Keletso Kgalema

Community Youth Heroes

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Keletso Kgalema, 25, is one of those rare community builders who thinks beyond the present. She wants to shape tomorrow. Through her organisation called Steelpoort Academics Network, which she co-founded with four friends - Tirelo Ntsodi, Jerry Taba, Thabiso Mohlala and Benny Malapane in 2016 - Kgalema turns abandoned classrooms into libraries to introduce digital literacy for youngsters in her community of Gamampuru village in Limpopo. In 2019, Kgalema also founded a second organisation called SHERoine Leads, which empowers rural women with up-to-the-minute health information to educate and help prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. “I am a confident and resilient leader. I believe the drive and vision I have for my community will produce great results to be passed on from one generation to the next,” says Kgalema.