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UKZN graduate, Dr Sanele Gamede who is up for a community impact award.

College of Humanities alumnus, Dr Sanele Gamede is a nominee in the category: Hajiya Gambo Sawaba Community Impact Award in the Community and Human Rights (CAHR) Africa Awards in Nigeria.

The award recognises an individual with the most visible impact on community development, including infrastructure, training, growth of women entrepreneurs, youth graduates and other positive impacts.

The CAHR platform also encourages businesses to take extraneous steps to correct anomalies of engagement in communities, mostly extractive communities.

Gamede who is a founder of Make a Mark Africa Youth Developmentworks as a lecturer and career coach. He is known for his involvement in the community where he creates space for young people while empowering, mentoring, and finding solutions for some of their challenges.

He was surprised by the nomination. ‘Having worked in various countries to make a difference in youth development, I have no idea who nominated me but it is exciting and humbling. To win this award would mean a lot, not only for my brand but also for the people who I have been working side-by-side with to make a difference,’ said Gamede.

Through his programme, the Free Mentorship at the Park Programmehe ensures young people are provided with free life, business and career coaching, and mentoring. He hosts group meetings once a month to discuss a variety of life, business, and career topics, bringing many young people together to educate and share their experiences.

The goal of his network is to create a platform where young people can exchange ideas, share success stories, and form new relationships that are beneficial to them now and in the future. Through these sessions, he promotes unity, ubuntu, love, and caring among young people.

You can join the programme as a Mentee or a Mentor in your local area through the links below:

Mentee: www.makeamarkafrica.com/join

Mentor: www.makeamarkafrica.com/partner

Words: Sinoyolo Mahlasela

Photograph: Supplied