The Themba Family

Sinethemba Makanya


Sinethemba, better known as Sne, is Themba’s project officer for the Safe Park Peer Education Programme, as well as a facilitator trainer.

She is a Mellon Foundation scholar who is currently reading for her PhD in Medical Humanities and Psychology at the Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research (WISER). Sne is a Fulbright Alumnus who completed her MA in Drama therapy at New York University in 2012 and is currently the first of two black drama therapists in South Africa, using her research and training to help her think through how drama therapy can integrate with indigenous knowledge to offer integrated approaches to healing.

Sne has published an article in The Arts in Psychotherapy titled, ‘The Missing Links: A South African Perspective on the Theories of Health in Drama therapy’, and has written a chapter titled, ‘Between the traditional and the theatrical: Forms and performances of healing depression in South Africa’ for the book “Applied Theatre: Performing health and wellbeing” due out in 2016. Sinethemba has also lectured applied drama and acting at Drama for Life-Wits University and University of Pretoria, and is a singer/song writer and mother.


Rethabile Mokhele


Rethabile derives from South Sotho origins, a name meaning happiness: Rethabile Mokhele has invaluable experience in the film and media industry. A graguate of AFDA-The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, Rethabile has produced 15 short films, and was nominated best actress in 2011. She has worked as a media official for the NBC NEWS team which covered Nelson Mandela’s burial, an ambassador for Michal Gondry’s The Home Movie Factory, and has worked at Fireworx Production as a production assistant. The talented Rethabile now works as an actor/facilitator for Themba Interactive.

Rethabile is committed person who will not disregard one’s affection. She considers kindness as her foremost quality and strives to excellence in all that she does.


Thabo Nhlapo


Thabo Nhlapo is a Wits Honours graduate in Applied Drama and Theatre, he is also a passionate theatre practitioner who has been involved in community development programmes performing and conducting workshops in schools around Gauteng for the past 9 years. He is a versatile facilitator and actor who prides himself in influencing behavioural change and working with young people from different communities.

Thabo has also been part of a theatre production titled ‘Through Positive Eyes’ directed by Warren Nebe and was staged in different spaces such as University of Johannesburg, Wits University and Botswana. He is the Themba Theatre Company Manager and leads the team that goes to schools and facilitates dialogues around the issues of alcohol and substance abuse, with the aim to allow learners a safe space to engage and be able to reflect.


Pfarelo Nemakonde


Born and raised in Gauteng, Pfarelo holds a BTech in Drama from Tshwane University of Technology and has been working for the Themba Interactive since January 2014. During this time he has been able to have his own plays published and performed in Cape Town – “Chomi” and “Three’s A Crowd”, and now works as a project leader at Themba as well.


Vuyiseka Cawe


Vuyiseka Cawe, better known as Vuyi, is a professional actor, working on various South African soapies and the Themba theatre company as well as being a peer-educator. Having worked in the corporate environment as a personal assistant (PA), Vuyi proclaims her passion is in the arts.

To Vuyi working at Themba has been fulfilling and gives her a sense of purpose in her community.


Abueng Mkhonza


Abueng started working at Themba Interactive 2010 as a facilitator trainer. She has worked in different programmes, working with school students to impact them with life skills knowledge and Correctional Centres as coordinator and project officer to train inmates to be peer educators so they could share HIV/AIDS information with their peers. She has been involved in other programmes as a facilitator. At present she is running a peer education programme in schools to give students skills of how they could share alcohol and drugs information to their peers.


Lerato Mofokeng


Lerato is in her final year of studies in Marketing Management at UNISA, she started working at Themba Interactive in August 2015. Still trying to bring her theory to practice and realising her strengths in other fields, her work is to communicate and share all the relevant events taking place at Themba as our PR lady. Lerato says she finds her work fulfilling as she enjoys interacting with everyone and the endless opportunities to learn more.

Find her on our Facebook page and follow our updates posted by her.


Mimi Jayiya-Nontongo


Born and raised in East London, Mimi moved to Johannesburg because of her work at senior level in government and in NPO’s, which led to finding interest in other fields of work.

She says that being an office administrator at Themba gives her a sense of purpose.


Simon Morare


Simon has been part of the Themba family since 2007, he says that getting to be on the road with everyone and sharing different experiences brings him joy.


Yusuf Justin Holcroft


Yusuf Justin Holcroft has been with Themba since June 2014, and brings with him a wealth of experience in business management and organisational turnarounds. After completing honours at university in the UK, he lived in Austria for 16 years, working for Coca-Cola and Procter & Gamble in country management roles. Sent to South Africa by P&G in 2004, he fell in love with the country and elected to stay, setting up a management consultancy in 2005. Since then, he has collected extensive experience in business turnarounds, with emphasis in the engineering environment but also encompassing retail, FMCG and services.

He is also active in the arts world as a heavily in-demand saxophonist, saxophone lecturer at WITS and chair of the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra Company.