About us

Karos & Kambro (Non Profit Youth Development Organisation (011-268)) is a well-registered youth development organisation. Our heartbeat is to use the performing arts as a tool to help restore youth, disadvantaged communities and ultimately, our nation.

Where does our name, Karos & Kambro, come from?

Karos is the khoi word for blanket. The Karos symbolizes the warmth, protection and family that Karos & Kambro becomes to the youth-at-risk in South Africa.

Kambro is the khoi name for a succulent plant that grows in dry desert areas. The Kambro symbolizes the hidden potential of young people in underprivileged areas – hidden like this plant under a dry and hopeless earth, but ready to be discovered and developed.


To provide a mechanism through the strategic development of the arts whereby disadvantaged youth are helped to become part of the reconstruction process in South Africa.


To use the power of theatre and positive life skills as a holistic and empowering process of transformation to help heal our youth at risk and to do community development.

Positioning Statement

Karos & Kambro is a Development Organisation that positively influences the youth through the Performing Arts.

Karos & Kambro is a well-managed and well-registered youth and community development organisation

  • Registered as a Non Profit Organisation (011-268).
  • Well positioned in terms of BEE (see our BEE page), Corporate Social Investment programmes and philanthropic gestures.
  • Your company can score up to 100% of its BEE & CSI points by donating money to Karos and Kambro!
  • Registered as a Public Benefit Organisation with SARS: Sect 18A (18/11/13/1854).
  • Registered as a Service provider (Vendor Nr: 1100007203) at Gauteng Shared Service Centre.
  • A member of Proudly South African.
  • Accountable and making use of a registered Bookkeeper and a registered Auditing Firm, Van Wyk Auditors.
  • Up to date Financial Statements and Tax Clearance Certificate.

Management committee

  • Dr Salomé Combrink's foto

    Dr Salomé Combrink

    Founder & CEO

    Dr. Combrink has considerable experience in the performing arts industry for more than 30 years. During this time she lectured in theatre and drama at the North West University and produced theatre productions for the National Arts Festivals. Dr. Combrink's passion for community development through the powerful communication medium of the performing arts, culminated in the establishment of the Karos & Kambro Youth Development Organisation in 2000.

  • Clever Shikwambane's foto

    Clever Shikwambane

    Management Portfolio: (Chairperson)

    Mr. Shikwambane is the Principal of the Philena Primary School situated in Olievenhoutbosch near Pretoria. His fervor and unwavering commitment to the welfare of vulnerable children, HIV orphans and the disabled, is testimony to his generous and selfless commitment to community upliftment that extends beyond the borders of the class room and formal educational setting.

  • Koos van Zyl's foto

    Koos van Zyl (Secretary)

    Management Portfolio: Finances, labour issues

    Mr. Van Zyl has been involved in the human capital discipline for 34 years. During his tenure in the transportation industry he occupied a senior managerial position responsible for human capital administration. Currently he conducts his own consultancy establishment and specializes in industrial relations and labour law.

  • Itumeleng Mochocho's foto

    France Itumeleng Mochocho

    Management Portfolio: Networking and enterprise development

    Mr Mochocho is a successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker. He has worked with IBM, Cell C and currently is the MD of Black IQ. He is serious about assisting youths to develop from 'zeros to heroes' and 'write-offs to role models'.

  • Vuyo Lee's foto

    Vuyo Lee

    Management Portfolio: Strategic development and partnerships

    For the past nine years Mrs Lee has been working in financial, strategy and operations sectors. Her current Group Executive position at Mutual & Federal includes Brand, Customer and Transformation. She is passionate about youth development and training.

Staff members

  • Isaac Ndwendwe's foto

    Isaac Ndwendwe

  • Mabu Maholo's foto

    Mabu Maholo

  • Anthea Williams's foto

    Anthea Williams

  • Rochell Oktober's foto

    Rochell Oktober

  • Andy Fortuin's foto

    Andy Fortuin

  • Anthony Nkosi's foto

    Anthony Nkosi

  • Marelie Keller's foto

    Marelie Keller

  • Chantell Williams's foto

    Chantell Williams

  • Christopher Fouche's foto

    Christopher Fouche

  • Eric Vilikazi's foto

    Eric Vilikazi

  • Frans Lucas's foto

    Frans Lucas

  • Mirinda Ntantiso's foto

    Mirinda Ntantiso

  • Ryan Hendricks's foto

    Ryan Hendricks

  • Jaco Maree's foto

    Jaco Maree

  • Simon Chauke's foto

    Simon Chauke

  • William Phillipus's foto

    William Phillipus