You’ve probably never heard of most of these young people who are doing amazing things in their fields. We bring you a few doing spectacular things. In no particular order:
Samantha Ngcolomba (lawyer)
Samantha Ngcolomba is using law to tackle gender disparities. Her business, Lady Liberty, is a mobile clinic that travels to poor communities around the country, offering basic legal services to women. Since starting the business in 2013, she’s helped over 650 women and hopes to help 5 000 in the next five years. We profiled Samantha Ngcolomba, here.
Buhle Sithela (entrepreneur)
Khayelitsa-based entrepreneur Buhle Sithela is cleaning dustbins to start an open air cinema in his hood. Wait…what? Let’s back up for a second. Buhle has always had a love for the cinema, but hated that there were none in Khayelitsha. So he started a weekly dustbin cleaning service to sponsor intimate film screenings from his laptop. He’s now partnered up with local social enterprise, Sunshine Cinema, who are helping him host the first open air cinema screening in Khayelitsha. Read our interview with Buhle Sithela here.
Banetsi Mphunga (psychological councellor)
A cara-cara is the last place you’d imagine as an outlet for people’s psychological problems. But for psychological councellor Banetsi Mphunga it was the perfect place to break the stigma of mental illness in the township. Banetsi runs a mobile psychology clinic from his Caravelle. The taxi travels around Khayelitsha and offers counselling. In the future, he hopes to take his cara-cara revolution across the country to counter the lack of psychology clinics in the hood. Read our interview with Banetsi Mphunga here.
Sifiso Ngobese (social entrepreneur)
“Makgereza” is Soweto slang for hustler. It’s the word Sifiso Ngobese would best use to describe township garbage collectors who make a living selling refuse. But he also saw a problem. The rubbish collectors collected their refuse in lopsided carts that were easily susceptible to damage. So he created a durable cart for them to collect their trash in. The carts also double up as walking billboards for companies to advertise their wares. Read our interview with Sifiso Ngobese, here.
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