Toy Library Association South Africa

Who are we?

The Toy Library Association South Africa (TLASA) promotes best practice in the fields of toy libraries, play and toys 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 six members, all working in the fields of play and toy libraries.

TLASA committee 2022 group photo

TLASA Committee 2022-2023

Our team

Debbie Cockrell | TLASA Treasurer

Debbie Cockrell


Venessa T'Hart | TLASA Vicechair

Venessa T'Hart


Esther Sithole

Marketing & Events

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 sponsored 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 they are currently in the process of assessment and verification.

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