KYP Leaders

Thulani Madondo:  Executive Director   

Thulani graduated from secondary school in 2001 and soon after participated in the City Year Program as a service leader in the community of Yeoville, South Africa. He received his community development practitioner certificate from Wits University and then his certificate in community development at the University oJohannesburg.Thulani is one of the founders of KYP and oversees the entire organization. He is responsible for communicating with various stakeholders, including corporations, NGOs, government bodies, volunteers, and more.  He is in charge of national and international fundraising for the organization and provides regular guided tours through Kliptown. Meet Thulani!

Thando Bezana, Deputy Director, High School Dean 

One of the co-founders of KYP, Thando serves KYP as the Deputy Director, assisting in fundraising, administration, and management of the organization, and is currently focusing on the educational program. After graduating from high school, he was fortunate to participate in a learner-ship to qualify as a heritage practitioner. Thando has also received training through KYP, including community development and project management.  He represents KYP to local and international visitors, including the French speaking community. Thando is also one of the main gumboots dancers as well as a gumboots teacher.

Sipho Dladla: Program Director, Primary School Dean

Sipho was one of the founders of KYP and ensures that all program objectives and goals are achieved. He communicates with program managers to complete each program’s administrative duties. He is very competent in IT technical support an is one of the One Laptop Per Child experts. He also acts as one of the main performers and teachers of the Gumboots dance. Meet Sipho

Christina Scott:  Financial Manager

Christina has served KYP since its inception as a financial manager. She has attended numerous training sessions and completed a computer course at Ipelegeng Community Centre in Financial Management.  Christina has been instrumental in helping KYP attain fully audited yearly financial reports and recording KYP’s finances professionally and efficiently.  Meet Christina

Patricia (Nelly) Mini: Primary School Coordinator, Head Librarian and Perfoming Arts Manager

Nelly heads the our library, manages the arts department of KYP and also serves as a grade 2 tutor and a dance teacher.  After completing the 12th grade in the year 2004, she went to study basics in business management. She loves teaching children how to read because she believes reading gives children more knowledge. She was one of the founders of KYP in the year 2007 and is proud to be able to help the children of her community in dancing and discovering their talents in arts. Meet Nelly

Tshepo Tabohane: Assistant Sports Manager     

Tshepo attended the tutoring program in 2007 and after completing Grade 12, he became very committed to KYP as a Grade 7 tutor, he use to play for KYP's open soccer team and he is now the coach of the open soccer team. He also completed a computer course at Ipelegeng Community Center. Meet Tshepo

Thulisiwe Simango: Assistant Food   Program Cordinator                    
Thulisiwe is KYP's netball coach, a grade 3 tutor, and assists in the   kitchen. She coaches both the under 19 and under 15 netball teams.  She completed her grade 12 in year 2004, completed a course in MS Office in 2006,upholstery in the year 2007, and also attended number of training's through KYP, such as First Aid with Red Cross, coaching with Altus Sports, and "Investment in Excellence" with Edcon. Meet Thulisiwe

Siphesihle Magadla: Sports Manager

Siphesihle  was a tutoring program student in the years 2008 and 2009 when he was in grades 11 and 12. In addition to his roles on the KYP leadership team, he leads and manages all sports programs, he is very passionate about sports more especially soccer, he is a valuable member of KYP's open soccer team and the coach of the under 15 soccer team. He is a grade 6 tutor and gumboot dancer. Meet Siphesihle


Meet the KYP Leaders!

Monwabisi Baleni:  Academic Tutoring Program Manager, High School Coordinator

Monwabisi was one of the tutoring program students in 2007. After completing secondary school in 2007, he became part of the KYP management team. Monwabisi has attended several training sessions and is now fully responsible for managing the daily activities of the tutoring program. He also coordinates the tertiary education students and has directed two Pen Pal programs. He is also a Gumboots dancer.   Meet Monwabisi

Basetsana Lokwane: Assistant Financial Manager


Basetsana was a KYP student and graduated secondary school in 2007. She completed a computer course in 2008 at Ipelegeng Community Center. She serves KYP as Performing Arts Program Manager, Dancer, Financial Assistant, as well as a tutor for the 4th Graders. Meet Basetsana

Siphiwe Mhlaba: Enviromental Manager       

Siphiwe completed Grade 12 in 1999. He is also helping to plan and implement the environmental sustainability program. Siphiwe is also a sports fanatic , he has always been interested in sports, he was trained in progressing children through sports, and loves helping young people develop themselves. He coaches the Under 15 and Under 13 soccer teams.  Meet Siphiwe

Collen Tshazi: Technology Manager and IT Specialist 

Collen completed Grade 12 in 2009 and was one of the students in KYP’s tutoring program for Grades 11 and 12.  He studied Systems Engineering in IT at PC Training and Business College. 
Collen serves as the ‘One Laptop Per Child’ program manager, general IT specialist for KYP, and teacher for the community computer classes.  Meet Collen


Tsakani Ngobeni: Food Program Cordinator

Tsakani has been involved with KYP since its inception and is in charge of the food program. She is responsible for the yearly food budget, ordering supplies, and fixing the food menus, distributing breakfast, and cooking lunch to ensure the children are provided with a balanced and nutritious diet. She is also a grade 2 tutor.  Meet Tsakani

Thulani Mhambi: Assistant Tutoring Program Manager


Thulani passed Grade 12 in 2006, and after succesfully completing his grade 12, he got good grades for accounting and was asked to teach accounting part-time at his senior school. He completed a Boilmaker training at Ekurhuleni Artisan School in 2009. He is now is a Grade 6 tutor and helps KYP's grade 12 students in accounting. He also serves as the Head coach for the Under 19 soccer team and assistant coach for the Under 15 and Under 17 soccer teams.  Meet Thulani

Nelisiwe Walaza, Marketing Manager


Nelly graduated from KYP tutoring program in 2008. After completing Grade 12 in 2008, she studied Marketing in Business administration at PC Training and Business College for 2 years and graduated in July 2012. As the Marketing Manager, she updates KYP's Facebook page and twitter account, writes the newsletter, keep the list of those who have visited KYP up to date and updates organizations website. She is also part of organizations outreach partnership programs, she is one of the mentors for a girls scholarship program in KZN, her passion lies in leadership programs and  programs that look into developing the youth. She is also a  part-time Gumboot dancer, senior     dancer and Grade 8 tutor.