MotherTongue Youth Leaders

Jaydene Lekay


Jaydene has been with The Mothertongue Project for 4 years. She has a 5 year old son. Jaydene believes she has learned a lot since being part of the MT Project. She has gained some valuable skills like writing and acting. She especially enjoys the writing as that is the best way to express herself as she doesn’t like to talk much. Beside working full time, she enjoys being in the group and for her it’s like a second family not related by blood but by creating change.


Sindiswa Mabadi

Sindiswa Is a 19 year old single mom of a baby girl. She finished matric in 2017 at Masakheke High School in Nkqubela. She has been interested in drama since high school where in 2016 she joint the school drama group and was part of the cast that participated in the Artscape High school drama festival. She then later became a member of Curtain Call, a community theatre group based in Nkqubela. They performed at the Baxter Theatre as part of the Zabalaza Festival. In 2017 she joint the Mothertongue project for 2 weeks to perform Mama Ruby at Theatre Arts Admin Collective as part of the Women Writing Symposium. She is currently employed by Mothertongue as temporally intern.



Sandile also called Pat, is from a small town in the Langeberg area called Nkqubela. He has been part of The Mothertongue Project for nearly 5 years. For Pat being part of TMP has really helped him as a young person to make better choices in life, to grow as an artist and a good group leader.



Ashley has been part of The Mothertongue Project for 4 years. He believes that the project has changed his life through the different drama workshops and skills training. He says skills such as leadership, project management and budgeting TMP taught him helps him to use the skills in his community for the development of the youth.



Khaya grew up in a small town called Nkqubela. He likes to meet new people and share things that can change the way youth interact with the world. Sport and drama are helpful in my life because it keeps me busy and focused. TMP has taught me many things and I am a better person and I know how to move forward and face challenges.

Denise Gandu

Denise Gandu

Denise joint Mothertongue in 2012 because she left school at a young age and wanted to better her life. She lives on a farm called Dwarswater on the outskirts of McGregor. Drama and Poetry is a big part of her life. Since joining Mothertongue, she has grown into a more confident young person with a brighter outlook on life.