Three young SA leaders to be honoured by the queen

2015-01-14 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Nosipho Bele (25) from Verulam is among three South ­Africans who will be honoured by Queen Elizabeth II.

Bele joined Capetonians Emma Dicks (25) and Patrice Madurai (22) who are among a group of 60 young people from the British Commonwealth who ­received the young leaders award. The winners are all between 18 and 29 years old and had to prove they have an impact on their communities.

They will travel to London in June to receive their awards from the queen.

Bele, who studied as a teacher at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and now teaches at the Gardens High School in that city, started a mentoring programme, Mentor Me to Success, in 2012.

Bele links university students with matric pupils to help them with their university applications.

“I can’t wait to shake the queen’s hand. I also look forward to the online programme which we will do through Cambridge University,” she said.

Dicks, who studies business sciences at the University of Cape Town, said she looked forward to seeing the inside of Buckingham Palace.

Dicks is one of the directors of ­Innovate South Africa, an organisation that helps pupils to identify problems in their communities and come up with ­solutions.

She also started a programme, Code for Cape Town, last year to help young girls from around the world enter the world of IT.

Madurai, a UCT student from ­Woodstock, was awarded for her project, Cupcake reSolution.

This project raises money to help young people living on the streets or in informal settlements to get ID books.

She also hands out her cupcakes to indigent pupils.

Madurai told sister paper Die Burger she has to date handed out 7 000 ­cupcakes and helped 600 people to get ID books since the start of her project in 2013.

“It is a big honour and surprise to be awarded by the queen. I did not start this project to get any recognition.”

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