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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. co.za 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.