Our Team & Board

Thimna Tibisono


“Being a part of the Mcup Project allows me to make a profound impact in the world.”

Thimna Tibisono matriculated from Camps Bay High School in 2018, where she was head prefect. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cape Town, majoring in English Literature & Language and Media and Writing, she went on to teach Life Orientation and dance at Camps Bay High School.

Thimna is an excellent debater and public speaker. She is passionate about empowering young women by promoting their dignity and supporting their education.

Our Dedicated Team

Tiamo Maninjwa

Tiamo joined the Mcup Project from the get-go and is our training co-ordinator as well as an integral part of the core project setup team. She is passionate about bringing dignity to women and girls, educating about menstrual wellbeing and providing support to all of our project recipients, their teachers and leaders. She is an active community mentor in one of the communities we serve.

Libongwe Shwane

Libongwe is trained in SRHR (Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights) and in the facilitation of schoolgirl groups, to engage, share and educate about all aspects of menstrual health. She is making the women and girls she works with feel seen, heard and safe.

Athi Sidondi

Athi joined the Mcup Project as a dedicated and committed SRHR facilitator (Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights) who strives for women and girls to have dignity and a healthy future. She is passionate about mentoring and supporting girls in sport, and is working in her personal capacity in her own community.

Our Board

TRUSTEE | Nyoko Muvanga

“Mcups provide a sense of dignity and that is important.”

Nyoko obtained a degree in Economics from Smith College in Massachusetts (USA), LLB and Ph.D. degrees from UCT, as well as a post-graduate diploma in Tax Law from the University of Johannesburg.

Prior to being called to the Bar, Nyoko worked as a law research clerk to former Chief Justice Mgcobo, and for Justices Fronemen and Zondo at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, as a researcher at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), as well as a part time lecturer at Wits University. Nyoko is currently an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.

TRUSTEE | Libo Msengana-Bam

“I am inspired by the passion and commitment that Mcups has for impacting the lives of Africa’s girl children.”

“When the opportunity arose to support an innovative, African, women-led initiative that is about empowering girls and restoring their dignity, I had to say YES.”

She is currently Deputy Director in the Development and Alumni Department at UCT. Libo is a proud University of Cape Town alumna and holds three degrees from the institution including an Executive MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business.

TRUSTEE | Sandy van Hoogstraten

“Mcups are a no-brainer for anyone wanting a fairer, cleaner world.”

Sandy is political advisor and researcher to the Leader of the Democratic Alliance, the main opposition party in South Africa. She has a BSc in Chemistry from UCT and an MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University (UK).

Sandy founded and manages the Sugarbird Trust which contracts and oversees teams to clear invasive alien vegetation from Table Mountain to protect its indigenous flora and fauna.

Sandy founded the New Moon Trust.

The Mpowercup Project is operated by the New Moon Trust IT000707/2021
The New Moon Trust is a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) 930 073 341