Siba aims to shine for Makhaza

2016-06-09 06:00
 Sibabalwe Mkungelwa wants to change his community.

Sibabalwe Mkungelwa wants to change his community.

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Sbababalwe Mkungela is a young Khayelitsha social activist who seems to be going places and his first stop is “the land of the free”.

Mkungela, from Makhaza flew out of the country on Tuesday to work in the United States of America as a camp counsellor.

The 20 year old started his youth development company called Ambassadors of Change in January this year.

It is aimed at providing basic skills to the youth to drive them away from social ills such as drug abuse, gangsterism and criminal behaviour.

He hoped to generate revenue by hosting events not only for his own company but for others with a special focus on youth development events.

After establishing his company, it took him three months to stage his first event which he regards as a success. It was titled Makhaza Got Talent, a talent show for the youth.

He will work in the US for four months assisting young people as part of the exchange project by American company Interexchange USA and local Sidlala Sifunda Adventures.

“Im very excited to travel outside the country. This is the second time that I will be travelling for business as I was in Northern Cape a couple of months ago. This is a much bigger opportunity for me,” he said.

He said that the trip was in line with his goals and dreams to develop the youth.

“My main aim is to steer the youth away from social ills. I want to make young people realise how meaningful leadership is by giving them tasks to investigate the effects and and prevention of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, sexual experimantation at a young age, teenage pregnancy, abuse and rape. I want to turn them into leaders in our communities at a young age,” he said.

‘’Involving everyone in the community is a key tool to bring change for future generations.

I want to change the situation in Makhaza community where the youth do not have information about the opportunities available to them.

The ignorance leads to inactivity which makes them susceptible to negative influences,” he said. He says he believe that if he stays focused nothing that can stop.

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