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Youth Month: Meet the 3 Soweto game changers who are making a difference in their communities

From left: Hector Nzomi, Goitsemang Modise and Katlego Thwane. Picture: Supplied

From left: Hector Nzomi, Goitsemang Modise and Katlego Thwane. Picture: Supplied

Published Jun 21, 2022

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Soweto is one of the most famous townships in South Africa. As a person raised in Soweto, I can tell you for free that the hood is not nice.

Yes, there are some good elements to it, but it is not glamorous. There is a high teenage pregnancy rate, many school drop outs, unemployment, and alcohol and drug abuse.

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While some become successful, many succumb to the toxic environment and become victims of the above-mentioned.

However, not all is bad as there are those young people who try by all means to make a difference in their communities and this month, we celebrate those people.

Hector Nzomi, Katlego Thwane and Goitsemang Modise are some of the Soweto youth that is making a change in society.

They are part of the NESTLÉ BARONE “It Starts with One” campaign, aimed at celebrating young South African game-changers.

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Hailing from Dlamini, Nzomi is a 23-year-old drums teacher. Nzomi says he wasn’t good with books, so he had to learn a skill he could teach to other young people.

“I was a slow learner who attended a special school in Orange Farm. I then decided that since I’m not academically gifted, I should do something else using my hands, and that’s how I started to teach drums,” he says.

Representing Dobsonville is Thwane, a school teacher who runs Atlegang Bana Foundation. He tutors children on weekends to help them with English, Maths, and basic computer skills.

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From Meadowlands is Modise, who has been teaching young girls netball since 2014. As a rape survivor, Modise wanted to keep girl children away from the streets by giving them something to do after school.

All three game-changers have been honoured with murals across Soweto. Nzomi’s is at Protea Glen, Thwane’s in Dobsonville and Modise’s in Meadowlands.

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