Rudzani Mulaudzi, an entrepreneur, advised young people to start with whatever idea they had to contribute to change in their community. “Until you start you will never know what you are capable of doing,” he said at the 2017 Top Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) awards, held on 29 June 2017 by the Junior Chamber International South Africa (JCI South Africa) in partnership with Brand South Africa.
“If you have a passion, for instance in making music, look how you can make use of it in a community context so that it can be impactful to people and the community you belong to,” said the 29-year-old. He is the co-founder of Gradesmatch, an education technology initiative that connects learners, parents, and teachers to careers, bursaries and institutions. Through Gradesmatch he has reached 10,000 learners.
Mulaudzi is also researching how to drive stokvels from being pure consumers to becoming investors.
He is one of those named in the TOYP awards of the JCI South Africa. The awards celebrated all the nominees and highlighted the four TOYP. The celebration was held at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.
Why the awards
The awards identify, recognise and profile young active citizens who have a positive impact on their communities. It is part of the global TOYP awards, in which the JCI South Africa honourees can be nominated.
The JCI South Africa is a non-profit organisation that has been affiliated with Junior Chamber International since 1957. The chamber is a worldwide community of young active citizens between the ages of 18 and 40, who believe in creating positive change.
Its members promote entrepreneurial and leadership skills needed to generate positive changes in their communities, their countries, and the world.
The TOYP of the global JCI body will be announced later this year. In the meantime, you can vote for the South African honourees on the website. You can also share their stories.
A contribution to your country
Linda Sangaret, chief marketing officer of Brand South Africa, said these young people were making a contribution to improve the country. “This is a reminder to help create and to play your part taking care of one another. Every person in the country should be involved in making the country a better place.”
South Africa’s nation brand agency was proud to be part of the awards ceremony, she said. “These young people are taking part in addressing social inequalities. These young people drive active citizenship.”
Given the difficult economic times in the country, people must collaborate to help create a positive change, Sangaret said. “The people in South Africa are the most important stakeholders of the nation’s brand.”
She urged South Africans to make a contribution to issues such as alleviating poverty.
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