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Our story is one of many South African children, growing under dire conditions and challenging poverty, lack of resources, exposure, and inspiration. Kwanda was born in the North-East of Kwa-Zulu Nata in a small town called Manguzi. He was raised by his single mother Thembi, who lost her husband in a tragic car accident. At the time Kwanda was nearly six years old. His house mother of three other girls had to quickly learn how to put food on the table shortly after the passing of the breadwinner.

Through the support of gogo Mangubane, some close family members, the Church community, and the village the young boy was raised. Inspired by his teachers, he fell in love with Mathematics and Science at an early age. This passion carried on until Kwanda went to University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and studies Science and Mathematics. He then became a teacher of these subjects.

The help of others got him out of poverty and now he has gathered a group of professionals and friends to try and raise funds that will help make a difference in his community. The Kwanda Sibiya Foundation was a dream for a long time, but the Manguzi 500 run/cycle race done in partnership with Hilton College, The Kolisi Foundation and Sport for Lives brought it into inception. This journey raised R250 000 and was a life changing experience for many people who took part in it. The Kwanda Sibiya Foundation aims to inspire, empower, and support pupils of the Manguzi community. Hambisanani High School, Gadokuwayo Primary will be the focus schools to begin with and the neighbouring schools will follow. We believe in deeper meaningful impact; hence, our focus is directed to a smaller group. Our Three pilar projects are Funda Fundi Reading and literacy project, uMkhaya Education Project and KwaNgwanase Career’s Expo.


Helping youth to realize and unlock their God-given talents and potential through providing opportunities and creating an environment for them to thrive in education. With a particular focus on Quality Education, literacy, reading and career guidance.


Our vision is to improve the quality of education at Hambisanani High School and local schools in the Thengane area, as well as educate and mentor three local orphaned children to the end of Grade 12.



All our team members work on voluntary basis, none of them are earning for the work that they do. We believe in giving back in all forms and this is not limited to financial donations but time and expertise.

Kwanda Sibiya

Managing Director

Lihle Sibiya

Director of Languages and Literacy

Alexei du Bois

Director of Advancement

Sibongiseni Chonco

Chairman of the Board

Themba Mthethwa

Director of Maths and Science Development

Caroline Storrar

Director of Operations

Linda Warren

Director of International Relations and Human Resources

Erin Tracey

Director of Marketing and Advertising