InkuluFreeHeid aims to unite all South Africans, particularly young people, behind non-partisan efforts that help solve major economic challenges, deepen democracy and enhance social cohesion.
IFH is a registered not-for-profit entity, and is led by a network of volunteer-organisers. Kind donations from the public, and the dream of a better life for all, help keep us moving forward.
WHAT WE DO
We're on a mission to create partnerships and policies capable of effectively combating inequality, racism, xenophobia, and sexism and underdevelopment, maintaining a balance of power between the state and the individual, and supporting the rule of law. We mobilise people to become masters of their own destiny, and aim to help South Africa achieve its full potential as a global economic, innovation and moral leader, wherein all people will be 'able to walk tall, without any fear in their hearts, assured of their inalienable right to human dignity.'
Young Professionals Network
Mission: Thought Leadership + Networks + Funding + Partnerships
The YPN is a newly established branch of IFH, which we view as integral to the development of the organisation and central building our capacity to achieve our aims. InkuluFreeHeid believes its members’ growth and development throughout their lifetime can play a critical role in the success of the organisation. Through our shared relationships we enhance our impact. Together we can achieve this by:
Mission: Combating Racism and Colonial Legacies, Promoting Social Cohesion and Black Consciousness
Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Grahamstown
As a non-partisan political force that works to deepen democracy and enhance social cohesion in South Africa, IFH supported the students of #RhodesMustFall, and their ability to mobilise the student body. It is often said that young people have become apathetic; the demonstrations over the Rhodes statue in 2015 are a clear sign that this assumption is false. IFH supports the development of a new, unified national identity, and the building of unifying public spaces and symbols.
Mission: Policy + Leadership + Strategy
National Convention - Hosted by IFH Cape Town
On January 10/11 2015, IFH hosted the inaugural NDC. The NDC elected a National Executive Team and National Working Group, and adopted a 'Programme of Action' to tackle South Africa's national development challenges head-on. The NDC also adopted the first formal Constitution for the IFH organisation, elected its first President, Deputy President, and National Coordinator, and Chairperson.
Our Vote Our Voice Campaign 2013-2014
Mission: Soapbox Rallies + Party Manifesto Analyses + Media
Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Tshwane, Vaal, Durban, East London
Our Vote Our Voice Campaign 2013-2014: grassroots democracy and soapbox campaign that aimed to get young people critically engaged in the 2014 National General Election. The campaign drew support from all major political parties contending the 2014 National General Election, and peaked in May with the Real Debate between the Top 3 political parties contending in Gauteng Province, broadcast live on ANN7.
National Youth Engagement on National Development Plan 2013
Mission: Young Leaders + Policy Engagements + Action
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
National Youth Engagement on National Development Plan 2030 brought together over 40 youth organisations in Johannesburg on 1 June 2013, and in New Brighton on October 5 2013. The National & Nelson Mandela Bay Youth Engagements were facilitated NPC Commissioners Mohammad Karaan and Dr Bridgette Gasa, as well as former Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel. The Engagements included political parties and youth representatives from different labour unions. The Engagement advocates for critical youth-led engagement, action and debate around issues of national planning, and for the role of young people in national development. The NYE and NMMB YE were conducted in partnership with the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit at the University of Cape Town, and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University respectively. NYE Online.
Citizens4Marikana Campaign 2013
Mission: Citizen Crowdfunding + Protest Action + Legal Reform
C4M was a media campaign, started on social media, aimed at highlighting the inequality-of-arms with respect to legal representation for victims at Marikana Commission of Inquiry appointed by President Jacob Zuma in 2012, advocating that the truth surrounding events in Marikana during the month of August in 2012 should be uncovered, justice should be done and that adequate reparations must be made to the families of the victims on all sides of the conflict, including miners, security guards and police. The campaign was launched on the 1st Anniversary of the Marikana tragedy in 2013, wound-down in early 2014 following the victory in the High Court, and is no longer active.
Peace One Day Live Global Moment 2013
Mission: Peace + Dialogue + Collaboration
On 21 September 2013, InkuluFreeHeid organised the Live Global Moment from South Africa with Peace One Day, the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation and the Department of Arts & Culture to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rivonia trials that led to the incarceration of Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada. According to an independent McKinsey & Company Report, 470 million people in 200 countries across the world were aware of Peace Day 2013. The Live Global Moment was broadcast live from Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, Johannesburg, reaching an estimated global audience of 18-million, and featuring a panel that included Mr Ahmed Kathrada, Justice Yvonne Mokgoro, Ms Kay Sexwale, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.
University Short Course on Democracy & Citizenship
Mission: Education + Leadership + Collaboration
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
An accredited short course about democracy and citizenship is hosted by the Frederik van Zyl Slabbert Institute for Student Leadership Development in collaboration with InkuluFreeHeid. The course was launched in 2013 and explores the concepts of democracy and citizenship in the context of South Africa and Africa. The theoretical elements of the course is complemented with a practical component. Participants are encouraged the engage as active citizens in democratic processes in local communities and to acknowledge accountability for their continues role in the development and democratisation of South Africa. In 2015, the course will be offered at the University of Cape Town and other university campuses.
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TEAM
Ms Lindelwe Dube
Lindelwe Dube is currently completing her Master Degree in Conflict Transformation and Peace studies at UKZN. She is a lover of social justice. She thoroughly enjoys advocacy work and this is reflected in the amount of time she have dedicated over the years to social development. She is also part of the Activate! Change drivers community, programme which aims at equipping young people with leadership and community developing skills in order for prepare them to lead the Nation one day. Her love for the country and continent led her to start publishing opinion pieces as well in an attempt to grow as a thought leader. Here are examples of the opinion articles she wrote (MG Thought Leader , News24).
In 2014, she had the privilege of being chosen as a long term observer for the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy In Africa (EISA) Mission in Mozambique. Deployed as a Long Term Observer for The Mozambique General Elections, she stayed in the Country for two months, interacting with all levels of society in order to ascertain the socio-political conditions prior to the elections and after the elections. Whilst she have been in University, she has been part of the debating society which has contributed to my growth as a critical thinker and advocate for human rights and the empowerment of women. Her ultimate goal is to be a mediator of conflicts in Africa.
Ms Sesethu Gqomo
Sesethu obtained an undergraduate degree in Media, Communication and Culture and recently completed an Honours programme in Corporate Communication at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). In 2015, she is continuing her studies and pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration at the NMMU Business School. Sesethu has been and still is involved in Youth Development and active citizenship within the NMMU institution. She is the Marketing Officer for the Faculty of Engineering. She has participated and led in a number of projects inside and outside the institution which has lead her to being commissioned to facilitate other roles in various entities such as the Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy (CANRAD). She hopes to encourage the young people of South Africa to engage with the social issues that they are facing and be informed on how to exert positive and sustainable change. Sesethu is based in the Eastern Cape.
Mr Matthew Low
Matthew has always seen himself as a free-thinker and visionary who seeks to promote growth and development for his home country of South Africa, and the continent of Africa, in all facets possible. Having grown up in both Johannesburg and Durban, and completing a Finance (Hons) and Economics Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town in 2011, Matthew quickly learnt that his passion lay in his commitment to a united and more equal South Africa. It was this that led him to InkuluFreeHeid (IFH) in early 2013, as its very foundation is built on the same premise. Matthew is of the belief that IFH proves that a non-partisan movement led by fellow visionaries and fortified by the power of change has the absolute ability to influence, to lead, to create, and to re-inspire within the political landscape of South Africa. Matthew is based in Gauteng.
Western Cape Regional Head (Executive)
Abongile Mjokozeli completed an LLB from the University of the Western Cape. He currently works in Politics as a Political Assistant. He has a keen interest on human and social justice issues and strives for a career in public service.
Abongile has been involved with Inkulufreeheid from 2013 in the Western Cape. He served as one of the University of the Western Cape Organisers until 2015.
Abongile now is the Western Cape Representative in the National Working Group and a member of the new coopted Young Professionals Network launched in 2016 in Cape Town.
Kwazulu-Natal Regional Head (Executive)
Pearl-Rose Mkhize is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Social Science degree at the University of Kwazulu Natal - Howard College with the purpose of becoming a Forensic Psychologist.
She serves as a member of the exexcutive committee of Inkulufreeheid as well as the Deputy Chair of The Inkulufreeheid KZN Chapter.
She further is heading youth developmental and counselling programms at the Twelve Apostolic Church where I head youth in developmental and counselling programs.
Beyond social justice, Pearl is the CEO of Donna Forte Industries a new prominent aspiring brand.
Subsequently her ability to engage in gatherings ranging from basic discussions to corporate involvement is all transpired by the background of her media training with Izwilomzansi, Dineo Comms and SABC with the likes of Makhosi Khoza and Jason Gereer and Kimberly Stark.
Gauteng Regional Head (Executive)
Thabo studied at NMMU in 2006 – 2013. His involvements at the institution has been to be a Supplemental Instruction Leader in NMMU Dept of Architecture. He facilitates Learning and After class ,attention to students who struggle .Formed part of the Executive comm of Architectural Students Society. Student observer at Final Portfolio exam moderation. Thabo is the Former CEO – Cortex Innovation Hub (east London), Former Junior Architect – JKN Development Consultants (east London).
Thabo is the Current Senior Architectural Technologist – Ikemeleng Architects (Johannesburg) and Current Provincial Corodinator – IFH Gauteng.
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