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#ShaperProfile – Regomoditswe Teke

Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:

I am a dream chaser, liker of things, but besides that, I am a co-founder of an non-profit organisation called Mmabontle Foundation, where we equip high school learners with leadership skills, empower youth, and assist them in realising their potential. We are individuals that seek to grow and make positive social change. I’m also an Activate Change Driver, which is a network of youth that are change makers within their communities.

How long have you been a hub member?

A year and 3 months.

Why did you join the hub?

Transfer and learn new skills and be part of a community of young people with the same vision as mine.

What is your vision for South Africa?

 °A safe country for women and children.

°A society envisioned on the constitution.

° Opportunities that equip young people with skills that enable them to be employable.

° A South African that ensures young people get quality education.

Any exciting events/projects that you are involved in outside the hub?

Funda Nathi Reading programme. We collect reading books and donate to primary schools.

Words to live by:

“If not now, when?”

#ShaperProfile – Nontuthuzelo Nikiwe

Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:

Social Investment Analyst at Tshikululu Social Investments

How long have you been a hub member?

6 Months

Why did you join the hub?

I wanted to join a forum that was diverse but also run and managed by young people to help bring me a better understanding of the issues we face as young people in South Africa but also to be a part of the solution.

 What is your vision for South Africa?

Young people employed and being the people who bring a change to the state of poverty within our country, able to start businesses with enough support and funding both from government and the private sector.

Any exciting events/projects that you are involved in outside the hub?

Working with a few high schools on Life Skills programmes, focusing on addressing various psycho-social challenges the learners face in their communities.

Words to live by:

Knowledge brings freedom

#ShaperProfile – Niel Wyma

  • Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:

I am a Principal at Awethu Project Capital where I am in charge of Investment and Capital Raising functions. As a specialist SMME private equity firm, we invest in, transform, support and grow the best small businesses and their world class management teams across South Africa.

  • How long have you been a hub member? :

I joined the Hub in February 2017.

  • Why did you join the hub? :

In short, I wanted to expand my network with more exceptional thinkers that are deeply committed to social progress – in whichever dimension they really cared about. Combining this with meaningful engagement with projects on the ground, and the ultimate oversight / exposure granted through the World Economic Forum made this a simple decision. I only realised after joining the Hub and attending Shape Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia late in 2017 just how amazing this international network of friends can be.

  •  What is your vision for South Africa? :

South Africa has exceptional people, companies and institutions. Having spent a year abroad amongst people from over 90 different nationalities, I realised that South Africans are simultaneously too modest about our actual achievements, and too complacent about the massive challenges that we still face.  My vision for South Africa is one that addresses both of these: one where we can solve global problems as well as our local economic growth challenges and transformation of the economy and then export these models proudly as global best practice – but then also to be really honest with ourselves on how we are letting down thousands of children through a dilapidated and failing education system, rampant corruption and largely ineffective public service – and immediately address them so these too can become future success stories.

  • Any exciting events/projects that you are involved in outside the hub:

My job is largely social impact driven and this keeps me busy a good 60+ hours per week. I also try to participate actively in the Hub’s activities and in my school’s alumni community. The rest of my time I spend with family, friends, my two dogs and some good books – mostly non-fiction on social, economical and political matters. Long-term, I would like to get involved in research, teaching and public service.

  • Words to live by:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Rooseveldt

#ShaperProfile – Thabo Arnold Maudi

Professional science educator and sports coach.

Arnold Thabo Maudi is a 24 year old high school science teacher and a sports coach in numerous sporting codes in his hometown Mamelodi. He also serves as the chairperson of the Mamelodi schools sports committee where he facilitates and enables sports and athletics participation for under privileged children.

Arnold has been in the hub for a year and 7months

I joined the hub in order to use the platform to acquire skill sets and knowledge to amplify personal projects and it also provides a platform to give back to my community at a larger scale.

Being in the education space instinctively My vision for South Africa is having a state where youth from poor backgrounds, predominantly black youth get exposed to world class education systems and educational facilities where class, money or background do not play the slightest role in hindering access. Because I firmly believe education of the highest quality allows anyone to be empowered and find their feet in this information and technological era

Outside hub projects my focus lies in discovering talented young athletes and exposing them to different competitions and access to sports specialized schools and also facilitating sporting competitions and events in order to popularize sports as a lifestyle in townships.

A quote that really resonates in my life was made by Milton Berle who said “if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” because im a firm believer that opportunities are created through hard work and not by chance.

#ShaperProfile – Thabiso Ncube

Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:

I am an assistant financial adviser. Passionate about youth development and talent development.

How long have you been a hub member? :

About 9 months.

Why did you join the hub? :

I joined Tshwane Hub because it was the next level to my commitment of engaging and impacting my immediate community. Being in the same space with ambitious change makers makes you realise that you definitely are making a change in the world.

What is your vision for South Africa? :

Over the years I have learnt that with a rich history, there is bound to be two extremes. Inequality, Employment, Education, Health care, Political stability, these are but a few areas we have seen extremes in. To progress as a country, we need to learn to accept our rich history, and start mending it together. It’s not just the job of the politicians, or the business sector, but us as individuals from the most remote area to the most affluent area to make that little contribution to progressing our country in the right direction, be it you a teacher or a farmer or even unemployed, let us make that little contribution. We all have a part to play to make South Africa a prosperous country in its wholeness.

Words to live by:

In three words I can sum up everything that I’ve learned about life: “It goes on.”

Accepting life for what it is, and letting it lead you will always bring you to a destination that you yourself could have never envisioned.

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.

#ShaperProfile – Kathleen Godfrey

Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:

Kathleen is currently studying part-time towards a Master of Science in Geoinformatics at the University of Pretoria; while working full time as a spatial analyst at Pegasys, an advisory group focusing on development impact in emerging economies.

Kathleen volunteers extensively with the World Organisation of the Scout Movement and Scouts South Africa and has a great deal of passion for youth engagement and development, as well as skills training. She has been a trainer for youth in the Scout programs Dialogue for Peace, International Leadership Training and Scouts go Solar amongst others and also volunteers in Adults in Scouting, the unit for volunteer management and enrichment at the world level of Scouting.

Kathleen also ran a global online mentorship program for the Better Tomorrow Movement for one year, where she paired mentors and mentees, developed programs and ran the communication and quality management. Kathleen has a passion for socio-economic development, youth engagement and empowerment and using spatial information to make well-informed decisions and give new perspective on existing data.

How long have you been a hub member? :

I was accepted into the hub at the end of October

Why did you join the hub? :

I saw a fellow colleague was a member of Global Shapers and decided to do some research. Because the work and members of the hub are like-minded youth looking to empower their communities and learn from and with each other, I decided this was something I would really love to be involved with, and sent through my application.

 What is your vision for South Africa? :

My vision for South Africa is an inclusive and upskilled Africa. The road there is through empowering individuals and communities to impact, innovate, influence and inspire.

Any exciting events/projects that you are involved in outside the hub:

I’m always working on something – at the moment it’s translating a set of online training courses from English to French to enable better access.

Words to live by:

Attitude is contagious. Make sure yours is worth catching.

#ShaperProfile – Malilomo Nkhabu

Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:

I am a Community Engagement Coordinator at Monash South Africa. I am passionate about education and youth empowerment. I am a co-founder of two education related organization being Tomorrow Starts Today and Godisa Kitso.

How long have you been a hub member? :

3 years

Why did you join the hub? :

To become part of a group of like-minded young people who take initiative in making South Africa a better place.

What is your vision for South Africa? :

For South Africa to embrace it’s diversity and take advantage of the talents it’s youth has to offer to create opportunities for everyone.

Words to live by:

Be the Change you want to see

#ShaperProfile – Mlungisi Mahlangu

Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:

I am a practicing attorney working as a Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons.  Pinsent Masons is a sector focussed law firm that assists clients in the energy, infrastructure, advanced manufacturing and technology, real estate and financial services sectors.  I work as a corporate and M&A lawyer with an energy sector focus.  In my spare time (at least my illusion of spare time) I invest in property and run a wine distribution business.

How long have you been a hub member? :

Almost two years now, time flies.

Why did you join the hub? :

Shiluba Mawela forced me to!  I kid, I grew up in Tshwane and have always wanted to be part of a movement of young people collaborating to make things happen for other young people.  From what I read about the Hub, it seemed like a safe space for dialogue and a fertile ground for making an impact in society.  It has lived up to this and more.

What is your vision for South Africa? :

Nothing South Africa specific, but I hope that inequality and poverty will be overcome in our lifetime.  This is key to safeguarding human dignity, and ensuring we build a credible society where life outcomes aren’t determined by who has and who does not have access to basic social goods like housing, education and water and sanitation.

Any exciting events/projects that you are involved in outside the hub: 

Besides wine and property, I run a few youth focussed initiatives on behalf of my employer.  The first is a networking and training platform for future leaders in the infrastructure and energy sector.  We recruit young people (professionals, entrepreneurs and academics etc) who are actively involved in the energy and infrastructure sectors to be part of this programme.

The second initiative is Project Naledi, an after school programme we put together for about 250 learners in Soweto.  We work with the Enos Mafokate Equestrian Club of Soweto, the Sir Ramabitsa Saturday School and the Soweto Cricket Club to provide extra-mural academic tutoring and sports activities (horse riding and cricket).  We also arrange educational excursions and activities with community based organisations like Heartlines who organise movie screenings and have discussions around key social issues with the learners.  We are currently talking to another member of the Tshwane Hub about collaborating with her organisation, hopefully this will happen in the first quarter of 2019.

Words to live by:

Just be yourself.

#ShaperProfile – Sethu Tshabalala

Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:   

 I am a newly qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) with three years’ experience in global assurance and finance. I am currently the Senior Analyst for MTN’s Vice President in the Middle East and North Africa in the telecommunications industry. I enjoy travel with loved ones. I am passionate about education and the leadership development of young women.

How long have you been a hub member? :

I have been a member of the hub since February 2017

Why did you join the hub? :

I joined the hub because I felt a deep sense of seeking to give back to my community in a meaningful and tangible way. I knew that I had to use my talents and skills for the benefit of society in some way to fully realise my purpose. This includes teaching others as well as using my corporate experience and networks to help the hub move forward and grow at its aims of shaping Tshwane in an impactful tangible manner.

 What is your vision for South Africa? : My vision for South Africa is equal access for all students in high school and primary school to a university education that is both globally and locally competitive and prepares them for the future and not the past. I believe that only a nation which adequately invests and prepares its youth for future business practice can expect to be eradicate poverty and catapult itself into generational wealth and become an influential participant in the global economy. I believe education is the key to a great future because that is true to my story. I have access to certain privileges because of my qualification and education. Without academic performance and access to certain institutions, almost none of these doors would be open to me.

Any exciting events/projects that you are involved in outside the hub:

In my role at MTN I have had the opportunity to travel to Sudan, Benin, Dubai, Jordan and Lebanon in the space of 6 months. I was also part of a team which planned a conference in Beirut for our colleagues in the Middle East and North Africa, on behalf of our Vice President.  

Words to live by:  

“If you never ask, the answer is always no.” Very often the life that we aspire to, is not constrained by external barriers or other people but it is constrained by our limited beliefs of what is and is not possible for people like us.

#ShaperProfile – Meet Henry Maseko

  • Name and Surname: Henry Maseko
  • Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub: I am a young man, born and bred in Pretoria. I am a thinker, a fighter, a brother and a son. I am passionate about personal development and the tangible and psychological development of African youth.
  • How long have you been a hub member? : Since June 2018
  • Why did you join the hub? : To be challenged to do more. To be a part of a network of forward thinking young leaders and to lend a helping hand in the initiatives and programmes the hub had initiated.
  •  What is your vision for South Africa? : To have a cohesive multiracial country where the rule of law prevails and everyone has a fair opportunity to earn a real living for their families and/or follow their passions.
  • Words to live by: Life is too short, cut the BS and start with the dessert.
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