Nkosikhona Mpungose

Founder and chairperson, Youth Inter-Active

Nkosikhona Mpungose is a Muslim youth community leader who currently serves as the Youth District Chapter Leader for the National Interfaith Council of South Africa.

Mpungose is a community development activist who is the founder and chairperson of Youth Inter-Active (YIA). YIA is a platform that facilitates leadership, peer education, career guidance, and art and sports development. Currently, he is also the executive youth representative for the KwaZulu-Natal Civil Society Organisation Coalition, the Project Manager for the I CAN Leadership Project — which operates under the United States Consulate’s Durban branch, as well as the Activate Station Head for the INK (Inanda, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma) region in eThekwini.

He has over 10 years of experience in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and is considered a champion of meaningful youth participation and inclusion. He is the chairperson of the eThekwini Aids Council (district level) youth sector and is one of eight African representatives for the HIV Vaccine Network Team based in Washington. He is a member of a Community Advisory Board at Caprisa, where he advises researchers and doctors on how to approach young people regarding new HIV prevention strategies. He is also a facilitator at Children and HIV Association, where he facilitates the adolescence and friendly youth services programs. In 2016, he was elected as a steering committee member for the 21st International Aids Conference Durban Youth Force. He speaks of the important part that young people have to play in the eradication of HIV and the promotion of beneficial sexual health practices.

In 2014, his community work earned him the Most Resourceful Youth Award by Activate! Change Driver organisation for community development and public innovation and in 2013, he got the Community award for gender-based violence prevention by Brothers for Life and the KZN Network.

To add to his many achievements, he was also selected to participate in the ASRI Future Leaders Fellowship programme,

— Sifiso Buthelezi

Twitter: @MpungoseNW