KYP Leaders

Thulani Madondo: Executive Director   

Thulani Madondo is the co-founder and current Executive Director of the Kliptown Youth Program. Thulani himself was born in a one room shack in Kliptown without electricity or running water, so he understands the challenges facing the youth of Kliptown. Thulani served as a core member of the inaugural City Year South Africa class of 2005, he is a also a Professional Soweto Tourist guide and he participated in other community development organization (SKY) for seven years prior to founding KYP in 2007. In 2012, Thulani was honoured as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes from a pool of 45,000 nominations coming from 100 countries. His accomplishments also earned him a Humanitarian of the Year Award from Turkey Worldwide Visibility and Feather Awards Role Model of the Year in 2013. In April, 2013, he was named one of the 100 World Class South Africans by City Press, a South Africa publication, and in June, 2013, Thulani was named one of the 200 young South Africans making a difference by the South Africa publication Mail & Guardian.  He completed the Strategic Perspective in Non-profit Management program at the Harvard Business School in July 2013Meet Thulani

Sipho Dladla: Deputy Director, Operations Manager


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

Patricia (Nelly) Mini: Deputy Director, Primary School Coordinator,

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

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

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 Coordinator                    
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

Siphiwesihle Magadla: Sports Manager

Siphiwesihle 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 Siphiwesihle

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 trai
ning 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


Jabu Thomo: Education Manager 

Jabu Thomo matriculated in 1992, and furthered his studies at East Rand College of Education (ERCE) and Rand Afrikaans University (UJ) where he obtained his STD (Mathematics), FDE (Mathematics) & BEd. Hons. (Computer-Based Teaching & Learning).  He taught Mathematics at Hulwazi Secondary for 8 years, then HOD (Maths & Science) at Dinoto Tech. Sec. School, both in Daveyton. He was appointed as Maths & Maths Literacy Subject Adviser at Ekurhuleni North District (Benoni) for 3 years. He joined Maths Centre (MCPT) as Project Coordinator/Field Trainer for a year. Ubuntu Education Fund in Port Elizabeth appointed him as Education Manager for a year. In 2013 he joined Starschools as Educational Projects Manager. 

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 a Financial Assistant manager and a dance teacher. 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 Coordinator

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.  Meet Tsakani

Nelisiwe Walaza, Marketing Manager

Nelly graduated from KYP's 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. In the year 2012 she was chosen as one of the youth to participate in the ILIVE2LEAD women's leadership summit in Nantong, China. She was also the Activist in Residence for Castilleja School in Palo Alto, San-Francisco where she also had the opportunity to visit and work in institutions like Facebook, LinkedIn and Google. In addition to her role as Marketing Manager, she is also part of KYP's outreach partnership programs, and 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.

Tebogo Elvis Bapela: Administrative Coordinator and Public Relations Manager

Tebogo completed Grade 12 at Mankhole Secondary School in 2008, studied a Higher Certificate in Office Administration and Information Technology at Pinnacle Business College in 2009, Studied National Diploma in Public Relations and Communications Management at University of Johannesburg, graduating in 2013, studied Bachelor of Technology in Public Relations Management at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, graduating in 2014, and is currently studying Bachelor of Commerce in Law at University of South Africa. At KYP, he is responsible for ensuring that the organisation's administration runs smoothly and manages KYP's PR.