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Hanneke Mackie

Founder, Owner and Managing Director of Buzz and MD of The Buzz Foundation

Buzz was founded in 2012 by Hanneke Mackie, who achieved her degree in Theatre and Performance from The University of Cape Town in 2005. She lived in the United Kingdom for much of her 20’s but chose to come back to Africa to make an impact where it is most needed. She is passionate about the marriage of education and play. She believes in applying the arts to develop the child cognitively, socially and wholistically. 

Hanneke is the creator of Buzz’s unique interactive curricula, the Buzz Teaching Method, teacher training courses, The Buzz television show for children, Buzz Music and Buzz Podcasts for kidz. Hanneke founded The Buzz Foundation NPO in 2018 which offers the same services as Buzz to less fortunate communities across South Africa. She also oversees and has personally custom-developed all operational systems for this unique organisation. Meet Han’s Buzz family below:

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Naima McLean

Director and Board Member
The Buzz Foundation

Naima is a writer, poet and performing artist with a degree from UCT. She is completing her MBA at Henley. She was a Business Coach and Senior Associate at The Awethu Project, South Africa’s most innovative SMME investment company. Naima is a fellow of the African Leadership Network and currently employed as Global Programming Director of The Room with a focus on leading the global strategy for community building.

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Gilbert Pooley

Director and Board Member
The Buzz Foundation

Gilbert is a founder and director of Umuzi and the African Coding Network. These African edtech social enterprises address youth unemployment and inequality by improving young people’s access to opportunities in the digital economy. He has also worked for the Boston Consulting Group in London and Johannesburg, as well as the Clinton Health Access Initiative.

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Dee Theart

Director and Board Member
The Buzz Foundation

Dee obtained her BDram degree from the University of Stellenbosch. She works in the media, arts and education. National and international career highlights include radio presenting and producing, voice work, MCing events, acting and writing for various media platforms. Dee joined Buzz in 2015, and has since experienced all facets of the company, from facilitating workshops and parties, working as Area Manager and Acting Managing Director. 

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Nolwazi Mthembu

Operations Manager

Nolwazi received her Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Dramatic Arts. Her passion is communication, which suits her role at Buzz perfectly. Lwazi, as she is affectionately known, is the face of Buzz and the most likely voice on the other side of the phone when you buzz us. Nolwazi handles scheduling with schools, and managing the everyday operation of the business. 

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Thando Mdluli

Buzz Area Manager

Thando is a Performing Arts and Musical Theatre Honours graduate from the Tshwane University of Technology. He has been in stage productions since his high school years at the National School of the Arts. Thando was the producer and host of the afternoon drive time radio show at Tshwane FM 93.6 and later joined TransAfrica Radio. He is the founder of the Throne Entertainment Productions, producing musical corporate theatre. 

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Yolanda Musah

Buzz Facilitator

Hailing from the small town of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Yolanda holds a B-Tech degree from Tshwane University of Technology. She majored in acting and directing. She believes in the power of the arts for child development and she is a valued member of the Buzz Team.

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Zahn-Reece Malgas

Buzz Facilitator​

Zahn-Reece is a singer, dancer and actor. He graduated from the Tshwane University of Technology where he majored in Musical Theatre. Zahn-Reece has mastered multiple instruments and was a Top 16 contestant on Idols SA.

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Thabiso Chule

Buzz Facilitator​

Thabiso, or as the Buzz kidz call him, Mufasa, is from KwaZulu Natal. He is a qualified actor, performer and dancer and obtainied a Musical Theatre qualification at the Tshwane University of Technology. 

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Mpho Khumalo

Buzz Facilitator

Mpho studied Dance and Drama at the Tshwane University of Technology, where she majored in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and African dance styles. She also studied acting, movement, children’s theatre, voice and educational theatre. A career highlight is dancing for Idols Season 9’s Top 3 finalists. 

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Shannon Williams

Buzz Facilitator​

Shannon graduated with triple Honours in Drama Teaching, Drama Performance and Musical Theatre at the Waterfront Theatre School of the Performing Arts. She holds a Speech and Drama Teaching qualification and is currently completing her BA in Psychological Counselling.

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Anoecha Krüger

Buzz Facilitator​

Anoecha is an actress, theatre maker and puppeteer. She graduated from the
Stellenbosch Drama Department, majoring in acting. She specializes in educational theatre through live performance, puppetry, puppet building, theatre making and writing stories. 

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Anela Ngxabani

Buzz Facilitator​

Anela is a Tshwane University of Technology Musical Theatre B-Tech graduate. The focus of her thesis was improving children’s educational experience through the use of musical theatre. She has previously worked as a
drama teacher, directed and written children’s plays. She also studied Jazz at the Central Johannesburg College.

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Kira Timm

Buzz Facilitator​

Kira completed a BA Drama Honours degree, majoring in Performance, Musical Theatre and Directing at the University of Witwaterserand. Kira performed in the internationally touring The Sound of Music, performing alongside adults and kidz all over Asia and South Africa. 

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Donae Brazer

Buzz Facilitator​

Donae is a performance artist with a true talent for singing. She studied  Musical Theatre at Tshwane University of Technology and Oakfields College. Donae has since been involved in more than 20 educational and children’s productions.  Donae has performed in musicals such as Pricilla, Queen of the Desert, as well as Evita

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Palesa Makhudu

Buzz Facilitator​

Palesa Makhudu is passionate about children and drama. She studied at the National School of the Art. Palesa also took part in a children’s educational drama “Ziku’s Earth Adventure” for The Learn Channel. She’s worked with great mentors such as Sylvaine Strike and Dorothy Ann Gould, who’ve helped her put smiles on many children’s faces at The UJ Drama Company. 

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Cindy Dladla

Operations Manager
The Buzz Foundation

Cindy acquired a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Performance and Visual Arts
from Wits University. As a social inclusion advocate, she is passionate about
education, training and skills development. Being awarded academic scholarships to
attend Roedean School for Girls and Wits University is a true testament to how much
she values education and operates from merit based principles.