School of Built Environment & Development Studies

Housing student wins KZN National Achievement Award in Leadership

Master of Housing student and former Howard College SRC President Ms Kuhlekonke Ntuli won the prestigious KZN National Achievement Award in Leadership during the KZN Young Achievers Awards (KZNYAA) held at the Durban ICC. The award recognises her community contributions at provincial, national and international levels.
Ms Kuhlekonke Ntuli
Ms Kuhlekonke Ntuli

CEO of the Rural Youth Development Foundation SA, Mr Mthobisi Mkhize said, ‘The KZN Young Achievers Awards ceremony is a powerful platform for acknowledging youth in the province, for networking, relationship building and the development of a healthy minded, educational and economic sense of togetherness, and proudly social cohesive KwaZulu-Natal.’

Ntuli was also a finalist in season 6 of SABC 1’s educational show One Day Leader. Other achievements include heading a delegation to represent South Africa in the Global 20 (G20) Youth engagement group in Argentina; and being among UKZN’s Top 40 Most Inspiring Students.

‘I have always been involved in youth development programmes and gender activism. I want to ensure that every young person, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, gains access to Higher Education,’ said Ntuli.

Her energy, dedication and love for community development are channelled through her outreach programmes that seek to encourage young people from all walks of life to pursue Higher Education, engage in youth entrepreneurship and be agents of progressive change in their socio-political environments.

Ntuli gives of her time as a public speaker at assemblies of high school students and hosts community youth engagements with the aim of rooting out community ills and addressing youth unemployment at local level.

She is the founder of the I SPEAK LIFE SERIES, which aims to motivate learners in township high schools and communities to ‘break the chains of generational poverty and illiteracy.’

Ntuli believes that behind every successful woman is a tribe of strong women who support her. ‘This is pivotal for women in strategic leadership positions to further encourage a spirit of ethical servitude leadership. A strong woman stands up for herself but a stronger woman stands up for everyone else,’ she said.

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From left: Mr Juan Solis (UKZN), Mr Lawrence Ogunsanya (UKZN), winner Mr Siyabonga Khuzwayo and Mr Chris Mungle (Corobrik Sales Manager, eThekwini).

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Participants at the Centre for Civil Society Training Day.

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