Nkosinathi Freddy Ndlovu
South African Deaf Youth Development Project
Nkosinathi Ndlovu, 35, is the founder and CEO of South African Deaf Youth Development Project (SADYDP), an organisation that advocates for the rights and privileges of people living with disabilities. “I am driven by a desire for social justice, accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities, especially among the youth,” says Ndlovu, who is also deaf. “My organisation brings a sense of belonging to the people living with disabilities. The impact that we have to our people is enormous and we push boundaries to fight for the rights of people living with disabilities.” The Mpumalanga-born community activist has participated in many projects such as Brics Youth Summit in Brazil in 2019. In 2010, he won the National Disability Young Leaders of the Year in Johannesburg. He also won the National Batho Pele National Excellence Award hosted by the Department of Public Service and Administration in 2013. On his achievements, President Cyril Ramaphosa honoured Ndlovu with the Presidential National Order of Baobab in Silver due to his hard work as an activist of the people living with disabilities.