Board members


Thokozani Nokuthula Radebe


Current Chairperson, Thokozani Nokuthula Radebe, has been serving on the Board for over 6 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Social Science and Law, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning.

Thokozani is currently a legal advisor at Nedbank. Her motivation for joining the Board was her love for children and a desire to give back to the community. This was also an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of what it takes to run a successful non-profit and utilise her skills for the benefit of an organisation that is doing so much for the community.

Sithembiso Cele

Deputy Chairperson/ Children’s Forum

Sithembiso Cele has been serving on the Board since 2009. He has a Bachelor of Laws Degree and hopes to pursue a Masters degree in Child Protection Law.

Sithembiso is currently serving as the Administrator at the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre. As a past resident himself, his motivation for joining the board stems from his desire to give back to the organisation and its current and future residents.


Grant Fincham


A qualified Chartered Accountant with 25 years’ experience in the Financial Industry, Grant has been involved in charity work for many years.

Currently the General Manager of Ameropa Commodities, he joined the Board of the Durban Child and Youth Care Centre in 2016, and is committed to ensuring that finances are well managed in order to ensure the long term sustainability of the organisation.

Grace Downham


Grace Downham has served on the Board since 2009. In addition to being a wife and mother to two children, Grace spent 20 years with the Girl Guides Organisation, holding the position of Divisional Commissioner for many years.

She has also been an active member of the women’s Aglow Fellowship for 35 years, holding the position of President for over 20 years.

Chris Yuill

Finance Portfolio

Chris Yuill is our head of finance and has been serving on the Board for the past 23 years. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with a Masters in Business Administration.

Chris retired from the Mr Price Group in 2012, but still serves as an alternate trustee of the Mr Price Group retirement funds and also serves on the Durban African Art Centre Association Board.

Mark Rich

Treatment Advisory Panel

Mark Rich is the Deputy Principal of Northwood School. He has served on our Board for the past 28 years, during which he has held the positions of both Chairperson and Vice Chairperson. Currently, he manages the portfolio of Child Care Programmes.

Nhlakanipho Bhengu

Treatment Advisory Portfolio

Nhlakanipho is an Architectual Technician and Project Supervisor for Project Build. He studied architecture at the Durban University of Technology and later obtained a Diploma in project management at Varsity College.

In his spare time he worked with an organisation, Phumlani F Foundation which linked children from previously disadvantaged areas with mentors. Through his charitable work and passion for helping others, we know that Nhlakanipho has the best interest of the organisation at heart.

An organisation you can trust

Department of Social Development:

The DCYCC is registered with the Department of Social Development, for both the Children’s Homes and the Siyakhula Rehabilitation Centre.

Non-Profit Directorate:

The DCYCC is registered with the NPO directorate as a Non Profit Organisation.
NPO number: 002-363


The DCYCC has met the requirements of the South African Revenue Service and is exempted from tax income. We are able to issue Section 18 A tax certificates to our donors.

Governance SA:

We recognise that NPOs are value-based institutions, which stand in a position of trust towards their various constituencies – including beneficiaries, donors, and society as a whole – and that we have a continuing duty of accountability.

Audited Financials:

The organisation is audited annually by Baker Tilly Morrison and Murray. Click here to view the Annual Report

If you would like to view any of the above documents, please email us at and we will gladly send them through to you.

Of the children, youth and families served:

0 %
are Black
0 %
have disabilities


This entitles donors to claim points in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act No. 53 of 2003.


Donors who are South African tax payers, may claim rebates on donations made to the Durban Child & Youth Care Centre, in erms of Section 18A of the Income Tax Act.

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