Dean Benjamin

Accounting major Dean Benjamin is doing far more with his time than the average university student. At 22 he is president of Siyaya, a social entrepreneurship organisation in the Cape Town township of Khayelitsha. Siyaya is a volunteer-based initiative that trains Khayelitsha residents in business management skills, sources capital for them to start their own businesses and then consults with them. Benjamin is an ambassador for the Dell Innovation Lab, which brings together 17 outstanding entrepreneurs from around the globe to work on their projects. He is a fellow of the prestigious Kairos Society and still finds time to work with community leaders in his native Parys, developing educational programmes in the local community of Thumahole. Ultimately, his passion lies in creating something that will lead to new businesses that nurture the future citizens of our country. — Ilham Rawoot