In response to challenges they encountered in their educational journeys, Mukovhe Masutha, along with classmate Ntandokabawo James, founded Thusanani Foundation in order assist youth from marginalized communities across South Africa to access and succeed in post-schooling opportunities.

Thusanani Foundation does this through an integrated, flexible and holistic approach tailor-made to improve the Access, Retention and Completion rates and the overall experience of low income students at various institutions of higher education and training.

  • Rural/Township High School Academic Performance Improvement Programmes
    • Winter Revision and Tutoring Programmes
    • Career Guidance and Promotion of STEM
    • High School Retention Improvement Campaigns
    • Facilitation of Admission into Higher Education and Training
    • Promotion of Vocational and Artisan Skills
  • Rural/Township High School Infrastructure Support Programme
    • Computer and Science Labs
    • Community Libraries
    • School Refurbishments
  • Continuous-On-Campus Academic and Social Support Programmes
  • Industry-Based Mentorship and Professional Development
  • Entrepreneurship and Leadership Development
  • Higher Education Research and Development

“If the ladder of educational opportunity rises high at the doors of some youth and scarcely rises at the doors of others, while at the same time formal education is made a prerequisite to occupational and social advance, then education may become the means, not of eliminating race and class distinctions, but of deepening and solidifying them”.

– President Truman, in releasing a report of the President’s Commission on Higher Education, 1947

“It is our moral obligation” – Thusanani Foundation Volunteers

Mukovhe Morris Masutha

BA Economic Geography (Wits); BSc Honours Food Security and Environmental Studies (Wits); MSc Small Enterprise Development and Local Economic Development (UJ) and PhD Higher Education Management (Candidate) (University of Bath).

Mukovhe is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Thusanani Foundation. In 2010 he was elected Chairperson of the South African Students Congress and President of the Students Representative Council at the University of the Witwatersrand. He served on the University’s Council for Readmissions Committee for 7 years.

Dr Mpfareleni Rejoyce Gavhi

Rejoyce hails from Khalavha village in Limpopo Province, South Africa. She obtained
a BSc degree from the University of Venda in 2004; and Hons, Master and PhD degrees in Mathematics from the University of Stellenbosch in 2005-2012. In 2010, she received the Rectors Award for Succeeding Against the Odds at Stellenbosch University. She went on in 2012/2013 to pursue Postdoctoral research for a full academic year in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Alberta, Canada. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at AIMS. Her research is on Subdivision; a branch of Computational Mathematics used in animation movie production. She promote mathematics in South Africa through participation in Science Slams, in which she could explain to school children and public the significance of mathematics in the real world as well as motivating tertiary, high school and primary school students during national science festivals.

She is the founder of MathAfrica a non-profit organisation that aims improve the qual
ity of Maths, Science and Technology Teaching and Learning in African disadvantaged and rural communities through learner support, teacher development and school support; and promote access and participation of women and girls in education and STEM careers ( She currently serves as an executive member of South African Women in Science and Engineering (SAWISE).She has been selected to participate on the 2014 TechWomen program, a five-week mentorship and exchange program in Sept/Oct 2014 in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley and Washington DC. She volunteered as a role model at the NRF-SAASTA Role Modelling workshops.

Ntandokabawo James

Ntando holds a BA in Environmental Urban Management, BSc Honours in Geography and an MSc in Development Planning from the University of the Witwatersrand. Ntando is also a prospective PhD Candidate in Environmental Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Other than volunteering at Thusanani Foundation, Ntando works as a Policy and Strategy Analyst at the City of Tshwane’s Division of Economic Intelligence

Mr Tshibvumo Sikhwivhilu

Tshibvumo holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. Central to his core values is the creation of a platform that seeks to establish equal educational opportunity for all, particularly academically deserving but financially needy youth. He has been a volunteer of Thusanani Foundation since its inception and is currently one of the directors.

His passion extends to the development of sustainable Schooling infrastructure in rural schools across South Africa in order to create a learning environment that is both conducive and viable for learning.

Other than volunteering at Thusanani Foundation, Tshibvumo is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of Lamo Solar, a renewable energy organization that provides renewable energy solutions to rural, underprivileged schools.

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