Word from Columba Graduate Kabelo
Posted / 30 September 2020
Concerned by xenophobia rearing its ugly head in his community, Kabelo Legora, a Tshukudu High School learner in Rustenburg, was inspired to do something to deal with the growing tensions and unite everyone. “I was heart-broken to realize that we are fighting against each other when we are brothers and sisters of the same skin colour living in the same continent, Africa”, says Kabelo. He started a clothing line, African Child, with the intention of spreading a positive and uniting message to effect change in his community. With the help of his friend, Olerato Mosothwane, Kabelo started this service driven business initiative of making hoodies, caps and T-shirts with branding meant to remind all who wear it that they are Africans. Teachers and learners at his school were his first loyal customers, supporting the initiative and ensuring that this positive message spreads throughout the community. Kabelo says “Since then I’ve noticed that everyone in my community seems to get along very well with foreigners, they are no more treated like slaves when they ask for piece jobs, the is that peace we needed in the first place.” African Child has opened opportunities to young local designers and created employment in his community. His message to other young people is “The sky has no limit. No one will believe in you when you do not believe in yourself, be yourself do your best and anything can accomplished if you put your mind to it and focus on what you really want. Everyone was born with a talent don’t waste yours use it wisely. Don’t forget to pray and to give thanks to the Lord.” To support this positive change business venture and proudly South African brand, you can reach out to African Child on Instagram @african_child73 and on their Facebook page Continental_Productions.