2016 Teaching Fellows

  • Siyabonga Buthelezi

    B.Com Econ & Statistics (UCT 2015)

    Born in the small township of Orange Farm in Johannesburg and bred in the township of Madadeni in Newcastle KZN, Siya developed his interest in maths by selling sweets and chips at taxi ranks where counting over the taxi window was fast. Before he knew it, he was a maths addict!

    Siya is dedicated to challenging the misconceptions in the Mathematics discipline and teaching. He enjoys finding ways that are unique to teaching mathematics to students so that they can better learn and master the subject. He uses resources such as Khan Academy, flash cards, and riddles to enhance traditional ways of teaching, instead of standing in front of the classroom and writing sophisticated equations. He believes that maths is fun, and life with maths skills is amazing and worth living!

  • Sithembile Cele

    BSc Chem Eng (UCT 2015)

    Sithembile is a Numeric Teaching Academy Fellow who loves a challenge and enjoys learning. After completing a degree in chemical engineering, her ultimate goal was to be an Environmental Engineer. Her passion for teaching is, however, steering her down a different career path. She is confident she will bring a great energy and love for Maths into the classroom. This aspiring teacher hopes to open a school that caters for the needs of students with learning difficulties.

  • Neliswa Dludla

    B Soc Sci (UCT 2015)

    Neliswa is a BSoc Sci graduate from the University of Cape Town. She is currently an E-learning curriculum editor and online English teacher. She draws inspiration from all agents of social change, across all areas of learning. She is most excited about working with children and teaching literacy and numeracy.

  • Zola Duma

    NDP Chem Eng (CPUT 2015)

    Zola, just like her name, is a quiet and calm person who is especially kind and caring. She was born and raised in the rural areas of the Eastern Cape where education is seen more as a privilege than a right. Unlike many of her peers, she has been fortunate enough to make it through university and is therefore a firm believer in education and educating others.

  • Khanyisane Falake

    NDP Mathematical Technology (CPUT 2015)

    Khanyisane is a beautiful, down to earth, tree hugging, pro-women education activist, who strongly believes in the power of hope and change through positive influence. In her spare time she tutors grade 12 Mathematics, reads fantasy fiction and plays chess (against herself... She remains undefeated) Her aim in life is to be the change that she would one day like to see in the world.

  • Thandeka Kulati

    BSc Microbiology (UCT 2015)

    Thandeka is an enthusiastic person who loves to teach. Although she seems quiet she is very approachable and easy to talk to. Very rarely will you not find a smile on her face. She is motivated by the Ella Fitzgerald quote that goes “Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong".

  • Lizzy Mmachaka

    BSc Applied Geology (UWC 2015)

    Lizzy is a Geology graduate from the University of the Western Cape who loves teaching Maths and Physical Sciences. She believes education is important and that everyone should be granted the opportunity, regardless of their circumstances. She lives by the saying – It’s the same sun that melts the ice and hardens the clay and the same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg.

  • Larisse Naidoo

    BBusSci Management Studies (UCT 2015)

    Larisse is a Business Science graduate from the University of Cape Town who is currently completing her PGCE. She discovered her true passion for teaching whilst on a gap year as a volunteer English teacher. She hopes to become as great, passionate and inspiring a teacher, as many of those whom she had the privilege of being taught by.

  • Sivuyile Ndumbana

    NDP in Mathematical Technology (CPUT 2015)

    Before joining the Numeric Teaching Academy, Sivuyile completed a national diploma in Mathematics and Statistics at CPUT. He tutored for three years and fell in love with the education profession. As a result, he is doing his PGCE this year.
    Sivuyile is a very approachable person. He seems mysterious and reserved at first but once you get to know him, he's a fun and loving extrovert. Soccer is another passion of his. He is highly protective of his loved ones and enjoys meeting new people.

  • Valley Phaka

    NDP Accountancy (UJ 2014)

    Valley is a calm, humble and passionate person who believes that the greatest legacy one can leave on this earth is change - changing a person’s life for the better by simply sharing light. Valley believes that a child's future is not determined by where he/she comes from nor his/her background. His kids like to call him Nicholas because of his uncanny resemblance to the character on Generations ;)

  • Mtandazo Rondo

    BSc Chemistry (UWC 2015)

    Mtandazo Rondo is an individual who is full of ideas and promotes amalgamation in solving problems. He is a spontaneous, hard-working dreamer and ‘go-getter’. In his academic journey, he has shown exceptional ability to conduct himself as a scholar and public orator. He has a burning desire for teaching, which developed at an early age. He holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry attained from the University of the Western Cape.

  • Mthobisi Zulu

    BSc Environmental & Water Science (UWC 2015)

    Mthobisi was born in Mpumalanga and moved to the Western Cape to study Environmental and Water Sciences at UWC. He has been involved in numerous activities including mentoring at University. He performed exeptionally in the MTN Mini Quiz, SAASTA Olympiad and in sport. From there Mthobisi quickly realised his love for Mathematics. He soon made his decision that he was going to help with tutoring. He adapts quickly in a new environment and likes to socialise and share ideas with other people. He is a currently completing his PCGE through the Numeric Teaching Academy.