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Children and Teens issues by Naledi Moleo
Bongani Clifford KaHlatshwayo, known as Uhuru on social media, he was born in Klerksdorp, North West in 1993 to Mr Sabelo and the late Mrs Hlatshwayo, he is a brother to Phumzile Hlatshwayo and Tshwaragano Malao. Currently living with his grandmother Mrs Emma Spele and his aunt Ms Mamiki Spele and nephew Sphamandla Spele. He started his schooling at Zimele Gear and that's where leadership involvement started, as he was the first chairperson of the Soul Buddies club, when he was doing grade and he started the garden project, to which it's still running to date. He further went to attend at Nkang Mahlale Secondary School from grade 8 to 12. During his high school days, Bongani was actively involved in the Representative Council of Learners from grade 10, then in grade 11, he was part of the Executive Council and in grade 12, he was elected as the RCL President/Headboy and served as the Refentse Cluster chairperson and was elected as a council member of the North West RCL council, under the leadership of Ms Agnes Mkhonza. He lead a successful merger between the former Metebong High School and Nkang Mahlale Secondary School and then was elected as the Provincial Executive Member of the Congress of South African Students in the North West, to which he also served as the Provincial Working Committee member from 2010 until 2012. He furthed his studies at the North West University Mafikeng Campus, where he was studying Political Sciences and International Relations, due to financial exclusions and amongst other family problems, he dropped out immediately after his first year. He then joined the Activate Change Drivers in 2013. Activate! is a network of more than 2000 young leaders driving change for the public good across South Africa. Members of the network, Activators, are connected by their passion, skills, sense of self and spark to address tough challenges. They are actively initiating innovative, sustainable and creative solutions to reshape our society. Bongani was then elected as the North West Connector for Activate, after he was volunteering in very same position, because it was commissioned as a post and through this position, Bongani was able to impact more than 3000 young people and old people in the different sectors within the North West. He did this, through the Activate Exchange and Imbizo programs, where it was spaces where people can be under same roof to discuss their challenges and derive solutions as a collective and hold each other accountable in making solutions to become an action and make the change its intended for. Through these programs, he was able to create both educational and entrepreneurial opportunities for young people, not limited to the North West but in other provinces as well. He now holds a certificate in Leadership and Community Development from Activate Change Drivers. Through a referral from one his mentor Mr Victor Seshoka one of the pioneers of the Young African Leadership Initiative, a flagship program started by former US President Barack Obama, Bongani was then invited to attend the YALI Regional Leadership Center training at UNISA- School of Business and Leadership in Midrand, to complete a course in Public Management and Governance in 2016. This comes after, Bongani Hlatshwayo, represented the North West at the Sectoral Youth Parliament in Soweto, to which he served in the educational development Commission and participated in the economic development Commission as well. Through the Skeem Foundation, along with his friends from Klerksdorp, they were able to organise high tea sessions, that saw 30 girls benefitting from it, from several speakers and continuous toiletry packs donated. Upon his return home, he then joined Mr Sanele Makinane, the CEO of the Wesvaal Chamber of Business to start the Center for Entrepreneurship Excellence, center that will groom and develop 50 young emerging entrepreneurs from the KOSH area through an 18 months long program, that will grant these Entrepreneurs an NQF level 4 certificate in Venture Creation and Entrepreneurship, with a bankable business plan and opportunities for funding and investment. He has now enrolled with UNISA to complete his degree in Public Administration, Governance and Development studies, to which he will start on the second semester, as he covered his registration late. He has now been selected to attend the One Young World Summit in October at Bogatà in Columbia, which is a four-day Summit.
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