MEET THE YLT

KZN Team

Nkosikhona Duma

Nkosi Duma (24) is an active citizen with an exemplary record of voluntary service. In Grade 11, he was elected head boy, after which he was selected by Rotary International to represent South Africa in Brazil as a youth ambassador. In 2015 he enrolled at the University of KwaZulu Natal for a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Community Development and Media and Cultural Studies.

In that same year, he was appointed the chairperson of InkuluFreeHeid, a youth-led, civil society organization which seeks to deepen democracy, reignite civil society activism, and enhance social cohesion. In his community of Magabheni, in eThekwini, he has volunteered with Vuselela Ithemba Youth Club, facilitating career awareness programmes for local schools as well as community outreach programmes. In 2017 he joined the Ulwazi Programme, where he freelances, generating locally relevant content in Zulu and English. Coming from a disadvantaged community, Nkosi is acutely aware of South Africa’s socio-economic challenges and is passionate about contributing towards alleviating the HIV/AIDS pandemic. At the end of 2017, he completed his degree with nine distinctions. And at the end of 2018, he completed his Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Culture, Communication and Media Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Mbali Ngubane

At the end of 2018, Mbali Ngubane (24) completed her LLB degree at the University of the Free State. It was her exposure to different aspects of the law, such as human rights, that ignited her commitment to helping young women who have been exposed to HIV/AIDS through no fault of their own.

She is involved in a young adults’ leadership programme which mentors young girls and encourages abstinence. Throughout high school, she had the opportunity to mentor young girls. Her diverse experience as a leader has helped her to develop many skills in this regard. As a law student, she has also learned to become an innovative thinker and problem solver. Mbali believes that by educating and empowering young women entire communities can be uplifted.

Ayanda ‘Jay’ Mbatha

Jay Mbatha (23) is a third-year medical student at the University of Kwazulu-Natal (Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine). She is focused, driven and passionate about women empowerment and development. Jay is an active member of the Southern African Methodist Church and has been part of the Methodist Church Young Women Organisation, which works for the betterment of the lives of young women and girls, for the past five years.

In 2016 she was part of ACTIVATE! Leadership, an organization that trains young people to think Innovatively and teaches them project planning, socio-political navigating, leadership and networking skills. Being part of the ACTIVATE network helped Jay to develop her own leadership skills and an ability to work with different people. She served as the 2017 chairperson of Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine Women’s Forum, which works with the Higher Education and Training HIV/Aids Programme (HEAIDS) to teach the youth about the importance of being tested for HIV and practicing safe sex. The forum works in line with the guidelines of the Zazi campaign, which encourages women to know their strengths and value as a means to overcoming adversity and being well informed when it comes to managing their health.

Jay is a member of the “Campus HIV and AIDS Support Unit” (CHASU) and holds a Bachelor of Medical Science degree, majoring in anatomy, which she completed in 2016.

Nkosinathi Hadebe

Nkosinathi Hadebe (26) holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Criminology and Sociology) degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was an active executive committee member of a peer education programme called “Campus HIV and AIDS Support Unit” (CHASU). As part of this programme, he was a role model who demonstrated a healthy, responsible lifestyle to other students on campus and provided information on issues affecting the lives of young people, such as gender equity, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, life skills and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

He took part in the 2017 International AIDS Conference and has proven to be a good listener and communicator, as well as an effective facilitator. He has also demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, having started “Anti-Drug Movement” in 2014, which has a school-based programme called “Smart Club”, with the aim of creating awareness about increasing substance abuse in schools in the Hillcrest area, where his duties included leading the team and fundraising to keep the programme going. Nkosinathi is passionate about working with people and finding innovative ways to help others

Gauteng Team

Mbali Makhubalo

Mbali Makhubalo (24) is a BA Psychology graduate from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and is currently doing her 3rd-year modules with the University of South Africa to qualify to study towards an honours degree in Integrated Organisational Communication. As a student, Mbali was actively involved in various activities and held a number of leadership positions. She was a member of the Psychology Society at NMMU and the Psychology Society of South Africa, and served on the university resident committee of 2015-2016, handling the social development portfolio. In 2015 she was crowned 2nd Princess in the Miss NMMU pageant. Her work experience includes an intern role at Imperial Logistics where she assisted with administrative support. Prior to her appointment to the YLT she was a Learner Support Agent Volunteer under the Gauteng Department of Education, offering peer to peer mentorship and support to learners on social issues which affect their school performance negatively and does online English tutoring on Weekends.

Celimpilo Nkambule

Celimpilo Nkambule (24) is a passionate activist for young women empowerment, with a solid track record of active participation in this regard. She is a youth sector member for the South African National AIDS Council, a convener of decreasing teenage pregnancy for She Conquers, a woman sector representative for Treatment Action campaign and Chairperson of the Rise young woman club, among other activist roles.

She holds a certificate in Hospitality and New Venture Creation from the Pyramid Training Academy and a Project Management and Information Technology Certificate from the Institute for sustainable risk management. She has held a number of positions in various workplace fields, including Sales, Early Childhood Development and most recently held the position of Youth Friendly Servicer on the Department of Public Works’ National Youth Service (NYS) programme.

Matshediso Sibande

Matshediso Sibande (24) is a penultimate LLB student at the University of South Africa and also studies towards a Wealth Management Diploma at Milpark Business School.

She has worked in various positions in a number of industries, including serving as an Office Administrator at Steel Mining and Commercial Workers Union, Receptionist at Clinton Hospital, a Catering assistant at BZL, Financial Agent at Circle Finance and Sales and Marketing Associate at CREDICO. She is a passionate public speaker and enjoys giving motivational talks to her peers. Matshediso is a finalist in “One Day Leader”, a South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) reality television competition that aims to identify and develop young leaders between the ages of 18 and 25.

She is actively involved in community service and was part of a three-month community development project by Tearfund (UK) where she facilitated female empowerment workshops and conducted teaching sessions in schools in Ghana and Chesterville, KZN, she was also involved in projects such as recycling initiatives, tree planting as well as hospital and old age home visits.

She also served as a Tutor and Soup Kitchen Assistant at her High School in Vosloorus and is involved in outreach programmes from Agape, her Family Church where she has also taken part in designing a Teen Mentorship Programme alongside four other dynamic Young people and her Spiritual Mother.