Aspiring Mthatha-born entrepreneur Ludwekazi Ndlazi has taken the first runner up place on the One Day Leader youth show on SABC1. She received R100000 and R10000 for the charity of her choice.
The winner of the show was Witwatersrand University LLB student Zareef Minty, who took home the first prize of R350000 compliments of the National Youth Development Agency. His chosen charity will receive R20000.
Second runner up, Sydney Madibo, received R20000.
The youth show sees six young people showcase their leadership skills by tackling modern-day social, economic and political issues, to compete for the title.
For the past 13 weeks the top six have debated on various issues and in the process tried to win as many votes from the public as possible.
Speaking to the Daily Dispatch yesterday, Ndlazi, 23, said she had not expected to get that far.
“Being on One Day Leader was a dream come true for me. I have been following the show since Season 1. I used to tell my family that one day I would be on the show.
“This for me was more than winning, but inspiring young kids out there,” she said.
Ndlazi said she would use the money to start her own business.
“I want to start a training academy for other young people. They will learn a lot of things, from customer care to business. I am passionate about community development and I hope to continue working with various organisations,” she said.
Although she has not chosen a charity yet, Ndlazi said the money would go to an Eastern Cape charity.
The former Khanyisa High School pupil said she had gained a lot from the show and was privileged to have received an opportunity to be an influence in the community.
“My journey on the show was an emotional roller coaster. I got to see the challenges that people face on a daily basis, from crime to poverty,” she said.
The financial management student was the only female contestant that made it to the top three.
“I hope this gave hope to girls out there to know that they can also become anything they want to be.”
Ndlazi said she would not have gone that far in the competition if it were not for the support of her family and viewers.
“I didn’t do this alone. I know there are a lot of people out there who supported and voted for me. I am grateful to those people who believed in me,” she said. — firstname.lastname@example.org