Welcome to A Chance To Play Southern Africa (ACTPSA)

Who We Are

Article 31 is one of the most neglected of all the Articles of the Convention worldwide, while PLAY is one of the most important activities of childhood.


A Chance to Play Southern Africa (together with all its affiliates throughout the SADC region) fights for the right of every child to have access to safe, age and ability appropriate play areas and activities.



To promote the Right to Play as an essential part of the child’s holistic development and wellbeing through advocacy, capacity building and mobilization of resources in collaboration with stakeholders at all levels of society.


Active play encourages healthy physical development. While playing, children develop critical social skills like communicating, sharing and negotiating as well as developing perseverance, problem solving skills and creative thinking.

Poor provision for play, lack of maintenance or no accessible, safe, free play areas is all too common. Lack of security is a serious issue.

Nature provides many opportunities for child-directed free play. Children need time and adult appreciation of the value of this type of play

The ACTPSA Values

Play : Child rights based : Child protection : Child centered : Transparency : Integrity : Accountability :  Inclusivity :     Respect : Child and Youth Participation

Staff, Management Committee & Board


Cynthia Morrison – Manager
Nangi Mbasa – Office Assistant



Moira Ngaru – Chairperson (Zimbabwe)
Meck Sibanda – Vice Chairperson (Zimbabwe)
Thandi Gumbi – Secretary (KwaZulu Natal)
Gcobani Zonke – Treasurer (Eastern Cape)
Michael Matanzima – Member (Eastern Cape)
Sharon Shevil – Member (Gauteng)


Advisory Committee:

Janet Prest Talbot
Lizelle Wolmarans

Affiliate with us – The children need you!


ACTPSA Invites individuals, NGOs, organisations, corporates and government departments to affiliate with us and participate in the promotion of children’s play in Southern Africa as Play Ambassadors.


Sharing and coordinating services, events, resources and experiences has a multiplying effect which strengthens our efforts to provide play to all children irrespective of age, gender, ability or social background.


There is no fee for affiliation. All affiliates receive our monthly e-bulletins with news of events, interesting articles and information and the bi-yearly Newsletters.

Download the Affiliation Form here.


If you would like to become a member and have voting rights at the AGM, a fee is payable (see Membership Form). Members also receive a discount on training, conferences and events.

Download the Membership Form here.


Our Code of Conduct for Affiliates and Members