Industrious community-builder Lefa Sehlaku will be laid to rest in Mount Fletcher in Eastern Cape on Sunday.
Sehlaku, who was the Western Cape finalist in the national finals of the 2001 Sowetan, SABC and Old Mutual Community Builder of the Year Awards, passed away recently after an illness.
Growing up in Khayelitsha as an aimless, hapless and luckless street child, Sehlaku changed his life by working to uplift his community.
In 1995 he started Masifundisane, a community-development organisation that still helps to run HIV-Aids awareness, education and training programmes; poverty-alleviation workshops and after-school educational and cultural activities for youths.
At the time of his untimely passing, Sehlaku was heading an events management company, Sehlaku and Associates, which staged career guidance and development fairs, school-based beauty pageants and educational school tours, which included visits to Sowetan.
Sehlaku was loved, adored and respected by teachers and pupils and a memorial service was organised by the schools fraternity in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape in Mount Fletcher yesterday. - Victor Mecoamere