Siphamandla, in short called "Spha", has been part of the backpackers for many years. From a shy, young handyman that barely spoke a word of English, he developed into a feisty young man who talks to guests, drives shuttles, helps with building or babysitting or just about anything else, and delights everyone with his dry kind of humor. He is a vital force in the re-building process of Wild Lubanzi. In fact, Wild Lubanzi would not be what it is without Spha being around. On weekends he directs a local soccer team, the Makita Stars, in an effort to keep the youth busy with sports and team spirit, instead of drifting off into alcohol and bad behaviour.