Founder & Director
Born and bred in Mdantsane and raised by a strong single mother. When I was growing up, I used to go to school barefoot and some of my peers would make fun of me but I would not entertain them. I guess my personality had a huge impact here. A mother to two beautiful children, a son born in 2003 and daughter in 2008. I love children with all my heart and a disciplinarian of note. Born to a backward and illiterate family where a girl child was not permitted to attend school, I struggled to go to varsity but managed to attain a BA Social Sciences at UWC - University of Western Cape. I have extensive experience in Finance and have worked with major companies in Gauteng.All my life I have been bothered by our(EC) Matric results and believed we should do something to change the situation. I consulted Mr Silinyana about finding ways to assist, we did our research and that was the birth of Teelo Foundation.
A serial entrepreneur with interests in energy management, construction, forestry, ICT, Educational support and Enterprise development. Having been involved in business from a young age, attributes his business sense as a culmination of contributions from street-wise ethos, family background, local business people and learning. He is a family man blessed with 4 children. He believes to alleviate poverty in communities, organised business with all their success must seek synergy with communities for transformation, capacitation, development and partnership for lasting solutions.
Mrs T. Tyabilizwe
A mother of 4 boys, born in Mdantsane and raised between Mdantsane and Tsholomnqa 15km away from EL. Raised by my mother from my paternal side amongst a lot of cousins as we are a big family, things were not easy growing up and as a result I dropped out of school in grade 9. When Tabisa came to me and told me about her plans to start with the organization I volunteered my help as I always wanted to contribute in anything with education since I never had the opportunity to realize my dream of becoming a nurse. We started this organization with nothing but a very content and motivated person, she gave me hope to give back to my community by helping out with her afternoon classes and I was there from day one when she was doing her presentations with the SGB and with the parents. Her determination is what kept this organization going and I am proud to be part of it as I know the challenges of the children in the rural areas. I am learning a lot from it and it is also helping me to apply this knowledge to my children at home. I have always enjoyed working with children and it was very easy to become part of the group.
Sbulelo Ntsangani was born in Mdantsane in 1973, she became disabled in 1991 through car accident and I was termed quadriplegic, after that, I joined an organization of disabled people called Disable people of South Africa (DPSA). Sbulelo has spent most of her life giving back to the community of people with special needs. She was part of task team that was assigned with organizing and launching two disability-friendly clinics in the Eastern cape. She has qualifications from East London College where she acquired Computer Skills, and then later enrolled at SETA where she studied Financial & Project Management. She is currently the Marketing Manager of Rise N` Shine Disability Magazine.