Our Stories

In every cohort we select the top students to join the Building Blocks Alumni Programme. Over a period of 12 months, students are developed through a bespoke curriculum that focuses on social-awareness, self-awareness, developing a growth mindset and exposure to networks and opportunities in aid of their entrepreneurial or career-related interests.

Thando Nhlapo

Grade 11 student from Johannesburg navigating the exciting journey of figuring out which of his two interests, science or engineering will be his choice of study in the near future.

Thando was selected as one of the top students of cohort 2 after impressing judges and facilitators during his sales pitch.

He is currently working on building relationships and networks for the future.

Oratiloe Lebethe

Grade 10 student from Cohort 1 of the Building Blocks contact Bootcamp held in Johannesburg. A budding artist who hopes to one day innovate in the fields of medicine and art.

Her impressive artwork showcased at our market day had guests mesmerized by the power of art in conveying transformative messaging.

At just 16 years old, her first book called “It Takes Three” will be launched in September of 2020 in South Africa.

Phathiswa Myeni

2nd Year, BCom Accounting student at the University of Cape Town.

Winner of the cohort 1 pitching competition, after wowing our panel of judges with her confidence and bright idea around using technology to help alleviate issues of Gender Based Violence and femicide in our country.

Unathi Radebe

Grade 10 student from Johannesburg and president of Cohort 1.

As part of the cohort 1 Building Blocks bootcamp Unathi explored gaming in the African context.

Since then he has begun research on COVID-19 PPE and how to make it more effective.

Methembe Sibanda

Grade 11 student from Afro Combs College in Johannesburg.

As part of the 4th cohort of Building Blocks bootcamp students, Methembe explored the relationship between hair and the spread of the COVID 19 virus. His focus was on the science behind the creation of hair products that protect from bacteria and germs while maintaining the moisture, shine and strength it gives our hair.


Pamela Nkosi

Grade 11 student from Queens High School and a natural born storyteller.

As part of cohort 4 of the Building Blocks bootcamp she explored her love for the arts and the ways in which she could extend that to her peers in low income areas to help develop young minds.

After winning the market day challenge with her incredible video making skills, Pamela decided to pivot and has since launched the We Shine.Like Stars marketing Agency where she creates video marketing for businesses looking to expand their customer reach.

Lulama Mogorosi

Grade 10 student from Queens High School who is interested in Medicine.

As part of cohort 3 of the Building Blocks bootcamp she explored education in the time of COVID-19.

Since being selected as the top student of the cohort, she has launched her tutoring business helping grade 9 students with mathematics to ensure that they are well positioned to select mathematics as a subject for grade 10 – 12.

Neo Poto

Grade 11 student from Alexandra in Johannesburg who is passionate about using technology to uplift his community and build up his country. Neo hopes to study Programming in the near future.

As part of Cohort 1 of the Building Blocks Bootcamp he explored various ideas learning all about pivoting and lead team mates in complex challenges and discussions.

Monare Kabi

Grade 12 student from Grey College in Bloemfontein. He was selected as one of the top students of cohort 1 and went on to be selected in the top 3 during the pitching competition.

Monare owns a clothing business and works in the family business over and above excelling academically.

Mfumo Nkuna

Grade 10 student from Johannesburg who is interested in contributing positively to our political landscape.

As part of the cohort 3 Building Blocks bootcamp she tackled tough environmental & health issues related to COVID-19.

She was the market day challenge winner of her cohort.

Gugulethu Dube

Grade 10 student from Brakpan High School. She wants to study actuarial sciences and was selected as one of the top students of cohort 2.

She explored various ideas around COVID-19 challenges specific to South Africa and blew away the facilitators with her creativity and passion.


Aobakwe Mesolo

Grade 10 learner from Johannesburg who was part of Cohort 2 of the Building Blocks Bootcamp.

During the bootcamp she chose to ideate around the issue of education inequality in South Africa. She spend time working on an idea to help improve educational support in townships and rural areas.

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