I founded Mamelani Projects in 2003 to actively contribute to changing people's lives for the better. I am a qualified Social Worker and have been working in the NGO sector for 14 years. I am very proud of what we have been able to achieve in the last decade. Central to my practice is a concern for how we bring ourselves to the work that we do – it as much about what we do, as it is about how we do it.
I have always been passionate about community work and community development. I am a qualified Clinical Pastoral Therapist and I have a keen interest in using narrative therapy in both my therapeutic work as well as in the workplace. Before joining Mamelani, I was the director of a mental health organisation in Khayelitsha.
My goal is to make a difference in the lives of marginalised groups and working at Mamelani Projects has helped me realise that goal because I get to work with a culturally diverse team that strives to empower and improve the lives of the under-resourced South African communities. I believe that, it takes a whole village to raise a child. "Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu"
I grew up in the Eastern Cape. I am a traditional girl and I believe in and respect my culture. I love to socialise with people and build relationships with other organisations, and supporting people who are willing to change their lifestyle. I believe that to overcome challenges a person needs another person. We need to work together.
I am passionate about working with communities and playing a role in bringing about change in the lives of women and children. I share life-changing information regarding health issues to help people make informed decisions about their well-being. I facilitate workshops in different communities, and lead the team in the Health Champions Programme.
I was born, raised and attended school in a small town called Alice in the Eastern Cape. I work as a health facilitator at Mamelani, sharing knowledge with people about their health. Mentoring women from different communities through our Community Champions programme makes me proud. To empower women is to empower a nation.
I was born and bred on the Cape Flats with lots of bredies and breyanies. The struggles of my community enhanced my resilience as I constantly searched for knowledge and skills. Youth development in South Africa needs all the positive influences it can get and I am passionate about being part of the Mamelani team who are trying to do just that. I live by the saying that "all things happen together for the good to them that love God and are called according to His purpose".
Leroy de Klerk
Growing up in Manenberg on the Cape Flats is the reason I do the work that I do. My experiences growing up made it very clear to me that the youth of South Africa need someone to believe in them and walk alongside them. I work as a youth facilitator in the Youth Programme, supporting young people on their journey
I always had a keen interest in working with the youth of South Africa. Through out my studies, my voluntary work involved supporting young people in various ways. I enjoy working at Mamelani because the organisation provides the platform to engage with the youth and hear them speak out about their struggles and changes they would like to see. Working at Mamelani has allowed me to realise my dream of walking alongside the youth and help them achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Abigail Jennifer Hendricks
My passions are community development and working with young people. I believe in building positive relationships and encouraging young people to be the best versions of themselves. I love working at Mamelani because, Mamelani allows me the opportunity to work closely with the young people and mentor them as they walk their journey, from adolescence to adulthood!
Noncedo Jikwana Mkhohli
I believe that change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. Therefore, after completing my training with Mamelani as a Community Champion, I started working with various NGOs, advocating for better TB and HIV care in the marginalised communities. I enjoy my role at Kuyasa clinic, where I am working closely with the clinic staff to motivate people to join Mamelani's ARV club and share essential health information with the community.
Lisa’s professional background is in investment banking, finance and tax. She previously served on the Board of the Investec Community Fund, was a mentor on the Investec panel for Young Students and Entrepreneurs, and volunteered at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Lisa is our current Chairperson and longest standing Trustee, having served on the board since 2006.
Professor Thandi Puoane
Thandi is a Professor at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape. Her areas of specialisation are public health nutrition, chronic non-communicable diseases, child health and monitoring and evaluation of programmes. She works with Community Health Workers in increasing awareness about non-communicable diseas and also has expertise, using motivation interviews for behaviour modification and in using participatory research methods.
Allan has 30 years of experience in the fields of human resources, organisational design, education and non-profit funding. Previous appointments include that of Senior Special Adviser to the Minister of Education, Kader Asmal. He was also CEO of a large South African trust that funds the education, environment and social development sectors.
Baheya is a lecturer in the Department of Human Nutrition at the University Of Cape Town (UCT). This unit has trained Mamelani’s health facilitators over the last few years in nutrition education and health promotion. Baheya brings her vast knowledge in the area of nutrition education as well as community-based health programmes.
Sue is a social and organisational development practitioner, researcher, teacher and writer. She is the founder of the Teacher In-service Project and author of The Learning School: An Organisation Development Approach, The Courage to Lead and Changing Your Teaching: The Challenge of the Classroom. Sue facilitates learning processes and conversations for individuals and groups.
Rama Diallo Shagaya
Throughout her 20-year career, Rama Diallo Shagaya has been a driving force in promoting economic growth and entrepreneurship across Africa. Rama currently runs Future Focus Advisory and Coaching in Cape Town. She advises businesses and coaches executives on strategy. “Mamelani patiently and powerfully prepares young people to step onto the economic ladder successfully”.
Khanya is a committed Social justice and human rights activist who aspires, in her lifetime, to see Africa and all who are fortunate enough to call it home, attain their fullest potential.