Board members


Thokozani Nokuthula Radebe


Current Chairperson, Thokozani Nokuthula Radebe, has been serving on the Board for 11 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

Head of Finance

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.

Ansuya Ram Deputy Chief Education Specialist

Ansuya Ram

Programme Manager

Ansuya Ram is the Deputy Chief Education Specialist (Acting) for the KZN Department of Education. She holds a BA in English and Psychology, Higher Diploma in Education, BA Honors in Psychology, M.ED (Special Needs Education) and a PhD in Social Justice – Deaf Education. She has more than 30 years of experience in the field of providing Education for learners with disabilities.
In her current position within the Inclusive Education Directorate she manages and supports Special Schools and Learners who experience barriers to learning – this includes physical, sensory, environmental and incidental barriers that preclude access to learning. She is also responsible for the management of the South African Sign Language and Braille Programmes.

Ansuya has served on our Board for 12 years and currently manages the portfolio of Child Care Programmes.

Mark Rich

Treatment Advisory Panel

Mark Rich is the Deputy Principal of Northwood School. He has served on our Board for the past 30 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 currently has his own Architec firm. 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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