Xolile Madinda

Co-founder: Save our Schools and Community

Thirty-one-year-old Xolile Madinda is a busy man. He spends much of his time working with the Save our Schools and Community (Sosac) campaign, an organisation he helped found in 2008 and through which he and fellow hip-hop activists fight for "the transformation of the national education system�. Sosac's work focuses on townships in Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth, where it supports learners with tutoring, life-skills and after-school homework assistance. He loves hip-hop and, since 2000, has run hip-hop workshops for the youth of Grahamstown. He is also a founding member of the Makana Arts Council, a community forum run by Grahamstown artists with the support of numerous international artists. Last year Makana released to radio stations around the country a compilation of hip-hop tracks, a "social justice mixtape�, in aid of the Khulumani Support Group, which calls for corporates that supported the apartheid regime to pay reparations. � Ilham Rawoot

Website: sosac.org.za Facebook: Save Our Schools & Community