Founder and Executive Director
As an American of Jamaican heritage, Scott grew up aware of the generational inequities wrought by discriminatory policies and systems in both countries. Both his academic and professional career have accordingly focused on overcoming the effects of such inequities. He founded Amandla Development in response to the need in South Africa for local capacity development ensuring that populations previously oppressed by apartheid have the opportunity to participate in the growing economy on equal footing.
His interest in education’s ability to provide upliftment out of poverty led to work in education policy research and education reform, having worked for Yale University Admissions, the International Leadership Charter School’s startup team, and later with Life Choices Peer Education Programme in Cape Town, South Africa. Scott has also served with ABAFAOILSS, a consortium dedicated to increasing the presence of underrepresented students on Ivy League campuses.
He received his BA in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Government and East Asian Languages from Yale University and holds an MPA from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service where he completed his Master’s in public and non-profit management with a specialization in Public Policy Analysis. He has also studied and speaks Spanish, French, and Mandarin, Portuguese, and is currently studying Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
Taona Tsopo – Programme Manager
Taona holds a bachelor’s degree in Education, Msc in Gender and Community Development and another Msc in Sociology. His work experience includes teaching, training, and materials and programme development and management. He is passionate about changing the lives of children, young women and youth to complete their education journey and attain their full potentials in life.
Taona oversees strategic implementation of the projects that Amandla has collaboratively built with our partners. He is responsible for planning, coordination, leading the team, collaborating with Donors and reporting on funded projects. His favourite part about his job is driving collective response and representation amongst the different partners in Philippi. Seeing the youth smile is what gives our Programme Manager the greatest sense of fulfilment.
Taona was born in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe in Chimanimani. He speaks Shona, English and is father to three beautiful girls. Outside of work he spends time with his family and enjoys walking. Although Toana is his happiest when dancing.
Bongiwe Radebe – Project Manager
Bongiwe is originally from Durban but has been in Cape Town since 2009 where she has worked in the NGO sector for more than 10 years. She originally studied Social Work, Advanced Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and various other courses related to community development. She has experience in project management, research, developing M&E systems and facilitation. She is passionate about skills development and creating an enabling environment for the sustainable development of disadvantaged groups.
Bongiwe grew up in a township and learned through the ‘Bantu Education’ system. She knows first-hand the challenges the youth are facing in Philippi. She is honoured to be able to use her work with Amandla to minimise bottle necks that hinder quality education and contribute to positively changing lives of young people. Bongiwe also enjoys a hands-on management approach on programmes where everyone feels valued.
Outside of work Bongiwe is a mother to two children and she enjoys spending time with herself. She is fluent in isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sotho, English and she speaks a bit of Afrikaans. She is also a secret creative.
Yolanda Bomvana – Resource Access Programme Coordinator
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.
Phuti Mashita – Data Capturer
Phuti is the Data Capturer for the Adolescent Youth Friendly Space and satellite sites in the Klipfontein District .
She is responsible for capturing and recording information relevant to Amandla’s data capturing activities and the AGYW who are entering the programme and accessing services through the safe spaces or the satellites established in this project.
Phuti worked with data collection and capturing at Statistics South Africa for many years.
She is originally from Limpopo and loves reading, travelling, trying out new restaurants and attending food and wine shows and fashion shows on weekends.
Mzwanele Those – Community Solutions Coordinator
Mzwanele worked for Grassroot Soccer for three years and was a facilitator for community dialogues, health talks and gender norms at Yabonga Children Project for four years.
He previously provided academic support to libraries, assisting with homework, school visits, coordinating tutorial classes, and organising career guidance workshops.
He has also coordinated sport programmes and ran support groups youth, which included life skills and leadership training. He became a youth centre manager where he managed all activities that take place in the centre.
Tendai Makoni – Data Coordinator
Tendai holds an MSc in Development Studies, a BSc Honours in Monitoring and Evaluation, a BA Honours in English and Communication, an Executive Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance, an Executive Certificate in Project Management and a Higher National Diploma in Business and Accounting Studies.
She has a background in the legal field, having worked as a paralegal assistant and trust account bookkeeper for 10 years before joining the NGO sector. She firstly worked in the research sector working with people living with HIV and Aids, then moved on to the humanitarian sector working with refugees, asylum seekers and displaced people. Following this she worked in the health sector where she gained experience in implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects. Tendai has experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation, data coordination and analysis for community projects, as well as training. She is her happiest when objectives and targets are met, and aid is received by the right people at the right time, in the right manner.
Tendai is originally from Zimbabwe, born in the Masvingo province and is fluent in Shona and English. Outside of work, Tendai loves to read. But above all, she loves being a mother to her son, and unwinding while watching cartoons.