Evangelising the cities of Africa, through word and deed, in partnership with the Church.

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06/02/2023 – Brave & Bright

Welcome to our first newsletter of 2023!
We have hit the ground running at African Enterprise, with a news group of Foxfires and a new team member starting this month!

02/11/2022 – Faith moves Mountains

Tribute to Graham Power
It was with great sadness that we received the news on Friday, 14 October of the passing of our dear friend and ministry partner Graham Power, only a year  after he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia

04/10/2022 – Empowerment and Loving the new believer

In this month’s newsletter we conclude our use of GOSPEL as an acronym, highlighting our final two focus areas of “Empowerment” and “Loving the new believer”. These two aspects are also reflected in the key missional scripture for the orthodox church, in John 13:34-35 where Jesus tells His disciples, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” When Jesus gives us an instruction He always empowers us to do it, and loving the new believer is most certainly included in the Great Commandment!

02/08/2022 – 60th Anniversary Mission Feedback

Months of preparation and excitement culminated in the 10-day celebrations of our
60th Anniversary that w as Mission to Maritzburg. It has been a Spirit-filled time of
proclamation in the city of Pietermaritzburg, the place in w hich African Enterprise w as
birthed 60 years ago. The Gospel has been preached to thousands of people around
the city and its’ surrounding areas over the 10 days of mission and many have given
their lives to Jesus and claimed Him as their personal Lord and Saviour.
May God be praised for moving the hearts of His people!

03/05/2022 – There is Hope in Christ


In this year of celebrating 60 years of ministry in Mission we are excitedly preparing for
‘Mission to Maritzburg’ which takes place from 12-21 August 2022.

The first quarter has been dedicated to mobilizing churches in Pietermaritzburg and
we praise God for the positive response that we have received thus-far. We have
already established a steering committee which is gaining momentum as it starts
intensive planning towards this great event.

06/04/2022 – /AE turns 60

This year is certainly moving at a pace, with so much happening on the local and international fronts, that demand our attention and prayers. None more so, than the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, which is of grave concern and the tremendous loss of ….

21/12/2021 – Greatest Gift

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

Matthew 1:21 NIV

Dear special friends,

We sincerely hope you are able to get some rest and be with loved ones at this time.

I am grateful that we were able to proceed with our key end-of-year team activities last month, such as the Foxfire Cape Town mission and their graduation ceremony. …

12/11/2021 – Pressing On

September was a memorable month for the Michael Cassidy and Friends Legacy
Foundation. We were finally able to release the documentary project that we have
been working on for the past 2 years – “The Threatened Miracle of South Africa’s

20/09/2021 – Get ready for the launch

The Threatened Miracle of South Africa’s Democracy is a highly educational and
inspirational historical documentary based on the book A Witness For Ever w ritten by
Michael Cassidy in 1995. Michael Cassidy w as privy to many behind the scenes events
as they w ere unfolding. The documentary includes statements and view points of many
of the main role players such as Nelson Mandela,…

13/08/2021 – Love wins

In the height of a third w ave of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africans w ere horror
stricken to w itness mass looting and destruction of property the likes of w hich the
nation had never before experienced. Pietermaritzburg, our AESA home base and
capital of Kw aZulu-Natal, headed the list of casualties…..

06/07/2021 – Team Leader’s mid-year feedback

Our sewing project called Ngezandla Zethu which means “with our hands”, and our early childhood development centre called iThembalomntwana meaning “hope for the child” have been a blessing to the community of Edendale in Pietermaritzburg for just over 3 years now. We currently have 26 sewing students ….

9/06/2021 - Hearts ablaze

Autumn is very definitely making way for winter, as the leaves carpet the ground, (and fill up all the gutters!), and there is a chilly bite to the morning and evening air.

I had a wonderful time on leave, and spent precious quality time with my parents. Dad has just turned 87!

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Dear friends,

Welcome to our first new sletter of 2023!
We have hit the ground running at African Enterprise, with a new group of Foxfires and a new team member starting this month!

I have also had a number of good discussions with other evangelists and ministry leaders about how to better support and advance the ministry of the evangelist this year and beyond.

We are making progress with our plans for our three Durban mission weeks happening this year. The dates are 15-21 March in the Township area, 25-31 July in Durban Central, and then 18-24 October, again in the Township area.

At the start of this year, however, we felt that the Lord warned us that we will have great challenges this year, but that we should be brave and shine our light because He is with us! Please do keep our team in your prayers this year as we minister on the frontlines of the spiritual battlefield.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Ephesians 6:12 NIV

Thank you for your support and for standing with us this year. We couldn’t do it without our “brothers and sisters in arms”!

The Lord bless you,

Theuns Pauw
CEO | 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.

Through AE mission, local churches are awoken to their call to fulfil the Great Commission, and then continue the discipleship process as new members are added.

Love Cape Town CityFest mission 2019

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 through our iThembalomntwana pre-school, and we also support vulnerable women through our skills development and job creation sewing project, called Ngezandla Zethu.

iThembalomntwana pre-school

iThembalomntwana pre-school

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 through our iThembalomntwana pre-school, and we also support vulnerable women through our skills development and job creation sewing project, called Ngezandla Zethu.

Ngezandla Zethu sewing project

AE assisted the most needy with food hampers and masks during the Covid19-lockdown

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’).

AE continues to work at promoting inter-racial and inter-denominational unity.

AE on a mission to bring unity

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!

We also provide training to pastors and lay ministers on various topics, helping to strengthen the church.

Theuns addressing MP’s at a luncheon in Parliament

Theuns addressing MP’s at a luncheon in Parliament

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!

We also provide training to pastors and lay ministers on various topics, helping to strengthen the church.

Youth Empowerment / Foxfire

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

Our Foxfire Youth Team (18-25 yrs), is a year-of-your-life program, with a focus on evangelising the youth and developing young leaders. After 2 months of intensive training, the new Foxfires are released into ministry where they visit schools, youth groups, churches, children’s homes and colleges. Using energetic and exciting dance and drama performances to connect with the youth, the Foxfire Teams bring hope and various life skills to young people across South Africa.

Contact Zweli on 083 795 1766 or zsokhela@ae.org.za for more info.

Applications for 2023 close on 31 Oct 2022.


Foxfire youth ministry team

AE Centre

We have a beautiful campus at our offices in Pietermaritzburg, where we have a conference and training facility that can accomodate 100 overnight guests.

Contact centre@ae.org.za for bookings.

The AE Centre in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

The AE Centre in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

AE Centre

We have a beautiful campus at our offices in Pietermaritzburg, where we have a conference and training facility that can accomodate 100 overnight guests.

Contact centre@ae.org.za for bookings.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Adv Nadene Badenhorst

Nadene is a founder member of Freedom of Religion South Africa (FOR SA) and Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. In this capacity, she serves as the full-time Legal Counsel of FOR SA and has represented religious freedom rights in multiple court cases, including before the Constitutional Court. Nadene is also a popular speaker, and has spoken on religious freedom issues on various international and local platforms.
Having obtained a BA LLB degree from Stellenbosch University, Nadene was awarded a scholarship to study an LLM degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex, United Kingdom which she obtained cum laude. During her studies, she also held an internship at the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

Nhlanhla Khambule

Nhlanhla Khambule is the Pastor of House Of Christ Family Church in Pietermaritzburg. He is also the CEO of Edinvest which owns private schools, Canaan College eMlazi, Etham in Hilton, Stedin in PE and 3 Artisan Colleges.

Nhlanhla Khambule was on the board of Agribusiness Development Agency (ADA). He previously served in the boards of Ithala, KZN Growthfund and a JSE Listed Company. Pastor Khambule holds a Masters in Development Finance from Stellenbosch University, and he is a qualified Chartered Development Financier.

Lucky Kayalethu Mbiko

Lucky Kayalethu Mbiko is currently the Managing Director of TBN Africa and TBN Yetu. He Heads up the entire TV Channel with different sectors such as Programming. Marketing. Communications. Advertising. Stakeholder Management. Relations Management. Fund raising. etc.

TBN Africa and TBN Yetu is a premier Christian channel. with a selection of the best African and international Christian-based content consisting of ministry. lifestyle. music. youth shows. children’s entertainment. documentaries. and movies.

He was born and raised in the Eastern Cape town of Bizana. Lucky is the eldest of six children. He is a husband and a father to his children. He never expected to move away from Bizana but. the Holy Spirit said to him it was time for him to start seeking his purpose in life.

His parents play a big role in his life for him to be where he is now. They love the Lord and serve Him and His people in their community.

Before he joined TBN Africa. Lucky worked at Radio Pulpit as a Manager. Radio Pulpit is a Dynamic and powerful Christian radio station that strives to continuously add value to the South African Christian community.

He was responsible for writing for the AE newsletter. representing African Enterprise in media. He was a Presenter and compiled radio programs for nine Christian radio stations.

Lucky Mbiko holds BA in International Relations & Diplomacy and Journalism Broadcast Journalism. Political Science. And. he is the author of “Shades of life” an inspiring and motivational book.

Virmel Largo

Virmel Largo (“Virmz”), is a filipino and a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). He is based in South Africa since 2004 though much of his time is also spent traveling around the globe as his heart is to see more engagement in reaching the nations with the gospel. He is committed to develop more partnerships, especially between Africa and Asia. Virmz carries a few leadership responsibilities in YWAM as an IDTSC-Asia Pacific Coordinator and Program Monitor for the Discipleship Training School in YWAM’s University of the Nations.

He is also the Global Coordinator for Nations2Nations which is a ministry in YWAM that seeks to see the restoration of the Identity, Dignity and Destiny of individuals and nations. And Virmz also serves in the Core Leadership Team  of YWAM Muizenberg in Cape Town. He leads a mobile discipleship program called  Africa2Asia-Asia2Africa Backpackers DTS.

Virmz has travelled to more than 80 countries to mobilize and network the body of Christ to engage in global missions, especially amongst the unreached.

Meet our Team

Darryl Naidoo - Deputy Team Leader & Financial Manager

Sue Fuller - Centre Manager

Charlene Pauw - Legacy Co-ordinator

Stuart Hind - Admin Manager

Gary Almeida - Training Officer

Gavin John - Communications Officer

Zwelihle Sokhela - Foxfire Manager

Ernest Thamsanqa Njilo - Centre Shift Supervisor & Teambuilding

Mandla Dube - Foxfire Co-ordinator

Tineil Govender - Foxfire Administrator

Sthembiso Dladla - Centre Shift Supervisor & Teambuilding

Phindile Mchunu - Centre Housekeeping

Lilisha Chetty - Partnership Development Manager

Muziwenhlanhla Mhlungo - Maintenance Supervisor

Lang Harvey - Maintenance Assistant

Adri Olivier - Partnership Ambassador

Pinky Majola - Centre Housekeeping

Mlungisi Nxele - Dining Room Co-ordinator

Lindelani Zuma - Dining Room Co-ordinator

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