As a social entrepreneur and development practitioner, Bohlale Buzani believes that young people should have an opportunity to participate in a meaningful economy and cocreate it from grassroots level. In his work, he turned an illegal dump site into an entrepreneurial ecosystem for five youth-owned businesses. He also continuously advocates for young people to be a priority in the allocation of the local budget in his ward. Along with the work Buzani does in his community, he is also a Mandela Washington Fellow. “I was born for a purpose, which is to uproot and dismantle all systems and policies that prevent people from becoming who they are meant to be. This is what wakes me up at 2am and leaves me pondering our future as young people,” he says. He hopes to create better ownership of the economy through his work.
I would love to witness a South Africa that fully lives by its collective worldview of ubuntu, by embracing, supporting and lending a helping hand to those who are in need, in any way possible.