IkamvaYouth Leadership Changes

Next level leadership coming up at IkamvaYouth

There are some big job ads being advertised at IkamvaYouth at the moment; the Executive Director role was advertised a few weeks ago, and we have just put out an internal and external call for applications for Chief Operating Officer. We thought this might raise some questions, and so are sharing some of the background behind these big changes in case people are interested.

In January, Joy (our co-founder and director since 2003!) resigned, with 6 months’ notice. After 15 years with the organisation, she believes it’s more than time for new leadership and fresh perspectives to take the organisation to the next level. IkamvaYouth has become a big organisation over the last four years especially; with over 60 full time staff members, 17 branches, hundreds of partners and thousands of learners and tutors. The budget has also grown significantly, and the organisation is fortunate to be supported by a diverse group of committed supporters, both locally and internationally, and across sectors, including foundations, corporates and government. IkamvaYouth has also recently entered into a ten-year partnership agreement with the Department of Basic Education, and is looking forward to this collaboration, which will achieve far-reaching impact.

Yasmin (our COO, and previously finance manager, who has been with IY for four years) had to relocate to her home country, Ghana, at the end of last year, as her husband had new exciting work that side, and her family wanted to spend more time with their twin babies. As IkamvaYouth works virtually on a daily basis (our

head office is split between Pretoria and Cape Town, and our branches are in five different provinces), we have been able to continue with Yas working remotely for this first quarter. However, while it has worked very well, it is obviously not ideal to have the COO out of the country most of the time, and so while we are heavy hearted to say goodbye to Yas, we are also thrilled that she’ll be continuing the important work of promoting access to quality education and changing lives through the very impressive work being done at Ashesi University in Ghana.

The ED recruitment process is well underway, with interviews happening in the coming weeks, and we plan to have made an offer in time for our new director to participate in the final interviews for the new COO. Yas will be available for a comprehensive hand-over to her successor, also as Joy is with IY until mid July, there will be plenty of time for onboarding, orientation and handover to the new leadership. We are extremely fortunate to have a very committed board of directors, comprising experienced and smart individuals (please see link to IY Board Members here), who are driving the very rigorous and comprehensive recruitment process for the ED.

IkamvaYouth embarked on organisation-wide conversations about transformation last year, and we are committed to ensuring that all levels of the organisation are both diverse and representative of the communities we serve. We are very excited about welcoming our new colleagues, and to learning from them as they bring outside experience and perspectives into a strong organisation!

From learner, to tutor, to staff and beyond…

From learner, to tutor, to staff and beyond…

Since 2003, IkamvaYouth has over 1000 learners complete their matric. Our alumni are encouraged to continue to be involved in the organisation as tutors and mentors, and can even see themselves working for the organisation as interns/full time staff members, or even serving on the board! 

Zukile Keswa (Zuks), joined the organisation as a grade 11 learner in 2004. During his tertiary studies, he came back to IkamvaYouth to serve as a volunteer tutor. Zuks was the first alumn to become an IkamvaYouth staff member in 2011, starting as the Makhaza Branch Assistant. Since then, he’s held a number of roles in the organisation, and is now the Gugs Comp Branch Coordinator. 

This year, we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming quite a few of our alumni back to IkamvaYouth as staff members. One such alumn, is Phelela Mokwana, who matriculated in 2008. Here’s what she had to say about her new role in the organisation:

I was once a learner at Ikamva during my high school days from 2006-2008. I’m now working as a B.A for Makhaza branch. My experience working at Ikamva is amazing. I’ve started working during winter school 2016, It just reminded me of the days when I was a student, seeing learners engaging themselves in the the tutoring space and the commitment of tutors has just reminded me of why I came back to work for Ikamva. 
Through the journey of being in and out of companies has just made me discover my potential which is
working in empowering young minds, helping them to achieve good results, helping them to become positive role model in their communities and have a dignified living.

Phillip Mcelu, who matriculated back in 2006, just joined the team this month. This is what he had to say about coming back to IkamvaYouth:

“I am happy to have found my way back to the IY family, as I am an alumnus from the Makhaza class of 2006! I’ve been working in the ICT industry for the last 5 years and am excited to be starting as the Tech Coordinator for IY. I’m looking forward to building a national network and sharing my ICT knowledge with my IY family.”

Below are the alumni that joined the IkamvaYouth body of staff this year:

And now… IkamvaYouth is seeking an alum to be a board member of the organisation. The successful alumni will learn a great deal about what it takes to run an organisation.

Level of Commitment required:

  • The Board requires a commitment of four board meetings a year (lasting approximately 2 hours) as well as prepare for the board meetings which will take approximately 2-3 hours.
  • There may be other ad hoc events that the board member will be required to attend.
  • The successful alum will not get paid for his or her time but will be making a meaningful contribution to the running of IkamvaYouth.

Areas of expertise sought (any of the following):

  • HR 
  • Sustainability 
  • Leadership 
  • Fundraising 
  • Finance
  • Passion or interest in the education of disadvantaged youth 

Serving on the board of IkamvaYouth is a wonderful, enriching experience, especially for someone early in their career. Aside from the joy of working for a public good, it can broaden your experience and skills, which might help you find your next job. For more details of what being a board member entails, please click HERE, where you’ll find our constitution. 

If you would like to nominate any alumn for this position, please click HERE.

Branch Coordinator: Makhaza

Branch Coordinator: Makhaza

IkamvaYouth is a township-based volunteer programme that gets learners out of poverty and into university has once again shown that transformation is possible, despite the odds.

IkamvaYouth seeks to appoint a Branch Coordinator, based in Makhaza Western Cape.

The social entrepreneur must be passionate about the power of education to transform lives and communities, and wants to make a difference. This is an exciting opportunity to play a pivotal role in a by-youth for-youth educational movement that empowers young people to take their futures into their own hands.

As an organisation that supports community development, the candidate must be South African and ideally reside in Makhaza or surrounding areas.


  • Coordinate the branch, after-school sessions and weekend tutorials;
  • Ensure policies and processes are implemented for successful programme delivery;
  • Recruit, coordinate and support volunteer tutors and mentors;
  • Contract and agreement negotiation with community stakeholders
  • Community Liason; with the schools, community centres, CBOs and NGOs;
  • Fundraise to build and sustain the branch (meeting with funders, writing proposals and reports, reporting, monitoring and evaluation);
  • Manage an office and ensure accurate and up-to date data collection and administration for monitoring and evaluation;
  • Budgeting, financial management and reporting;
  • Coordinate branch communication (social media, website, group e-mail discussion lists, newsletters, etc.) together with other ikamvanites;
  • Lead a team of volunteers to implement the supplementary tutoring, career guidance and mentoring and holiday programmes.


  • Well developed management skills to manage a branch, staff, donors, sponsors, funders, learners, and community expectations;
  • High level of stakeholder relationship management and negotiation skills
  • Highly organised and efficient;
  • Impeccable time management, data collection and reporting ability;
  • High level of attention to detail;
  • Ability to work alone and take initiative;
  • Facilitation and presentation skills- the incumbant will be required to address large groups of learners, volunteers, parents and chair stakeholder meetings
  • Adept at using computers (Micosoft Office, social media and internet);
  • Ability to work virtually (many discussions, meetings  and document development occur collaboratively online);
  • Passion for working with young people, a pro-active energy and an outgoing personality will be most suitable for this role;
  • Minimum of three year degree and two years work experience or five years relevant work experience (ideally in youth development; project planning, implementation and management)
  • Own transport will be an advantage

Gross salary: R14 000 per month.

To apply, submit a CV AND motivation letter with “Branch Coordinator – ‘Makhaza’  in the subject line to careers@ikamvayouth.org.

For more about IkamvaYouth, refer to https://ikamvayouth.org.www518.jnb1.host-h.net.

Masiphumelele Open Day

Masiphumelele Open Day

On the 07 February 2015, we had an amazing turnout from parents and learners; the hall was packed to capacity where there was a distinct feeling of excitement and hope for the year. 50 learners and 35 parents attended the event.



We presented IkamvaYouth programs and values to our new learners and their parents. We assisted to a genuine sharing of experiences through the comments and questions of the parents. And thanks to both speeches of Phumza Kibi and Thulisa Myeki.



We also have our first meeting with grade 12’s parents to prepare for 2015; the meeting was successful and we got full participation from parents and learners.

We are happy to announce that on the 07 February 2015 we already registered 52 new learners and we have issued out quite a lot of application forms during the Open Day.  We are now looking at a total of 106 learners who have registered with IkamvaYouth Masiphumelele this year.

We are still looking at recruiting 5 Grade 9’s, 20 Grade 10’s, and as for Grade 11’s we only taking learners for waiting list now.  Grade 12’s we have 24 for the year 2015.

The Masiphumelele Branch will officially be starting its Home-work session on Monday 9 February 2015 at 15:30 until 17:30. We look forward to host this day.

Let me extend a warm appreciation to all those who have assisted us during the Open Day and let’s keep it up guys, work has begun!

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2013

The 2013 IkamvaYouth Annual Report highlights the remarkable achievements that we have made in 2013 by enabling disadvantaged youth to pull themselves and each other out of poverty with education.You can view the full annual report here but here are some of the highlights from 2013:

  • 92% of our learners passed their matric (including supplementary exams); 62% achieved a bachelor pass (compared to 30.6% nationally) and 90% of our learners accessed a post school opportunity (tertiary, learnership or employment);
  • The first survey of IkamvaYouth’s alumni was conducted. The findings were more encouraging than we could have hoped: IkamvaYouth learners are almost half as likely to drop out of tertiary studies, four times more likely to graduate and are three times less likely to not be in education or employment than the average South African young person.  
  • IkamvaYouth WON the Stars Award which exists to reward outstanding local organisations improving the lives of children in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. IkamvaYouth WON in the category of Education in Africa and the Middle East.

Thank you for taking the future into your hands, and to holding ours. Let’s keep reaching for the stars together.


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Ikamvayouth Internship

Ikamvayouth Internship

Ikamvayouth seeks to appoint an intern to its national office in Rivonia, Johannesburg.  

The internship programme is for a period of 6 months.



  • Handling of administrative tasks within the national office;
  • Organising of travel arrangements, accommodation and vehicle hire;
  • Liaising with various staff members nationwide;
  • Drafting, editing and typing of correspondence, booklets, contracts, policies and presentations; 
  • Assisting with basic, sundry tasks on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Assiting with HR Administrative duties (shortlisting, scheduling inerviews, keeping staff files updated, research, data management)


  • Candidates must be book smart and street smart;
  • Creative and fun;
  • Personable;
  • Computer literate in Microsoft Office;
  • Willing to work in a non-formal setting during flexible hours;
  • Self-motivating and result orientated;
  • Able to work independently; 
  • Volunteer experience will be an added advantage.


To apply, submit a CV to careers@ikamvayouth.org under the subject heading ‘Ikamvayouth Rivonia Internship 2014’.



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.