The Spirit of Youth programme is a one year learning experience for grade 11 learners from diverse backgrounds who see themselves as agents of positive change in South Arica. Spirit of Youth offers a platform for young people to grow a culture of volunteerism and to build a democratic society, In particular, Spirit of Youth facilitates the exploration of how challenges can be converted into opportunities. The programme includes activities that enable learners to dialogue with both leaders ad peers about the issues that concern them and about their future aspirations.

This is accomplished by creating and facilitating opportunities for participants to:

  • Learn about their context- dialogue
  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves and SA’s complex challenges
  • Channel energy into a positive direction
  • Create an awareness of opportunities
  • Foster a spirit of volunteerism
  • Facilitate the creation of a vision for a better world

The Spirit of Youth programme was created in 2005 by the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), THE Johannesburg based highly regarded ‘business school for businesses. GIBS has partnered in Cape Town for Grade 11 learners from diverse school in and around Cape Town. The Cape Town programme is offered over eight Saturday (8am to 4pm) between March and October from Tsiba’s pinelands based campus

The first programme was on the 23rd of March 2013, we sent in three learners from Masiphumele Branch, they had to arrive at the campus at 8am. We asked the learners to take down notes and observe everything which will be taking place.

                                                      FEED BACK FROM LEARNERS

Sivuyisiwe Mbede: On arrival we were introduced to the Spirit of Youth facilitators that we will be working with, we took a trip to the slave lodge where we were taught about our history and slavery, after the tour and lesson the motivational speaker, Mr Mbulelo Yedwa talked to us and encouraged us to always focus on the positive side of our lives and never dwell on the past, he also told us that in order to achieve your dreams and goals you must work hard, and if you think success comes easily you are fooling yourselves.

We went back to the Tsiba campus for lunch, when we got there others were already there eating fancy food, we were told to eat old bread and drink water, we all complained and voiced ourselves, demanding to be treated fairly and equally, seeing our reactions, they later told us that it was a game and a test they wanted to see our reactions, they wanted to see whether we will be able to cope under such circumstances, in the end we all ate the same fancy food.

We discussed the trip, the lesson and the game. “I learned a lot from the first programme ad I am looking forward to the next programme’

Jacqualine Ncube: I enjoyed the first programme we attended at the Tsiba campus, I was mostly impressed with Mr Mbulele Yedwa. Mr Mbulelo grew up in hardships, but he has managed to make a succsess of his life, he studied at UCT and UWC and passed his degrees with flying colors, and now he is a HR manager at Eskom and managing 105 people.

‘I want to share with my fellow Ikamvanites the quote Mr Ydwa lives by because they truly inspired me.

  • Sometimes a problem isn’t a problem, but the way you see the problem is the problem
  • The mind that holds the problem has the key to the solution
  • A thought can become something
  • In a life you can choose to be a better person or a bitter person
  • Liberation first then education later
  • I use my voice and the Invoice follows

This man truly inspired me, and I can wait to go back and learn more things which will benefit me in future

Zodidi Mtingane:  We were Introduced to Tsiba and told what it is all about, we were then placed in different groups, I liked my groups facilitator, her name is Mr Kairen Peacock, they took us to the Iziko Museum to the slave lodge. Mr Mbulelo Yedwa the guest speaker, talked about his child hood ad how hard he worked to be the successful man that he is today, and also he motivated us the youth to work hard and be determined ad always tell ourselves that we can do anything we put our minds to.

Back to Tsiba we had lunch followed by a debate and a discussion about history, (slavery, and apartheid)

We went back to the hall and we informed about the next date of the programme, which I can’t wait to attend. Thank you Tsiba and IkamvaYouth!

Ikamva is really proud of these three leaners who attended the programme, from their feedback it shows that they had a good time and they left the progamme inspired and informed, and this is what we want from them, to make use of the programmes given to them.


Lloyd Lungu

031 909 3590
2525 Ngcede Grove, Umlazi AA Library, 4031

Lloyd is a self-disciplined and highly goal-driven Industrial Psychology Honours graduate. He is currently a Master's candidate completing his second year of M.Com in Industrial Psychology at the University of the Free State. Lloyd joined IkamvaYouth as a learner in 2012, after matriculating he came back and volunteered as a tutor for the duration of his undergraduate studies at UKZN. He later worked as an Intern in the Chesterville branch. His passion for youth empowerment and inclusion has grown enormously through his time and experience gained within IkamvaYouth and has inspired him to provide career guidance to young township people. He is currently working at the Umlazi Branch as a Branch Assistant.