Khotso Mashile, known to her friends and peers as KayDee, is a socially minded creative who uses her art to empower and encourage the youth. She sings, writes and recites poetry, works in PR and has founded an organisation called Perfect Love Publications that seeks to give the youth access to mentorship and publishing opportunities. She attained a degree in social work from the University of the Free State and wanted to empower girls like herself from the village. In fact, a large driving force behind Mashile’s work, alongside her faith, is her determination to be the type of role model she wishes she’d had when she was a teenage girl trying to find her way in the world. To amplify the voices of the younger generation, she works directly with township and rural-based youth, providing them with tools to rewrite the African narrative in their own image.
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