Our Team

SMYLe operates on the slightest of budgets, with the leadership team comprising of one full-time Administrator (Alice), three part-time Music Managers (Jabu, Neo and Pogiso), and one volunteer Programme Director (Michael).

Michael

Michael

Programme Director

Michael is the Managing Partner of Integrated Reporting & Assurance Services (IRAS), which is the sustainability assurance consultancy that funds SMYLe.

As a non-musician – born with a rhythmic disability that often affects white men – Michael is responsible for overseeing the management and development of SMYLe. His role includes Human Resource Management, Marketing, Finance, Strategy, Governance, Fundraising, Teaching, Counselling, Chief Disciplinarian, Health & Safety, Stage Direction, Tour Operator and quasi-father to many kids without a male role model in their lives.

Michael has worked with kids in Dobsonville since 2004.

Alice

Alice

Administrator

Alice has been recently recruited to assist Michael with administrative duties that are necessary to ensure the excellence in project management. Monitoring each kid’s academic performance and attendance at SMYLe rehearsals, coupled with engaging with our feeder schools to keep them informed of our activities are Alice’s primary responsibilities, while supporting performance teams at busking sessions – and managing the recording of performance costs and revenue – reduce Michael’s need to over-invest time on admin responsibilities.

Alice is a SMYLe Alumni, having participated in the project from 2006, when SMYLe was still operating as part of a prior initiative, until 2013 (Matric). Alice participated in SMYLe’s 2010 Performance Tour to Canada.

Jabu

Jabu

Music Manager

Jabu was previously a full-time employee of SMYLe, but has moved on to teach music at three private schools in Johannesburg (all owned by one company). He now works as a part-time music teacher and performance manager in SMYLe.

Jabu is a SMYLe Alumni, having participated in the project from 2004 to 2011, and part of SMYLe’s 2006 and 2008 Performance Tours to Canada.

Neo

Neo

Music Manager

Neo has been a part-time music teacher and performance manager of SMYLe since 2016, and works as a driver for a small business in Johannesburg on a full-time basis. He now works as a in SMYLe.

Neo is a SMYLe Alumni, having participated in the project from 2004 to 2011, and part of SMYLe’s 2008 Performance Tour to Canada.

Pogiso

Pogiso

Music Manager

Pogiso (also know as “Mlungisi”) is the son of Johnny Hlaba, SMYLe’s original coach and mentor to the several hundred kids who participated in the from 2004 to 2016. Sadly, Johnny passed away in January 2017, leaving Pogiso to carry on Johnny’s role as a truly gifted music teacher. Having matriculated in 2017, Pogiso is not only a SMYLe Alumni (2004 to 2017), but a part-time employee who manages the team’s rehearsals three times per week, and who currently leads our performances teams.

Pogiso is currently studying Human Resource Management at a local technical college.