Introducing Queen’s Young Leaders Siposetu, Thamsanqa and Alice
Each week we are introducing you to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders, sharing their stories and celebrating the incredible work that they are doing in their communities. Take a look at last weeks post featuring Priscilla Ruzibuka from Rwanda, Anael Bodwell from Seychelles, and Brima Manso Bangura from Sierra Leone.
This week we are getting to know both of our South African winners Siposetu Sethu Mbuli and Thamsanqa Hoza, and Alice Ahadi Magaka one of our winners from Tanzania.
Siposetu from South Africa
Growing up with albinism herself, and mindful of the misconceptions that still exist around it, Siposetu co-founded Love, This Skin. The organisation assists, supports and educates young people with albinism and their families. It currently works with over 100 people, the majority of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and provides them with necessities like sun protection and eye care.
“I am honoured and feel grateful to have been chosen as part of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award. This Award confirms the importance of the work we do at ‘Love,This Skin’ and the power of sharing one’s story.”
As a broadcaster, Siposetu regularly tells her story and encourages other people to share theirs. Love, This Skin runs an online series which, through interviews and conversations, reports on some of the challenges people with albinism have faced. The group also works with organisations like the Western Cape Albinism and Hypo-pigment Foundation to host community initiatives focused on educating the public about albinism and eradicating misconceptions about the condition.
Thamsanqa from South Africa
In 2014, while studying at the Lawhill Maritime Centre, Thamsanqa and a friend developed the ‘Hot Nozzle’, a portable battery-operated shower head which heats up water. As a result, he was recognised by the African Innovation Foundation as one of the top ten young innovators in Africa. He has since co-founded HN Innovate, an organisation which seeks to encourage and inspire young people to explore entrepreneurship. Thamsanqa is also launching a Robotics Science and Technology Programme to help students learn to conceptualise, design and build robot models.
“I am excited to become part of an ecosystem of other young people who are committed to bringing a change to their communities and the world at large.”
Alice from Tanzania
After discovering many girls were absent from her school due to having their periods, Alice set up The Pink Box Project. The scheme encourages those who can afford to buy sanitary provisions to make donations to those who cannot. At its launch, 100 packs of sanitary towels were donated to women and girls and Alice now runs a monthly collection and distribution service. The scheme also hosts forums to educate girls about menstrual hygiene. Since starting the project, Alice has noted a reduction in the number of girls and young women who are absent at her school. She would now like to expand the scheme to rural areas and to introduce reusable menstrual products to girls living there.
“It’s such a privilege to become part of a unique network of other young leaders from across the Commonwealth who are catalysts of positive change in their communities.”