POLOKWANE – Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) alumnus of the Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa, Katlego, is a professional pianist and is responsible for making use of the resources he has obtained from YALI to make a positive change in his country, and Africa, as a whole.
“I am not alone in this venture of change but am supported by my fellow YALI alumni,” he says.
Katlego is also a young entrepreneur and says he has a passion for leadership. He is currently based in Bloemfontein where he is a full-time B.Com accounting student at the University of the Free State (UFS).
“I attended Laerskool Chris Hofmeyr, then Flora Park Comprehensive Primary School and thereafter completed my schooling at Florapark Comprehensive High School in 2013.”
Katlego has served in various offices at the University of the Free State where he was the chairperson of the Student Representative Council (SRC) Arts and Culture Executive Committee, Vice-chairperson of the Student Representative Council (SRC) Media and Marketing Executive Committee and also on the UFS Hand2Hand Association Arts and Culture Executive Committee.
“I am running a publications entity, called Frequency Publications, under my company alongside two other entities, University of the Free State Commercio (EMS Faculty SRC) and For The Kids (Pty) Ltd. This entity releases a monthly online publication which aims at promoting a culture of entrepreneurship in and around Bloemfontein, as well as market entrepreneurs making an impact in their industries through our featured entrepreneur of the month, and also two to three University of the Free State Campus Hustlers monthly. This publication targets the youth and promotes UFS Hustlers. Since it is my final year, I am currently just working on the publication entity which is my social responsibility to my university,” he added.
Katlego tells BONUS he had been following YALI for quite some time and decided to become part of the initiative.
“I then decided to apply for the YALI Regional Leadership Center (RLC) Southern Africa Cohort 8. Through a competitive selection process I was chosen to attend their month-long programme which I recently graduated from and earned a certificate and a title of YALI RLC Southern Africa Alumni committed to transforming Africa,” he said.
Katlego continuously seeks to grow his skills set and knowledge on what he is passionate about, so that his influence and impact is amplified.
“YALI was the right place to go to build my knowledge and skills set. Through my work and company I would like to impact Africa and create, as well as add, value to all those individuals who come in contact with me, or my company. I was also motivated as I would be networking with other young African leaders from all around Africa and thus, my influence and experience grows. The programme brings young African leaders together, grooms them in business, public management and civic leadership, and sends them out to make a positive change in Africa.”
Reach Katlego on social media: Facebook: Katlego Piano Man Mamabolo and or email him at [email protected].