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 2013.

Monwabisi Baleni: Education Manager

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.

Keketso Baloyi: High School Program Coordinator


Keketso completed her matric in the year 2009 and joined KYP in 2015 as a volunteer tutor in the primary school program. Through her commitment and dedication, she was chosen to join KYP's Education Team. She has a Project management certificate from Wits University. Keketso has passion for working with children and youth and what motivates her is her desire to make a difference in her community.

Lerato Thamae: Primary Education program Coordinator

Lerato completed her grade 12 at Orlando High School. She has been helping volunteer her time through tutoring and helping learners with their homework in English and Maths. With her generosity, passion and dedication to the children that we work with, she was given the opportunity to be part of KYP's Education Team. Lerato serves the organization as a Primary Education Coordinator.

Tshepo Tabohane: IT Program Coordinator

Tshepo Tabohane was one of KYP's first tutoring program members in 2007 doing his grade 12. After being a memeber at KYP, he went through several trainings which were provided by KYP, one of those training include a computer course at Ipelegeng Community Centre, Computer refurbishing with COZA, investment in Excellence with Edcon. Today Tshepo serves as an IT program coordinator and assistant coordinator for the reading eggs program. 

Siyabonga Bukhwele: Reading Eggs Coordinator & IT Technician

Siyabonga was one of KYP's original members and he attended our tutoring program in 2007. When he graduated from his grade 12, he served the organisation as a volunteer and helper in our computer lab. Today he serves as a Reading Eggs program coordinator and IT Technician for the organisation. Siyabonga is currently pursuing study in Business administration, which is made possible by KYP. His passion lies in working with children and helping them achieve what they want to achieve.

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 2016 she pursued a study in Project Management at Wits University. 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.

Sipho Dladla: Deputy Director

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.

Thando Bezana: Operations Manager

Thando Bezana was born and raised in Kliptown. He was involved with different programs (SKY/ Mama Africa) before co-founding KYP in 2007. He is a qualified heritage practitioner, a performing artist and an amazing gumboots dancer. Thando holds a diploma in French, DELF/DALF B2, and speaks French, which helps with the organisation's French tours and French related projects. Thando currently serves KYP as the Performing Arts, Sports, and IT Manager.

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. She also studied Pastel Financial Accounting at College Campus. Christina has been instrumental in helping KYP attain fully audited yearly financial reports and recording KYP’s finances professionally and efficiently.

Basetsana Lokwane: Assistant Financial Manager

Basetsana was a KYP student and graduated secondary school in 2007.Her interest in Finance lead her to study a course in Financial Management at Imsimbi Training. She completed a computer course in 2008 at Ipelegeng Community Center. She serves KYP as a Financial Assistant manager and a dance teacher. 

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. 

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.

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.

Andile Mazala: Kitchen Assistant and Assistant Performing Arts Manager


Andile has volunteered with KYP since the year 2008. He started with the organisation as a soccer player, and then developed passion for the performing arts and working with children teaching them dance and other cultural activities. Andile has travelled to China several times and Reunion Island serving the organisation and showing the world our beautiful culture.