About Us

About IYF

IYF established roots in South Africa more than 15 years ago. At IYF, we believe that educated, employed and engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems. At the heart of IYF’s efforts is building partnerships, initiatives and curricular that prepares young people to succeed as citizens, learners, employees, entrepreneurs and change-makers.
In the South African context, IYF collaborates with government, industry, and civil society to strengthen TVET training systems that contribute towards making the school to work transition a smooth journey for young people.

Vision

IYF envisions a world where all young people are inspired and equipped to realize the future they want.

Mission

IYF connects young people with opportunities to transform their lives

Values

INCLUSION

Consider all perspectives equally and honestly.

INTEGRITY

Honor the best in ourselves and others.

INSPIRATION

Move people to believe in better.

INNOVATION

Make a difference differently.

IMPACT

Create change that matters.

Our Story

IYF South Africa advocates for meaningful change through advocating for youth empowerment and skills development with an acknowledgement of the potential of young people.

 IYF South Africa operates in five provinces -Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

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Meet the Team

Anusha Naicker

Country Director, IYF South Africa

Her background and family history has allowed her to understand the barriers to youth empowerment and ultimately drives her commitment to want to make a substantive contribution to moving the needle on youth employability.

Khalil Patel

Programme Manager, South Africa

He is a qualified Education, Training and Development Practitioner and has previously worked at Discovery Holdings as a corporate trainer and the South African Broadcasting Corporation where he managed the Skills Development function.

Kerrin Odendaal

Programme Manager, Risk and Planning, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT KERRIN ODENDAAL
• Languages: English
• Country of birth: South Africa
• Hobbies: Traveling, pilates, eating good food and wine

Jethro Abel

Programme Manager, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT JETHRO ABEL
• Languages: Afrikaans, English, Zulu
• Country of birth: South Africa
• Hobbies: Stock trading, go-kart racing, cricket

Joy-lynn de Kock

Project Manager, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT JOY-LYNN DE KOCK
• Languages: Afrikaans, English
• Country of birth: South Africa
• Hobbies: Painting, cooking, & baking

Angela Govendar

TVET Curriculum Enhancement Manager, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT ANGELA GOVENDER
• Languages: Afrikaans, English
• Country of birth: South Africa
• Hobbies: Tango, hiking, and quaint cafes

Angelina Govindsamy

Employer Partnership Officer, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT ANGELINA GOVINDSAMY
• Languages: English
• Country of birth: South Africa
• Hobbies: Travel and watching documentaries

Colin Hagans

Program Director, Chief of Party, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT COLIN HAGANS
• Languages: English, Portuguese
• Country of birth: United States
• Hobbies: Cooking; hiking; road trips; discovering hidden coffee shops

Siyanda Magubane

MERL Officer, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT SIYANDA MAGUBANE
• Languages: English, isiXhosa, Sotho, Zulu
• Country of birth: South Africa
• Hobbies: Reading, politics, personal fitness

Masakhane Mlamla

Programme Manager, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT MASAKHANE MLAMLA
• Languages: English, isiXhosa
• Country of birth South Africa
• Hobbies: Hiking, Bungee Jumping, and playing indoor soccer

Nigel Joseph Ndekwere

Senior Finance & Administration Officer, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT NIGEL JOSEPH NDEKWERE
• Languages: English, Shona
• Country of birth Zimbabwe
• Hobbies: Traveling, watching soccer and basketball

Simphiwe Nkosi

MERL Officer, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT SIMPHIWE NKOSI
• Languages: English, Sotho, Zulu
• Country of birth: South Africa
• Hobbies: Cooking and reading

Nqobile Zwane

Communications Officer, South Africa

FACTS ABOUT NQOBILE ZWANE
• Languages: English, Siswati, Zulu
• Country of birth: Kingdom of Eswatini
• Hobbies: Travelling, sightseeing, creative journaling