager

Danica Dorasamy - Partnership Development Officer

Charlene Pauw - Legacy Co-ordinator

Stuart Hind - Admin Manager

Gary Almeida - Training Officer

Zwelihle Sokhela - Foxfire Manager

Bongani Ramongange - Foxfire Co-ordinator

Michael Gobel - Prison Ministry Officer

Gavin John - Communications Officer

Ernest Thamsanqa Njilo - Centre Shift Supervisor

Saziso Ngcobo - Team Building Facilitator & Centre Shift Supervisor

Muziwenhlanhla Mhlungo - Maintenance Supervisor

Lang Harvey - Maintenance Assistant

Pinky Majola - Centre Housekeeping

Phindile Mchunu - Centre Housekeeping

Mlungisi Nxele - Dining Room Co-ordinator

Sthembiso Dladla - Dining Room Co-ordinator

Lindelani Zuma - Dining Room Co-ordinator

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