Shalate Teffo, 30
Shalate Teffo is an Advertising Management graduate with eight years’ experience in marketing and advertising. Being passionate about the development of young people & community development, She currently runs a non-profit organisation called Dimphonyana Tsa Lapeng(little gifts of home) which was founded by her mother in 2001. The core services offered is a children’s home, early childhood development programme, skills development projects, community garden and homework programme. She is a brand ambassador for Brand South Africa ‘play your part’ initiative and ran sanitary pad drive together with Procter and Gamble, through their “Always keeping girls in school “programme after graduating from their Leadership College between 2015 & 2016. This has sparked her desire to now work on her own sanitary pad line. In 2016 she was selected to participate in the Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Initiative which is a flagship programme of the former US President Obama, where she attended a civic leadership programme for 6 weeks in the US and currently serves on the board representing the 2016 cohort under Civic Leadership. In 2017, the local Radio Station Kaya FM profiled her in their “SA’s 16 ordinary youth, doing extra ordinary things” campaign during youth month. Her long-term goal is to build more full service centres in the disadvantaged communities she works with as there is a desperate need for such support programmes, to improve the lives of young people living in South Africa.
Fun Fact:My friends say I’m funny, kind of like the clown in my squad, oh and I am terrified of birds. No – like – for – real!!