Welcome to JOSH

The Johannesburg Organisation of Services to the Homeless NPC is a registered Non-Profit Company with NPO status pending.

JOSH has a vision to create a sustainable, innovative solution to address the problem of homelessness in Johannesburg. JOSH is both creating and leading change in Joburg.

By organising various projects, JOSH will work to give the homless skill sets in which they can take forward to obtaining permanent employment. JOSH is working towards a shelter to help the homeless with a transition to permanent housing in Randburg which is its pilot phase.

About JOSH

The Johannesburg Organisation of Services to the Homeless NPC is a registered Non-Profit Company. It was formally registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) on 11 December 2013. The registration number is 2013/230489/08. The social enterprise operates under its abbreviated name of JOSH.

JOSH was established in 2013 by Ms Mary Gillett-de Klerk, a social entrepreneur with social work qualifications and many years of experience, who has recently successfully completed the SECP (Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme) at GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science).

The registration as an NPO (Non-Profit Organisation) and a Section 18A organisation will in due course be sought in order to access further benefits.

The vision of JOSH is to create a sustainable, innovative solution to address the problem of homelessness in Johannesburg. JOSH is both creating and leading change in Johannesburg.

The Founder

Ms Gillett-de Klerk holds the SECP (Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme) qualification from GIBS (Gordon Institute of Business Science) University of Pretoria. She also holds the B.Soc. Sc. (Social Work)(HONS) degree from UCT. At GIBS she was awarded the Busisiwe Vilakazi Change Maker Achiever Award. She graduated from GIBS on 12 March 2014.

Ms Gillett-de Klerk has more than 20 years of experience in the NGO sector, in academia and in private practice. The fields in which she has worked include the rehabilitation of criminals, medical and psychiatric social work, individual and family therapy, child abuse and prevention and also in the management of NGO’s. She has also addressed two summits on the homelessness problem in Johannesburg in 2011 and 2012.

Furthermore, Ms Gillett-de Klerk has been active in community affairs over more than 25 years. She has chaired residents/ civic associations both in Cape Town and in Johannesburg and formed the Forum of Residents Associations in Ferndale and Randburg. She engages regularly with various departments of the City of Johannesburg especially with Region B where Randburg is located.

In 2013 while busy on the SECP programme, Ms Gillett-de Klerk conceived of the idea of JOSH, its creative approach to tackling the problem of homelessness in Johannesburg, its innovative funding model leading to its sustainability and developed the social enterprise that became JOSH.


JOSH is immensely rich in its leadership structure as the Directors have collectively a wide range of skill sets for an organisation such as JOSH.

Mr Carel Nolte

Mr Nolte holds a MA (cum laude in English and Law) (University of Stellenbosch). He has worked in journalism, broadcasting, communication, human resources and is an expert in marketing and branding. He has recently left the insurance industry to create his own enterprise. He is not only multilingual, an excellent debater but is a real doer, embraces life in capital letters and bold print and is moreover a complete out of the box thinker. He sits on the Board of BASA (Business and Arts South Africa) and is the Chair of the St Stithians College Council. He is also a serial investor in change-making activities. JOSH is indeed exceptionally fortunate to have Mr Nolte as its Board Chair.

Mr Dinesh Munu

Partner at Deloittes Financial Services. He holds a B.Com Hon (CA) (SA) specialising in Accounting and Finance (Univ of KwaZulu Natal). He is the leader of the retirement funds group. His specialist skills are varied including pension funds, insurance, private equity and investment management. He is the SAICA appointed chair and the deputy chair of the SAICA retirement funds project group. Mr Munu chairs the audit committee of JOSH.

Mrs Linda Blackbeard

Has a marketing qualification from the IMM and has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry specialising in interior décor, marketing, design and procurement. She is furthermore the Chamber Manager of the Randburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is the link between JOSH and the business community of Randburg and beyond.

Rev Sikawu Makubalo

Minister of religion at the Randburg Methodist Church. The Randburg Methodist Church is actively engaged in helping the homeless offering a soup kitchen, ablutions and other forms of immediate material care. Rev Makubalo is an ordained minister who has a passion for justice and empowering people. He is also the District Mission Secretary of the Central District of the Methodist Church. Rev Makubalo has been engaged with Ms Gillett-de Klerk over many years trying to seek a lasting solution to addressing homelessness in Randburg.

Ms Reshma Singh

A lawyer with LegalWise Randburg where she is the Branch Manager. She has more than 10 years of experience dealing with problems of individuals with a range of problems. The clients of LegalWise Randburg cover the entire spectrum of financial means. Ms Singh chairs the human resources and remuneration committee of JOSH and oversees all contractual aspects of the business.

Mrs Retha Zeelie

The owner of CST Governance (Pty) (Ltd) which she has owned since 1995. Her specialisms include secretarial services, corporate governance, corporate law, business law, wills and estates and civil litigation. Her clients include non-profits, small to medium businesses to large corporates. She does directors training programmes and is also the company secretary of Principal Officers Association (POA). Ms Zeelie ensures that all JOSH’s compliance requirements are met.

Thank you for your willingness to donate

I really am truly indebted to your generosity for taking the time and trouble to think about those in need. You are assured that your donation will be well used.

Please would you, once you have made your donation, please send a confirmation email to ceo@joburghomeless.org with your name as reference, so that I may thank you personally.

EFT Donations

Donations can be made in the following account:
Johannesburg Organisation of Services to the Homeless

FNB Randburg

Branch Code: 254005

Account Number: 62 45 70 65 186