Some stars shine brighter than others. Their brightness is a factor of how much energy they put out and how far away they are. Thivhafuni Wisdom Radzilani started You Are a Star to give young people in Radzilani, a village in Limpopo, a space to improve their English language skills. You Are a Star is an after school programme that runs spelling bee competitions that encourage learners to to expand their vocabularies.
In the wake of South Africa’s deepening youth unemployment crisis, Radzilani hopes to empower young people by boosting their confidence. Radzilani has partnered up with Save the Children South Africa to run workshops on children’s rights, the participation of young people in the economy and reproductive health rights.You are a Star encourages young people from the community to volunteer within the organisation. This is to ensure they take ownership of their shared goals and to keep them off the streets. Radzilani hopes that through his work he can inspire young people to commit to their dreams. His motto is: “Never give up until you reach your destination.”
Limpopo plays an important role in South Africa’s mining industry, yielding coal, copper, diamonds, gold, iron ore, nickel and platinum. Radzilani — who has a diploma in mechanical engineering — wants to see young people, especially those who have grown up in mining-affected communities, playing a much bigger role in the industry.
The future he wants to see is one in which young people are given opportunities to meaningfully contribute to the country’s economy.