Team Members
Taona Tsopo – Programme Manager
Taona Tsopo
Programme Manager

Taona is an educationist whose zeal for development work motivated his two Master’s degrees in Sociology and Gender and Community Development. He is able to use this theory to make an impact in communities, and derives great joy to see the positive changes Amandla is able to make in the lives of Philippi youth. An analytical thinker with a love for numbers, Taona’s skills contribute to Amandla’s strategy.

With over 12 years of experience in education and development, Taona continues to learn from his colleagues every day and believes that together and united we can make a much bigger positive social impact. Taona loves reading, following local and global politics and dancing with his children.

Taona’s email address is prm@amandladevelopment.org

Phelisa Manyisane-Somciza
Projects Manager

Phelisa has 10 years of experience in development sector with a strong focus on education. She is passionate about the empowerment and inclusion of the most vulnerable in our societies – particularly women and children – and believes that only when everyone is included in society will we be able to move forward as a nation. She has a BA Psychology and Honours in Development Studies, and enjoys travelling and learning about other cultures.

Phelisa’s email address is pm@amandladevelopment.org

Darsha Indrajith
Communications and Development Associate

Darsha comes from a multimedia journalism background, having worked as a journalist and taught Digital Media and Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University.

She previously managed the communications at the Social Justice Coalition in Khayelitsha where she implemented a film training workshop in isiXhosa in collaboration with the University of Cape Town.

She is currently finishing her MA thesis in Journalism and Media Studies.

Ntombizandile Mxezeni
Social Auxiliary Worker

Ntombizandile loves that her own personal goals align with those of Amandla Development. With a Bachelor’s degree in social work and registered with the SACSSP, she aims to serve those in need. In her free time she enjoys thinking about business ideas.

Yolanda Bomvana
Yolanda Bomvana
Resource Access Programme Coordinator

Yolanda thinks every young person deserves someone who believes in them and, as the RAP Coordinator, Yolanda is this person for so many of Philippi’s youth. She sees her purpose, at Amandla and in broader society, as developing through developing others and hopes that this makes a difference in at least one person’s life. Going into the communities Amandla works with allows her to fulfil this purpose as she sees the impact the organisation has had on Philippi communities. Using her experience in project management, strategy and monitoring and evaluation, Yolanda is able to contribute to the successful impacts Amandla has on communities.

Outside of work, Yolanda enjoys hiking and spending time with her family.

 

Mzwanele Tshose
Community Solutions Coordinator

For Mzwanele, known as Zwai, serving communities is his calling. In his role as Community Solutions Coordinator, Zwai loves that he is able to connect with people within and across communities. His ability to communicate with and relate to a wide range of people allows him to strive for the goals he seeks to achieve; seeing positive change in areas of gender-based violence, HIV, literacy and unemployment. These are areas Zwai has experience in given his work as a child and youth care worker.

When he’s not making his colleagues laugh, Zwai enjoys partaking in comedy with his friends.

Mzwanele Tshose
Tendai Makoni
Tendai Makoni
Data Coordinator

Tendai believes that a positive change today will make for a better future for our children. With an MSc in Development Studies and 12 years of experience working in the NGO sector, ranging from HIV and AIDS to sexual reproductive health and law, Tendai uses her strong analytical skills to mentor some of Amandla’s staff and find the stories and insights in the data Amandla collects that illustrate what’s really going on in the lives of the youth Amandla serves. This passion for providing people with the services they need through data, and the the diversity and collaborative nature of Amandla’s work is what grounds Tendai in her role as Data Coordinator.

Tendai loves challenges and, once she’s achieved what she’s set her mind on, she unwinds by watching cartoons, taking long drives to nowhere and curling up to a good novel.

Nokulunga Dywili-Mdedetyana
Peer Group Trainer

Nokulunga draws from her own experience as a mother of two to support and advise adolescents in our teen parenting workshops. She aims to genuinely engage with young girls and wants them to know that she is there to provide support for them – whatever they may need. She’s seen the demand for services at the Safe Space, and encourages all youth to complete their schooling, as it opens doors for so much more.

Tinotenda Tadokera
Tinotenda Tadokera
Finance & Operations Manager

Tino is passionate about social justice and community development, which is evident in his experience working with Cape Town nonprofits in fundraising, finance and operations. He has experience in the private sector as well, ranging from sales to accounting and general management. Using these skills, as well as his MBA, Tino aims to make an impact through building Amandla’s organisational and financial systems – something he finds incredibly fulfilling. When he’s not busy with finance and operations, he can be found getting his hands dirty in his garden at least once a week.

Kaylem Bartes
Data Capturer

Kaylem loves that Amandla’s work puts the spotlight on ensuring our communities are able to sustainably create a better future for themselves. She wants to better her community, and is a certified teacher assistant. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and baking.

Nontembeko Mpofu
Nontembeko Mpofu
Advocacy Officer

Nontembeko started working at Amandla as a data mentor before being promoted to Advocacy Officer – something she regards as one of her biggest achievements. Her role allows her to engage with and help communities, which she revels in and derives happiness from. She’s committed to always growing and enjoys learning new things every day from those around her. Outside of Amandla, she likes learning about marketing and business, and is active in her local church.

Vusumzi Ntoni
Gender Based Violence Coordinator

Vusumzi views his role as an opportunity to help and uplift our community, in particular tackling the huge challenge of gender-based violence (GBV) in South Africa. Having seen how GBV affects children in our society, Busi would like to leave a legacy that will help young people to reduce the violence in our communities in the future. He has 8 years of experience in the NGO sector and believes this gives him a unique position on how to deal with challenges within communities. He enjoys playing cricket and watching sports.

Aletha Van Der Post
Peer Group Trainer

Aletha wants to empower and educate our youth by reaching out to communities and making a positive change through providing the opportunities to create a better future for themselves. She has teaching experience as a teaching assistance and enjoys dancing and singing.

Makhotyana Yamkela
Peer Group Trainer

Makhotyana loves that her work allows her to connect with different people and learn more about what is happening in our communities. She is a netball coach and enjoys going to the gym and playing sport.

Sonwabiseni Mtiki
Social Worker

Sonwabiseni’s focus and interest lies in empowering and supporting individuals and communities. She aims to work collaboratively with other organisations to shift the focus of organisations from competition to collaboration. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and enjoys spending time with her family.