Eugenie Rabe, Executive Director

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Eugenie Rabe retired from the position of Chief Operating Officer of Umalusi, Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training in 2015, after thirty-eight years' service in the education system. She was initially appointed as the Manager: FET, with oversight of the quality assurance of TVET Colleges and Adult Learning Centres.

She was later promoted to Senior Manager: Evaluation and Accreditation and oversaw the development of the accreditation system for the various provider sectors within Umalusi's mandate, including independent schools and private assessment bodies. In 2007 she was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer with oversight of all the professional work of Umalusi - Quality Assurance of Qualifications, Curriculum and Certification, Quality Assurance of Assessment, Evaluation and Accreditation, and Research.

Prior to her appointment to Umalusi she served in both teaching and management capacities in public schools and TVET Colleges. Eugenie is originally from Kwa-Zulu Natal, where she matriculated at Wykeham High School (Now Wykeham Collegiate) in Pietermaritzburg in 1971. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Stellenbosch and later a Higher Education Diploma from the University of Natal. She moved with her husband Eric Rabe, to Johannesburg in 1995. They have two daughters and five grand children.


Carolyn Hamilton-Smith, Office Administrator


Carolyn spent a very happy twenty-five years as School Secretary and Bursar at Micklefield School in Rondebosch. On her retirement from Micklefield, she took up the post of OD Secretary at Bishops where she assisted her husband in the running of the Old Boys Union for six years.

Carolyn joined IQAA at the beginning of 2015 as Office Administrator. She is married to Tim and has two grown-up daughters and one grandson who live in the UK.


Zena Payne, Online Administrator


Zena completed an undergraduate degree in education and spent 12 years teaching, before she ventured out into educational consultancy work. Having gathered experience both in SA and in the UK, Zena initially started writing and training for Cool to Be Me, a social and emotional life skills home and school programme. In addition to this Zena has been involved in teacher professional development, monitoring and mentoring.

Throughout each of these experiences, Zena has served in a number of admin roles, which have involved online surveys, school fundraising initiatives and digital marketing.

Zena is married to Alister, an Edtech specialist and founder of Cloud Education Solutions. They have two lovely daughters who keep them extremely busy. Alister and Zena are passionate about their family, friends and faith.


About IQAA

  • IQAA is an independent agency available to provide quality assurance of any school through the process it has developed. IQAA’s watchword is Assisting Schools To Keep Growing Quality.

Contact Details

  • Phone: 021 685 4258 
    Fax: 021 685 4195

    Office Administrator:
    Carolyn Hamilton-Smith 
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    Phone: 021 6854258

    Fax: 021 685 4195