Please find below our committed team of staff. All do their job without any pay.

Our Staff

Ms. Mary Mlambo

Ms. Mlambo is the visionary and Director of Lungelo Youth Development (LYD). She started the Center in 2012 with only a handful of women, a small yard, and a dream to better the lives of those in the Mzingazi community where she felt the need was strong. Since then LYD has grown into a true bedrock for the community and its children, and she hopes to do much more. In 2017 Ms. Mlambo was a finalist for the Businesswomans' Association's annual Business Achievers Award for her work at LYD, and in 2018 was featured as a "local heroine" on national Women's Day. Learn more about Ms. Mlambo and get a closer look at LYD by watching this video!

Ms. Londeka Ntuli

Ms. Ntuli is the LYD Center Manager, overseeing daily operations at the Center, and is also our Grade R teacher. She has been with the Center since March 2015, and has lived in the community since 2014. She loves being with very close friends and helping people when they need it, whether at work or in the community. Fun fact: when she was in Grade 1, she accidentally jumped into her teacher’s ice cream when she was supposed to be answering a question!

Ms. Busiswa Mcebi

Ms. Mcebi is the Leader of LYD’s Commniity Care Team, visiting the homes of children who come to the Center and assisting the families so that they can better support their children. She also assists with various other aspects of Center life, from helping to cook nutritious meals in the kitchen to helping teach the children about life skills and songs. She has been with the Center since February 2018. She is quick to help you solve a problem, easy to talk to, and loves being with people. You can often find her telling a joke, laughing, or just helping do whatever needs to be done around the Center or in the community.

Ms. Qhamkile Nzuza

Ms. Qhamuklle is LYD’s Head Chef at the Center, leading her team to prepare roughly 150 nutritious meals a day for the children and those in need. She has been with the Center since March 2016 and has lived in the community since 2005. Her favorite things are cooking and joking with others. She also loves singing in church, but you can also often find her singing while cooking at the Center!

Ms. Mbali Msane

Ms. Mbali is LYD’s Assistant Chef at the Center and is also a part of LYD’s Community Care Team. She helps prepare the roughy 150 nutritious meals a day that the Center serves to the children and others in need, and helps provide in-home evaluations and assistance to the families of children who come to the Center so that they can better support their children. She has been with the Center since January 2019. She loves to laugh and to spend time with her young daughter.

Mr. Thulani

Mr. Thulani is LYD's Youth Coordinator, facilitating programming from sports to art to life skills for juniors aged 8-14 years. He is also part of LYD's Early Childhood Development team, working with grade RRR students aged 3-5 years. He also oversees LYD's after school program. He's been with the Center since February 2018, and has lived in the community since 2002. Thulani likes to travel, learn new skills and find new ways to work with young people and give back to the community. He likes sports, food, to laugh and to crack jokes. Fun fact: He is afraid of the dark.

Ms. Lydia Dladla

Ms. Lydia is LYD's General Assistant, assisting with the children and many other tasks around the Center as needed. She has been in the community since 2009, has been involved with the Center since 2014 and officially joined the team in November 2018. She loves to clean and be with children. Fun fact: her favorite food is phuthu.

Ms. Hlengiwe Thusi

Ms. Thusi is LYD's Office Administrator, assisting with administrative tasks including filing documents, tracking finances, and processing other important paperwork. She has been with the Center since November 2018.

Ms. Nqobile Cele (Volunteer)

Ms. Cele assists with administration in LYD’s office, including filing documents and processing other paperwork. She also helps with the children, and in other areas of the Center, as needed. She has been with the Center since February 2019. Music, singing, and reading books are some of her favorite things to do. She is also a central voice in the Center’s adult choir, which practices at the Center two evenings a week.

Mr. Tailen Paulino (Volunteer)

Mr. Tailen assists the afterschool juniors with homework and computer lessons. He is involved with the LYD arts group and he helps to manage the computer lab. He has been coming to the center since February 2018 and officially joined as a volunteer in August 2018. He enjoys music, especially singing and playing the keyboard. He also likes to read about science and loves doing graphic design and teaching.