Our People & Partners

Developing entrepreneurial mindsets & experience.

We are passionate, young professionals that are committed to creating a world where all young people have the self-belief, freedom and ability to create a positive future for and with each other. We work hard. We play hard.

Together, we make our mark and empower others to make theirs.

Staff Team

About Rufaro

Experience in communications, fundraising, program development, and facilitation. Joined enke in 2012 as a Communications Intern, later became Programs Manager and headed programs before being appointed CEO in 2015. Rufaro holds a Master in Management in Public & Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, Social Entrepreneurship Certificate, GIBS (University of Pretoria) and BA (Hons) International Development Studies & Communications Studies and Certificate in Non-Profit Management from York University, Canada. Media/News enthusiast, Movie fanatic, pan-Africanist. One Young World Ambassador, Obama Foundation Leaders Africa.

About Skhumbuzo

Experience in process facilitation, youth coaching, programmatic design, and execution. First joined enke in 2014 as a Trailblazer Program Coordinator, left in 2016 to build further experience in managing teams and multiple projects, and returned in 2018 as Head of Programs. Holds a degree in Psychology and Legal Studies from the UKZN and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law from the UNISA. Founder and chairperson of the Young Professionals’ League. Skhumbuzo is passionate about youth issues, focussing on how education, law, policy development and implementation can be used to help liberate those oppressed by the system. Would love the super power of time-travel so he can change things.

About Freddy

Experience in operations management and financial accounting. Joined enke in 2017 as Finance and Administration Manager. BA Accounting Degree from Africa University. A lover of cooking, reading, travel and sports. This thinker and strategist may have watched too much of his favourite feature the Godfather, but it is to our advantage: he holds steadfast that, “limits, like fear, are often an illusion.” He frequently makes offers one cannot refuse too. Freddy wishes he could add the power of mind control to his list of abilities. He thinks this would make him unstoppable. We tend to agree.

About Prudence

Experience in project management, youth advocacy and community development. Prudy is passionate about youth development having worked and volunteered in the sector for the last 5 years. Joined enke in March 2018 and is excited to be part of a youth-led organization, making waves all over the country. Prudy love people and caring for them, reflected in her desired superpower to heal and ease the pain of all people suffering. Her favourite quote: “the mind is everything. What you think, you become..” (Buddha)

About Ngata

Experience in education, project design and management. Joined enke in 2017 as Program Coordinator. Holds a BAdmin Public Management & Honours from the University of Pretoria. Ngata is the meeting point between creativity and intellect. She believes that one should, "Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own." In line with this, she wishes she was a telepath so she could throw away her phone and communicate more directly with program participants.

About Zamo

Experience in Sales, Management and Finance. Joined enke in 2017 as Office Coordinator. National diploma in Management Services, Certificate in Time & Motion studies, Practical Accounting & Book Keeping from the University of South Africa(Current). Cheery, sociable Zam is everyones friend and support. She wishes she had the power to make unlimited wishes. This way she would be able to solve all of societies problems and make herself and her peeps all the more comfortable while doing it.

About Tidi

Experience in ecclesiastics, planning, mentoring, admin. Joined enke in 2015 as a Trailblazer, continuing her involvement as an Ignitor and now as Trailblazer Support Intern. Certificate of recognition from the Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg as the treasurer for the Johannesburg Children’s ministry and serving on the committee, Level 4 Piano, Level 6 Singing, currently reading towards a finance degree from Monash University. Tidi is a ray of sunshine not easily blocked out. Her ability to raise ones spirits from even the darkest of places is amazing.

Board & Advisory

Our Partners

Our funding partners giving us ideas, feedback, time, space and the resources we need to continue our leadership programs and thus impact the lives of so many young people. We acknowledge our funding partners who’s financial support makes our work, and that of our program participants, possible.

We believe that it takes a village to raise a child. We actively partner with schools and community organisations to work with us in selecting and supporting youth to participate in the Trailblazer Program.

Our implementation partners include the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Scholarships Programme, GOLD Peer Education, the Kids Foundation, University of Cape Town 100 UP Programme, Masifunde Learner Development, Keiskamma Music Academy, Ikamva Youth, University of the Free State Schools Project, Sekwele Centre for Social Reflection, 180 Ministries, Education Without Borders and many more.

Our school partners have included St. Cyprians High School, Westville Boys High School, Wynberg Girls High School, Krugersdorp High School, Crawford College and the African Leadership Academy.


With the Catalyst Program we work with community skills development centres that are committed to bringing new opportunities and resources to the youth they serve. Thank you to the following:

  • West Rand Youth Development Centre, Kagiso (2016 – present)
  • Making Us Youth Organisation, Kagiso (2019 to present)
  • Kliptown Jobs Centre (2017-2018)
  • Tateni Community Development (2016-2017)

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About enke

enke is a leadership development organisation that generates and incubates youth-led social change. We connect, equip and inspire youth to realise their potential, thrive and mobilise for meaningful change.

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