Katleho Madikeng

At only 15 years old, Katleho Madikeng is already a community leader. Tired of seeing his fellow school mates turn to substance abuse and crime instead of sports, Madikeng started Sisonke Entertainment, a programme that engages young people (aged nine to 15) in free extra lessons and community activities like board games and soccer. The weekend project, sponsored by Investec Junior Achievement South Africa, brings around 40 young people together every Saturday at Katleho’s school in Qwaqwa. Being a neutral space, the club has slowly become a forum for young people to discuss their problems and in these instances they are referred to Beacon of Hope for counselling. Madikeng believes that young people have the power to change their communities and should take responsibility for their education and learning, and that being given the opportunity to take on leadership roles will encourage people to explore creative options and find solutions.

— Lisa van Wyk