POPULAR Isidingo actress Hlubi Mboya has been appointed ambassador of 46664's Schools Bangle programme of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
At the unveiling of the programme in Johannesburg yesterday, the actress received her new role with school-girl enthusiasm.
"I accepted the offer to be an ambassador for the 46664 project because I am passionate about the youth and education, my father being an academic of note. I am a lover of life. I am a lover of people.
"I got involved also because of my role as Nandipha in Isidingo, who is an HIV-positive woman dealing positively with issues of stigma, and also because it involves the youth. I believe I can contribute something positive to the youth and give them a sense of responsibility as far as education is involved. Personally, I hope that my tombstone will have a diploma or degree inscribed on it," she said.
The 46664 programme will see pupils sell bangles made of silver, copper, gold and platinum. Their prices range from R70 to R136000. The money they make will be used to fund projects within their own communities. It is estimated that 2,5million bangles will be sold worldwide over the next 10 years, and will raise an estimated R1billion for the Nelson Mandela Foundation's 46664 initiatives. The bangles are the brainchild of entrepreneur Robert Coutts.
Mboya was introduced as ambassador of this project by the foundation's 46664 project manager Margaret Canca, who said the 46664 project used celebrities because of their appeal and influence among the youth.
l For information go to www.46664.com/bangle