How did it start?

Our Story

The story began with Mandla, a man on a mission to improve the lives and futures of the underprivileged youth in the DuNoon township area. His focus on mentoring these kids who have very little to look forward to by getting them all out and active through something they all truly love – PLAYING SPORT. Michelle founded the SPICE4LIFE Youth Academy with the purpose of supporting Mandla’s dream and following one of her own missions in community by connecting with, informing, inspiring and empowering the youth of tomorrow.

Together, Mandla (a strong, passionate leader and role model) and Mary-Ann (a compassionate, caring and invested mother figure to the children) provide mentorship and support that bring camaraderie, skill set and activities for the children in DuNoon Community, Western Cape. Originally there were close to 14 children, a few years later there are over 300 children.

The SPICE4LIFE Youth Academy is by far the most popular club in the community and every child wants to belong. We have the potential to reach a minimum of 300 children between the ages of 8-17. We are so blessed with opportunities, however we are not able to cope with the growing demand and therefore need a bigger support circle.

Meet Our Leadership Team

 

Mandla Tyobidyasi

Mandla Tyobidyasi

Co-founder & Coach

Mandla is a strong, passionate leader, role model and founder who is currently busy with his referee course and provides mentorship and support that bring camaraderie, skill set and activities for the children in DuNoon Community. His focus on mentoring these kids, who have very little to look forward to, by getting them all out and active through something they all truly love – PLAYING SPORT. Mandla’s passion is to provide hope to the youth and expand the academy by getting, not just the boys involved, but the girls too.

Mary-Ann Tyobidyasi

Mary-Ann Tyobidyasi

Board Member

Mary-Ann is a compassionate, caring and invested board member and mother figure to the children. Together with her husband Mandla, she provides mentorship and support, skill set and activities for the children in the DuNoon Community, Western Cape. With sponsorships we hope to get Mary-Ann to become a social worker and obtain a first aid course.
Michelle Korevaar

Michelle Korevaar

Co-founder

Michelle founded the SPICE4LIFE Youth Academy with the purpose of supporting Mandla’s dream and following one of her own missions in community by connecting with, informing, inspiring and empowering the youth of tomorrow. Together with Mandla and Mary-Ann, she is responsible for the organisation and the main decision that are being made in order to let the SPICE4LIFE Youth Academy grow to an even bigger success.
Khaya Breakfast

Khaya Breakfast

Coach

Khaya is together with Mandla one of the soccer coaches for the SPICE4LIFE Youth Academy and provides coaching on and off the field for the children which makes him a powerful member of the Youth Academy team.

Meet the Champions of Change that make it all happen

Kimberley van Zuijlen 

Kimberley is an enthusiastic project manager working for the SPICE4LIFE Youth Academy who loves dedicating her skills by assisting in the creation of the website, blog content and video content.  

Monell Foster 

Monell is an ambitious and goal oriented content manager who adds value to the team by assisting in the creation of video content.  

Chula Grootboom

Chula is a dedicated and motivated multimedia CPUT student who is a value adding team member by being responsible of our social media pages and assisting in video content.  

Emily Banya 

Emily is an ambitious multimedia CPUT student who is a value adding team member by being responsible of our social media pages.   

Why We Choose to be part of this Team

Why do we choose to support this organisation in the ways that we do, what do we find important and who are we? Meet all of us by reading our blogposts!