Stories of Youth-Led Change
Read about the social impact and enterprise projects and experiences of youth in our programs.
Our stories are captured from site visits and interviews with youth (past and present) in our programs.
Names: Petunia Koitsioe Year Joined the enke family: 2011 Community Issue: Youth Empowerment Hometown: Johannesburg, Gauteng Petunia grew up in Soweto with a love of stories; of hearing them, creating them and recording them. Over the years, so many of the stories she heard reflected experiences vastly different to her own. Through these stories a sense of injustice grew in her and a…Read More
Names: Brian Vusi-Musi Zwane Year Joined the enke family: 2011 Community Issue: Environment Hometown: Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal It’s hard to know where to start with Vusi. We could talk about when he was a enke: Trailblazer in 2011 and he ran not just one, but three Community Action Project’s (CAPs), or how as an enke: Igniter in 2013 he won the Discovery…Read More
Name: Jarrod Delport Year joined enke: 2009 From: Krugersdorp, Gauteng Finding that critical moment of inspiration for creating change can be a struggle and for those with the ideas and the inspiration, finding the right moment to shine can be the hardest part. After half a decade of involvement with enke: Make Your Mark, Jarrod says finding his inspiration at the very first…Read More
Names: Tsakane Ngoepe & Maja Morukhuladi School: Dendron Senior Secondary School (matriculated in 2010) Community Issue: Education Hometown: Bochum, Limpopo Tsakane Ngoepe (“TK”) and Maja Morukhuladi attended Dendron Senior Secondary School, situated about 60kms outside of Polokwane in the Limpopo province. They noted that the dropout rate of students in Grade 11, at their school, was quite high and wanted to turn this…Read More
Names: Sesi Selemolela School: Malusi High School (matriculated in 2013) Community Issue: Youth Empowerment Hometown: Avon, Limpopo Finding her second family has been a journey for Sesi. Coming from the rural farmlands of Limpopo, she saw a lot of young people without much to do, and getting into trouble. Before joining the enke family Sesi and a friend had tried, unsuccessfully, to…Read More
Names: Ndilisa May, Talita Maliti, Lwazi Fanana, Vuyani Vorslag, Ambesa Mafanga, Ludwe Zigwebile, Onke Ntlolokotshane & Abenathi Ntelezi School: Chris Hani Secondary School Community Issue: Education/Literacy Hometown: Khayelitsha, Western Cape How do you inspire in a group of young people a love of reading? Especially when you have limited access to books and no place for young people read? Eight high school learners…Read More
Name: Lubabalo Qamata Community Issue: Youth Development Hometown: Eastern Cape Upon leaving the 2013 enke: Forum, Lubabalo’s vision was to create a platform to develop critical thinking amongst his peer group within his high school and community. He has started a debating club/platform where young people voice their concerns on issues within South Africa and engage on critical matters currently facing…Read More
Names: Aviwe Nkani, Thabo Ngoxo & Siphelo Mvampantsi Community Issue: Education Hometown: Eastern Cape These three 2013 Trailblazers are teaching young people in the Lovers Twist village of Hamburg how to play a musical instrument. As participants at the Keiskamma Music Academy they have seen the impact of music and self-expression in their lives. The group believes that many young…Read More
Names: Siyamthanda Dyantyie, Vuyisa Ntsundwana & Sibusiswe Beja Community Issue: Youth Development Hometown: Eastern Cape Going by the name “Change Initators”, this group of three 2013 Trailblazers are tutoring primary school children and offering them homework classes to deter them from getting influenced into negative behaviours by older kids within the community. The primary school learners are provided with a…Read More