FUTURE LEADERS END YOUTH MONTH IN STYLE
Written by: Samkele Sokhela
A Future Leaders event at Bhekokuhle Sports ground in Dassenhoek yesterday, saw the presence of several people from various government departments who inspired young people to be better.
The program was founded by Zanele La Mbokazi-Nkambule 12 years ago as part of her community outreach initiative uplifting youth from her childhood community through words of wisdom, bursaries, hampers, and career opportunities.
Additionally, the event did not fall short of entertainment. La Mbokazi-Nkambule said that the program was to provide a platform where local, provincial and national government, big businesses and agencies interact with young entrepreneurs and showcase opportunities for the youth.
“By these events, we are trying to tell young people that they are our future leaders. They are future leaders of our communities. We are saying that nothing is impossible. They must take me as an example, I grew up like them in these dusty streets of Thornwood, and look where I’m at now,” said La Mbokazi-Nkambule.
She added that it was very important for her to start by giving back to her hometown, and spreading the message to other people that they mustn’t forget where they are coming from.
“I am not one of those successful people that forget where they have come from. It was very important for me to start by giving at home. I would also like to challenge people to talk to themselves and say that, ‘I know who I am, I know where I come from, I know where I am going. To reach for my dreams I will conquer all challenges, and with God on my side nothing is impossible,” she concluded.
KZN MEC Sihle Zikalala, Departments of Road safety, Water and Sanitation and singer Deborah Fraser were among guests at the event.
Zikalala praised the program and challenged other public figures to follow in Mbokazi’s footsteps. “These young people are our future leaders and in order for them to be better leaders, they need our support. Events like this one are great initiatives, and I would also like challenge other public figures to do the same,” said Zikalala.
The big prize of the day went to a matric student, Nonhle Nzimande from Kwa-Ndengezi who was rewarded with a R30 000 bursary to study at Damelin College.
*Caption: (L-R) KZN MEC Sihle Zikalala with Counselor Bheki Mfeka and Zanele La Mbokazi-Nkambule at the Future Leaders event at Bhekokuhle Sports ground.