Lesedi Mogoatlhe

Lesedi Mogoatlhe understands the transformative power of radio. She sees it every time her young radio group uses the microphone to ask tough questions, debate real issues and formulate opinions, especially around HIV and Aids — a key component of her work in Khayelitsha. “There is something about having their voices amplified that seems to also amplify everything else about them,” she says. As a trainer and facilitator for the Children’s Radio Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that gives “young people the tools and skills to make their voices heard”, Mogoatlhe empowers underprivileged and unemployed youth to become skilled radio journalists and active citizens who can take ownership of their lives and the issues that affect their communities. The 29-year-old, who grew up in Thembisa, can relate. As an actor, presenter and filmmaker with a master’s degree in documentary film, Mogoatlhe has used many platforms to get her worldview across. Now it’s her turn to help others voice theirs. — Cat Pritchard