Young ambassadors lead changing world
WITH their passion for youth development and drive for a better world, South Africa's One Young World ambassadors have tasked themselves with making a positive mark on the continent.
Johannesburg will next year host the annual OYW summit when 1500 extraordinary young leaders from around the world gather in an effort to find solutions to local and global challenges with a focus on education, healthcare and good governance.
This year the summit will take place in Pittsburgh, US, from October 19 to 21 with over 40 South Africans and 51 African countries participating.
Simamkele Dlakavu, 20, from Queenstown in Eastern Cape has been a member of OYW since last year. For her, charity begins at home.
"My cause is changing the conditions of black people. I have seen the injustices and understand all that is experienced by a black person, so I am challenging the status quo and I will begin at home," says Dlakavu.
Dlakavu coordinates the project Sakha Ulutsha Lwethu, meaning "We are building our youth", in her hometown and is also part of the Dreamgirls SA outreach and mentoring programme for girls in grades 10 to 12.
Thato Choma, 21, a University of SA student from Tshwane, heads the Revolution Eve Organisation, which is "all for girl power".
The organisation, started in July this year, empowers young women in areas of personal development, leadership, global dignity and vision.
"We cannot stand still and hope things will happen. If you want to see development you have to start early. It is important to continually develop yourself and I urge all women to come on board to make a change to take our country forward," says Choma.
Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau says OYW is a tremendous force for good and creates great communication between the youth and the world's leaders.
He vowed to give SA ambassadors a platform on their return from the US to share their ideas for the development. - email@example.com