Lindiwe Dlamini

Founder, Injabulo Anti-bullying Project

Lindiwe Dhlamini is the director of the Injabulo Anti-bullying Project (IABP), a nonprofit she founded in 2015. The severe bullying that Dhlamini’s nephew had to endure in high school because of his homosexuality motivated Dhlamini to kick-start this project. The IABP strives to eradicate the bullying of high school learners by working closely with schools across the townships of Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Nyanga, and Langa. Learners exposed to the project are given 24/7 access to representatives of the project via WhatsApp as well as social media platforms in order to communicate their concerns. The project also hosts educational workshops twice a month using arts, poetry, music, drama and dance. Dhlamini, who is currently reading towards an honours degree in gender and transformation studies at the University of Cape Town, holds a bachelor of social science qualification from the same university where she has been actively involved in various mass mobilisation efforts for campaigns such as #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing. Dhlamini says she would like to be remembered as “a dedicated social justice activist, fallist, and founder of Injabulo Projects” She’s a dedicated leader and has a healthy leadership track record that includes being a fellow with the Human Sciences Research Council, University of California and Hivos in the Leadership for Stigma Reduction Programme. She is also the chairperson of the UCT postgraduate humanities faculty council and has held various leadership positions at UCT, including being the first black female chairperson of Rainbow UCT. She is also the founder of Lindiwe’s Mobile Water-less Car Wash, an initiative started with the aim of “raising fees for university students, and creating awareness about the water crisis in Cape Town,” she shares. “Always show up for yourself, because no one will,” she says. If she could instantly bring about any change in South Africa’s current state of affairs, Dlamini says that she would “end violence against LGBTIAQ+ people, women and children.” — Simphiwe Rens

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