• Octavia Makgati

Nhlanhla Tshabalala

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

“I believe giving is much better than taking” the words of an enthusiastic entrepreneur, speaker, and philanthropist. Passionate about children and education, Nhlanhla Tshabalala left his full-time job to focus on improving the welfare of children and empower youth.

He started Nhlahla Tshabalala Foundation in 2016, with the purpose of assist children and learners from the disadvantaged background to better their education and provide for their daily needs and as well as preparing them for post-matric studies though social and economic support, recognition of academic excellence, motivating learners to take care of their well-being and have a positive attitude, and live a drug-free life.

“We have eleven(11) different programs that we undertake each year, programs like the cleanup campaign, back to school campaign where we offer learner school suppliers, Ampedup for the year campaign where we team up with influential people from different disciplines to provide motivational talks to school learners and help through the transition of new grades, support services where we identify households that are child-headed or relying on older person grant and provide food parcels on the need and availability basis, we also have teacher day where we team up with local beauty clinic to offer massage to teachers.” These are just a few of his projects. 

The year 2020 has come with its challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic which consequently forced the NT foundation to put projects on hold, even so, Nhlanhla Tshabalala’s determination thrives against all odds, this year alone, he managed to donate 750 pairs of school shoes and donated 70 food parcels to families in need, he is still fighting to achieve more.

“Another biggest highlight is when we helped a high school that has not had a matric dance since 1999 to hold its first matric dance,” he said.

Despite all his success, he faces financial difficulties to support his day to day operations, pay volunteers and impact a greater mass. He mentioned that he sometimes has to dig deep into his pocket to succeed. Otherwise, he requests additional hands through his social media pages. Follow him on social media @ntfoundation

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