About us

When our youth are empowered with the right skills to innovate and create solutions, they unlock the opportunities for new businesses that will drive our economies forward. This is why we support these young innovators, founders, next generation coders and digital creatives.

In September 2011 mLab Southern Africa launched as a mobile technology accelerator with the aim of supporting innovative new startups and to unlock the mobile apps economy. Since then we have grown to include programmes that support skills development through our own and partner code academies, facilitated co-creation seasons with industry and public sector partners and we continue to build on our successes as a local tech startup accelerator.

mLab Southern Africa is a registered Nonprofit organisation that is powered through the support of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, The Department of Science & Technology, The Innovation Hub, The V&A Waterfront and the World Bank infoDEV.

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Meet our team

Rulani Nevhufumba

mLab Provincial Manager | Gauteng

Lebogang Madise

mLab Provincial Manager | Western Cape & DEMOLA SA Lead


Khuthadzo Gundula

CodeTribe Facilitator Tshwane | Android Developer

Melvin Musehani

mLab Developer in Residence


Sihle Mabaleka

Facilitator CodeTribe Soweto | DEMOLA Johannesburg

Veronica Mahlangu

mLab & CodeTribe Coordinator


Tendai Mazhude

Operations and M&E Consultant

Alexandra Fraser

Partnerships & Ecosystem Consultant


Zanoxolo Mngadi

Facilitator CodeTribe Alexandra

Motebang Mokwatsi

Facilitator CodeTribe Tembisa


Zakhele Tinga

Facilitation and Coding Assistant Soweto

Derrick Kotze

Chief Executive Officer