About Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation

Where Our Story Began

Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation (#gb4adhd) was proudly founded by psychiatrist, Professor Renata Schoeman (“Goldilocks”) and Nic de Beer (“The Bear)”. In 2017, Nic and Renata competed in the 3-day African X trail run. They made the decision to raise funds while competing, with the intention to donate the proceeds to a non-profit organisation supporting children with ADHD. However, they were unable to find an organisation which offered these services, and so the idea of the Goldilocks and The Bear Foundation was born. The Foundation was officially registered as a non-profit organisation/public beneficiary organisation in 2017, introducing South African’s first free ADHD screening and early intervention services.


How our story is unfolding

Since the inception of Goldilocks and The Bear, we have expanded our focus and services to screen for all mental health difficulties. We have a screening centre based in Parow in the Western Cape, and also visit underprivileged schools and community organisation where we provide free screening for children in an effort to identify ADHD, anxiety, depression, visual- and hearing problems, and developmental problems. Together with our volunteers (e.g., optometrists, audiologists, occupational therapists and educational psychologist), we are able to provide these services free of charge.


What does the future of the foundation look like?

We would like to offer screening services across the country and continue to provide equal opportunity to children in underprivileged communities.


Our Team


Prof Renata Schoeman
Board of directors and co-founder

Renata is a psychiatrist in private practice as well as a senior lecturer in Leadership and a virtual faculty member of University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development’s Neuroleadership programme.


Nic de Beer
Board of directors, co-founder

Nic is an entrepreneur and has a BProc Degree. He is a passionate trail and road runner, as well as a running coach.


Yongama Njisane
Board of Directors

Yongama is a principal economist at the Competitions Commission and is currently completing his Masters in Economics at the University of KwaZulu Natal.


Glynis Hyslop
Board of directors

Glynis is the founder of the forum company  South Africa’s premier venue and event company and the founder of the Turbine Art fair. Previously she founded Dimension Data Interactive Media


Herman Schotlz
Board of directors

Herman Scholtz is a Chartered Accountant registered in South Africa. His experience has been gathered over a period of 20 years within the corporate and audit fields working with both national and international clientele. He currently focuses his energy on providing strategic business direction to clients through business consulting and accounting support across various disciplines.


Bharti Patel
Advisory board

Bharti Patel has over 20 years of experience in working on social issues affecting young children while working at Child Welfare South Africa. She is currently the National Executive Director of the SA Federation for Mental Health (SAFMH). She has expertise in governance, leadership, programme development, risk management and financial planning. She also enrolled for the master’s course in Disability Rights in Africa, at the University of Pretoria.


Dr Anusha Lachman
Advisory Board

Dr Lachman is a child psychiatrist and lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. She serves on the Board of the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) and as an executive member for the African Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.


Adi Zuk
Advisory Board

Adi is a entrepreneur, angel investor, and advisor for female founded businesses. Adi empowers women to reach their visions, and to find their inner warrior. She has founded multiple businesses and invested in a number of female owned start-ups.

Johan van Lill
Advisory board

Johan is an author, education specialist, radio documentarist, social entrepreneur, and arts philanthropist. He is the project coordinator for the newly established Curro Learner Support Unit (CLSU), as well as a qualified assessor and moderator of learning programmes and facilitator of learning.


Ronel Fourie

Advisory Board

Ronel has her masters in monitoring and evaluation and has a wealth of experience in this area. She is also a entrepreneur.


Claire Tobin
Senior psychometrist and operations

Claire assists with the operations of the Foundation as well as educational assessments.

Ronel Aylward
Screening assistant

Ronel is a registered nurse and assist with mental health screening of children.


Miché Moodley
Mental health screening assistant

Miché assists with both screening and educational assessments. She is also currently doing her research masters in psychology.


Joanne Beley
Administration assistant

Joanne assists the operations and managing appointments for children.


Marguerette Osborne
Intern psychometrist

Marguerette is currently completing her Bpsych psychometry internship through the Foundation and assisting with educational assessments.