Early Childhood Development

I love teaching parents how to help their children improve their life skills and help the children to further their education and be able to do everything like dressing themselves helping  their mother with duties like doing washing; cooking etc. I teach them how it is important to read stories and how it is important to listen to their parents. I teach that discipline, loving themselves, and hygiene is also important Then teaching them to have fun. I like playing with the kids and I like singing to connect with God because I love worshiping him.

Well what I can say about myself as a mentor is, first I love what I do at iThemba especially working with young children. I really enjoy growing alongside with them. They make me smile even if I had a bad day, they just make my day. And also working with the crèche teachers is like finding a second, third and fourth Grandma, mom and sisters who share their wisdom and joke about their past. It is really amazing, I love them. I also love working with families in Sweetwaters, getting to know my neighbours in a very loving and supportive way.

I love my job because I get to meet with different families, teachers and children and do what I am passionate about (ECD). I will never forget when I went to a running competition at Grace College with the Mashaka children from running club and our kids placed well even without shoes! When I’m not at iThemba, I love to spend time with my son. You may like to know that I got to know who God is and experienced his love when I joined iThemba, also I discovered that I actually would love to work with children for the rest of my life.

iThemba is the perfect place for me to combine my skills in ECD and my passion for young children and community development. I work with teachers, children and ECD Mentors, finding solutions to challenges, driving roads and dodging cattle and goats, getting dirty, receiving smiles and hugs from the most special children. This is my dream job and I am privileged to work alongside colleagues who share my passion. When not working I try my best to raise 3 kids, 3 Labradors, 3 ducks and 1 cat to be responsible, decent citizens.

Wendy Shelembe

Savy Ngcobo

Chrissie Kritzinger

Bongiswa Zungu


I love working at iThemba as the Food gardens mentor because I get the chance to give back to my community and not only that but I also get to work with different age groups and that helps me to be able to engage with different ages. I enjoy seeing the happy faces of kids from schools when they tell me about the gardens they have started at their homes. You may like to know that I am Orlando Pirates fan…there is no nice feeling than playing against Kaizer Chiefs and seeing them lose.

I feel so blessed to work under an amazing IThemba team, also, to get a chance to make a difference with the children of Sweetwater’s. I’m also so getting excited to share my knowledge with older people around the crèches of Sweetwater because they keep teaching me new things. It’s always a pleasure to watch a winning team like Mamelody Sundown’s beat bigger clubs like the Pirates or Chiefs and after the game, celebrating by eating my favorite food, idombolo and boil a full chicken.

I like seeing the change of attitude towards sustainable food production- when a person knows very little and requires a lot of help to the point where they become creative about using local resources to make a living out of their land.

I love protein food, like peanut butter, meat, avocado, bananas & bread. I like my work because I get to interact with  people from different backgrounds. I have a passion for teaching the people of Sweetwaters how to make their own vegetable gardens, and other things like keeping their livestock and living a simple life. I love to see people eat organic food, especially children. I like to be in the garden & talk to the plants. I'm not a soccer fan, but I like basketball and cricket. If I had to make a choice, I would say go Chiefs!

Lunga Dlungwane

Nonjabulo Hadebe

Sanele Nxumalo

Njabulo Dlamini

Mentoring Team

I enjoy working at iThemba because it is not a job for me but rather a calling. Working at iThemba makes me see hope for what it really is. iThemba Camps are mostly the highlight of my year, my favourite moment was getting a mud bath twice within two weeks. I really enjoy watching soccer at the stadium – mostly Maritzburg United, because I love being around people. Being there helps me to connect with friends and I express my support more in a loud and crazy way.

I love what I do at iThemba because I do life with the kids of Sweetwaters and have an opportunity to bring hope and life to them. A highlight of my time at Themba would be helping a kid go in for counseling and walking with him. Also, when I’m at camp leading small group. When I’m not at iThemba, I love to read, play soccer and watch movies (don’t forget Netflix). I am big Kaizer Chiefs fan and I believe that education is the key.

I enjoy working at IThemba because I am able to help young people to become what God created them to be. It gives me joy to hear someone saying thank you for being there for me and understanding me. My favorite memory at work is seeing the joy that kids have when I visit them at their homes. When I’m not at work I like to listen to music and cook.

One thing that I love about working at iThemba is that I am getting a chance to give back to my community. One of my favorite food is uphuthu no jede and I like the Chiefs.

Gugu Ngwenya

Sizwe Sithole

Nhlaka Zondi

Nathi Mashinini

I love what I do at iThemba because it is teaching me a lot about my career.  Some of the things I like to do and that I’m good at are soccer, basketball, music, and dancing (hip hop, Zulu reed, and house dance).

I love my job because the difference that I make in lives of those children also makes a change in their futures and their community, and at the same the whole society. A highlight of my time at iThemba would be those moments when I see a smile on the faces of those kids. When I’m not at  iThemba, I love to read  a lot and I like watch relaxed movies at home. You may like to know that I also do pastoral work.

My full name is Nhlanhla,  and I am a fan of Orlando pirates. For fun I like music, playing games, soccer, and being with my friends. The thing I like about my job is the chance to impact young lives in my community. I also like giving back to the community I grew up in, and being a role model for the kids, and just being there for them.

Sihle Duma

Kwanda Majola

Nhlanhla Mthalane

Construction Team

I enjoy working at iThemba because I get the chance to work with the team of amazing people who are all called to serve a larger purpose. Also, developing the community through building a centre of excellence for the kids of Sweetwaters. I enjoy seeing kids playing and learning in a safe place that I am part of building.

Londani Nkabinde

iThemba Construction Crew

Bongani Mpulo, Sandile Mbanjwa, Sandile Msomi, Sandile Zondi, Sandile Shezi, Mbuso Ngcobo, Thobelani Sibiya, Apha Zaca, Asanda Mngadi, Bongumusa Ngcobo, My boy Gumede, Sphelele Dlamini, Sihle Dhlamini, Njabulo Msomi


Security Team

Slindile Msomi and Sandile Makhaye

Communication and Administration Team

I love what I do because it’s about something far greater than myself. It’s about helping people become all they were created to be.  And hopefully in that, I too am becoming more fully who I was created to be! A highlight of my time at Themba would be – woah!  Far too many to list here, but the list would largely be around the people I work with, who inspire me every day – to live better, to love better and in whom I see so much hope for a brighter future.  When I’m not at iThemba, I love to get out into nature – the mountains in particular fill my soul! You may like to know that I am not a fan of rugby or boerewors.

I love that I can use my gifts at iThemba in the service of empowering a community! I think my favorite thing about my job is the people I work with-- it's very inspiring to collect their stories and share them with our funding partners. I love peanut butter (with banana, with chocolate... with ANYTHING!) and I'm not really a sports fan at all... so I stay out of the Pirates Chiefs divide!

I love the life change and growth I get to be a part of.


What I love about my job is the people I get to serve with and the positive impact I get to witness on a daily basis.

Kirsty Lottering

Sam Walker

Stu Walker

Steph Ebert

I previously was working in the corporate environment in Joburg, and I love that at iThemba I can making a positive impact in young people's lives and also learn from them. I guess by default, I support Chiefs - my partner is a Chiefs fan. Favorite food--I am a simple person - I love love bread with peanut butter and sometimes with a slice of cheese.

I'm passionate about  family, sport and all things African. And of course inviting people to share their resources with iThemba. I believe there are enough resources for us all to prosper.

Grant Bhekumuzi Edkins

Mphoma Mofelehetsi

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