Karabo Malahleha is a final-year student at the University of Cape Town and the founder of Asikhulumeni — a non-profit organisation that aims to start conversations about gender-based violence throughout high schools in South Africa. Asikhulumeni’s main goal is to raise awareness about these issues and to initiate positive change, with a special focus on providing young men with the critical knowledge they need to grow, think and make better decisions. Malahleha believes that this project is vitally important within a South African context, and feels that people are drawn towards ideas and solutions that can positively contribute to the future of South Africa. By engaging with the students on a personal level, Malahleha talks about how prevalent and damaging gender-based violence is. He hopes to dismantle the traits of toxic masculinity in high schools to ultimately put an end to sexual and gender-based violence in South Africa.
Passion is so important in all that you do, it will keep you curious, innovative [and] fuel your motivation.