Sydwell graduated from Hoxani College of Education with a diploma in education before he joined SEF in 2000 as a Development Facilitator (loan officer). Prior to becoming the Regional manager for the Eastern Cape province, he worked as a Field Supervisor, Branch Manager and Zonal Manager. He received a Microfinance Management Certificate from the University of Pretoria in 2011 as well as a certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of South Africa in 2012. He is currently studying part-time for a BCm Management degree from the University of South Africa.
Sydwell’s role as a Regional manager involves ensuring that SEF’s expansion in the Eastern Cape province runs smoothly. He supervises Development Facilitators, Branch Managers and Zonal Managers. Apart from his native Xitsonga, Sydwell is fluent in IsiXhosa, Sepedi, Tshivenda and English.