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 and thinks that cheese curls are their own food group.
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 (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 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 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 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 also has an uncanny ability to tell the best jokes with a straight face. No, seriously...
Janet is from the community of uMthwalume where she matriculated from Khathi High School where she also was a Thanda After-school student for two years. With a passion for education and working with youth, she began as an After-school Facilitator with Thanda in 2011. Janet enjoys getting outside in nature through walking, outdoor sports, exploring other cultures and meeting new people. She loves to travel and her favorite memories from Thanda is spending time with kids by doing fun and educational activities.
Sandile is originally from Durban and moved to the south coast to be with his family who are his greatest loves. He volunteered in 2008 and returned to work with Thanda as a Facilitator in 2013. In his free time he enjoys music, and movies which he also loves to integrate into his fun activities at the primary schools. He is passionate about traveling and exploring new places and cultures.