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: Economic Development

Through an organization called Vuvuzela, Craig Slevin and Adam Fraser are bridging the digital divide in South Africa by creating one-stop information communication technology (ICT) kiosks that foster job creation, improve computer literacy, and bring ICT to rural areas. Founders Adam Fraser and Craig Slevin, each with more than ten years of experience in the IT sector...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Jonny Gevisser (South Africa 1996) sociologist and educator, is pioneering the creation of regionally-based extra-curricular centres to complement existing formal educational institutions. These centres will provide active, creative outlets for black students. And, perhaps more importantly over the long term, they will create a subtle, new avenue for reforming state...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Chris Giles is helping South African communities restore hope and facilitate development through a unique series of civic revitalization efforts.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Learning/Education

John is addressing inequalities in the education system in South Africa by providing better education opportunities to learners from less advantaged communities while bridging the social divide with their counterparts in more privileged schools. While doing so, he is reforming the education system itself by equating high performance in science and maths with the...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Pregaluxmi Govender founded a model workers' college supported by the independent trade union movement. The trade union movement has historically reflected the hierarchies of race, gender and class in South African society in its leadership. The college is designed to help redress these inequalities. In the first democratic elections of May 1994, Pregaluxmi was elected...

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Economic Development

Through a certified organic farmers' cooperative, Gerrit Hendriks gives small farmers a competitive niche in organic produce and the capacity to market and sell their products directly, thus keeping commercial farms from pushing them out of the market.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

Simone works with public healthcare workers and enables them to engage empathically, identify and treat common mental illnesses in pregnant and postnatal women. She founded and directs the Perinatal Mental Health Project which empowers pregnant women and new mothers from disadvantaged communities in South Africa. 

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Learning/Education

The South African educational crisis stems largely from dysfunctional and under-resourced public schools that lead to poor quality learning environments and unequal outcomes for students. Doron Isaacs is building a movement of students, parents, and teachers—led by young changemakers—to collectively fix the country’s schools from the inside out.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Learning/Education

Ahmed is empowering local people from disadvantaged rural and township communities to help them identify their social challenges and use basic ICT skills to develop grass-root solutions, through a model of co-creation and engagement, where people understand ICT as a platform for overall community development and not only as a skill to enhance employability.

Country: South Africa
Field of Work: Health

Since Garth Japhet founded Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication in 1992, he has successfully managed one of the world’s leading campaigns for public health education. Through its ground-breaking drama series, Soul City, Garth has educated and empowered viewers, and in his program Heartlines, he has established an initiative to promote positive...