Siyavuya improving prospects for youth in Khayelitsha

Name: Siyavuya Mlungu

Province: Western Cape

Siyavuya Mlungu, describes himself as a business coach and inspirational speaker. He is also passionate about youth entrepreneurship and leadership.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

As a young person who grew up tough conditions in Khayelitsha, I had big dreams when I transformed my life from being a gangster to being a businessman. I wanted to change young people in the townships who are going through what I went through. For me to do that I had to partner with likeminded people and ACTIVATE was recommended to me by a friend.

So the main reason I joined the ACTIVATE! Network is to grow as leader and be around change makers. 

What did you enjoy the most about training?

LEMON Leadership, and the overall training program. Our facilitators are so interactive and engaging making the training fun yet informative.

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

It has raised my level of awareness on HOW I view things. I always responded to life based on my conditioning to neglect social ills. Now I can look at a situation in different ways before attempting to solve it.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

I think the role of the youth to develop South Africa is to come up with new strategies to solve the errors of the past. Strategies that will get rid of competition and introduce more collaboration.

The role of the youth is to build new schools with a new education system, focus more on development instead of entertainment, take part in decisions in parliament, be more involve in our respective communities.

What is your field of interest?

My field of interest is business and leadership, primarily small business and public speaking

How are you driving change in your community?

I host educational workshops and seminars for people who want to live a purpose-driven life, have multiple streams of income, start their own business, and coach those who need guidance and support towards a successful journey.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I am planning to attend every event that available within the network, connect with other Activators and make a point to contribute directly or indirectly to the success of their initiatives.

I recently finished writing my own book, I am planning to go around the country to launch my book at ACTIVATE training stations. Working with activators in those provinces.

What are your plans for next year?

Next year I plan to start ACTIVATE R1 (One Rand) Crowdfunding. Where we will ask people to contribute at least R1 a month to assist and fund Activator initiatives and programs.

How will you be involving the network in your plans?

In every event or speaking engagement that I will have, ACTIVATE should be available as now I am an ambassador of the network. ACTIVATE Branding and Presentation will be found at my events.

Additional information you would like us to know?

I have a 5-10 year project plan to start and build a private school of business and leadership in Khayelitsha. A school that will teach or specialise in educating young children about business ownership and leadership.   

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