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 Mackie, 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 Mackie

Founder, Owner and Managing Director of Buzz

Hanneke Mackie, a proudly South African woman, is the Founder and Managing Director of Buzz. She is a self-proclaimed: ‘child-whisperer’ and has managed to combine her love for children and the performing arts and gave birth to her life’s dream and passion: Buzz!

Buzz is a revolutionary Performing Arts activity for children, currently running successful in- and after-school workshops across South Africa (Gauteng and the Western Cape) for 2500 children. Buzz workshops incorporate Drama, Dance and Singing as a triple threat, 3-in-1 program. Buzzing with children between 3 and 13 years old, Buzz is specifically aimed at building children’s confidence and boosting their social skills through high energy, fun and entirely interactive workshops.

All music for Buzz workshops are created and owned by Buzz. These albums are created around unique, educational, child friendly themes. Each theme has a podcast series created especially for it.

Buzz currently employs 50 people, thereby contributing to the economy and creating permanent and self-employed contractor opportunities for some of South Africa’s best creative talents.

Hanneke trained as an actor at The University of Cape Town and achieved her degree in Theatre and Performance in 2005. Apart from being a trained actor, with most of her professional experience in children’s and community based theatre, Hanneke has first-hand experience of the South African education system as she worked as the Foundation Phase Drama Teacher at Crawford Preparatory, Sandton.

She also worked for Perform, a renowned Children’s Drama School in England for many years. Hanneke has worked inside hundreds of Primary Schools in the United Kingdom and South Africa, from disadvantaged to privileged, she has worked across a wide selection of socio-economic communities. She has developed an approach to children that is entirely unique. She is passionate about the marriage of education and play. She believes in applying the arts to develop the child cognitively, socially and wholistically.

Apart from their after-school sessions, Buzz has regular contracts in schools, delivering educational workshops as well as skills sharing workshops to help teachers ‘bring learning alive.’ Buzz also offers interactive children’s parties, holiday courses and children’s corporate events. Buzz is committed social outreach work and has delivered adult and children’s Drama Workshops in a variety of deprived communities. In 2018, Hanneke aims to branch out more robustly into the charitable space, by founding a version of Buzz as a Non Profit Organisation

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.

Klair White

Social Media & Operations Manager

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 uses her creative skills to run the Social Media for Buzz and assists in managing the administrative department at Buzz Towers, 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.

Kefilwe Moyo

Administrator

Kefilwe is a wonderful team player, who shows hard work and dedication in everything she does. Being a mom, Kefilwe uses her experience through all communication between Buzz Towers and parents. Kefilwe adds an impeccable amount of value to the Buzz Team, and is always willing to go the extra mile for others. Her dedication and love for children is always shown when it comes to understanding child development, and loves to learn from other parents. We have no doubt, that Kefilwe will continue to grow at Buzz and we could not be happier to have her love, light and happiness.

Niki Landella-Gaitanelis

Buzz Workshop Manager and Party Leader

Niki has worked in childcare and theatre for over a decade. After leaving the National School of the Arts with an FET in the Performing Arts, she volunteered at the Actors Centre in Johannesburg and soon after discovered her love of child care. She got her first full-time professional acting role as the Sleeping Beauty in the On Cue Theatre production, where she would spend the next ten years doing between 300-600 children’s theatre shows a year. Niki spent a year in the USA as an au pair, worked as a reading teacher and appeared in a few short films and adverts. She recently returned from Club Med in Mauritius, working primarily in the Petite Club (with toddlers), but also helping out in the Baby Club and Mini Club (4-7 year-olds). She has returned to Buzz, because once bitten by the Buzz Bug, there is no known cure.

Tania Genade

Buzz Area Manager

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!

Roline Odendaal

Buzz Workshop Manager and Party Leader

From the age of nine Roline knew she wanted to study and live out her passion for drama. Ever since she can remember, she has been involved in stage productions, Eisteddfod’s, musical theatre, children’s theatre and singing competitions. Roline obtained her BDrama degree at the University of Stellenbosch and her passion for drama was always bubbling under, so becoming part of the Buzz team was a natural decision. Living in Cape Town with the beautiful backdrop where the ocean meets mountains, it sprouts creativity, imagination and ambition everywhere Roline looks. She wants others, particularly children, to see this and be proud of themselves as they too have the opportunity to live out their passion for drama.

Thenjiwe Mazibuko

Buzz Workshop Manager and Party Leader

Thenjiwe is passionate about working with children and she enjoys using drama techniques when interacting with and learning from them. Apart from working for Buzz, she is an actor who dances, sings and writes. She completed her BA in Dramatic Arts (Hons.) at Wits University, majoring in Applied Drama, Theatre as well as Television Studies. She has worked as a stage manager, director, editor, production assistant, actor and voice over artist, to name but a few of her diverse talents. She loves hearing, telling and recording stories. She is interested in doing research on disability and inclusivity in the arts and looks forward to pursuing her Masters Degree in the nearby future.

Mark Mduli

Buzz Workshop Manager and Party Leader

Mark is an actor, stand-up comedian and radio host. He has been a performer since he can remember. From being a TV presenter from fifteen years on, he went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Philosophy at Rhodes University, to broaden his perspective. He believes humans are at their best when they’re at play and no one can teach this better than children. Children are the life of the Earth.

Byron Boer

Buzz Manager and Party Leader

Byron’s love for the arts is what makes his desire to teach so strong. During his time studying a BA degree in Drama and Film at The University of Cape Town, he fell in love with applied theatre and especially developing young performers. Byron is a singer and actor and has performed on stage and screen and still continues to do so. He loves teaching and developing young, budding actors at Buzz.

Caitlin Hamann

Buzz Workshop Manager and Party Leader

Caitlin’s love for the arts started from an early age and has grown ever since. Caitlin studied Dramatic Arts at the University of Pretoria where she participated in the Theatre in Education programme and came to learn how to incorporate her love for children and performance arts. She has recently graduated and plans to pursue a career specialising in children’s entertainment.

Bavani Muthan

Buzz Workshop Manager and Party Leader

Bavani is an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and a born teacher. From a young age she had realised her passion for arts and the impact it has in everyday life. She studied performing arts, costume/make-up and styling, writing and production design at AFDA. She has also obtained her BA degree in Motion Picture and Performing Arts from City Varsity. Bavani has a natural ability to communicate to people from multiracial backgrounds and she has excellent problem-solving and leadership skills. Her greatest desire is to nurture young children to own their individuality and to strive to be the best version of themselves.

Lati Maffa

Buzz Workshop Leader and Party Leader

Lati’s first encounter with the arts was at the National School of the Arts where her specialist field was drama. She studied Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town and completed the 1 year Conservatory Acting for Film program at the New York Film Academy. During her time in the States she also attended a summer program at the Stella Adler studio of acting. Her interests include drawing, poetry, movement and music and she loves sharing these loves with kidz. Lati played a supporting role in an award-winning short film, which scooped best international short film at the Ivy International Film Awards. Lati is fluent in English, Sesotho, Sepedi, IsiXhosa, Setswana and IsiZulu. We could not be happier to have Lati as part of the Buzz team.

Yolanda Mogatus

Buzz Workshop Leader 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.

Adriana Masilo

Buzz Workshop Leader and Party Leader

Adriana is an all-round performer who studied and completed her National Diploma in Dance at Tshwane University of Pretoria. She is no stranger to the stage and is a musical theatre child at heart, having performed alongside local and international artists, such as Travis Scott and Lira. Adriana’s love for working with children started back in high school where she taught dance as an extra mural which motivated her dream to study and pursue a career in the Arts. She believes in using her dance teaching qualification to better the lives of young, unprivileged children who aspire to make a living through the arts.

Jenna Barnes

Buzz Leader

Jenna has always loved working with kidz and decided to pursue a career in teaching from early on. She’s always excited to see the potential that is unlocked through innovative teaching. She’s currently in her third year at the University of Pretoria, majoring in English and History for the FET phase. Bringing an aspect of physicality and fun to learning is an integral part of her teaching style, something she fully embraces at BuzzJenna has completed multiple internships at high schools around Johannesburg, and currently teaches Maths and study skills part-time. She loves storytelling, history and helping kidz find their voice.

Samantha Mupariwa

Buzz Workshop Leader and Party Leader

From the tender age of 5, Samantha knew that she wanted to be a performer. After featuring on the children’s show, “Small Talk”, she enrolled in various acting academies and took part in drama classes offered at her schools. She is currently in her final year at the University of Pretoria where she is to obtain her BA Drama and Film studies degree. Whilst studying she has performed in a number of theatre productions, two of which were a part of the University’s Arts Festival. Throughout her degree she has been part of the Theatre in Education and Theatre in Development Programmes. Being a part of these programmes ignited her passion for working with children, specifically educating them. She is passsionate about using education as a tool to develop children with disabilities. Apart from being a thespian, she is also a trained singer and voice-over artist.

Nicky Karayiannides

Buzz Workshop Leader and Party Leader

Nicky is a passionate psychology student, who is especially interested in childhood development. She believes that Buzz is a great platform to give back to her community and is deeply invested in ensuring children cultivate the skills for confidence, high self-esteem and self-pride. After matric, Nicky began her General Bachelor of Arts degree in 2017 at Varsity College Sandton and is a strong advocate for the importance of the humanities in our society. Once Nicky has completed her studies, she hopes to dedicate more time to developing children at Buzz and tutoring.

Annitha Kontyo

Buzz Leader

Annitha was born in Cape Town, but grew up in Sydney, Australia. She entered the Performing Arts industry through dancing at age 11. She represented her school at the Opera House and other dance competitions. Annitha started her first year at The New York Film Academy in 2016 and continued onto her Advanced Diploma, also studying in Los Angeles. She moved back to South Africa in the hopes of performing and exploring stories that connected and resonated with her as a black woman. Having worked both in Australia and South Africa, she is here to stay to see what exciting opportunities lie ahead. Of course, one of them being working with kidz, which is a big passion of Annitha’s.

Palesa Makhudu

Buzz 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!

Kaegen Grobbelaar

Buzz Workshop Leader 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.

Mauna Dolamo

Buzz Party Leader

Mauna dreamt of becoming an actor ever since watching Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace in cinemas years ago. Growing up, he honed his acting skills by playing in numerous school theatre productions. Later he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree for Live Performance at AFDA. After graduating, he decided to expand his forte in acting to write screenplays and learn how to direct films, as well as becoming a voice over artist. He has worked in different spectrums of the industry behind and in front of camera ever since. Mauna’s greatest dream is to bring Hollywood to South Africa, one way or another.

Donae Brazer

Buzz Party Leader

Donae started performing from a young age, always knowing she’d find her roots in the world of the arts. Engulfed in drama, dance and singing, she studied Musical Theatre through Tshwane University of Technology (B-tech) and Oakfields College (Diploma) and has also done all of her Classical singing exams through Trinity College, UK up to Grade 8. Donae has worked in the children’s theatre realm for four years, venturing to new challenges thereafter. Having had a parent in education, she understands the value of learning in a fun and uplifting manner. This in turn helps kids develop into upstanding and self-sufficient adults that can function in any work environment, readying them for the challenges that life may throw their way.

Gamelihle Bovana

Buzz Party Leader

Gamelihle is a talented, multi-faceted performer, hailing from East London. He started performing from a young age and continued gracing the stage in his years at the University Of The Witwatersrand, graduating with a BA Honours degree in Dramatic Arts. Since then he has acted in numerous theatre productions and won a Naledi Theatre Award for “Best Performance In A Children’s Theatre Production”. Adding to his impeccable resume, Gamelihle ventured into radio, joining VOW FM (Voice Of Wits), where he went on to become the host of the station’s lunchtime and weekend mid-morning shows. His on-air exploits has earned him two MTN Radio Award nominations.

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.