Jonathan is currently studying Economics and Mathematics. In 2017, Jonathan founded a non-profit organisation (NPO) called ‘Project Phambili’. This is a youth led organisation which assists learners from underprivileged backgrounds with university applications, career pathing and preparing for university. Jonathan and his team of five mentor these learners.
When asked about his role model Jonathan said,
“My parents are my role models. Just watching how much sacrifice they made to ensure that I become the best at what I do, and how hard they work to provide for my family is something that motivates me. I look up to my parents and their lives inspire me.”
Laila is passionate about sports and public speaking. She is the captain of the volleyball team, plays soccer for the first team, and was part of the basketball team which made it to the semi-final in the ALA sport competition. Laila is studying genetics and its relationship to sporting performance. She does work to raise awareness about the gender stereotypes associated with women playing sports.
These two exceptional young people have faced challenges of being away from their families while they study. This shows grit and resilience. They both practice selfless living in that they take time to focus on others needs despite their own challenges. Our young democracy needs such leaders.
The project may be complete, but its impacts are long-lasting. Jonathan and Laila are testament to this. Zenex is proud to see the alumni doing well. Like Nelson Mandela said “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”