Lebogang Maile

Chairperson, Gauteng Youth Commission

Lebogang Maile's popularity as a leader grew during his time as president of the Congress of South African Students (Cosas). From 1995 he led the organisation's team presenting proposals to Parliament's portfolio committee on education during the formulation of the South African Schools Act. Maile's term as Cosas president was, however, marred by continued stand-offs with government, most notably around education officials. But he continued to grow, becoming the first chairperson of the Gauteng Youth Commission, a government body responsible for the formulation of the youth development policy framework. One of the programmes initiated by the commission under his stewardship is the Izimbizo programme, aimed at promoting dialogue and ensuring that government is in constant contact with young people. The 29-yearold is now the Gauteng provincial secretary of the ANC Youth League as well as head of social transformation for the league's provincial executive committee, working closely with NGO's focusing on youth development. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

Lunch spot: The Meat Co, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg