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Lukhanyiso Nunu

Khayelitsha-born Lukhanyiso Nunu, 29, uses money he gets from foreign tourists to fund an organisation that tries to keep children away from criminal elements through sports tournaments.

He established a sports-based project to try and foster unity in a crime-ridden community, creating a space where kids from surrounding areas could meet every month in Khayelitsha to compete in street soccer tournaments. He does this through his organisation Isibane Initiative and Development, which aims to unite children, in particular, and educate them about substance abuse and gang violence, with the aim of giving them alternative options in life.

So far, the organisation has involved between 80 and 100 children. He believes that unity can trump violence, because of the friendships that are borne out of the tournaments.

“It will be difficult to fight with someone, knowing that you guys play together,” he says.

The organisation is funded by the work that Nunu does by attracting tourists to the area. He manages a monthly Kasi Tour for international students who want to visit Khayelitsha. They pay a minimum fee to be part of the tour, and that money goes into funding the organisation’s projects.

Nunu is also an animal lover who plays an active role in washing and arranging medication for the dogs in the community.

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Nominated in category: Leadership

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