Brothers for All

​What a joy it is to see incredible people doing incredible things. Brothers for all, the Langa based organsiation is doing more than its bit to help both ex offenders and the youth that is so often at risk.

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to Sihle Tshabalala at a networking event hosted by the Grove IS team in Cape Town. I say I was fortunate because of what Sihle and his team are doing at Brothers For All, an organisation that he is running out of Langa, the Township in Cape Town and how that work is aligned with some of our core ideals. The vision we set out to achieve was simple: Leave a positive impact on society, and unlike many others - to be intentional about it. Do achieve this we aim to get involved with projects that share our vision of building a better Africa and that’s exactly what Sihle is doing.

Brothers For All is an organisation doing it’s all to end the cycle of poverty and crime by helping to breed the country's next crop of talented web developers. Brothers For All’s intake of potential talent varies from youngsters with no hope to ex convicts with little to no employment opportunities. The teaching methods employed at BFA are straightforward; theory (in general) is frowned upon and Sihle only permits teaching of the ultra new “aspirational technologies” of tomorrow - as Sihle puts it. “The aim is simple, get the guys job ready and hungry for more!”

It only took one trip out to the premises in Langa to understand the full depth of what Sihle, Mzi and the other partners have managed to build at Brothers For All. To say that I was blown away would be an understatement and a disservice to my genuine feelings about their staggering achievements. I was greeted by the smiling face of Mzi, a fellow founder, and then led to the mobile classroom in which 25-30 learners were waiting calmly for their next class. Everyone was seated behind a laptop, raring to go.

I was shown around the rest of the building and introduced to many different people, each with their own unique story to tell, and each of these stories was invariably accompanied by a smile. One of these stories belonged to a gentleman by the name of Thanduxolo. Mzi took me aside and assured me that Thandu was my man. When I asked him what he meant by that his reply was straightforward. “He’s the first guy that's going to join Lightswitch from Brothers For All”. I hadn’t initially planned on using my trip to scout for talent but after speaking to Thandu, Mzi and then Sihle it turned out that this is exactly what they had planned. It seems that when Sihle puts his mind to something, it usually happens!

By the time we had reached Sihle, who was concluding another meeting, I was met with a warm embrace and his first words were “so what do you think of Thanduxolo? He’s your guy right?” and the rest is fast becoming history.

Thandu has been working at Lightswitch for over 5 months now and is really excelling. His hunger for knowledge is incredible and his dedication to enhancing his craft is something that inspires us every day. Thandu built the Launchsite Digital website using {xxxx} and it’s a wonderful first project to have under his belt and on his resume. We’re all very proud of him.

To those of you in tech, and even those of you who are not, I would strongly suggest that you get in touch with Sihle. Set up a time to go through and see what he and his team are achieving at Brothers For All. Feel the energy and find a way to get involved; you’d be doing both yourself and the organisation justice.

If you want to get hold of Sihle give me a shout and I will gladly put you in direct contact.  

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Keelan Whiting
Keelan Whiting

When Tina wrote the song "Simply the best" she was singing about Keelan.

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