Award­ing SA lead­ers’ ser­vices

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A PAS­SION for help­ing pupils reach their full po­ten­tial has earned two young en­trepreneurs LeadSA Hero of the Year and LeadSA Youth Hero of the Year ac­co­lades.

Neo Nkosi was re­cently named the LeadSA Hero of the Year while Le­sego Fin­ger is the LeadSA Youth Hero of the Year in Gaut­eng, for the work they do in their com­mu­ni­ties.

Nkosi, from Free­dom Park, is the founder of Neo’s Tu­to­rial Ses­sions. He comes from a com­mu­nity where the lack of ac­cess to tu­to­rial as­sis­tance leaves many pupils stranded and un­able to achieve their aca­demic goals.

It was through learn­ing from his own ex­pe­ri­ence that Nkosi launched his tu­to­rial ser­vice. He achieved re­mark­able suc­cess and has now grown his ser­vice of­fer­ing in Pre­to­ria and some ar­eas of Soweto.

Fin­ger, by con­trast, taught him­self cod­ing at just 19 and de­signed an app in three months to aid ma­tric pupils on their own jour­neys to suc­cess.

The app, called Ma­tric Live, was down­loaded hun­dreds of times and is help­ing stu­dents across eight prov­inces to pass their 2017 ex­ams.

Nkosi and Fin­ger each re­ceived a fi­nan­cial in­jec­tion of R10000 to­wards their ini­tia­tives, thanks to MyS­chool MyVil­lage MyPlanet, who are the spon­sors of the LeadSA Hero ini­tia­tive this year.

Omar Es­sack of Pri­me­dia Broad­cast­ing said Lead SA had over the years called on the pub­lic to nom­i­nate or­di­nary South Africans do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary work to up­lift their com­mu­ni­ties.

Each month, two re­gional he­roes are pro­filed on LeadSA. as well as on Pri­me­dia ra­dio sta­tions 947 and 702.

While these in­di­vid­u­als of­ten seek no praise, their con­tri­bu­tion to mak­ing the world a bet­ter place de­serves recog­ni­tion, Es­sack said.

Nkosi and Fin­ger were an­nounced winners on the same day that LeadSA was cel­e­brat­ing its sev­enth an­niver­sary.

Ac­cord­ing to Nkosi, he and Fin­gers were in­volved in up­lift­ing the youth in their com­mu­ni­ties through the power of ed­u­ca­tion and men­tor­ship.

“It’s been a rough year in South Africa and in the news cy­cle, but the work each of you is do­ing helps re­mind us that there is still good, and that we are def­i­nitely on the road to some­where great.

“What mat­ters to us now, at Pri­me­dia Broad­cast­ing, is that each of you is recog­nised,” Es­sack told the pair.

Other re­gions will also choose their he­roes and all the winners will go on to com­pete in the na­tional se­lec­tion process, where they stand to win a fur­ther R90 000.

This is ex­pected to go a long way in as­sist­ing their ini­tia­tives to con­tinue to grow.

“South Africans can make a dif­fer­ence ev­ery day by shop­ping and swip­ing their MyS­chool card and, in this way, be a hero for their com­mu­nity.

“Now we have a chance to hon­our LeadSA He­roes through a do­na­tion to­wards their favourite cause, which we know will help to in­crease their im­pact,” said Helene Brand, mar­ket­ing and CSI man­ager at MyS­chool.


IM­PACT: Neo Nkosi and Le­sego Fin­ger, with 702’s Alex Jay and Pri­me­dia Broad­cast­ing CEO Omar Es­sack.

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