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Koketso Mbewe

At the age of 15, Koketso Mbewe donated prize money she had won from a writing competition to her school so that they could build a school hall.

Now 24, the final year Chemical Engineering student from Hammanskraal in Pretoria is a co-founder of the Youth Leadership Investment Network, which was established two years ago. The aim of the network is to empower young people between Grade 5 and university level with entrepreneurial skills so that they can create their own streams of income.

The organisation runs camps, conferences, workshops and school-based residence programmes to tackle three major pillars: leadership, health education and moral regeneration.

She was one of only three youngsters selected to represent South Africa at the 2016 MINDS Annual Youth Dialogue by the Mandela Institute for Development Studies in Tanzania. She is now a fellow at the institute. Mbewe is also an active member of Pledge-a-Pad, an NGO that collects and raises funds to provide sanitary towels for underprivileged girls.

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Nominated in category: Leadership

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