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Our Board

  • Zandile Maramnco – Chairperson

    Zandile is an Entrepreneur, Marketing Facilitator, and a keen advocate for youth and SMME development. Her qualifications include Chartered Marketer and governance training through the Institute of Directors South Africa. Prior to leading her own business, she held various positions in corporate South Africa, including Head of Communications at Ernst & Young; Senior Manager for Strategic Partnerships at Old Mutual Emerging Markets; Corporate Affairs Manager at Basil Read; as well as senior Marketing roles with SuperSport International, Tiger Brands and Nestle. Zandile joined CWBSA as a Non-Executive Director in 2018, and later served as Board Secretary. She was appointed to her current Board Chairperson role in August 2023.

  • Rasigan Kander – Treasurer

    Rasigan Kander is the Director of Finance & Operations of Sesame Workshop International, South Africa. Sesame Workshop is the international nonprofit organization behind the kids television shows Sesame Street and Takalani Sesame whose mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Previously, Rasigan was the Finance Manager of Sonke Gender Justice. Rasigan is an associate member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA). He has extensive experience in financial and operational management with a strong focus on multi-donor funded project accounting, donor reporting, grants compliance monitoring, internal controls, financial reporting, financial analysis, cash flow management, budget monitoring, sub-grants management, auditing and managing stakeholder relationships.

  • Sibusiso Khambule – Artistic Representative

    Sibusiso was born in Soweto. During high school he was involved in cultural of learning and teaching programmes through drama. He joined Thesele Creative Society (T.C.S.), a community theatre group. T.C.S. introduced him to physical theatre and street performance touring around the world. In 2003 Sibusiso was awarded a scholarship to study physical theatre at the Jacques Lecoq School of Theatre in Paris for two years. Upon his return he taught in schools, organisations and institutions and continued performing and directing. At later stage Sibusiso joined MLA agent where he was introduced to co-operate theatre. In 2008 he got a role in an international movie still to be released called Bang Bang Club. In 2009 Sibusiso attended a facilitators training at Sibikwa Arts Centre and was awarded a SACRA certificate.

  • Sibongile Tsoanyane – Staff Representative

    Sibongile Tsoanyane is a juggler, singer, storyteller, clown, and facilitator. Originally from a small town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, she lives in Pietermaritzburg. In 1999, Sibongile was a founding member of the African Dream Circus. She began working with Clowns Without Borders as a senior facilitating artist in 2007. Working throughout Southern Africa as well as Ethiopia and Canada, Sibongile has told stories, performed clown shows, and facilitated workshops that use storytelling and play to strengthen relationships between guardians and children affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and violence. With a big heart and beautiful smile, Sibongile hopes to continue awakening joy and creativity in the lives of people throughout the world.

Our Staff

Lulu Ngcobo


Lulu has worked with Clowns Without Borders South Africa since 2008. She previously worked in the private sector as well as with the faith-based institutions and churches of South Africa and internationally. She was also the Operations and Funds Director of the Robs Smetherham Bereavement Service for Children, now called Dlalanathi (2004-2008). Ngcobo was a fellow in the 2010 MACAIDS Leadership Training by the University of Columbia and HSRC. She has training in gender sensitivity, monitoring & evaluation, management, and bereavement. Lulu holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Managemen (Unisa) and Honours in Bachelor of Theology (UKZN). As Co-Director of Clowns Without Borders South Africa, Ngcobo is responsible for organisational management and procedures, financial management, and donor relations.

Suzan Eriksson


Suzan is Co-Director at Clowns Without Borders South Africa since 2018. She has over 15 years of experience working with the non-governmental and public sector, as well as the UN – in particular with refugees, children and education. She has a MSc from London School of Economics in sociology and complex emergencies. Suzan comes from a Swedish speaking and Tatar background in Finland, grew up in the UK and has worked in Finland, UK, Switzerland, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa. She is a strong believer in empowerment of individuals to take control of their lives and make informed decisions without harm. Suzan loves reading (has even written a novel) and being outdoors in the middle of nowhere!

Nyasha Manjengenja

Senior Technical Advisor

Nyasha holds a BSocial work degree (Summa cum laude), MA in Child & Family Studies (majoring in migration & identity studies) and a PhD in Social Work (majoring in transitional justice & nation building). She is also a professional  Integral Life Coach and process facilitator. Nyasha sincerely believes that life is simple and if we are simple for ourselves, we enable others to also simply be – the ultimate goal is peace and serenity for all.

Anna Booij

Technical Programme Specialist (Content Development and Quality Assurance)

Anna is part of the implementation network of the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) initiative. As Technical Programme Specialist for the parenting programme for parents of children ages 2-9 (PLH 2-9), she enjoys providing support to a wide variety of partners to successfully strengthen families and reduce child maltreatment. After completing her Masters in Humanitarian Action in the Netherlands, Anna lived and worked as a development consultant in Liberia, West-Africa, for several years, and later joined Médecins Sans Frontières for missions in Pakistan, South Sudan, and South Africa. In 2016, Anna joined the parenting team at Clowns Without Borders South Africa to support partners in adapting and implementing the PLH 2-9 programmes. She continues to be amazed and motivated by the positive impact of the parenting programmes on individual lives, families, and communities across Africa and East-Asia.

Sibongile Tsoanyane

Training Specialist

Sibongile, aka Gogo, is a juggler, singer, storyteller, clown, and facilitator. Originally from a small town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, she lives in Pietermaritzburg. In 1999, Sibongile was a founding member of the African Dream Circus. She began working with Clowns Without Borders as a senior facilitating artist in 2007. Working throughout Southern Africa as well as Ethiopia and Canada, Sibongile has told stories, performed clown shows, and facilitated workshops that use storytelling and play to strengthen relationships between guardians and children affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and violence. With a big heart and beautiful smile, Sibongile hopes to continue awakening joy and creativity in the lives of people throughout the world.

Sussie Mjwara

Acting Technical Specialist – South Africa

Nomfezeko Sussie Mjwara holds a National Diploma in Drama from the Durban University of Technology majoring in Theatre in Education. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education for foundation phase learners. She started working at Clowns Without Borders South Africa as a clown, storyteller and a facilitator in 2010. In 2015, she the left for an internship at the KZN Department of Education Co-curricular Services. She rejoined the CWBSA family in 2019 as a trainer for PLH parenting programmes, and now holds the position of acting technical programme specialist for all South African projects.


Ayanda Nyamende

Finance Manager

Ayanda was born in Durban raised in Matatiele and now lives in Pietermaritzburg. She joined CWBSA in 2016 as a financial Administrator. She held a certificate in Bookkeeping, Pastel and Financial Accounting and currently working on her diploma in Accounting. Ayanda has been involved in different community work though the church. She believes in paying it forward by impacting one individual at a time. Her passion is music, organizing events and running catering business. She is a great organizer and love to keep the team financial accountable.

Gillian Mupotsa

Administrator/Assistant Materials Support Specialist

Previously Gillian was working with a global non profit organisation for nine years before joining CWBSA. Born and raised in Harare Zimbabwe, the sixth in a family of seven. She moved to South Africa in 2009 to study and pursue other opportunities. She is passionate about changing the world and enjoys making a significant positive impact on many families which drives towards the goal of changing the world. Outside of work, Gillian enjoys obtaining knowledge about the healing power of herbs. She recently obtained a diploma in herbalism to deepen her understanding and is constantly learning more.

Kanyisile Brukwe

Project Coordinator

Kanyisile Brukwe is currently a ParentText project coordinator working in collaboration with teams from the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. Her role includes project planning, management and implementation of digital, remote and in-person components of ParentText. She has previously worked as a Research Assistant at the Universities of Edinburgh, Cape Town and the Western Cape. She has experience in digital interventions such as ParentApp and govtech intervention GovChat. Kanyisile holds a Masters Degree in Political Studies (UWC), where the focus of her research was on women, empowerment and the reduction of social injustice in private and public spheres.


Phatheka Ntsoyiyana

Technical Programme Specialist (Training)

Phatheka grew up in Mount Fletcher, Eastern Cape. She has a Diploma in Human Resources and is currently studying Counselling and Communication Skills. She has been with CWBSA since 2015 and has worked all over Africa, Caribbean and Asia in terms of capacity building, providing technical support and programme coordination. She believes in being centred and balanced, focusing on a small circle of family and friends, but also enjoys learning from and experiencing different cultural and behavioural practices, traditions and expectations, as well as contributing to the overall growth and development of society.

Andiswa Mgedle-Cotiyana

Master Trainer

Andiswa joined CWBSA in 2013, and works as a trainer, facilitator and storyteller. She was born in Willowvale in the Eastern Cape and grew up in Cape Town. She is currently studying to complete a higher certificate in counselling and communication skills to combine with her education in early childhood development.  Andiswa loves being around her larger family and makes sure she arranges events regularly, so that they can all connect. She feels at peace. She also love travelling and experiencing new cultures through CWBSA. She finds her professional work benefits the community and that she also applies to her own family and children.


Fundiswa Menziwa

Master Trainer

Fundiswa has worked with CWBSA since 2013. She has also previously worked as a data capturer and community worker. She originally comes from a family of 7 from Port Elizabeth, but now lives on the Cape Flats with her husband, children, niece and nephew. She is an independent lady who likes to challenge herself with new experiences, she also likes cooking and trying out new recipes.Working at CWBSA is close to my calling of helping the community and knowing that I can make a difference to many families.

Mpume Danisa

Mentor Trainer

Mpume started her NGO career in 1999 working with children living on the streets of Durban. Her work centred on building trust with these young people at risk, encourage them to make positive choices and if possible, reunite them with their families. This experience exposed her to extreme conditions of poverty and inequality, leading to her pursuing postgraduate studies focusing on the Economics of Development. She later joined CWBSA in what began as a very short stint to assist with reporting in 2014 and has become a longer relationship and home.

Sipho Mdletshe

Mentor Trainer

Sipho Mdletshe, aka Zumba, was born and raised in Pietermartizburg. After matriculation, he couldn’t continue education due to financial constraints. A passionate football player, he devoted his life to the sport hoping to make a breakthrough professionally. In 2007, Sipho broke his leg ending his soccer career. He joined the YMCA-Edendale as a volunteer facilitating workshops with children and youth who face challenges in life. Joining Clowns Without Borders in 2008, Sipho has performed throughout South Africa and Swaziland for thousands of children .He works as full time trainer and facilitator, passionate about working with fathers and families.

Zama Mthembu

Finance Administrator

Zama joined Clowns without Borders in 2021 as a Bookkeeper. She has a National Diploma in Cost Management Accounting, and Certificates in Bookkeeping, and Production and Supervision. She is currently working towards her Diploma in Business Management. She previously worked in the private sector. She was born in Newcastle and now lives in Pietermaritzburg with her husband and children. Zama and her husband lead a Church in which they provide spiritual and physical support. She enjoys reading and gardening.


Abueng Mkhonza

My name is Abueng Mkhonza. I am a performing artist, facilitator and a teaching artist. I love art. I have started performing while I was in school and I grow with it until today. I live through art. I worked  with organizations like Clown without borders, Assitej and Lefika that have the passion for children and youth. Today I have an organization were I’m doing my passion with the children. I teach, facilitate and play with children through using arts and crafts. I groom develop and assemble children and the youth groups.

Anele Kose

My name is Anele Kose, I am the father of 2 boys, who I am raising as a single parent. Collaborating with CWBSA was so valuable as we produced a performance based on families and how to parent… I am originally from King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape, and my passion is writing, performing and acting. My greatest memory is travelling to the USA to work with theatre makers.

Delia Meyer

Delia Meyer has worked with CWBSA as a clown and facilitator. After many years, she has joined CWBSA again, this time in Cape Town, to create theatre interventions around the parenting programme. Delia is originally from Johannesburg and got her Drama degree from the University of Witwatersrand. Later, she attained her master’s degree from New York University in Applied Theatre, with a Ford Foundation Fellowship.

She is a parent to a lively 9-year-old, and playing with her child has taught her a lot! Her freelance and passion- driven work involves community, compassion, and change.

Empress Tallowa

I am Phindile Fortunate Suntsha, known as “Empress Tallowa”. I am from Soweto in Johanneburg, South Africa. I have a MSc in drama therapy and I am an accredited creative arts facilitator. I am the founder of Ark Soweto, AyG-Accept your Greatness programme, and Tallowah Productions (Pty) Ltd. I founded these to be able to work with communities by using the arts for healing and transformation. I have worked as a Facilitator for the Sibikwa Art Centre’s Artist in Schools programme, Soweto Theatre for their Lits’omong Youth Development Programme and ASSITEJ SA for their Kickstarter PRogramme. I was also hired as a facilitator by Clowns Without Borders to assist in developing a programme for adolescents to aid them with coping skills post the covid pandemic. After completing my matric, I worked with schools and non-profit organizations utilizing the creative arts to foster self-development and social transformation while encouraging entrepreneurship and self-reliance. I am fulfilled by the sight of people thriving and I am always eager to provide opportunities or support to those who are eager to thrive.

Gavin Stockden

Gavin Stockden is one of the founding members of CWBSA. He was a board member for the first 7 or 8 years until he asked to leave the board because of his allergy to meetings. He has been a performer since about 2000, starting as a fire performer and slowly moving on to juggling, unicycling, clown and magic. He has been lucky enough to tour with CWBSA to 7 of the 9 provinces in South Africa and has also toured with CWB-USA to South Sudan twice and to Kakuma Refugee Camp in Northern Kenya. He now lives in a small coastal town in the Overberg in the Western Cape and works mainly as a freelance web developer and birthday party magician.

Natasha Magengelele-Narwele 

I am originally from Cape Town and studied in UCT Performance Arts Degree. I am a professional actress and co-founder of the Intsomi Children’s Theatre. My passion is arts development, cooking and sharing food with loved ones…that’s my love language

Sibusiso Dlamini

Sibusiso Dlamini, aka “Mr. Fish,” has been performing for audiences for many years, astounding them with his skills as a juggler and physical comedian. A veteran of many local circuses including the Boswell Wilkie Circus, he has worked with Clowns Without Borders on many field expeditions in KZN, the Eastern Cape, and Limpopo. Mr. Fish lives in Hammerstead.