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Youth Rising Leadership Project focuses on coaching and capacity building of Grade 10 – 12 Learners to fully understand their potential whilst getting fundraising knowledge to boost their careers at institutions of higher learning. The National Development Plan research depicts a bad image of learners dropping out prior to them finishing secondary school and as well as not contributing to the South African economy hence a need for a focussed new breed of learners on their careers. Learners with no fundraising knowledge get trapped and are unable to enter tertiary institutions.

Learners with no coaching do not find purpose in life and become immoral and endanger the society. It focuses on creating future leaders with vision and innovation from secondary to tertiary level with unending mission and vision.

In just 9 months after launch, we have managed to assist 24 matriculants from disadvantaged backgrounds to register at own institutions of higher learning in Western Cape and are now aiming at assisting 100 next year.

“Click on our cycle of leadership”   -   Youth Rising Project


Established in 2006, African Hub Careers Exhibition is a yearly three day initiative focussing on bringing various exhibitors in the private and public sector as well as learners from various secondary schools in and outside Khayelitsha to interact on career choices and bursaries whilst providing learnerships, internships and scholarships for post matriculants.

The project has been named African Hub because of being the innovative pool of knowledge and empowerment, contributing to the nation.

Since its inception, this growing brand has brought 9 edition as of 2-4 June 2015 with a record of 30 273 learners, 118 schools from different backgrounds, 144 exhibitors (some coming more than once) and 4360 unemployed youth and community members with ongoing support of local and national media (Independent News, Radio 2000, Umhlobo Wenene FM, Bush Radio, Radio Tygerberg, Radio Zibonele and Deviate Printers)


The Quality Circles Forum (QCF) is an ongoing motivational tool that encourages leadership, communication and responsibility to LYDA members and non members through presentations by various role players in the private and public sector, providing an opportunity for innovative thinking, decision making, consulting and networking after presentation.  Its plays an important role in bridging the gap between employed and unemployed, resourced and underprivileged as well as it builds a new breed of leadership that will not destroy resources when angry but rather engage and find amicable solutions going forward.

Laphumilanga has developed an ongoing 2030 Vision Series as part of motivating youth in becoming beneficiaries and active participants in fulfilling the 2030 vision.

Past QCF initiatives include:

  • Global Youth Service Day, 16 April 2014 and 18 April 2015, Thusong Hall, Khayelitsha

Going forward, we have been given an opportunity by Youth Service America to partner with them through Global Youth Service Day, an international event taking place in over 400 cities focusing on community development. The world’s challenges are complex and young people have the knowledge, creativity, compassion and commitment to be a part of the solutions. Poverty, hunger, gender equality, unemployment, primary education and climate change are among the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) youth have addressed through their GYSD events.

  • Towards a Shared 2030 Vision Seminar, 10 October 2014

The seminar focused on instilling innovation to local leaders, learners and youth in Khayelitsha and surrounding areas, extending as far as District Six about current and upcoming projects focusing on 2030 through infrastructure development, education, entrepreneurship and research. Presenters of the day included National Planning Commission, Department of Trade & Industry, Department of Higher Education & Training, Cape Higher Education Consortium, Human Sciences Research Council, Reakgona Group (Pty) Ltd, Phillipi Economic Development Initiative, Silulo Ulutho Technologies and South African Oil & Gas Alliance. A total of 71 leaders from the above-mentioned areas and 22 learners from Khayelitsha & Mfuleni attended the event.

  • Youth Entrepreneurial Support Workshop, May 2013

Laphumilanga assisted in positioning of youth in Khayelitsha through development of own business focusing on market analysis, innovation, customer services and accountability. A total of 28 youth members attended the above from Khayelitsha area.

  • Financial management workshop, June 2011

A partnership was held with Khayelitsha Youth in Business and Old Mutual in hosting a financial management workshop to 34 youth interested in business at Khayelitsha Training Centre.

  • Entrepreneurship and Youth Innovation Workshop, February 2011

The workshop was focusing on untapped opportunities in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha, advising youth on accessing these. A total of 42 emerging youth entrepreneurs attended from both townships.

  • SEDA, Standard Bank and Youth Aids Biz Workshops, July and August 2010

201 members participated at SEDA workshops on how to do business as well as Youth Aids Biz Workshop organized for 3 days

  • Workplace readiness workshops, April, May and June 2009

Workplace readiness workshops were conducted at Chris Hani Senior Secondary school where more than 125 youth benefitted in understanding how markets work

  • Welcoming of the Netherlands Delegation, 11 May 2009

History was made in Khayelitsha when a contingent of 17 Netherlands officials visited the Khayelitsha Training Centre made of two Netherlands Ministers, Mr Bert Koenders and Mr Frank Heemskerk to endorse support on youth learnership programmes that will see more than 500 youth benefitting in the youth placement initiatives for a three-year programme in partnership with Job Realisation South Africa and the private sector.

  • Research Project Management, City of Cape Town, Sports, Recreation & Amenities Department, September 2008 – March 2009

Laphumilanga was given a mandate to research on sport functioning in these two great townships and forward recommendations to the City of Cape Town, the Sports Recreation & Amenities Department. Very important findings were forwarded that have assisted in uplifting sporting initiatives in the two townships.

  • “Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop”, Bellville Civic Centre, 18 June 2008. 

A Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop, sponsored by the City of Cape Town was organized by LYDA in partnershipwith Cape Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Information Technology Initiative, Raymond Ackerman Academy School of Entrepreneurial Development, UCT Centre for Innovative Entrepreneurship and Billionaire Club.  The workshop focused on positioning of youth SMES in the Metro area with emphasis on current and future major projects within the City of Cape Town

  • “Strategic positioning on 2010 opportunities”, 20 February 2008, Oliver Tambo Hall, 19:00 – 21:00.

LYDA organized a practical workshop on strategies to access 2010 opportunities.  The workshop was funded by the City of Cape Town, UFD Star Patrols, Vatis Sound Systems, Mukhtar Hiring, Coca-Cola and SAB Miller. Key presenters included Directors from the City of Cape Town, Department of Sports and Arts and Culture – The 2010 Unit.  The workshop attracted SMEs that came from Somerset, Khayelitsha, Phillipi, Nyanga,Langa, Mfuleni and Gugulethu.

  • Gateway to Social and Economic Development, 14 September 2007 at Oliver Tambo Hall presented by: Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Umsobomvu Youth Fund, Department of Transport and Public Works, Western Cape Youth Commission and Department of Labour.

The workshop was attended by one hundred and fourty-seven delegates from Khayelitsha, Phillipi, Langa, Nyanga, Kuils River, Mfuleni and Gugulethu. Delegates also requested that the workshops be held in their areas as well such as Langa, Philipi and Nyanga. Overall, a lot of people are taking about positive outcomes of this workshop, not only in Khayelitsha but other areas as well. Delegates showed more interest in understanding requirements for registering as legal entities (as most of them are still informal), key questions rose again about access to finance as well as tendering.  The workshop also proposed models of sustainability such as the introduction of co-operatives and the Red Door availed itself to do workshops with partners such as DTI and Laphumilanga. The workshop also served as preparations for the 2008 Metro Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop, which was organized by Laphumilanga, in partnership with public and private stakeholders. It became evident that people still want more information to enter into the small business sector and it is recommended that workshops of this nature should continue and as well provide key markets that are still untapped.

  • “Skills development in the Public Service Sector”, Mr Rampote Chauke - Public Relations and Marketing Co-ordinator, Public Services Seta, March 2007. 

This has been the first QCF in Khayelitsha history and other townships to involve an external service provider as PSETA came from Pretoria to present to youth in Khayelitsha and surrounding areas. Amongst the guests were Ms Vathiswa Mafana from the Presidency Office, Mr Vuyo Zitha from Department of Trade and Industry, Ms Vuyiseka Sikunana from South African Revenue Services, Ms Luleka Mack and Ms Bhekatina Luthuli from Absa.

  • “Significance of organisational involvement”, Presented by Mr Rudy Buys, Education Officer – Western Cape Youth Commission, September 2006 (Focussing on leadership skills).
  • “Bookworm generation”,   Key note speaker Mr Malinge Gqeba, Head - Student Housing Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, August 2006 (Focussing on leadership skills).
  • “Assertiveness in the Workplace”,  Mr Zolile Siswana, Director - Economic and Human Development Directorate, City of Cape Town and Ms Nokuthula Hani, former Office Manager – School for International Training, July 2006

The above programmes have shaken economic and social developers such that positive comments continuously appeared in Vukani Newspaper, (150 000 readership), City Vision (350 000 readership), Umhlobo Wenene FM (3,2 million listenership), Radio Zibonele FM (150 000 listenership) Radio Tygerberg (346 000 listenership), Radio 2000 (4 million listenership).  The QCF programme has increasingly become a brand that motivates, develop and innovate youth not only in Khayelitsha, but other surrounding areas such as Phillipi, Kuils River, Nyanga, Langa and Gugulethu and has a potential of bring youth from various backgrounds.


Partner with us in reaching our objectives by supporting our initiatives. Laphumilanga is in quest of developing 100 Ambassadors that will spread its message throughout South Africa before October 2015. We aim at recruiting top recognised leaders and have already began with our recruitment including Lele Mehlomakhulu (Mpower People Solutions), Johannes van der Merwe (Mayco Member, City of Cape Town), Dr Mzukisi Qobo (Lecturer, Consultant & Author), Andrea SebeLabenguni Dondolo (Actress, Poet, Artist & Social Entrepreneur) the list is endless.

Sponsor or fund our initiatives thereby getting exemptions from South African Revenue Services as we are tax exempt and assist in acceleration of youth development initiatives!!!

Account details:

Laphumilanga Youth Development Association
First national bank             Acc  :  624 127 169 14        
Branch Code  :   250-059






















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