Carly Tanur

Founding Director


Carly matriculated from King David Linksfield and moved to Cape Town in 2000. She founded Mamelani Projects in 2003 to actively contribute to changing peoples' lives for the better. She is a qualified Social Worker and has been working in the NGO sector for 14 years. She prides herself on the practice that has been developed by Mamelani and believing strongly that the organisation's work is as much about what they do as it is about how they do it.

She was nominated as one of the top 200 Young South Africans by the Mail and Guardian in 2012 for her work in the NGO sector. She is currently completing her Masters in Reflective Social Practice, which is helping her to develop the organisation's programmes and deepen its impact in the communities it serves.

When not at her desk, she can be found hiking in the mountains.


  • Community Development

  • Health

  • Youth Development

Mamelani Projects works with young people and women from marginalised communities in the Western Cape, enabling them to improve their lives through active change. Their programmes build on the existing knowledge and strengths of participants ensuring that people feel valued, respected and listened to. Together, we are transforming communities. Mamelani focuses on two vital areas: Community Health - Sharing essential health information with people to allow them to take active steps, which improve their health and the health of those around them. Youth Development - Supporting young people in successfully transitioning out of state care when they turn 18.