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The people behind the Foundation


oung Hearts Africa is Spearheaded by the Singing Heart Surgeon, Dr Wilhelm Lichtenberg, the man behind the vision. The doctor was moved to create more opportunities for children in need of lifesaving surgery during his days as a trainee heart surgeon at Red Cross Children’s Hospital and the world-famous Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.


He came up with the idea to use his voice and his love of music as instruments of change, to carry the message to the world, for the sake of those most in need.


He has joined forces with his friends, the phenomenally gifted composer and arranger Riaan Steyn and the wonderfully creative talents of cinematographic magician Michéle Steyn to bring his vision to life.


They are joined by an array of local talents and international music stars in ongoing projects aimed at creating spectacular productions which will capture the hearts, minds and imaginations of the people of the world in order for them to open their hearts and their wallets and donate to this worthy cause.

The YOUNG HEARTS AFRICA Foundation is an NPO (Non-Profit Organisation) and operates solely for the purposes of raising desperately needed funds to pay for life-saving surgery and care required by children of indigent families.


Without the surgeries these children would not survive.


Our people are the foundation of our organisation and their ongoing passion and commitment to the betterment and welfare of young Africans everywhere is what drives us every single day.


Founded by Doctor Wilhelm Lichtenberg, a heart surgeon himself, YOUNG HEARTS AFRICA is located in the mother city of Cape Town. As an organisation, we are committed to transparency, transformation, diversity and sustainability in everything we do, and it is only through our people and our donors that we will achieve our goal.


Our board is made up of a group of unique individuals who have dedicated themselves to the service of others and who are highly qualified in their respective fields. YOUNG HEARTS AFRICA are proud and humbled to be associated with these outstanding human beings and appreciate the gifts and talents they bring to our foundation.



Dr Wilhelm Lichtenberg



Dr Rodgers Manganyi



Dr Blanche Cupido



Dr Alfred Mureko



Michele Steyn



Riaan Steyn






Thuli Madonsela




All donations we collect get allocated to the great initiatives run by our worthy beneficiaries:

  •  The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital
    • Weekend Waiting List Project
  • The Christiaan Barnard Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • 1000 Hearts initiative