Angela Larkan // Founder
Angela Larkan is dedicated to creating a better South Africa and believes that every child deserves an equal chance in life. Originally from South Africa, she returned home to start Thanda in 2008. She was awarded the Mzanzi Soul Award for her contributions to South Africa in 2010 and was a finalist for the 2011 Feather Awards for Community Building. She was the winner of the Southern Africa Trust Drivers of Change Award in 2013 and has consistently been chosen as one of Mail & Guardian’s 200 Most Influential Young South Africans. Angela loves running on the beach in the mornings, believes her dogs are her children and thinks that cheese curls are their own food group.
Tyler Howard // Director of Operations
Tyler Howard is passionate about developing a new education model for Africa, based on equality and community citizenship. He co-founded Thanda in 2008 and designed our unique staff training program, which is rooted in history, literature, art, psychology, and non-violent direct action. Tyler also designed the Thanda After-School Care curriculum and assists daily with implementation and educational support. He is an avid surfer, has a mild obsession with used books and is frequently seen flying past sugarcane fields as he cruises down the windy roads outside of Thanda on his skateboard.
Sbusiso Msimango // Site Manager
Sbusiso Msimango (aka “Raah”) is passionate about building a better future for his community. He grew up in the rural community where Thanda operates, attended the local schools, and has been working for Thanda since our start in 2008. Beginning his career with Thanda as a Computer Teacher, he is now Thanda’s Manager and oversees day-to-day operations of 14 After-School programmes, teaches a Grade 6 class, and coordinates five other school-based programmes. He is also a martial arts trainer and body builder…no one messes with him!
Nkululeko Ngongoma // Agriculture Manager
Nkululeko believes everyone can be successful if they put their minds to it. He was a student at Thanda in Grade 12 and started working with us in 2012. He now oversees all of the Community Gardens and training, as well as a high school agriculture group. He is currently studying through correspondence to become a qualified teacher and continuously changes his hair style between short dreadlocks and an impressive afro.
Nosipho Sithole // Team Leader, High Schools
Nosipho is committed to helping youth see that they can create a good future for themselves in their local community. She went to the city after high school and experienced the dangers of living in a township without work. She returned home and started working with Thanda in 2008. Now, she runs the high school Performing Arts programme, oversees the High School Facilitators Team, and coordinates education programmes in other high schools in the area. She has an uncanny ability to look glamourous all the time and is officially dubbed the community’s best tomboy fashion-diva.
Simiso Mfeka // Team Leader, Primary Schools
Simiso volunteered in a hospital for years before joining Thanda in 2008. He comes from a family of sangomas and is a gentle leader who believes peaceful resolution is always possible. He oversees the Primary Education Facilitators and is currently studying Tourism through correspondence education. He loves taking care of our chickens and has an uncanny ability to tell the best jokes with a straight face. No, seriously…