An insightful look into the lives of six social entrepreneurs who have developed innovative and groundbreaking initiatives to help the communities in which they live
Walk A Mile In My Shoes is a captivating six-part series of stories about inspirational South Africans. Taking an insightful look into the lives of six social entrepreneurs who have developed innovative and groundbreaking initiatives to help the communities in which they live, the series shows that their solutions are often much bigger than just their communities, addressing health, safety, education, and society.
The featured social entrepreneurs consist of Bathabile Mpofu, Musa Hope Mapheto, Murendeni Mafumo, Wandisile Nqeketho, Xabiso Lombo and Zuko Mandlakazi. Bathabile Mpofu from Durban, who was inspired by her dream of becoming a doctor but not having access to proper science facilities, she wasn’t able to study to be a doctor. She then decided to make science accessible to kids everywhere by developing a mini science kit called ChemStart for high school pupils to use at home and school.
Musa Hope Mapheto from Limpopo is the founder of My Tomorrow Academy which reduces ill health from the resale of used vegetable oil by producing biodiesel. Hope collects used vegetable oil from various fast food outlets in Pretoria and Johannesburg which limits the possibility of used oil being bleached and sold to people.
Limpopo born and bred Murendeni Mafumo – the founder of Kusini Water – a locally designed solar-powered water purification system that uses an activated carbon filter made from locally sourced Macadamia nut shells in combination with locally combined nano-fibers to provide safe drinking water in rural areas.
Wandisile Nqeketho from Cape Town, the brainchild behind 18 Gangster Museum in Khayelitsha. 18 Gangster Museum, a living museum built from shipping containers, to explain the human cost of gang life in his community. The proceeds made from the museum enables Wandisile to send learners to school without their parents being burdened by the pressures of paying school fees.
Xabiso Lombo originally hails from the Eastern Cape, but currently resides in Cape Town. She is the co-founder of Guardian Gabriel, a personal safety company whose primary offering is a panic button that allows the user to send an SMS with their exact location to friends and family in case of an emergency. Guardian Gabriel is a wearable, state-of-the-art panic button that operates entirely without the victim’s use of a smartphone.
Zuko Mandlakazi from Johannesburg is the mastermind behind Senso, an innovative wrist armband that assists the hearing impaired and hard-of-hearing individuals by picking up sounds and communicating them to the user through vibration and color-coded LED lights. The device provides the convenience of alerting through vibration and light instead of sound, which can be distorted in the presence of other external noise.
Social entrepreneurs continue to drive positive change in their respective communities while inspiring the masses to get their visions off the ground.