Xolani Mtshizana


While many people are busy castigating Julius Malema, Xolani Mtshizana is thanking him. The anger and betrayal he felt at Malema's statements spurred him into action. He developed Keep Digging, a magazine that helps people to help themselves � and the community. Mtshizana based the content (which focuses on social entrepreneurship, innovation, creative thinking, ethical leadership and social enterprise) on his own experience. He grew up in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape and, when he finished school, because tertiary education wasn't an option, he started his own company, laying tiles. From there he moved on to his own clothing label, Mara, which became a bottled waterbrand as well. He worked for a time at an advertising agency before leaving tostart his magazine. Keep Digging is distributed in townships at R2a copy, "so that people can get the content,� says Mtshizana. Monash university saw a copy of the magazine and offered him the chance to do a degree in politics, international relations and economics � on a full scholarship. He and his wife continue to publish Keep Digging. � Tarryn Harbour

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