News — October 03, 2016
Sinqobile Sichelesile Ndlovu of Zimbabwe Selected as One of the 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
For her work promoting social responsibility, Sinqobile Sichelesile Ndlovu of Zimbabwe was named a 2016 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) recipient in the category of personal improvement and/or accomplishment.
As a determined young person, Sinqobile Sichelesile Ndlovu graduating from college at the age of 19 and soon accepted an administrative and marketing management role in a regional company, where she persevered over gender-, age- and race-related discrimination as a supervisor in the corporate world.
As the youngest managerial professional in Zimbabwe to be considered for the Young Manager of the Year award, Ndlovu demonstrated her commitment to community development using the corporate sector platform. In 2013, she helped mobilize the private sector in Bulawayo to install waste bins in the streets to combat littering. Faced with disappointing results, she aspired to devise a more sustainable solution for communities to combat the waste management dilemma. The Recycling Middleman was a self-funded pilot project that engaged a youth-led community organization to improve waste collection and recycling. The project connected waste harvesters who collect recyclable waste and recycling agents who purchase the waste. Through the pilot project, Ndlovu realized that a major flaw in the current system stemmed from the harsh working conditions of the harvesters and their lack of access to social services, worsened by late or missing payments from the recycling agents. This injustice has motivated Ndlovu to research how waste collection and recycling systems can harness social innovation and inclusiveness to benefit all stakeholders.
Ndlovu’s experiences emphasize the importance of collaboration between all sectors of society in their efforts to improve the living conditions in Zimbabwe. She promotes leadership, social responsibility and inclusive business as the means to shape a brighter future for the world.
JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and provide extraordinary service to their communities. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young active citizens create positive impact on a local and global level.
These ten exceptional individuals will be honored at the 2016 JCI Awards Ceremony featuring the 2016 JCI TOYP Honorees on Thursday, November 3 at the 2016 JCI World Congress in Québec City, Canada.
About JCI: JCI is a worldwide membership-based nonprofit organization of young active citizens ages 18 to 40 who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities. Through projects in more than 5000 communities across nearly 120 countries, members seek targeted solutions to local problems, creating a global impact.
Visit www.jci.cc to learn more.