Nkagare Makhudu - Acting CEO


Nkagare joined the organisation in January 2013 . He has worked extensively in the Youth development sector, previously at LoveLife as their National Youth Director.  His journey at TPA began as a Programme Manager for Gauteng Schools, then Head of Programme in September 2016 and now the Acting CEO of The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment.


He imbues energy, commitment and passion for youth development and he is set to lead a team of talented individuals. “I feel honoured to be part of 35 years of excellence in the Award in South Africa and believe that my impeccable track record in youth leadership development will be valuable in empowering more young people”. As John C. Maxwell said: “You cannot go wrong by helping others to live a better life or to reach their potential.” Nkagare can be contacted on nm@presidentsaward.co.za

Dhilnaaz Ramdin - Executive Assistant


Dhilnaaz joined The President’s Award in August 2017 as Executive Assistant to the CEO.  She has diverse experience in various Management positions including HR, Training & Development, Campaigns Management and Total Quality Management. Dhilnaaz can be contacted on dr@presidentsaward.co.za

Mandy May - National Programme Administrator


Mandy joined the Award Team in January 2003 and plays a key role in the task of coordinating the administration of the Award Programme in schools, prisons and youth care centre.  “Whether you are a TPA staff member, Award Leader or participant, the Award programme has given each the opportunity to grow and recognise one’s true potential”.  Her attention to detail and institutional knowledge has meant that Mandy is also responsible for the equally challenging task for all matters administrative at an organisational level and has been responsible for developing systems and processes which facilitate the delivery of the Award Programme to young people throughout the country.  She is enormously committed to the Award Programme and steps in whenever there is a need for help.  So should you need any information from Mandy please drop her a line on ajm@presidentsaward.co.za

Shani Stevens - Assistance Programme Administrator


Shani joined the Award family in March 2007 and she provides important support to the National Programme Administrator. Shani ensures that all Award programme information on participants, Award Leaders and agencies from all three of TPA’s focus areas are captured accurately on the database. Having completed a secretarial course and worked for a local estate agent, Shani contributes positively to our administrative needs within the organisation. “It is a great experience being part of a team of good people, who are doing good work, to make sure that our youth are equipped to meet the challenges facing them.”  Shani can be reached on sos@presidentsaward.co.za


Jaco Maree - Programme Manager, WC, NC, FS


Jaco joined TPA as the Western Cape Programme Manager for schools in February 2017, he however worked as an Award Leader previously at Karos & Kambroo, one of The President’s Award units. In this period has proven beyond any reasonable doubt to be a great asset for the organisation.  He commands respect amongst Award Leaders, Parents and Participants alike. He can be contacted on jm@presidentsaward.co.za

Gail Brecht - Programme Manager, Correctional Facilities


Gail joined TPA in 2015 as a Programme Manager for the READY target area working closely with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).  She previously served as an Award Leader within the same Department, this is clearly evident in the way she is well-received by inmates (participants) and DCS officials. She can be contacted on gb@presidentsaward.co.za

Mandy Smith - Programme Administrator


Mandy joined the Award in June 2012 in order to assist the Western Cape Office with administrative and event management responsibilities. She has a background in events management and has clearly slotted into the energy rich environment of the Western Cape Office. “To be part of a team that inspires our youth to become better human beings makes me a better person too.”  She can be contacted on mls@presidentsaward.co.za

Keenan Daniels - Project Coordinator (Youth  Care Facilities)


My greatest passion is youth development and empowerment. I am excited to drive the programme to reach more youth in the  Western Cape, whilst ensuring that I develop their skills and attitudes



Palesa Matuludi - Programme Manager: Gauteng


Palesa joined the organisation in February 2011. She was actively involved in youth development through the Olive Leaf Foundation for a number of years. She focuses on the development of the Award in Gauteng.  “It is such an honour to be working for such a dynamic organization that empowers the youth from all walks of life where one’s economic or social background has no substance. I am blown away by so many vibrant young people whose focus is to serve their communities and uplift other young people in their towns!. Palesa can be contacted on pm@presidentsaward.co.za

Mona Lipschitz - Programme Administrator


Mona joined the Award in January 2013. She has years of extensive experience in the world of administration including assisting organisations such as Gift of the Givers, with administrative tasks. “Being an administrator at The President’s Award can be compared to a healthy heart ticking at the right time with the correct amount of beats – it is vital to the functionality of the other parts of the body. My role is critical to the smooth running of the Gauteng Office and being the organized person that I am, it makes every task so much easier. I have a simple set of values I live by to get me through most of my days. My values are deeply-held beliefs about the right way of doing things, being accountable, and to treat everyone I encounter with the utmost respect”.  If you need to get hold of Mona, please do so on ml@presidentsaward.co.za


Sello Mabunda - Programme Manager


I have spent most of my career in the development sector,with the focus on Youth empowerment and or engagement . I have a remarkable track record in establishing strategic organizational partnerships with Stakeholders such as government departments ,donors, Co's and other agencies. I possess strong leadership skills and history of program and resource mobilization.Together with our partners we will expand reach of existing activities and create new initiatives

Nombulelo Habana - Programme Administrator


Nombulelo is one of our most experienced Programme Administrators, having served TPA for a cumulative period of more than 10 years.  Her knowledge of the Award programme is unparalleled.


Alfred Phiri - Programme Manager


Its an honour to be part of a prestigious Award such as The Presidents award. With many years of experience in education, I believe in investing in youth of South Africa and the development involved. I am glad to be a part of the organisation and part of the growth process going forward.


If our youth arise and act, They have the strength and dynamism to generate a huge transformation in society.



Christine Wyngaard - Programme Manager




Contact Us: +27 (0) 87 330 1017 | info@presidentsaward.co.za

:: Who We Are

Vision: Our vision is to become the self-development programme of choice for young people in South Africa.


Mission: Our mission, with the assistance of adult volunteer leaders, is to empower young people between the ages of 14 and 25, by providing a balanced, non-competitive framework for self-development that will increase their self-esteem and enhance their capacity to achieve in whatever context they find themselves: enabling them to become responsible active citizens within their communities.


:: Our Physical Address

:: Contact Details

Unit B7 Lanzerac Estate, Old Pretoria Main Road, Halfway House Midrand, South Africa


Tel: +27 (0) 87 330 1017


Email: info@presidentsaward.co.za


Website: www.presidentsaward.co.za


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