Bokang Shopane

I matriculated in Soweto 2004, and struggled to get funding for my tertiary education dreams, despite my efforts, and getting a university exemption. As a result, I wanted to help other learners who struggled like me to help them apply for financial aid while still in matric so they are set up for tertiary studies in time. I started volunteering in a local organisation in Orlando West called Ikageng Itireleng Aids Ministry. During this time I was studying towards a BCom Accounting Degree at Wits University. I worked with the organisations financial department, ensuring stable financials and retention of prominent donors. I worked on implementing internal financial controls, budgets and donor reports. I ended up moving from financial management of the organisation, to a programmes manager, establishing and coordinating programmes, fundraising, writing reports, and helping to structure the organisation, including deriving the theory of change for the organisation.

Some of the organisations with which I have worked over a period of more than six years while at Ikageng include Keep a Child Alive (USA), Kindherlife (Germany), Elton John Foundation, Oprah Winfrey Foundation, Comic Relief, McKinsey Inc., Department of Social Development, Starfish SA, SA National Lottery and Nike Grassroots Soccer. In 2014 I visited Fight for Peace (Luta Pela Paz) in Brazil to learn more about using sports as tool to influence social change, particularly in children and youth in communities where there is poverty, unemployment, high rate of drug abuse and gangsterism.

Prior to joining Children in the Wilderness, I worked as a Financial Advisor for Old Mutual South Africa in Johannesburg.