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Sikhululekile Luwaca

Sikhululekile Luwaca, 24, founded the Hand2Hand student association that collects non-perishable food items, second-hand textbooks, and spearheads fundraising initiatives for disadvantaged students at the University of the Free State (UFS).

SK, as his friends call him, was elected residence committee representative for House Outeniqua and student representative council (SRC) leader for Dialogue and Association in 2015. He became SRC president in 2016. He played a key role in facilitating a series of dialogues on transformation and helped improve student engagement after various racist attacks and incidents at UFS that were widely reported on, both nationally and internationally.

He participated and contributed to decisions taken in some of the difficult and important conversations about the UFS’s language policy change, Fees Must Fall, the Shimla Park incident and remedies for financial exclusion. During his SRC term, they fundraised R1.2m to assist students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

At the age of 13, Luwaca founded an association that sought to address school dropouts in rural areas. While at Cathcart High School, he started an organisation that collected and distributed food for the impoverished and elderly members of the community of Cathcart township. He served in the Student Christian Organisation (SCO) as chairperson for more than five years and, in 2013, co-founded the Ubuntu Schools Project that donated 100 full school uniforms to vulnerable children in Phomolong High School in Tembisa, Johannesburg.

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Nominated in category: Visionary

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