Our Mission

To offer every child an educational experience worthy of his or her potential, to nourish a sense of belonging, and to engage and inspire all visitors to dream about the possibilities inside themselves, their families and their communities.

Play Africa seeks to pioneer inclusive public learning spaces in South Africa, creating engaged citizens and healthy communities by inviting all visitors to discover new worlds, to wonder, to ask questions and to imagine a better future through interactive, hands-on exhibits, programming and play.




We are a non-profit company run with the efficiency and rigour of a business. Our innovative non-profit business model ensures financial viability to guarantee we will always deliver excellence in our partnerships, programming and facilities.


We will use the latest sustainability principles in the construction/renovation of our 5,000 m² building, conserving this country’s precious natural resources and minimising our carbon footprint. As part of this commitment to sustainability, we will employ cutting-edge building principles that draw on centuries-old principles of indigenous African architecture.


We will prioritise local economies and partners in all of our exhibitions and programs, with a particular focus on creating jobs for previously disadvantaged communities.

National Development Plan

Our work and vision are in direct alignment with government’s National Development Plan. In addition to our work on the ground, we advocate at both a national and provincial level on the importance of play and Early Childhood Development (ECD) opportunities for all of South Africa’s young children.

We are registered as a non-profit company (NPC number 2014/101533/08), And registering as an NPO and PBO with Section 18A tax-exempt status in South Africa.


We qualify as a Socio-Economic Development (SED) beneficiary and/or equity owners under South Africa’s Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) guidelines.

United States and abroad: We are registering as a 501(c)3 organisation with help from University of Washington’s Federal Income Tax Clinic.

Board of Directors

Gretchen Wilson Prangley
Founder and CEO, Play Africa. Formerly Africa Correspondent, Marketplace, a major U.S. public radio programme

Sheila Tyeku
Chairperson, Play Africa. Senior South African Educationist formerly with HSRC, MISTRA, founder of South African NGOs

Phyllis Byars
Associate director, Centre for Leadership and Dialogue, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), University of Pretoria

Rehana Moosajee
Founder and Owner at RehanaMoosajee Consulting. Formerly Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Transport, City of Johannesburg

Michelle D Odayan (BA.LLB)
Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. Founder and Board Director at African Centre for Justice Innovation NPC

Tammy Levin
Owner, Geppetto’s World. Advocate for the importance of play in children’s development

Thami Sonile
Technical Adviser in Capacity Building, Futures Group International. Governance and Board Specialist, NPO Clinic

Yogis Nijhon
Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and strategy consultant to Johnson Controls based in the United States. Formerly General Manager of M&A for ArcelorMittal based in Johannesburg.

Initial Support

We are grateful for our generous supporters who have helped us come this far.

Thank you to our friends from children’s museums around the world who have provided photos for this website.

Mississippi Children’s Museum
Papalote Museum del Niño
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma