Lesego Ndala is the Beyoncé of social impact. From as far back as he can remember, he has always been a person who wanted to do more with his time. After spending his gap year in the UK, he enrolled for a BA in International Relations and Politics at Wits. It was here that he gravitated towards volunteering as a pastime.
“When I was a student I found myself working on a volunteering project in Bushbuckridge that had failed dismally. That project exposed me to the consequences of failed development and I wanted to know what a successful development project looks like.”
To date, Ndala has worked on social impact projects with the Wits Volunteer Programme, the Ikamva Youth Volunteering programme, Enke! Make your Mark, and more recently, Tshikululu Social Investments.
Cumulatively, this exposed him to a variety of leadership approaches, taught him monitoring and evaluation frameworks, and most importantly, reiterated the fact that he is exactly where he needs to be. He is now a monitoring and evaluation specialist at Tshikululu Social Investments, which involves developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks for clients in the renewable energy, health and education sectors.
“Social impact matters to me because of the reality of social injustice that we all experience each day; people are losing out on opportunities to learn more and build themselves because they do not have the knowledge and the adaptive literacies to take part in various activities.”
Despite this, he is excited about the transformative potential of his visibility and representation as a black man in the monitoring and evaluation space. “This is the youngest you will ever be, and even if it is hard, there is hope at the end of the tunnel. If you put in the work, you will succeed. Nobody plans to be a role model, but if you can be a role model for others, do so.” — Nomonde Ndwalaza