Sophi positive about the future

2016-05-26 06:00
 Siyabulela Sophi

Siyabulela Sophi

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Siyabulela Sophi, a social entrepreneur from Makhaza in Khayelitsha, has been selected to be one of the Young African Leaders from the SADC region.

The founder of Makhaza Lifestyle has been an innovative individual who saw the significance of empowering the youth of South Africa as he believes they are the future of the African Continent.

The initiative was launched by President Obama in 2010 with the aim of empowering the next generation of African Leaders. Siyabulela is currently in Johannesburg attending the program with other future leaders at The University of South Africa (UNISA), Graduate School of Business Leadership.

They are placed in three focus group and he’s in the business and entrepreneurial development.

Given a lifetime opportunity that will prepare him to be more innovative and be one of the African entrepreneurs to leave their mark on the continent.

Sophi says the program is mind opening and very informative.

He finds it very empowering and vital for all emerging leaders or entrepreneurs.

He said he didn’t know about the program until his High School teacher Darlington Sibanda from Chris Hani High, sent him an email with a link, with the subject “Please check the link and apply. After reading the program criteria he was excited on realising that he stood a chance as a participant.

“I didn’t know whether to celebrate or hold on a moment till the final confirmation, but I was already overwhelmed with excitement,” he said.

The program allows African Youth to connect, network and engage to solve major challenges facing society.

As a Social Entrepreneur, Siyabulela said after this program that he will embark on a journey of empowering young entrepreneurs through Makhaza Lifestyle projects. One of these programmes is the 1st Friday Conversations.

Asked what this achievement meant for the young of Khayelitsha, Sophi said: “Khayelitsha future is looking positive, major developments and youth empowerments are due to take place, the interesting part is that all these will be prepared and done by the same youth other people have lost hope in.

“Khayelitsha is one of the largest communities in South Africa, youth empowerment is vital as it can ensure progressive growth in our local economy.

Socio Economic challenges such as youth unemployment, drug addiction and delinquency requires the youth working with the entire community to create sustainable Opportunities”

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