Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has urged Gauteng’s 12-million plus residents to vote for the youthful and visionary One Day Leader finalist, Ndumiso Hadebe.
To vote for Hadebe, Gauteng residents are urged to sms Leader 1 to 34068. Voting closes on Saturday, 11 May 2013 at 18h00.
One Day Leader is an SABC 1 Television series where young people showcase their leadership skills by tackling modern day South African social, economic and political issues as a way of competing for the coveted title of One Day Leader.
“Hadebe is one of the province’s young population and we are very proud of him for being one of the top two finalists.
“Let us rally behind him and ensure that he wins this title as he is not only an inspiration to young people but to the entire Gauteng residents.
“For him to progress so far in the series, from being in the Top 40 to making it to the Top Six and eventually taking one of the top two spots, shows the great leadership skills and knowledge that he has.
“Regardless of whether he wins or not, Hadebe will be absorbed by the Gauteng Provincial Government when he graduates so that he imparts the skills and knowledge he has to the people of Gauteng,” said Mokonyane.
Hadebe, a final year BCom Economics and International Trade student, said he would like to use this platform to serve, inform and inspire a new kind of leader.
“I am passionate about South Africa and my wish is to have a new generation of young people who are driven to become masters of their own destiny.
“I believe that as young people we need to take ownership and the direction that our country takes. The challenges that we are faced with today require us to change our thinking and move with the pace to remain relevant,” said Hadebe.
He also added that he was of the strongest view that education plays a central role in the country’s growth.
“I would like to see a critical link being created between the industry and the education system so that the kind of education students receive at tertiary institutions is able to respond to the industry requirements,” added Hadebe.