Founded 2008, Thokoza Progressive Youth started as a small fruit and vegetable stall and over the years has grown to become one of the real-time leaders in youth development. TPY has programs for social development, skills development (life skills and technical skills) and entrepreneurial skills.

It is has been through a collaborated effort of its passionate and determined team members that has pushed TPY to where it is, in a short time span. TPY’s approach to youth development has always been underpinned by a management philosophy premised on the following principles:

  • Manage processes not people – let people manage themselves while you manage the interfaces between them where interests are shared and connections are needed.
  • Develop strategy driven by objectives – where focus is on outcomes not methods, eliminating ‘silos’ by linking functions horizontally, and by streamlining the work.
  • Define the value-added opportunities – create a ‘service chain’ from the individual contributions of all involved that will deliver client satisfaction through synergy.
  • Manage change continuously – since all processes must adapt and evolve to meet the demands of a changing market, but start with the perceptions/beliefs of individuals.
  • Encourage self-management – by providing each person with a mandate – a license to act/contribute and a set of agreed critical measurement indices for ongoing reporting.
  • Facilitate communication – the life blood of the organization and fuel for processes, that should flow horizontally, elegantly and spontaneously to support objectives.
  • Create a ‘success environment’ – where recognition and rewards are immediate, and people are encouraged to learn and grow as an integral part of their responsibilities.

Thokoza Progressive Youth is a registered NPO in terms of the NPO Act of 1997 (Number 71 of 1997)