It is with great honour and enthusiasm that we break the great news of IkamvaYouth’s latest accomplishment, not only in South Africa but throughout the Southern Africa Region of the continent. Southern Africa Trust and Mail & Guardian hailed IkamvaYouth as an overall winner in the Drivers for Change – Civil Society Category, in a glamorous evening award ceremony held at 69 Melville Road near Hyde Park, on the 28th of October 2010.

Mr Brandan Cox (former secretary to Prime Minister Gordon Brown) wowed the dignitaries in his key note address based on the three G’s, Growth, Gender and Governance as pillars of successful interventions in redressing the atrocities of the African Continent. Mr Cox acknowledged the fact that the drivers of change are the experts in knowing and dealing with the challenges of Africa.  

The drivers of change judges praised IkamvaYouth’s achievement of breaking the cycle of poverty through education and for helping pupils to take responsibility for their own education and future. “These learners are the drivers of change as they are also setting a good example for younger learners to become agents of change for their own success,” the judges said.

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Joy Olivier and Joe Manciya could not contain their excitement as they were cheered onto the stage to collect the oversized framed award.

“This award has been won as a result of collective efforts, hard-work and commitment to the vision of IkamvaYouth by the learners, volunteers and project sponsors”. – Andrew Barrett.

“It’s pleasing to know that someone out there is recognising the work we are doing, hopefully this would open up new avenues for us in the future”. – Winile Mabhoko.

“These are really great news I totally think we deserved this award, after all that IkamvaYouth has been through and goes through this is a great break. I trust we can do even more with this achievement in our hands”. – Nombuyiselo Dziba

Congratulations on winning the Driver of Change award! This is a HUGE achievement that will definitely help to take IY to the next level”. – Leigh Meinert.

In concluding, congratulations have been received from Desmond Tutu HIV-AIDS Foundation, Nedbank Corporate Social Responsibility, Brendan Cox and most notably Rosy Motene (Tsekgo Motene) former generations actress.