Thandeka Mhlaba was part of the ORT SA/ YES programme ​sponsored by Absa. Thandeka joined the Thabang Xaba ​Foundation as an intern.​ The foundation deals with the youth, focusing ​primarily on integrating young people back to ​their rightful place in society by providing a holistic approach ​to dealing with challenges faced by young people ​in their respective communities. The foundation is now part of the AEDF programme offered by ORT SA. Thandeka was so inspired​ by the foundation that her ambition is to start her own ​rehabilitation center to help youth suffering from drug ​addiction and substance abuse. ​