Wandisile Nqeketho

Wandisile Nqeketho is nothing if not entrepreneurial. Despite the fact that he grew up in a two-bedroom shack with eight other family members and received no formal tertiary education, he is already setting up his third business at the age of 23. The Gangster Museum aims to educate children about the dangers of gangsterism, a prevalent problem in Nqeketho’s neighbourhood in Khayelitsha. It is his solution to keeping 14-year-olds from killing each other, a tragedy he has witnessed at first hand. The museum will exhibit art from former prisoners and former gangsters will share their experiences. He also co-founded Ilima Cleaning and Recycling, an initiative that encourages township residents, among them disabled people, to collect recyclable material, which they exchange for shopping vouchers. The project keeps the township clean while creating work for the unskilled, as well as educating township residents about the importance of recycling and protecting the environment. — Ilham Rawoot