Published on June 1st, 2015 | by Diane Chidrawi
loveLife Honours 16 groundBREAKING Youths This June
loveLife Celebrates SA’s groundBREAKING Youth this June
There is no denying that multi award-winning rapper Cassper Nyovest is the coolest kid on the block right now; this is why he is one of 16 young South Africans selected for loveLife’s annual “16 Young South Africans who are Just WOW!”.
The 24-year-old rapper said: “I’m truly honoured, any mention and recognition of the work I do still makes me smile and pushes me a little more. I’m thankful the team at UNCUT noticed what I do and how hard I try, there’s so much critic to what I do so you understand this is such a breath of fresh air. I just hope on the next list I get a page as big as Grace Legote – just kidding! Congrats to everyone on the list. Let’s build even further. Tsibip!”
This Youth Month, loveLife kicks off its 16 Years of loveLife celebration with a Special Edition of UNCUT Magazine which features an eight-page spread highlighting the accomplishments of 16 South African youth dominating in their sphere of interest.
Other top achievers honoured include: Elle magazine’s 2014 Designer of the Year Laduma Ngxolo (29), 2014 Top Learner in Priority Schools Reginald Champala (18) and South Africa’s first Miss World winner in almost six decades, Rolene Strauss (22).
“It’s not until you sit down and actually put together a list like this that you realise just how powerful South African youth are, and the amazing impact of their work. UNCUT draws up this list annually, not only to celebrate mind-blowing youth, but to inspire other young people to go out there and change the world,” says UNCUT Editor-in-Chief, Angelo C Louw.
loveLife is all about encouraging young people to take charge of their future, with its renewed focus on youth leadership development 16 years after it first captured the imagination of a generation growing up in the thick of the world’s largest HIV epidemic. The number 16 is symbolic in youth culture as it is strongly associated with coming of age. loveLife is also in a phase of transformation: going from an HIV awareness campaign to becoming South Africa’s national youth leadership programme.
UNCUT Magazine Issue 94 will be available at participating clinics, schools and loveLife Y-Centres (youth centres) nationwide as of 04 June 2015.
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loveLife is a global youth leadership programme with its roots in Africa. Founded in 1999 to reduce the alarming rate of new HIV infections among young people in South Africa, loveLife arose out of intense collaboration between local and global partners, backed by extensive support from the South African government. Our programmes are designed based on the best available evidence for positive social change. Our mission is building complete young leaders: young leaders who believe in their own power, develop resilience, respect equality, promote safety, live in optimal health and successfully connect with the resources of their society. We believe that a better future is powered by the energy and idealism of young people.
In 2015, at a local level, loveLife is funded by the South African National Departments of Health, Social Development and Sport and Recreation, and the Provincial Department of Social Development in the North West Province. Other major funders include Berco Express, Football for Hope, 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust, The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), KfW (German Development Bank), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Newsclip, PACT, the Royal Bafokeng Nation, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Volkswagen South Africa, Our global partners are dance4life international (The Netherlands) and loveLife Generation (United Kingdom).