Mr. Ndimphiwe Mangqishi

Rural Economic Dev


When Ndimphiwe completed his matric, he focused his efforts on community development unlike many of his friends who were caught up in crime and drinking. A local ward counsellor invited Ndimphiwe to a community meeting where he first met Kellogg Foundation representatives. Two years later, Ndimphiwe applied for and was accepted into the KSAL programme. He wanted to learn about leadership and community development so he could return to his village and implement projects for himself and the community. Ndimphiwe says the leadership training taught him how to talk to the elders and engage with them in a meaningful way. He also learned how to borrow intelligently from other cultures and learn from others. At the beginning of his studies, he struggled with accounting while doing a business course at CIDA. A year later, thanks to KSAL support, he completed a bridging course at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and subsequently decided to change courses. In 2010, he began studying computer engineering at UKZN. Ndimphiwe’s ultimate goal is to bring technological innovation to his home community and provide IT skills and jobs to locals.