Who We Are

Jelly Beanz is an organisation that is passionate about helping children who have experienced abuse and neglect. The two founding members are considered leaders in this field.

Edith Kriel: Executive Director


Edith Kriel is a social worker who has specialized in working with traumatised children for the last 30 years. She developed the Teddy Bear Clinic into a multi-level service, initiated the Child Witness Project in the Western Cape and developed the Healing Project for children that have been sexually abused and co-authored the books ‘Voices of Hope- Healing stories for Africa’s children’; “Rainbows of Hope – Healing Stories for Africa’s Children”, “Protect Children and Help them Heal”, “Our bodies – helping parents and teachers talk to young children about sexuality”; “Psychological First aid for children, adolescents and families – a guidebook for first responders”. Edith often presents multiple multi-disciplinary workshops on a range of child trauma related topics. She initiated and developed the anatomical doll project in South Africa.

Marita Rademeyer: Chairperson


Marita is a clinical psychologist who has been working with children and families affected by trauma and abuse for the past 30 years. She has a special interest in managing inappropriate sexual behaviours in children as well as advocating on the harmful effects of pornography on children. She has helped children and their caregivers deal with the effects of child abuse and neglect, rape, violence and crime, HIV/AIDS, cancer, youth awaiting trial and clients with physical and mental disabilities. She has also co-authored the books ‘Voices of Hope- Healing stories for Africa’s children’; “Rainbows of Hope – Healing Stories for Africa’s Children”, “Protect Children and Help them Heal”, “Our bodies – helping parents and teachers talk to young children about sexuality”; “Psychological First aid for children, adolescents and families – a guidebook for first responders”.


Vatiswa is a trained lay counsellor and coordinates our prevention programme. She is the go to lay counsellor in the Dunoon community. She provides counselling to children and families affected by trauma and abuse, as well as providing psychoeducational programmes to pre-school children. Vatiswa is highly respected among the child protection professionals that work in Dunoon and she is often in the front line of managing child protection concerns. Vatiswa speaks multiple African languages. She is a warm and sincere person who goes over and beyond what is expected of her.

Alida is passionate about children and their wellbeing. Her gentle manner enables her to connect with children effectively using play and creative activities to build her relationships with children, facilitating their recovery from trauma. She is a much valued member of our Jelly Beanz team.

Yvette is the well-oiled machine behind the scenes of Jelly Beanz that keeps the office running. Yvette was Edith’s right hand lady long before Jelly Beanz was the fully established organisation it is today. Yvette manages all of Jelly Beanz finances and the office. Yvette was also part of the management team for the anatomical doll project. She is well equipped to manage people and she always ensure a quality service is delivered. Yvette is not only highly efficient at her administrative position but she has a wonderful sense of humour that warmly lightens the serious nature of the work we do at Jelly Beanz. Yvette is always willing to assist and has very good insight into the needs of others.

Zimkhitha is a passionate social worker who provides therapy to families and children who are affected by trauma and abuse. She has specialised skills in working with caregivers, facilitating parenting skills to empower and promote a heath parent-child relationship, and providing therapy for older adolescents.

Mieke graduated from Stellenbosch University and was eager to start her social work career in the child protection field. Throughout her 6 years in thát field, she realised that, apart from protecting children, therapy was thé aspect which could truly touch children’s lives. Currently Mieke renders therapeutic services at Jelly Beanz while she also acts as a social worker in private capacity. What Mieke values the most of being a therapist, is being able to journey with a child toward their healing. Being able to help a child heal from past trauma, giving them hope again, and learning them to love themselves, is what keeps her passion alive.

We are delighted to introduce Toffee, the newest member of the Jelly Beanz family and our precious fur therapist in training. Toffee is a charming and loving golden retriever with a heart of gold and a naturally caring nature. She’s here to carry on the legacy of our beloved Danni, the first Newfoundland fur therapist in South Africa, who left a lasting impact on our children and our hearts.

With her soft, fluffy coat and gentle demeanor, Toffee embodies the essence of a fur therapist, providing comfort, support, and unconditional acceptance to children who have experienced trauma or adversity. Though Toffee may not have the size of Danni, she has a heart as big as South Africa and is ready to make a significant impact on the lives of our children. As she trains to become a fully-fledged fur therapist, Toffee is excited to follow in Danni’s pawprints and continue the compassionate work of helping children heal and grow.


Phumzile Mncwango is the Director and Co-founder of Mmamodiselle Concepts which specialises in branding, marketing and fashion concepts.  Phumzile has over 18 years of experiences in Human resources and business administration she has worked in the banking, Tourism and transport industry.

She has held positions of Chairperson at the Institute of People Management (IPM) for Durban Coastal Branch and Deputy Chairperson of the Board for Durban Youth Radio in KwazuluNatal. She assists Jelly Beanz Inc. in human resources and business administration matters.

She has qualifications in Marketing, Business Management and Labour Relations, and is currently studying towards her Bpsych. Degree at South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP).

Steven is a Director of S V Wright Attorneys Inc and FiduServ. He grew up in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal and is currently based in Durbanville.

After completing his BA.LL.B. Degree at the University of Natal (Durban and Pietermaritzburg) he completed his articles with Van Onselen O’Connell attorneys. He was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in 1995 and completed his H Dip. Tax through UNISA.

Steven has held positions with leading banking institutions and accountants where he gained experience and specialised in Fiduciary Law (estates, wills & trusts), Commercial Law and Matrimonial Law. Steven’s interests include cycling and the great outdoors.