KYP has a staff of 17 young adults, the vast majority of whom grew up in Kliptown and faced the challenges that our members live with. We pride ourselves in having a passionate and motivated staff that sees their work not only as job but also as a way to contribute to and make change in their community.
Our organization embodies a relatively non-hierarchical structure. While responsibilities are assigned to each staff member, all major decisions regarding the future of the organisation are discussed as a team.
Staff development is a vital element of our organization. 90% of staff members have participated in professional development, with many taking multiple courses and three receiving degrees with KYP’s support. Each member of the management team works with a mentor who offers guidance and support.
Part of our mission is to train young staff members in a way that will prepare them for jobs beyond KYP. Several former staff members have gone on to pursue career opportunities outside KYP, earning higher salaries and serving as a models of success for all KYP members. We also make sure to retain our core group of key staff members who have the skills and knowledge we need for the organization to continue to run effectively.
Thulani Madondo: Executive Director
Keketso Baloyi: Foundation Phase Coordinator
Tsakani Ngobeni: Food Program Coordinator
Thando Bezana: Operations Manager
Lerato Thamae: Intermediate Phase Coordinator
Thulisiwe Simango: Assistant Food Program Coordinator
Christina Scott: Financial Manager
Monwabisi Baleni: High School Program Coordinator
Andile Mazala: Kitchen Assistant and Assistant Performing Arts Manager
Pakane Lamola: Education Manager
Thapelo Jacob Siasia: Vocational Development Program Manager
Sipho Dladla: Logistics Manager
Basetsana Lokwane: Assistant Financial Manager
Xolile Bam: IT Manager
Nelisiwe Walaza: Marketing and Communications Manager
Tshepo Tabohane: IT Assistant Coordinator
Siphiwe Mhlaba: Facilities and Sports Manager
Siyabonga Bukhwele: Reading Eggs Coordinator & IT Technician
KYP’s Board of Directors takes an active role in making sure the vision and strategic focus of KYP continues to succeed. Our board members go beyond the roles typical for their position; they use their skills and connections to help the staff and the programs develop to their fullest potential.