The Natural Leadership of Don Bosco

This form of leadership enables others to grow in a safe and loving environment. We all thrive on being accepted and loved as we are. It is so much better to do things out of love than out of fear.



  • Listen: to hear what the other person is saying before trying to offer a solution; to listen at a deeper level than the words that are spoken; to listen to the emotions that the tone gives.
  • Act effectively, in awareness and without bias.
  • Motivate people to their highest levels by offering opportunities not obligations.



  • Provide what is nowadays called a “safe and secure environment” for youth, one in which they feel “at home”.
  • Mentor youth by an example of integrity and “the kindly word in the ear”.



  • “Not only must you love the young, but they must know that they are loved” he said.
  • Treat young people with the utmost respect.
  • Earn their confidence and be a steady guiding presence among them.




SIYP Cape Town Senior Leadership Team

SIYP Management Team

Fr Francois Dufour, CEO

Ms Denise Orgill, Chief Financial Officer

Mr Tony Austen, Principal Learn to Live School of Skills

Mr Gabriel Hamuy NEETs Programme Facilitator

Ms Frieda Pehlivan, Communications Manager

Ms Jo da Silva, Fundraising Manager

Mr Wiesiek Romanczuk, Facilities Manager

SIYP Board of Directors:

Lynn Stevens (Chairperson)

Chris Vietri (Vice-Chair)

Ivan Neethling (Treasurer)

Fr. Vaclav Klement (SDB Provincial Representative)

Fr Francois Dufour (CEO)

Fr Robert Gore (SI Rector)

John Doidge

Evona Rebello

Brendan Manca

 Honorary Patron – Cardinal Stephen Brislin