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It’s important, as we have come a long way, and it reminds us that we still have a long way to go to achieve true freedom for many of our citizens.

I have been inspired by time spent with a group of youngsters who are not as fixated on the past as many in my generation are.

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They’re school leavers and tertiary students who participate in the Future Leaders programme run by Lead SA and the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue at GIBS.

Their stories of turning negatives into positives are remarkable. Their general optimism about South Africa and making a success of their lives is contagious.

Regardless of their backgrounds, they have come together in workshops and bonded around their mutual attitudes towards making a difference.

We’ve handed over the Lead SA Twitter handle to a future leader for a day at a time, and been amazed at their ability to converse with diverse audiences. It gives me hope that the next generation will be able to unify our country in ways my generation hasn’t.

 

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Yusuf Abramjee
Three years ago Yusuf Abramjee head: news and current affairs, Primedia Broadcasting, was part of a small but committed group of citizens who asked how they could make a difference in our society and encourage others to do the same. The result was Lead SA.