Our team is driven by a passion to empower youth and to see real transformation
within the construction and engineering environment. Together, we bring a
wealth of experience, skills, networks and inspiration that we know is a recipe
The KYA directors are fully invested in the business, working daily to achieve
our organisational objectives and fulfil our values.
Alf is actively involved in the marketing of KYA and leverages his network,
experience and passion for people development daily to ensure its success.
Alf, the founding member and Managing Director of Keystone Project Recruitment (KPR), has
vast experience in recruiting, management and execution of projects, in the industrial, minerals
and mining sectors. His passion for the industry and the desire to assist in its transformation
led to his founding of KFYDF, later rebranded KYA.
Alf’s professional experience and proficiency includes Business Management, Design & Engineering
of Conveyor System, Project Execution Management and Business Development. Alf is a Mechanical
Engineer by profession, previously registered (Reg No 997002) as a Professional Technologist
Mechanical Engineering. He is currently registered as a Professional Construction Manager
(Reg. No. D885/2005)
As a core member of the Executive Team at KPR, Zenobia was directly involved in the formulation
and establishment of Keystone Youth Academy (KYA) and remains committed to helping transform the
industry, one young person at time.
Zenobia is the Financial Director of Keystone Project Recruitment (KPR) and is herself an example
of empowerment and development, having begun her career at KPR as secretary in 2003 and being
rapidly promoted through the organisation. Zenobia achieved her ICB Financial Accounting
Qualification in 2018 but has also completed a host of courses in a wide range of subjects,
from First Aid to Payroll Tax, Skills Development and People Management.
She is committed to furthering her studies and continually expanding her knowledge and skills.
Zenobia is keenly aware of the fact that her experience in the workplace makes her uniquely able
to coach and mentor her team. She is actively involved in the nurturing and empowerment of her
staff, especially young black women who show promise, but lack the skills and efficiency to
advance themselves. By sharing her knowledge and personal experiences, she empowers her mentees
in a highly personal and relatable way.
Zonke Mkhwanazi is an accomplished teacher, facilitator, moderator and assessor, with over 40
years of experience in education and training. She is the owner of Gain Learning, a Training
Consultancy service provider based in Johannesburg.
In 2008, Zonke enrolled on a training programme for Skills Development Facilitators through
Services SETA. She was then referred to KPR as a company contributing to, but not benefitting
from Workplace Skills Planning (WSP) regulations.
She began her association with KPR by submitting Annual Training Reports (ATRs) to Services
SETA on the company’s behalf. Over the course of the following 8 years, a close association
between KPR and Zonke developed, so when the idea for KYA was first mooted, Zonke’s skills
and experience in Unit Standard-based facilitation and Soft Skills training made her a natural
partner in the development and formation of KYA. Her thorough grasp of the limitations inherent
in available training programmes has significantly informed and guided the development of the
unique KYA Programme.