Luvuyo obtained his degree in the United States at the prestigious Hamilton College, then returned to South Africa in 2009 to put empowerment theories into practice on the untested fields of South Africa. He worked tirelessly in a variety of spheres within the transformation and development sectors of the new Republic of South Africa.
Luvuyo hasn’t banked on the privileges of his family legacy. He started at the grassroots of empowerment work and worked his way to the top levels of the newly created National Empowerment Rating Agency (NERA) – designated by racial equality laws to audit the implementation of the cutting edge Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment programs of the Republic.
He has years of firsthand experience in the social justice space from the regulatory side. His experience broadened considerably when Luvuyo moved to Endeavor South Africa – an innovative entrepreneurship development NGO responsible for finding and growing high impact entrepreneurial businesses. There, as a Service Account Manager, Luvuyo spent years managing networks of service providers and matching them to corporates seeking to fulfill the social responsibility mandates of the post-1994 South Africa.
“Ubuntu” is a Nguni Bantu term meaning "humanity". It is often also translated as "humanity towards others," and it has come to be used as a term for a kind of humanist philosophy, ethic, or ideology popularized by Nelson Mandela’s presidency and by reconciliation leaders such as the Most Reverend Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Luvuyo – through these interactive sessions – helps young adults “see” each other and joins them together in exercises to recognize joint pathways to success – built together – through working with newly learned entrepreneurial skills – leadership, listening, honesty, and personal diligence. Tyathumzi is changing the prospects for success one person at a time.
Luvuyo is walking his talk- pointing the way for young adults - using entrepreneurship in the social justice market space. As the face of Tyathumzi and as his own ambassador for township youth – Luvuyo has been speaking on behalf of the youth of South Africa - Luvuyo has been the voice of the unseen – in 2016 alone he was key speaker in six international forums –
You can see a small part of his public advocacy on online:
SABC1 interview at the 16th Annual Nelson Mandela Awards, 2018 (starts at 16:25)
Tyathumzi and Luvuyo Mandela are one part of the hope for this new nation, this rainbow of people, united in the prospect of a better future together.
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