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Thandi Makoko – Chairperson

Thandi Makoko, present chairperson of BOSASA’s Youth Development Centres, is a woman with a vision for the upliftment of South Africa’s children. Currently working towards her PhD, Thandi is highly accomplished within her field of study and focus. Her academic achievements comprise a B.A. in Social Science from the University of Limpopo, an Honours Degree in Probation and Correctional Practice and a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Cape Town. Her last thesis addressed the experiential world of children awaiting trial at Child and Youth Care Centres.
Thandi has dedicated 15 years to BOSASA, 13 of which have been as chairperson to the BOSASA Youth Centres. Within this time, she has transformed the approach to youth development in a unique and profound manner. Her emphasis has always been placed on the development of a multi-faceted and sustainable model with the idea of allowing children in conflict with the law a second chance.

With the help of her specialised team, Thandi reaches out to children and youth by offering them various possibilities to rehabilitate and reintegrate themselves back into their communities. This is achieved through accredited education programmes, youth and skills development, nutrition, medical help and clinical psychology. As a result of a paradigm shift in thinking and an admirable set of morals, Thandi has pioneered fresh and successful advancements for our Youth Centres. She has also overseen the application of her vision expand from one highly successful centre in Gauteng to another twelve operating in various provinces across South Africa.

Together with the help of the Managing Director, Jackie Leyds, all of our models that pertain to the rehabilitation and prevention of children and youth are thoroughly tested. This is done within the new South African laws and regulations. Having visited many different international Youth Centres, we at BOSASA can safely announce that our model demonstrates both innovative thinking and workable protocols. It can also be positively compared to international standards. This achievement has been applauded by the Department of Correctional Services along with numerous other academic and professional figures.

Thandi Makoko continuously monitors and facilitates the introduction process of each of our programmes into the BOSASA Youth Development Centres. It is her intolerance to deviation and drive towards success that has earned the respect of her colleagues and clients. Her commitment to our strategies and promotion of our values is what has led BOSASA to being the leader in full facilities management that it is today. Our company regards her as an integral resource and an invaluable asset.
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