Siphosethu Mbuli, a 24-year-old South African woman, was named the winner of the Queen’s Young Leaders programme.
Mbuli would be travelling to the UK later this month to meet the Queen of England at Buckingham Palace.
Briefly.co.za learned the 24-year-old, who grew up outside King William's Town in the Eastern Cape, is one of two South Africans to be honoured in the Leaders programme.
Eyewitness News reported the Stellenbosch activist, who lives with Albinism, is the co-founder of Love This Skin, an organisation aimed at supporting and educating young people living with albinism as well as their families.
“We also received a year-long package of mentorship and leadership training from them, just how to use the resources that we’ve in the organisation and how to empower other leaders to effect more change in our communities. So, I’m really grateful for this award”, she said.
Mbuli is an inspiration to other people living with albinism, showing them the condition does not define who they are as human beings, nor should it limit their success.
Taking to social media prior to her trip to the UK, Mbuli called on the media to stop sharing people living with Albinism’s stories in a disempowering way.
The other person to win the award is Thamsanqa Hoza, a Capetonian who helps young entrepreneurs and innovators succeed.
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