Alumni join forces to inspire, motivate and empower young millennials

Annette Willemse -- Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:57

NWU Alumni join forces to empower young millennials

Generation Y is the fastest growing segment of today’s workforce and with this in mind, the BCom Committee on the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) together with YAgeGen – a Youth Development and Empowerment Company, will be hosting a women’s leadership conference on campus on 28 March 2015.

It is estimated that the Generation Y's represent more than 70 million young adults.

Born in the mid-1980’s, Generation Y – or young millennials as they are also known as, are in their 20s and are just entering the workforce. With numbers estimated as high as 70 million, Generation Y is the fastest growing segment of today’s workforce.

What makes this endeavour so noteworthy is the fact that it represents a cooperation between current students and alumni of the Campus – working together for the sake of social change. The BCom Committee (which goes by the name: “Think like an Economist”), is an affiliated body within the Student Representative Council of the Campus and is spearheaded by Sinclair Mohlala. The theme for the upcoming conference is: “Our Future in Women: Trusting our women to take us forward.”

The aim of the conference is to encourage and empower young women to find their voice – be it within their professional or personal lives. According to Eric Mbuyazi – a member of YAgeGen, it is important for young women to stake their claim in the world of work and to thrive in terms of confidence and independence. The speakers of the day all represent women who have successfully found their place in society and who are making a difference to the communities in which they find themselves. “Generation Y’s appreciate being kept in the loop and craves guidance,” explains Eric and adds that members of this generation benefit greatly from mentors who can help guide and develop their young careers.”

More about YAgeGen

The YAgeGen-team is made-up of a dynamic foursome with expertise ranging from chemical engineering, psychology, sociology, management accounting and risk management. All four team members have strong ties with the NWU Vaal – be it in their capacity as current student, alumnus or former student. Heading-up the team is Lefu Dlamini (Executive Managing Director), who holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and who is currently working towards a degree in Economic Risk and Investment Management at the NWU.

As a Process Engineer, Lefu has served in various leadership structures – such as the Chairperson of Sasol Junior Engineers and a Young One World Ambassador. In 2013 he was also chosen as one of the Top 100 Brightest Young Minds in South Africa.

Alumna Lebogang Masego Leburu is responsible for Coordination and Organising YAgeGen activities. Lebogang holds a degree in Psychology and Sociology from the NWU Vaal and is currently busy with her postgraduate studies.  She is a member of the South African Crime Prevention Desk where she helps with the development of intervention programmes aimed to reduce crime amongst the youth. She is also a qualified counsellor and frequently assist at organisations such as LifeLine.

Taking care of IT and Communications within the organisation, is alumnus Ntokoso Tyapile. He holds a degree in Management Accounting at the NWU Vaal and is currently working as a banking official at First National Bank. He is the founder of the NWU Vaal Chess Club and a self-taught graphic designer, web developer and software expert. Before joining First National Bank, he worked as a teacher at Suncrest Secondary School.

The final member of the team is Eric Mbuyazi, a former student leader of the Vaal Triangle Campus. Responsible for Sales and Operations, Eric – who served on both the house committee and student leadership levels, is passionate about social entrepreneurship and leadership. As an advanced speaker with Toastmasters International, he is often referred to as “Eric-The-Innovator”.

Book your seat

Members of the public who wish to attend the conference, can book their seats by contacting Eric on 082 503 5947 or by sending an e-mail to