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Continuous and monitored success inspires excellence in Khayelitsha youth

December 31, 2013

The name Rani is known all around Khayelitsha, not for notoriety but for human development through their successful brand of computer academies, Silulo Ulutho.

The entrepreneurial achievements of the Rani brothers, Vincent Manzini, Moses Gxothiwe and many others, coupled with the academic achievements of Dr. Vuyane Mhlomi is inspiring a new generation of achievement and excellence in Khayelitsha.

By showcasing incredible talent and providing it a platform to shine, urban regeneration and poverty eradication is eased by people’s own desire for achievement.

Growing up NU 7 (Native Unit 7 – Number 2146) I’ve always known the importance of achievement motivating other to succeed.

You see, during the apartheid era many things happened, besides the fight for liberation and constant police harassment. One of the things worth observing was the constant “fight” for self actualisation amongst the proud and privileged classes of black South Africans who’s choice was to stay in the country and give hope to its people.

My father one of these people, a child of a school master, he qualified as a lawyer and had studied in now famous Lovedale College (in Alice), Fort Hare for his BA and Zululand for his LLB. He went one to later practice in human rights law, and was involved in various political cases in KwaZulu, Transkei and Ciskei.

In Mdantsane township within the Bantustan of the Ciskei, my father became a recognized legal mind and with his achievements came a group of equally qualified, professional friends amongst them doctors, lawyers and businessmen. Amongst their many achievements, a typically unspoken area of their success was their ability to motivate others to achieve success, whether within their family, their circle of influence or by mere mention of their name in the community.

I’ve worked in the community of Khayelitsha for 4 years and in the last 2 years there has been a very obvious shift in the energy of some of the young people in the community and all of it positive.

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