Great News: IkamvaYouth is recruiting!

On Saturday 22nd January 2011 the IkamvaYouth branches are opening their doors and welcoming all interested learners, volunteers, and parents.


The Open Day is a chance for learners to meet other Ikamvanites who have been with the programme for the last year. They can talk with other learners, with volunteer tutors, with ex Ikamvanites who are now attending Universities, and with IkamvaYouth staff. Prospective Ikamvanites can get an idea about what we do, why we do it, and how we do it. A short film will be shown as well and give a glimpse into the lives of previous Ikamvanites. 

We want you all to come along and be part of the day, and apply to be part of IkamvaYouth. The results we have achieved since establishment are amazing and 2010 matric results reflect this; IkamvaYouth’s learners, all of whom attend township public schools, achieved an 87% pass rate, with 52% Bachelor passes and 38% diploma passes. 36 distinctions were awarded. 

 If you want to take charge of your future and really make a change to your life and others come along to find out more. Application forms will be available to fill in on the day with help from IkamvaYouth, but can also be collected prior to or after the day from your nearest IkamvaYouth branch.  You can download the application and Indemnity forms here. application_form_jan_2011.pdf  indemnity_form_january_2011_1.pdfbut first please read the Information for learners document: infoforlearners_jan2011.pdf

 This is also a great way for new volunteers to meet the learners and find out about the organisation. All are welcome, from any background. To be a tutor you do not need to be a teacher or trained tutor, we just want people with matric and enthusiastic about helping young people.  Please see our tutor page on the site and the application form

The IkamvaYouth team look forward to seeing many new and excited faces on Saturday morning! 

Venues, Dates and Times


Nyanga Branch: Nyanga Library, off Zwelitsha Drive, Freedom Square, Nyanga @ 9am Contact Nombu 0739556242

Masiphumelele Branch: Masiphumelele Library, Masiphumelele @ 9am, Contact Nico: 0798854314

Makhaza Branch: Nazeema Isaacs Library, Makhaza, Khayelitsha @ 10am
Contact person: Winile Mabhoko 
Contact No: (021) 3626799, Mobile: 0798854372


Ivory Park Branch (Gauteng): Siyakhula Centre – 49 Boshoff Road (next to Ebony Park Methodist Church) from 9am-11am. Contact Joe: 082 728 3019

KZN Branch will hold their open day on 29th January 2011, Durban University of Technology, Library Basement 6 @ 10am                                                                                                         Contact Khona 0798854247



IkamvaYouth Coming to a TV Near You

IkamvaYouth Coming to a TV Near You

Joe gets his showbiz on with the TalkSA crew.

Be sure to tune your TV sets into SABC 2 on Tuesday at 11AM as Joe and crew from Ivory Park make their TV debuts on Talk SA.

Talk SA is developing content around the theme of Nation Building and features IkamvaYouth in the third segment.

After much careful and considered deliberation Joe is prepared to auction his autograph to the highest bidder. Failing which, if you’d prefer to simply make a donation you can follow the instructions here.

Alternatively, VOLUNTEER!


IkamvaYouth Gauteng scores a 94% Matric Pass Rate and 82% Tertiary Access

It gives us great pleasure to report on the 2010 matric results for the Ivory Park branch of IkamvaYouth. Our first ever matric group benefitted tremendously from the collective efforts of a great group of volunteers through the countless hours of tutoring, career guidance and mentoring. The end result is that these Ikamvanites achieved a remarkable 94% Matric Pass Rate and 82% of the class of 2010 are eligible to access tertiary education this year.

We’re celebrating these results for so many reasons not least of which is confirmation once more of the replicability and effectiveness of the IkamvaYouth model. But perhaps even more importantly, these results show what is possible when a group of dedicated individuals intent on making a positive difference get together with minimal resources but bucket-loads of commitment and enthusiasm. Hats off to all of you who contributed last year and especially to our regular volunteers as your contribution will be felt for many years to come.

There are also individual achievements to be celebrated, and we congratulate Brighton Dube for scoring an incredible 5 distinctions and being awarded the KPMG Bursary for his Accountancy studies this year. Equally impressive is Matthew Mlahleki who arrived at IkamvaYouth with 43% for Maths and 45% for Science but matriculated with 5 B’s (including Maths and Science). We expect Matthew to be studying electrical engineering at Wits this year (we are awaiting final confirmation from the university). Overall it is not just the pass-rate that pleases us but also the quality of the passes with 59% of our group attaining bachelor level passes and 23% diploma level passes.

Once again, thank you to all of you who played a part in this success (big or small) and we hope you feel proud of what you have helped to make a reality. We’re especially grateful for the contributions from our supporters: Datatec, Transnet, Hatch, Resolve, Nashua Mobile, Schneider-Electric and Calvary Methodist Church and we look forward to what 2011 has in store.

We will be holding an Open Day for interested learners and parents on 22 January with final applications due on 5 February. The first tutoring sessions are due to begin again on 12 Feb. Sign up here to receive weekly schedule updates from the Ebony/Ivory Park branch.

For the full results of our other branches, click here:







Careers Indaba in Khayelitsha

Careers Indaba in Khayelitsha

Although the Careers Indaba happened *ages* ago, it was quite a crazy time for us and although we posted these pics and clips, we forgot to share the stories and news of what ended up being a really awesome day.

Collaborating with Equal Education was brilliant, and as a result, the day was bigger and better than the first Indaba we held in Khayelitsha in 2009. We leveraged contacts and lessons learned from the original two-week-long Indaba held at the Masiphumelele Library, to ensure that learners had a wide array of opportunities to interact with people from different institutions, career fields, organisations and companies. Have a look at the programme to see who was there. (careersindaba.program-2.pdf).


Aziza Mdee from Equal Education and IkamvaYouth interns Chris Fan and Miriam Rodriquez worked hard to ensure that we were organised and ready. The response was fantastic, and learners from all over Khayelitsha and many other communities streamed through the doors. Ms Makhoba, a teacher, inspired the audience, and Amanda Van der Vyver took everyone through the “Careers Exploration for Dummies” (career_exploration_for_dummies-1.pdf) booklet she created to help learners get the most out of the day.

Volunteers from various fields (from law, to medicine, fashion, engineering, hospitality services and the police service) were available for learners to interact with one-on-one, and many great connections were made. Some of these even lead to work experience opportunities!

We’re very grateful to everyone who made this very special day happen, and are looking forward to doing it all again in 2011!

Lloyd Lungu

031 909 3590
2525 Ngcede Grove, Umlazi AA Library, 4031

Lloyd is a self-disciplined and highly goal-driven Industrial Psychology Honours graduate. He is currently a Master's candidate completing his second year of M.Com in Industrial Psychology at the University of the Free State. Lloyd joined IkamvaYouth as a learner in 2012, after matriculating he came back and volunteered as a tutor for the duration of his undergraduate studies at UKZN. He later worked as an Intern in the Chesterville branch. His passion for youth empowerment and inclusion has grown enormously through his time and experience gained within IkamvaYouth and has inspired him to provide career guidance to young township people. He is currently working at the Umlazi Branch as a Branch Assistant.