Sibusiso Calvin Zulu is an active ambassador for youth upliftment in the South African creative industry. “Most young people in my community did not get a chance to further their studies like myself, but have natural talent when it comes to the creative sector,” he says.
In 2015 Zulu founded the charity organisation Sneakers 4 Change, and in 2017 co-founded the Makers Valley Youth Expo.
With his new social enterprise, Swyft Lab, the entrepreneur aims to educate the youth about fashion waste, sustainability, and the value of a cyclical economy. “Swyft Lab is an upcycle fashion brand that redirects preloved fashion items from landfills into the wardrobes of the youth, through the intervention of design and craft,” he explains.
Through his pioneering work with Swyft Lab, Zulu was chosen to represent South Africa at the Social World Enterprise Forum in Ethiopia in 2019.
“Find your passion and use it to have a positive impact in your community.”