Busy Corner hosts farewell for YLED’s Steven Zwane

Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development team bids farewell to Steven Zwane.


Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development (YLED) members held a farewell party for founder Steven Zwane at Busy Corner Imbizo Shisanyama in Ebony Park, Midrand on 3 September.

Zwane started Grade 1 at the age of 11 and matriculated in 1997 at the age of 21 in Dobsonville, Soweto.

“I was an active participant at school and a member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS), although the aim of joining the movement was to enjoy free trips to different areas. They also trained my debating, leadership and level of education which then helped separate me from my then peers,” said Zwane.

He is the new chief executive officer of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme and was previously an employee of Absa Bank.

Zwane highlighted that he was pleased to be heading up YLED which played a huge role in shaping his life.

“I started YLED in 2004 with the aim of improving the confidence, life skills, business skills and communication skills of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and I’m proud to say many lives have been changed through YLED.”

Steven Zwane, founder of YLED.

The organisation is based in Gauteng but is slowly starting to operate in other provinces and currently has about 1 500 young people participating within their programmes.

The acting managing director of YLED, Palesa Lepule joined in 2008 while she was in Grade 11 and through this organisation she managed to secure a First National Bank bursary which covered the fees for five years of studying.

“I was a good academic but I was very shy and lacked a lot of confidence, but the programmes under YLED helped me to believe in myself as well as trained me on how to start a business and handle interviews which has assisted me a lot throughout the years,” said Lepule.

“How human you are is determined by the lives you change,” concluded Zwane.

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