The Board

JayJaymion Hendricks


Jaymion Hendricks, an admitted attorney, was an exchange student to Germany in 2004 and thereafter became a volunteer upon his return. He has served on the Board of YFU SA and later became the vice chairman until he took over the chairmanship in 2015. Jaymion is passionate about young South Africans reaching their full potential and building a better South Africa, Africa and world. He firmly believes in the values YFU SA promotes, namely: mutual respect, intercultural understanding, diversity and social responsibility.


Hans Website PhotoDr. Hans Strijdom

Vice chairman

Hans Strijdom is a Professor of Medical Physiology at Stellenbosch University, and lives in Cape Town. He has been a volunteer for YFU since 1995 when YFU SA was founded, and has since hosted 6 exchange students from abroad. He has been a Board member since 1998, and is currently serving a second term on YFU’s International Advisory Council. Hans is passionate about YFU and its mission, and hopes to serve the organisation for many more years to come.



Magda Buitendach

Board member

Magda and husband Thys have been host parents since 2008 and Magda started volunteering for YFU in 2009 after their first student went back home.  All of Magda´s family members are YFU volunteers and are actively involved in orientations, finding host families, being contact persons and whatever their hands find to do. They haven’t stopped hosting though and since became parents of not only their own daughters but also 2 exchange student daughters and 4 exchange student sons.


Siyabonga Ndlozi

Board member

Siyabonga Vusumuzi Ndlozi went on exchange to Germany in 2016 and is currently a second-year medical student at Stellenbosch University. He joined YFU as a volunteer after he returned from his exchange and is also a Developmental Mentor at Hipporates Residence (Stellenbosch University), a member of the Tygerberg LGBTQIAP+ Society, and a member of the Friends of MSF (Doctors Without Borders).


Mokete BopapeMokete Bopape

Board member

Mokete Bopape, an analyst by profession, believes in advancing intercultural understanding through educational exchanges for youth – precisely the values YFU promotes. Mokete is a development finance student currently pursuing her masters at the University of Cape Town. She is passionate about development on the African continent.