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Meet our Directors

Taddy Blecher (above centre)

BSC (Hons) Actuarial Science (Wits), F.I.A.(London), F.S.S.A., PhD (Honoris Causa).

CEO of Community Individual Development Association. National Director of Consciousness-Based Education South Africa. Executive Chair of Invincible Outsourcing. Chairperson for the South African Government task team on Enabling Entrepreneurship for the Human Resource Development Council. 

Founder or Co-Founder of:

  • Maharishi Institute
  • Invincible Education Group
  • Branson School of Entrepreneurship
  • CIDA City Campus
  • CIDA Empowerment Fund


  • $1 million prize from the Skoll Foundation for social entrepreurship
  • Global Leader of Tomorrow Award, World Economic Forum
  • Young Global Leader award, World Economic Forum
  • Managerial leadership award, Black Management Forum
  • Gemilut Chesed award, King David Foundation
  • Recipient of two honorary doctorates

Richard Peycke (above right)

BA (Hons) Psychology (Unisa), PhD (Honoris Causa).

Co-Founder and Chairperson of Maharishi Institute. 

  • Richard Peycke started his career in the IT industry, first as a systems analyst and later as the IT manager of one of SA's largest construction groups.
  • He studied part time through the University of SA, to get a BA honours degree with an honours in psychology and a major in economics.
  • He was a co-founder of the Community and Individual Development Association in 1979. His job was to coordinate self development and empowerment projects around South Africa.
  • His area of interest is the development of education systems that unfold full human potential, particularly exploring the development of the full brain through the development of consciousness. He has been a pioneer of the system of Consciousness-Based Education in South Africa, both at the individual and national level, and his educational activities have won local and international acclaim.

John de Jager (above left)

We will always remember and honour one of our founding members, the late John de Jager, who lived his life in service to South Africa's youth and gave every breath of his life to ensure equal access to education for all.

BSc (Rand), UED (Rhodes).

Co-founder and Trustee Maharishi Institute.

  • Principal Sagewood School Midrand, 20 years. 
  • Vice-principal, St. Barnabas College, 18 years.
  • Senior Lecturer Mathematics, Rand College of Education (Teacher Training), 6 years. 
  • Other community activities include former chairman of the Transvaal Tennis Union (non-racial)
  • Trustee: Moving Into Dance.
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