Mcebo Khumalo

Board member, National Youth Development Agency

Mcebo Khumalo was so determined to contribute to youth development that a shooting accident that left him blind in 2004 coundn't stop him. The 29-year-old deputy national chairperson and general secretary of the Disabled Youth South Africa started off by raising awareness on HIV/Aids and opened a driving school to equip young people with driving skills. Just over a year after his shooting accident, Khumalo passed matric and enrolled for two degrees at the University of KwaZulu-Natal: one in political science and one in economics. He serves on the South African Youth Council, the SABC's Youth Advisory Panel, is the general secretary of Disabled Students Organisation and a board member of the National Youth Development Agency. Khumalo has also been involved in the drafting of policies and programmes advising government on how to ensure that HIV/Aids awareness programmes benefit people living with disabilities. � Mmanaledi Mataboge

Lunch spot: Spur Steak Ranches, Sun Coast Casino, Durban