We’d like to tell you more about Buzz.

Buzz is a NEW kind of Performing Arts activity for South African children.

Launched by Managing Director, Hanneke Rauch, in 2012, Buzz sessions are custom designed to develop children’s confidence, boost their social skills and offer them a platform to express their individuality.

Our services include Drama, Dance and Singing workshops in schools and independently across Gauteng. We also offer themed, interactive birthday parties for kidz. In addition, we do Holiday Courses, unique children’s entertainment for corporates, teacher training courses and have original children’s music and podcasts.

Find out more about the team, below:

Hanneke Rauch

Founder, Owner and Managing Director of Buzz

Hanneke trained as an actor at The University of Cape Town and graduated with a degree in Theatre and Performance in 2005. After University she became involved with children’s theatre projects, Theatre-in-Education programs and HIV/Aids workshops with children from disadvantaged communities. In 2007 and 2008 she worked as the Foundation Phase Drama Teacher at Crawford Preparatory, Sandton, Johannesburg. It was during the years she spent in London, UK, from 2009 to 2012 that she worked for Perform – an internationally renowned Drama School for children.

Being proudly South African, Hanneke decided to return home and apply here, what she had learned abroad – launching Buzz in South Africa in 2012. She is passionate about children and has developed unique skills in successfully applying drama-based activities to promote confidence and creativity in children.

Hanneke oversees all workshops offered by Buzz and guarantees the highest teaching standards in all Buzz sessions.

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Dee Theart

Buzz Area Manager

Dee’s love and passion for working with kidz started way back! While she was studying BDrama at the University of Stellenbosch (majoring in Acting and Media for TV and Radio), she ran holiday dancing workshops for kidz and was often casted in the Drama Department’s children’s theatre productions. Apart from her Drama degree, Dee also obtained a Postgraduate qualification in Translation and Editing. Dee started working at Buzz in 2015 to further live out her passion for developing the youth and has since touched the lives of many kidz in schools, venues and at birthday parties. She believes that the arts have a major role to play in the development and enrichment of children and she is excited to be part of this powerful process. Other than working at Buzz, Dee juggles other interests such as being a Master of Ceremonies, presenter, actress, journalist and voice over artist.

Elrese Hendriksz

Buzz Operations Manager

Elrese is the administrative cornerstone of Buzz. As an Accounts Administrator with years of experience, she holds a Bachelors of Art degree from the University of Stellenbosch (2009) as well as a Practical Accounting diploma from the University of South Africa (2015).

She heads up the admin department, leading her team with all Client Relationship matters, accounting, inquires and queries, reporting and merchandising. With her finger on the pulse of Buzz Towers, if you haven’t met her via the phone, you are bound to meet this champion soon!

Klair White

Administrator

Klair is passionate about helping others grow. She believes in the power of art and creativity to have a profound positive effect on children and adults. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2014 at the University of the Witwatersrand, and then completed her Honors degree in Psychology at the University of South Africa in 2016. Klair has teamed up with Elrese at Buzz Towers to assist in the administrative department and to help keep the ship sailing smoothly. Using systematic approaches, they collaborate together to keep all our Buzzers happy and to make sure to keep the communication line open for all types of enquiries.

Mirinda Blignaut

Senior Buzz Manager

Mirinda knew from a young age that she was born to perform! She followed this dream and obtained her Licentiate diploma in Musical Theatre through London Trinity College. Her passion for singing, acting and dancing has steered her towards incredible local and international opportunities which now includes Buzz. She believes that a fun-loving environment is the best platform for learning and she absolutely adores the “uninhibited nature” of a child at play.

Sibusiso Mkhize

Buzz Manager and Party Leader

Sibusiso is a theatre practitioner and a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand with a BA (Hons) in Dramatic Arts and has been an accomplished performer since an early age. Sibusiso has appeared in television productions like Cooking Magic, Soul Buddies and was a cast member of the Oscar-winning film Tsotsi. He has worked with Meagan Willson in Ruined and Prince Lamla in Thari and has several other theatre productions under his belt.

Palesa Makhudu

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Palesa Makhudu is a vibrant young lady who is passionate about children and drama. She studied drama at the National School of the Arts and worked with some amazingly talented teachers such as Isidingo’s Chan Marti. Palesa also had the privilege of taking part in a children’s educational drama called “Ziku’s Earth Adventure” for The Learn Channel. Through her journey 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. Introducing drama to children at a young age not only helps them to express themselves but it also teaches them how to build character and gain self confidence!

Zoe Beavon

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Zoe began singing and acting at a young age and graduated with a BA Dramatic Arts (Hons) from the University of Witwatersrand majoring in Performance, Musical Theatre and Television Production. She loves singing, dancing and performing especially in an environment that enriches the lives of children and allows them to be creative in a fun and enthusiastic space.

Tania Genade

Buzz Manager and Party Leader

Tania has graduated from the Waterfront Theatre College in Cape Town, where she majored in singing and obtained her LTCL in both Drama and Musical theatre. She also obtained her teaching associates diploma in Drama and Musical theatre. Tania has performed in various productions at college and professionaly. She is very passionate about children!

Nomsa Zenzile

Buzz Manager and Party Leader

Nomsa Zenzile is a South African actress, born in Klerksdorp and raised in Potchefstroom. She discovered her passion for Drama during her high school days and has graduated with a BA Drama degree at the University of Pretoria. Nomsa has a great passion for singing ,acting and interacting with children. She is always dedicated to have a positive impact through her craft.

Malie Thekiso

Buzz Manager and Party Leader

Malie started out as a stage actress from an early age. While managing to attend acting classes through the “Just You Acting” Academy, she finished her BComm in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at Wits, and only five months later found herself in New York City, studying Musical Theatre at New York Film Academy. Having worked in both NYC and SA (in film and theatre) her focus now is geared towards television/film and the exciting challenges this stream holds. She loves working with children.

Simon Mosehla

Buzz Party Leader

Simon obtained a BA (Drama) degree from the University of Pretoria in 2013. A firm believer in the power of humour, as a way of dealing with social issues, Simon aims to use comical timing and a bubbly personality to make each Buzzer laugh at least once in every session. With youthful looks, and talent to match, every Buzz session is bound to be exciting and unforgettable for everyone involved.

Kaegen Grobbelaar

Buzz Manager and Party Leader

Kaegen Grobbelaar has studied Bird Behaviour through Ethology Academy and found herself working at the Montecasino Bird Gardens as a Show Presenter/Bird Trainer. During her two years there, she did a voice and acting course through Voice2Act. She has danced with one of South Africa’s best dance crews, CREED. As well as presenting, dancing and acting for big names such as Bic, ICC Cricket, 94.7 Cycle Challenge, FNB and more.

Lesego Molotsi

Buzz Party Leader

Lesego studied drama & filmstudies at the University of Pretoria where he was part of the Theatre in Education program. Lesego has also been involved in Educational Theatre programs. In 2013 Lesego completed his honours where he specialised in Acting, Physical Theatre and Applied Theatre.

Yolanda Mogatus

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Yolanda is a trained actress, dancer, writer and filmmaker with a great passion for youth focused initiatives. As a writer and filmmaker, she has made well-received TV programmes for kids and her short film has played at international children’s film festivals. As a performing artist, Yolanda has over 5 years of being a camp counselor under her belt as well as teaching and leading kids in shows and plays at the church she attends and beyond; revisiting her love for children’s theatre is what led her to Buzz. She also has a keen interest in early childhood development and regularly volunteers with Hope Worldwide and the Early Childhood Development work they do with kids in Diepsloot and Zandspruit.

Max du Toit

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Max du Toit graduated from the Waterfront Theatre Collage in Cape Town. He majored in drama and dance and obtained his LTCL in drama as well as advanced levels in tap, modern and ballet. Max has performed in various stage productions and has also made appearances in feature films as well as starred in two seasons of SABC2’s mini-series “Signal High”. Max taught drama and dance during his time in college and has grown a big love for working with children.

Romy Jo Swales

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

 Romy  graduated from the Waterfront Theatre College with a diploma in Performing arts (majoring in dance), her ISTD dance teachers in Modern, Ballet and Tap and her Trinity ATCL in Performing Arts. She then went on to study in New York at the Broadway Dance Centre before returning to South Africa. Since then she has put on her own show, choreographed, sung and danced in others, trained with SA’s number one crew Untimitive and been fiercely involved in the commercial industry appearing in Bring it On: All Stars and adverts for companies such as ABSA and Edgars. She currently teaches children of all ages different dance styles and worked as a children’s birthday party facilitator for two years. Romy is very excited to be able to inspire young minds and share her passion for the performing arts with Buzz Kidz!

Lyle Stallenberg

Buzz Workshop Leader

Lyle Stallenberg started at a very young age as a performer. Starting at the age of 11, Lyle became a South African champion and performed in Los Angeles at the World Championships of the Performing Arts. He has performed in Youth Choirs such as the North West Young Choir and Mzanzi Youth choir. His love for music combined with love for teaching makes him a wonderful addition to the Buzz family!

Lizahn Bester

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Lizahn studied drama at the Tshwane University of Technology, where she specialized in Educational Theatre and Dance. She started to pursue her career by working in collaboration with Redhead Productions, doing Children’s Theatre. She loves interacting with kids in a theatrical fun way and always believed to teach drama, dance and singing with passion so that it will carry over into the lives of her students.

Elaine Van Staden

Buzz Party Leader

Elaine completed her B-tech degree in drama at the Tshwane University of Technology. She specialized in children’s theatre and educational theatre and is here were she discovered her love for children and being around them. Elaine is also a voice and drama coach and has many successful stories of children that won in arts festivals. She traveled throughout South Africa with Nestle doing a promoting Children’s theatre. Elaine’s passion lies within children boosting their confidence and social skills.

Nomtha Zikalala

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Nomtha completed her Bachelors Degree in Screen Acting and Stage Acting from AFDA where she graduated Valedictorian. She then completed her Honours at Rhodes University, majoring in Acting, Physical Performance and Writing for Theatre. Her professional experience includes being featured in several national television, radio and print commercials as well as productions at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. She completed Grade 6 in Voice and Grade 5 in Theory from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She also also completed two years of Music Performance at AFDA which consisted of: Song-writing, Vocal Training and Music Business.