Ashoka Southern Africa Fellows

Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who we recognize to have innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society. They demonstrate unrivaled commitment to bold new ideas and prove that compassion, creativity, and collaboration are tremendous forces for change. Ashoka Fellows work in over 70 countries around the globe in every area of human need.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

Esther Cossie is mobilizing rural youth to help combat abuse, particularly domestic violence, in remote and impoverished rural communities of South Africa's Eastern Cape.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

Deeply influenced by his own experiences of the challenges of life in urban city centers, Stephan de Beer founded an initiative that regenerates inner cities in a sustainable, socially inclusive way using local assets and building local ownership.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

With the conviction that Africa’s greatest assets are its people, its cultural heritage, and its natural resources, Noel de Villiers is creating a continent-wide network of community- owned and operated tourism routes that leverage these resources to create economic and social development opportunities for African rural areas, towns, and cities.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

John de Wit (South Africa 1991) is currently launching an initiative to provide small business sector men and women with credit and training through a group-based, mutual support and savings scheme. Several million unemployed South Africans have turned to the informal sector for survival. Each year, approximately 80% of the fledgling businesses set up in this sector...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

Christine is providing migrant and residential farm workers in rural areas in South Africa with a set of on-site integrated health solutions, especially related to HIV/AIDS, by employing a peer-to-peer caregiving structure that reinforces behavior change towards a positive lifestyle. This is done in parallel to the building of a working environment that is conducive to...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Mahmood Fadal has combined labor relations education with conflict resolution techniques into a unique strategy of overcoming differences and promoting development in South Africa's volatile informal and small business sectors. The strategy at Mahmood's Mediation and Conflict Centre assists competing small business owners and their employees to appreciate their...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Susannah is providing leadership and life skills education to young people in schools through a structured extra-curricular model that capitalizes on peer pressure to create a ripple effect of youth-driven, positive change making.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Kim Feinberg has developed interactive educational initiatives to promote tolerance and cultural sensitivity in a post-apartheid, multicultural society.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

David Fortune is reintegrating the children and youth living on the streets into their families and communities. His novel approach mobilizes and engages families and communities to effectively address the circumstances that propel kids to live on the streets. His efforts are the first in South Africa to systematically consider both the needs of street kids and those...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Human Rights

In South Africa's Eastern Cape province, Lesley Ann Foster (1996) is engaged in pioneering efforts to develop much-needed services for women and girls who are the victims of domestic violence and abuse. She is also pursuing a carefully conceived, complementary campaign to raise awareness of the problem and actions needed promptly throughout South Africa.