Nokubonga Yawa

HIV/Aids and education activist

In 2003 Nokubonga Yawa was 15, pregnant and living with HIV. She had dropped out of school and was helping her mother sell "runaways� (chicken feet) in the streets of her neighbourhood. Flash forward to 2011 and her life couldn't be more different. She's a presenter on Siyanquoba Beat It!, a popular TV show about HIV and Aids awareness, and she's big sister to thousands of young South Africans who see her as their role model. She's also a proud parent and an equal education activist. Yawa has used challenges to kick-start her career, and urges other young people to do the same � especially if they come from poor communities. "As long as you have a mind, you are able to do something with your life,� she says. She dreams of producing her own TV reality show�but first she wants to go back to school to write her matric. � Ayanda Sitole

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