Leading by example

2018-02-27 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedFounder of INkanyiso Foundation Nkanyiso Mchunu.

PHOTO: suppliedFounder of INkanyiso Foundation Nkanyiso Mchunu.

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AYOUNG and vibrant Nkanyiso Mchunu (23) had an experience of a lifetime when he took part in the One Day Leader television series which is aired every Thursday on SABC 1 at 9 pm.

Mchunu said he heard about the programme from a friend who encouraged him to enter.

“My friend took part in the One Day Leader series last year. She suggested that I also enter since she believed that I had the qualities and skills for being in the programme and to my surprise I got a call telling me that I was chosen along with 19 other candidates. ”

According SABC 1 publicist Phillip Mabitsela, One Day Leader is a television series in which six young people showcase their leadership skills by tackling modern day South African social, economic and political issues as a way of competing for the coveted title of One day Leader.

“The show tells the story of the evolution of these young leaders from ordinary young people into willing, influential, accountable, thoughtful, calculating and brave visionaries; the epitome of the future youth leaders of our country.

“This is a reality series that engages and aims to educate young South African between the ages of 18 to 25 on leadership skills.

This it does while also investigating social, economic and political issues that impact the leadership of the country. It aims to explore, extract and showcase the leadership qualities of young South Africans represented by the six finalists. These qualities are judged on the six pillars of leadership, namely willingness, vision, attitude, influence, action and accountability.”

Mchunu said even though he didn’t make it to the top six, he had a great experience.

“The experience was phenomenal. I got to network with a lot of people who have similar aspirations and ideas as mine coming from all walks of life. I got to learn that if people work together and hold each other’s hands then there is a lot to achieve.”

During the competition, Mchunu was faced with a challenge and tried his best to overcome the situation.

“My biggest challenge in the competition was debating. I have never been in a debating competition before but I tried my best to tackle the topic.”

Mchunu is now planning a programme called iNkanyiso Programme under his NGO iNkanyiso Foundation, which he founded in 2014.

“The programme will be based on instilling a culture of township entrepreneurship. We will be hosting it at various schools and in communities.

“We recently hosted a financial literacy and business development seminar, where we invited entrepreneurs from the township to enlighten people on different issues as well as share basic financial knowledge.”

For more information, phone 083 383 8834.

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