Makashule Gana

“Win Gauteng in 2014 and the country in 2019” and show that “young people can be entrusted with positions of leadership”. These are some key issues currently driving DA youth leader Makashule Gana, who doubles as one of the party’s deputy federal chairpersons and a City of Johannesburg councillor. “My election as deputy federal chair dispels the myth that young people are not interested in politics,” says 29-year-old Gana. He believes his new role could change perceptions that the DA is a white party and he’s happy to be used as an example. Referring to himself as “a shy village boy”, Gana cites campaigning for the youth wage subsidy and establishing a DA political school with fellow leader Khume Ramulifho in Gauteng’s southern region as highlights of his career. He wants to use his position to improve the DA’s interaction with young people both in their daily challenges and during next year’s election campaign. — Mmanaledi Mataboge