Toy Library Association South Africa

Who are we?

The Toy Library Association South Africa (TLASA) is a networking organisation that promotes best practice in the field of toy librarianship in South Africa. We are a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 237-525). This association has been in existence and working under various names since the 1990’s. Read more about our history here.

TLASA hosts quarterly seminars and regular workshops that aid toy librarians in setting up and maintaining quality toy library programmes.

TLASA is administered by a Steering Committee that manages all the functions of the organisation. Our current committee consists of seven members, all working in the field of toy libraries.

TLASA Steering committee 2019 photo >>

Our team

Annika Savage | TLASA Chairperson

Annika Savage


Venessa T'Hart

Vice chairperson

Debbie Cockrell


Poonam Dwarkaram | TLASA Secretary

Poonam Dwarkaram


Melody Nyathi | TLASA Membership Coordinator

Melody Nyathi

Membership Coordinator

Ronelle van Vollenhoven | TLASA Events coordinator

Ronelle van Vollenhoven

Events Coordinator

Avrille Gork | TLASA Committee member

Avrille Gork

Committee member

Monica Stach

Committee member

TLASA’s vision is to have a toy library within every community in South Africa.

ITLA Affiliation

TLASA is a proud National member of the International Toy Library Association (ITLA). Our chairperson also serves on the ITLA committee as their Chairperson. For more information, please visit their website at

Our partners

The Jim Joel Fund is sponsoring the training fees for ten TLASA membership to complete the NVC Toy Library Skills Programme. This accredited, online training is provided by Cotlands Ignite. The sponsored learners commenced training at the beginning of 2021 and will complete the course in 8-10 months.

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