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Komani businessman wins top award

Komani-born young businessman Masonwabe Fuma is making waves in Gauteng after he received the Sunday World Unsung Hero Award, which recognises the top 100 young people across the country who are not afraid to dream and act. 

The award covers a range of categories, including youth in business, sports, arts and culture and academia and education among others.

Media personality Kuli Roberts with award winning
Media personality Kuli Roberts with award winning Masonwabe Fuma. Photo: Supplied

Fuma is a global business speaker and founder of many businesses and foundations, which include a youth development driven foundation.

“I am the co-founder and executive chairman of Mentorship Foundation Africa, a youth platform that aims to create intergenerational dialogues among the youth of Africa on key pertinent issues. The organisation aims to foster mentorship and robust debates around youth social ills,” he said. 

Fuma went to Stepping Stone Junior School (SSJS) and later Queen's College Boys High School in Komani.

In 2019, he said, SSJS introduced the Masonwabe Fuma Excellence Award, which is awarded to a top performing and all rounded grade 7 learner each year. The award has had two recipients to date and is necessary as it encourages young people to aspire towards excellence at a tender age, he said. 

Fuma said while South Africa was faced with challenges including COVID-19 and youth unemployment, which stands at 74%, young people still had a role to put pressing issues on the national agenda and get involved in bringing solutions to the table. 

Fuma has a BTech Degree in Marketing from the University of Johannesburg.

He is currently doing Business Administration and a postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration at the Wits Business School, Fuma said.

“I am working on building a centre for youth and community development named Sakhulutsha eAfrika, to be based in the Chris Hani District Municipal area covering youth in Ngcobo, Cofimvaba and Cala, Lady frere and Komani,” he said.   

“Social entrepreneurship is the ability to identify societal challenges and address them in the form of business establishment. The young person in the Chris Hani District Municipal area today who wishes to explore their entrepreneurial spirit has an obligation. They need to carefully study their community and identify what it is that their community is struggling with and respond with a business model.”  

Fuma said that if he, coming from a small town of Komani, can compete among the best in the world and come out tops – this is clear indication there is talent in the district.

“They have more potential that they could possibly imagine. They too are worthy and capable,” Fuma said.

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