Sarah Madingwana is the co-founder of the Rudo Institute: a non-profit higher education institution based in the Ekurhuleni-based township Daveyton. She and her partner built the institute after seeing how inaccessible tertiary education was, especially for people in the township. Formerly known as the Daveyton Book Club, which established libraries countrywide, the company has now been rebranded into the more sustainable Rudo Institute. Funding aside, community buy-in is more valuable when working in community development, Madingwana and her partner have found.
Madingwana is proud to have contributed to the validation of dreams across townships and rural areas. She says her success is rooted in the development of her community.
“I find inspiration in my community. I am based in a township. Seeing your normal Bra Joe wake every morning to catch a 5am train to work, the old lady who sells amagwinya (vetkoek) every morning to feed her family … their consistency, dedication and discipline inspires me to work harder, to dream bigger than my circumstances, but most importantly to contribute positively to the development of my community,” she says.
Madingwana hopes the Rudo Institute will be a catalyst in developing entrepreneurial leaders through business education, who will help provide solutions to community development and create societal value.
Education is important, Madingwana wants the youth to know this. She says the more educated a person is, the more informed they are, the more opportunities they glean and the better the decisions they make. Educational qualifications also lend credibility, she says.
Madingwana and her partner believe in a world in which everyone has equal access to affordable vocational, technical and higher education.