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TESTIMONIALS

Msizi Gumede

Msizi joined the first life skills course in KwaNyuswa in August 2002. He was a drug dealer in the area until his life was changed through World Changers. Msizi was also selected to take the first leadership course given in March 2003 and was chosen
“Best Overall Student” among the 25 students.

Msizi then assisted WCA by coordinating life skills courses and leadership courses until he was selected by Youth With A Mission (YWAM) Belfast to take a 10-month Discipleship Training School (DTS) study in Belfast, UK, in late 2003, based upon his maturity and quality of character.

After returning from the UK, he rejoined World Changers and has played many roles in the organisation since. In late 2004, he took the post of life skills programme manager. In 2007, he was appointed WCA’s chief administrator, a precursor to the current post of operations manager.

Then, in late 2007, he fulfilled the combined role of programmes manager (all programmes) and human resources (HR) manager. Currently, he oversees all of World Changers programmes in the KZN South Coast region.

In 2008, Msizi was invited to Australia to be a co-speaker at an event with then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. The event was coordinated by the Oaktree Foundation, a partner of World Changers. Msizi spoke about his life journey and shared the positive
affect that World Changers has had on his life and the lives of many others.

Msizi has come a long way from dealing drugs on the streets to dealing a different drug today - one containing a message of hope, selfless service, and people empowerment - to thousands of young people.

Vusi Kweyama

Like his very good friend Msizi, Vusi joined the first life skills course in August 2002, only two weeks after being released from prison. He had been in and out of prison more times than he could remember.

Vusi was involved in the 26 prison gang and was a hardened criminal at a young age. One of his original intentions after taking the life skills course was to find a way to steal the academy’s computers. Instead, he was so inspired by World Changers’ teachings that he completely turned his life around.

Shortly after the course finished, Vusi started to coach children in soccer and taught them life skills. He also drew together a number of his criminal friends and teach them life skills as well. As a result of his work, World Changers selected him to be a part of the first leadership course in March 2003.
  
Right after he finished that course in July 2003, Vusi was asked to take charge of the KwaNyuswa training centre. To this day, he continues to oversee the centre, now under the banner of a non profit organisation that he founded called Light Providers. Light Providers is now run by Siyanda Chonco, a protégé of Vusi, who leads a team of about 10 workers (half are full-time workers) to run the centre’s activities, which include life skills and computer training courses that had been conducted prior to his involvement.

Vusi, along with his volunteers, have taken on a number of other initiatives including sports, the drama and arts programmes, a community library, an ongoing Bible-study group, along with several businesses, including a car wash (that employed four people for several years until it closed down) and a tourism company, Vuk’ Africa Tours, which takes local and overseas tourists around this area. Vuk’Africa employs several people full time and a number of other people part-time (including tour guides), and much of the profit goes towards funding Light Providers.

Vusi also does a lot of work in prisons and has overseen an offender rehabilitation programme involving a partnership with the Pinetown Magistrates Court. Vusi has trained hundreds of people from this community and has helped transform thousands of lives through his teaching at many locations around Durban and through coordinated World Changers’ radio programmes in May and June of 2005.

Vusi has recently completed a BA degree at Monash University SA, the South African branch of one of the top 50 universities in the world. He obtained a full scholarship to do this degree with part study in South Africa and part study in Australia. He majored in criminology as his desire is to transform the criminal justice system. He is now in Holland completing a master’s degree in Peace and Reconciliation.
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