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Management Team

This group of talented and accomplished leaders is responsible for advancing the vision and mission of City Year South Africa.

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Daylene van Buuren
Executive Director

Daylene has been working and leading initiatives in the non-profit sector for youth and children for over 19 years. Daylene joined City Year South Africa shortly after it was founded in 2005; she served as a service leader in the programme in 2006 and joined the staff in 2007. In 2012, she was appointed as the Youth Development Manager; in this role she managed various portfolios in the organization including recruitment, training, placement and building the alumni network.

In 2014, she was appointed by the board as Executive Director for City Year South Africa, being the youngest female and first alumnus to lead the organisation. Since her appointment, Daylene has been committed to building the National Youth Service movement in South Africa and to using service to build pathways to employment for young people. Daylene’s vision is to create more service-learning opportunities for young people in South Africa that will change their lives and careers for the better. In 2019, Daylene was selected as an Obama Africa Leader, a year-long program of 200 African leaders that seeks to build a growing network of innovative and ethical changemakers who will drive positive change in their communities, the continent, and the world. She was chosen based on her vision and excellence to building quality National Youth Service Models and raising the resources and investment to grow the movement. She currently serves on the presidential task team for youth development and National Youth Service Committee with the National Youth Development Agency. She continues to serve her community of Westbury in her spare time and she believes that service to a cause greater than self is one of the most powerful tools to change the world.

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Solly Letswalo
Finance Manager

Solly’s involvement with community work started at school in his homeland of Polokwane, while serving as the LRC president. Solly’s passion for community work kicked off in his community of Alexandra, when he began working on the Victim Offender Project, liaising with SAPS and Wynberg Magistrate Court.

He joined City Year South Africa in 2003 and serves with Basketball Without Borders community projects in his spare time. Solly has played various roles at City Year South Africa, including programme administration and logistics. He currently manages the finance office.

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Errol Radebe
Youth Development Manager

Born and bred in Tembisa in the East Rand, Errol has been a leader in youth and community development work for over 20 years. Errol joined City Year South Africa in 2009 as a Programme Coordinator with his speciality in training and environmental affairs, working on a pilot programme for community-based corps members at City Year South Africa.

In 2015, Errol was appointed as the Youth Development Manager. He leads the organisation's entire Youth Development Model, overseeing the Recruitment, Training, Impact in schools, Placement and Alumni Network. Prior to joining City Year South Africa, he worked as a Freelance Facilitator for Wellness For Effective Leadership for Health Systems Trust in 2013-2015, Cooperative Development Facilitator for Eco-City Trust from 2007-2009, and as an Administrator at Phomolong Primary School in Tembisa in 2005. He first got involved in development programmes as a volunteer with the Kyalami Youth council in 1999. Since then, he has worked with a number of community development NGOs focusing on education, tourism, cooperatives development and the environment.

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Portia Mayaba-Seatlholo
HR & Special Projects Manager

Portia Mayaba-Seatlholo currently serves as the HR and Special Projects Manager. She has been with City Year South Africa since its inception in 2004, and has experience in development programmes, and human resources.

Prior to City Year, she worked in the HIV/AIDS field as a field researcher and research assistant for the Perinatal HIV Research Unit and the Wits School of Public Health. She further has lecturing experience. Portia's passion is in the youth development field, and she has moved through the organisation over the last few years into a position of senior management. She has developed excellent project management, leadership and facilitation skills. Portia is responsible for the HR support, Corporate Service Days and Organisational Events. Having spent most of her career in the development field, Portia has built-up a vast amount of practical experience which has allowed her to conceptualize and implement school and community projects.

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