NGO focuses on youth upliftment

2018-05-22 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedModels at the recent fashion show hosted by Ikhono Organization were Precious Gumede, Mphiliseni Mhlongo, Pearl Vintage, Amanda Langa and Mfanafuthi Dladla.

PHOTO: suppliedModels at the recent fashion show hosted by Ikhono Organization were Precious Gumede, Mphiliseni Mhlongo, Pearl Vintage, Amanda Langa and Mfanafuthi Dladla.

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IKHONO Organization in Botha’s Hill is a non-profit-organisation that specialises in uplifting the youth in the community in a form of running various programmes within the community.

Ikhono Organization spokesperson Nkosinathi Sithole said that the organisation was established in 2012 and it focuses on organising community events, community upliftment programmes, motivational seminars, talent shows and other various initiatives for the youth and community.

“We have a series of community upliftment projects that we do annually. We recently held the KwaNyuswa Fashion Day and Business Expo for the first time this year and we are planning on doing it every year towards the end of April.

“We also do the KwaNyuswa Interactive Gaming Day which is held every July. The Battle of High Schools Talent Show was established since 2014 and we hold it every year from July to December. The Miss Qadi Nyuswa was formed in 2012 and it is also our annual event.

“The organisation’s board consists of nine members the chairman Sibonelo Mbokazi, the vice chairman Mfanafuthi Dladla, the treasurer Miselakhe Mbokazi, the secretary Sindi Busane, a communication and promotions officer Nkosinathi Sithole and two additional members Mphiliseni Mhlongo and Philani,” said Sithole.

He added that the organisation has a group of passionate young men and women who are striving for change in the community.

“We want to see our community taking a direction where the young growing individuals have confidence and with hard work and dedication they can achieve anything that they wish for and with that they can bring change to their families and the community in the near future.

“We have over 20 crew members who are young and vibrant who always dedicate their time in the projects that we do. They are young and hardworking individuals who are always objective to the course and they are always there when we need them and we are eternally grateful for that.

“To all our sponsors we appreciate the overwhelming support we usually receive from them, especially, the Arts and Culture KwaZulu-Natal Department, Ubizo School of Art, EzakwaZulu Newspaper, Hillcrest VW Alpine and many others.”

Sithole said: “We are open to anyone who wishes to donate and help us achieve our goals.

“You can be a sponsor to any of our projects and you can help change a life one step at a time.”

For more information on the Ikhono Organization visit their offices at 795 Manqoba Drive, Mandela Park, Botha’s Hill or contact phone 060 904 0170 or 076 173 5643.

Alternatively send an e-mail to abazwe@gmail.com

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