Xolane Ngobozana is the president of the Donate A School Bag campaign, which started in 2015 to help disadvantaged learners by donating school bags, sanitary towels, foods and clothes to learners and families. So far the campaign has assisted more than 6 000 learners. With the Covid-19 pandemic, he has provided groceries and secondhand clothes to child-headed families.
Ngobozana is the National Reading Coalition ambassador. He has also worked with Activate! Change Drivers organisation for their assembly “read aloud” campaign and has donated books and newspapers from Activate! Change Drivers and Nal’ibali to children in townships. And he’s also the founder of Viruz Empire Media group, which promotes young, up-and-coming artists.
One of his proudest moments is having had the courage to quit drugs. He hopes to influence, inspire and motivate others. Ngobozana says he has the desire to be a better human being and wants to achieve his dreams, and that’s what drives him every morning: “I don’t want to live like animals. Just eat, sleep and repeat. I want to do something creative and new daily.” He works to empower people by making them understand who they are, so that they can accept themselves as they are. They can then build on their strengths so that they can move away from harmful behaviour.
His accomplishments include speaking at TEDx Talk stage in Pretoria, being selected by the National Youth Development Agency as one of 100 South African shining stars, and receiving a Business on the Move title at the Ekurhuleni Mayor’s Awards. He says he would like to see the government investing more in young people from rural and township areas. Overall, Ngobozana says he wants to be someone who can influence, inspire and motivate other people.