This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Mail & Guardian’s annual list of 200 notable South Africans under the age of 35. We are delighted to announce that GTI Future Leader Programme Manager Zonke Mputulo was selected for this year’s list.
The Mail & Guardian’s piece describes her journey from LEAP student to LEAP school leader and GTI manager. In the piece, Zonke reflects on how her experience as a LEAP student inspired her to “show children in Langa that schools could be places of love.” She also emphasizes the need in South African society for positive role models, particularly for young woman of her background.
“I think my journey is useless to the young people if I am only talking about my successes and not my current struggles as a young woman in this country,” she says in the piece, “I know there are young people who are also hungry to hear how I am defining my womanhood now and the struggles I still face. I want to continue that work and use education as a platform, so that women are talking to girls and men are talking to boys.”
Congratulations Zonke! It’s a great honour to have one of our colleagues recognized.
Read the full article in the Mail and Guardian here.