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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Tracy Lewis

Buzz Area Manager

Tracy is a Rhodes University graduate who got her Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Afrikaans Literature. She has been performing on stage since she was 8 years old and now works in the Television and Radio industry as a TV presenter and Radio host. Her passion for acting, presenting and dancing has brought her to Buzz as she believes that the performing arts can really help children build confidence and make a huge difference in how they interact with the world around them.

As a Senior Manager at Buzz, Tracy takes care of the team and relationships with schools.

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.

Dee Theart

Senior Buzz 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.

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. At NSA, together with her class mates, they enjoyed sharing their talents with other art schools from not so privileged communities during their annual Arts Festival. 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. Ultimately she believes in expressing yourself and telling beautiful stories through the arts. 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.

Niki Landella

Buzz Senior Workshop and Party Leader

Niki Landella has worked in theatre and childcare for the last 6 years. After leaving the National School of Arts with an FET in Performing Arts she volunteered at the Actors Centre and toured extensively with On Cue Theatre. She has also worked as an aftercare teacher at the Belle’s of St Mary’s, Waverly before leaving South Africa to be an au pair in the United States. She freelances as an on-set Childminder, protecting the interests of children on film sets. Niki has appeared in various Bof n Buddies shows, a theatre company run by the 4Change Foundation.

Tatum Naidoo

Buzz Workshop Leader and Manager

Tatum has completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree at Rhodes University with a distinction in Drama. She performed in various theatre productions during her studies at Rhodes and has been cast in a number of television commercials. She has worked as a children’s church leader for several years and has great experience working with kids of all ages. Her fields of interest include using drama as a form of learning and teaching in a fun & creative way. Her passion is to transform the concept of drama and possibly debunk the idea that society has placed on drama. Drama should not be limited. Just play!

Sibusiso Mkhize

Buzz Manager

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.

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.

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.

Marianthe Smart

Buzz Workshop Leader and Manager

Marianthe gained her undergraduate degree from UKZN, going on to complete her honours in performance and writing at the University of The Witwatersrand. Since then her passion for drama and singing has led her to a varied acting career in Johannesburg and London. Marianthe also loves working with children, believing that drama is extremely important for the youth, giving them a safe place to be bold, grow, explore, and be creative.

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.

Tania Genade

Buzz Workshop 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 Workshop 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.

Kaegen Grobbelaar

Buzz Workshop 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.

Kelly Eksteen

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Kelly completed her BA Honours Degree in Performance and Visual Art from The University of the Witwatersrand in 2015, majoring in Applied Theatre and Drama. Throughout her studies she has always aimed to unite her passion for drama with education in order to achieve change within humanity, particularly amongst children and the youth.  Her passion for drama and theatre began in high school which exposed her to a diverse number roles within theatre. Some of them include stage performance, stage crew, theatre facilitator and more recently, as a Buzz leader. She is always seeking opportunities which facilitate and uphold her passions of both theatre and education so that she may further her learning while actively participating in her vision of enabling citizens of South Africa with the resources of knowledge and information that she has fortunately been afforded with.

Nicole Anthony

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Nicole Anthony, born in Johannesburg, is an Indian Actress who has a BA Honours Degree in Live Performance. She is a multifaceted actress, voice over artist, presenter and theater performer. Nicole has honed her film-making skills in many short film productions during her studies, not only as an actor but also as a Costume, Make-up and Styling Artist. She has been nominated under the category for Best Leading Actress in Film for 2 consecutive years, as well as in 2015 for Best Stage Actress during her studies.  As a young South African Indian Woman, her goals are to lead and inspire young people who have hopes of being successful artists.

Vernicha Coetzee

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Vernicha a talented and versatile actress, singer, dancer and voice over artist who completed her BA-DRAMA degree at the University of Pretoria in 2014. Her theatre highlights include “A New Song” and “Mama the Storm is Outside,” where she had the privilege to work with critically acclaimed prolific writer and theatre maker Napo Masheane. She is also an educational and corporate performer. She has done a stage adaptation of “Pinocchio” and “Liewe Heksie,” directed by Estelle Zeeman. She has also toured with Hooked On Books, the children’s theatre company.

Jo-Ann Louw

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Jo-Ann completed an International Diploma in Marketing Mangement at Northlink College. she has performed at the Cape Town International Convention Center and also in theatre plays such as: “Fin op sy Eiland” and “Sarafina” in 2015.  the western cape did my international diploma in performing arts at Northlink collage.

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.

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.

Candace Barnwell

Buzz Workshop and Party Leader

Candace is a versatile well-rounded performer with experience in cabaret shows, corporate entertainment bands, TV Acting, children’s theatre and presenting. She describes herself as an all rounded performer, singer, actress and presenter. Buzz is excited to have Candace as a part of our team.