As the world marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth, inspiring stories have emerged of South Africans keeping Madiba's spirit alive.
Among them are the youth, some of them as young as nine years old. According to News24, they have overcome incredible obstacles or are making a huge difference in society.
Briefly.co.za highlights the stories of five such youths whose stories are inspiring thousands of South Africans.
1. Naledi Chathunya
13-year-old Naledi grew up in a family in which domestic abuse was the order of the day. She and her brother had to seek safety after her mother was almost killed.
However, this hasn't dampened her spirit. Instead, Naledi is now deputy head girl at her school in Johannesburg and is inspiring her classmates.
2. Aaron Greenblatt
Nine-year-old Aaron started his “Aaron’s Rock Your Socks” initiative in March 2017. It has become a national campaign.
Through it, the Johannesburg-based lad has donated over 24,000 pairs of socks to orphanages and the vulnerable in society.
3. Fisokuhle Lushaba
Fisokuhle, 17, might still be in school, but she's already thinking about the future and youth employment.
She started the Soweto-based Pace Foundation, which organises career expos and talks in schools to help prepare students for the job market.
4. Ubuko Mpotulo
10-year-old Ubuko, from East London, might be a double amputee but this hasn't stopped him from being an active runner, swimmer, and soccer player.
He also loves dancing and singing. His resilience inspired well-wishers to donate two pairs prosthetic legs for his use.
5. Daniel Petersen III
At the age of 11, Daniel became the youngest South African university student when he joined the University of the Western Cape to study music.
Now aged 15, he continues to inspire as a musical prodigy. He tours the world as a renowned drummer and received the prestigious Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award.
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