The Team

Our Organisation

The Tshwane Youth Arts Festival team is a dedicated body of skilled individuals focusing on children, giving them inspiration and encouragement to celebrate their talents and broaden their horizons.  We believe it is through the Arts that the people of our beautiful country will come to learn about co-operation, tolerance, peace and harmony.  This in turn leads to a wonderful learning experience and mutual appreciation for the diverse cultures of our country.

CEO-Mary-Lou Cassell

Throughout her life Mary-Lou have been dedicated, committed and enthusiastic.  She has a vast array of skills and talents nurtured from a young age.

Mary-Lou has an incredible insight when working with young people of all ages and cultural groups.  In this, she has realised the objective of the Tshwane Youth Arts Festival to “celebrate” the talents and diversity of our youth.  Her work with the TYAF gives her the opportunity of meeting, encouraging and inspiring thousands of young people.

“Never give up on a powerful dream!  The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts.”


 Johann Güldenpfennig

Executive Directors

Faure Bosman (Accountant)

Jacques du Rand – (Principal of Pro Arte Alphen Park)

Gregory Lediga  – (Community Leader – Atteridgeville)

Prof Theo van Wyk (Lecturer at the University of Pretoria)

Marlize Kukkuk (JCC Parent Representative)

Co-opted Members:

Trudie Crouse – (Personal Assistant to CEO)

Stephan Gerick – (JCC Conductor)