The South African Breweries (SAB), along with its partners, the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and youth marketing agency, HDI, today launched the third season of the reality television series, Future Leaders.
Future Leaders is a 13-episode series which follows the lives of five ordinary teens from all walks of life who have each been affected by underage drinking. The show documents their journey to becoming positive change agents and role models within their respective communities and schools.
The launch was anchored by a panel discussion focusing on underage drinking in South Africa and the critical importance of youth development as a means to addressing the problem.
Facilitated by South African media personality and author, Eusebius Mackaizer, panellists included first lady Bongi Ngema–Zuma; director of operations for the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Nthuseng Mpahlele; SAB executive director of Corporate Affairs and Transformation, Monwabisi Fandeso; and Sizwe Dhlomo, South African television personality and youth activist.
The Future Leaders III contestants are Sechaba Mthombeni, a 16-year-old from Kroonstad in the Free State; 15-year-old Hlengiwe Mcoyi from Northdale in KwaZulu-Nata; Chanlyn Biggs, a 16-yera-old from Atlantis in the Western Cape; 15-year-old Monicca Malebana of Seshego in Polokwane; and Lionel Malatjie, a 16-year-old from Thembisa in Gauteng.
In this new season, each of the contestants will be guided through their Future Leaders journey by a dedicated mentor. This is a change from the previous two seasons where contestants shared mentors. This season’s mentors are all local personalities with a passion for youth-related issues, including Dikeledi Makhongoana, known as DK, from Lesedi FM; Loyiso Mdebuka, (DJ Loyd) from Good Hope FM; Jessica Tims, youth TV presenter on YoTV and Blue Couch; Makwena Makgakga (Kwenesto) of Thobela FM; and Sihle Makanya, 2015 Miss SA contender and qualified quantity surveyor.
The mentors are, in turn, guided by South African social activist, entrepreneur, author and columnist, Shaka Sisulu, who has served in this position since the second season of Future Leaders, taking over from Khaya Dlanga. Sisulu will also play a key role in guiding contestants.
The first episode of Future Leaders will air of SABC1 from Sunday, 16 August at 17:00. Thereafter, episodes will move to begin 30 minutes later at 17:30 on Sundays.