" Co-founder and chairperson, Daveyton Book Club"
Kwandile Sikhosana has a clear, and large, vision: to improve the lot of the overwhelming majority of South Africans who are disadvantaged.
He wants to empower people to not become just job-seekers, but rather macro-economic role-players.
“I want to redefine what it means to be African — free of racial issues, xenophobic fears and other socioeconomic challenges that counter the progress we have made since 1994,” says Sikhosana.
Just 25 years old, he believes that as a product of poverty and coming from a disadvantaged background, he has a duty to address these issues “so that the next generation can have different struggles, like creating a first world country from our current junk status situation.”
Sikhosana is co-founder and chairperson of the Daveyton Book Club, an organisation that seeks to address illiteracy by establishing mini-libraries and book clubs for disadvantaged communities through partnerships with community developers across the country.
The organisation hosts various campaigns, from feeding the homeless and clothing street kids, to providing free basic project management training, computer skills and entrepreneurship.
Ever the energetic community developer, Sikhosana is currently working on the Brakpan University Initiative, proposing the redevelopment of an underutilised facility in Brakpan into a university campus. The proposal has been put to the department of higher education, and is at the feasibility study stage.
Sikhosana considers red tape and access to funding the greatest challenge he faces in his community development work.
“Many funding institutions prefer to fund initiatives that have been in business for a long time, rather than considering the impact that relatively new organisations can have.”
— Linda Doke