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Vuyo Given Yekani

Vuyo Given Yekani

Nickname: 'LG'

Youth activist based in Cape Town

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Richmond South Africa

Youth activist who believes in the might of a pen. Other than his church, community and political involvement, he is a writer and orator of note. He intends on publishing a book on his higher education experiences as a former student leader. Vuyo has also developed keen interest in history and heritage and as such, he has spearheaded an Oral History Project in his Richmond hometown

Contact details

M: 0781110668

Web presence

Business Address

120 Plein Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 8000

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Provincial Coordinator - Western Cape | Youth Development | South African Youth Council (SAYC)
Cape Town, South Africa | April 2014 - present


Provincial Treasurer | Western Cape | Young Communist League
Cape Town, South Africa | 2013 - present


Media and Research Officer | Anglican Church of Southern Africa | St. Bernard Mizeki Men's Guild
Cape Town, South Africa | 2012 - present


Researcher, Freelance Writer and Project Manager | Own Consultancy
Cape Town, South Africa | 2012 - present


Conducting a number of research projects for individuals and organisation upon request. Other writing work includes speech writing, opinion pieces, newspaper articles and general political communication.

Member | African National Congress
Cape Town, South Africa | 2011 - present


Sits on the ANC's Provincial (Western Cape) Sub-Committee on Media and Communications and the Education Sub-Committee, under the coordination of Provincial Executive Committee members

Previous Position(s)

Media Liaisong Officer/Spokesperson | Department of Higher Education and Training | Ministry of Higher Education and Training
Pretoria, South Africa | February 2014 - May 2014

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Researcher and Speech Writer | Ministry of Energy
Cape Town, South Africa | February 2013 - July 2013

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Deputy Director: Stakeholder Relations | Department of Transport | MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
Pretoria, South Africa | July 2013 - February 2014

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Researcher | Centenary Unit | African National Congress
Cape Town, South Africa | January 2012 - January 2013


Conducting research for the ANC Centenary Team throughout the centenary period. Research work included writing opinion pieces, speech writing, compilation of biographies, archives collection, development of questionnaires and drafting research reports

Branch Chairperson | UWC Branch | Young Communist League
Cape Town, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

Academia, Education and Training

Assistant Diocesan Secretary (Saldanha Bay) | Anglican Church of Southern Africa | St Bernard Mizeki Men's Guild
Cape Town, South Africa | 2010 - February 2012


Project Coordinator | Centenary Unit | African National Congress
Cape Town, South Africa | December 2010 - January 2012


Overall co-ordination of the ANC's Provincial Centenary Task Team in the Western Cape. Coordination duties included, among others, establishment of local centenary structures, stakeholder engagements, organising workshops and lectures and capacity building for regional and branch centenary teams. These duties were conducted under the direct supervision of Dr. Jean Swanson-Jacobs and later Mr Lerumo Kaloko, who served as Convenor of the Provincial Centenary Task Team

General Secretary: Central House Committee | Student Development and Support | University of the Western Cape
Cape Town, South Africa | 2009 - 2010

Academia, Education and Training

The Central House Committee is a Student Representative Council sub-structure, entrusted with a mandate of addressing student accommodation and related issues. Both the Chairperson and Secretary of the CHC serve on the SRC on an ex-officio basis.

Deputy Secretary | SASCO - UWC (Wanga Sigila) Branch
South Africa | 2008 - 2009

Branch Treasurer | Young Communist League
South Africa | 2008 - 2009

Educational history


Fumana Comprehensive School, Ekurhuleni (Alberton District) (2007)


University of the Western Cape

Cape Town, South Africa | January 2009 - October 2009

Emerging Leaders Programme - Student Leadership

A certificate programme for emerging leaders

University of the Western Cape

Cape Town, South Africa | 2008 - present

Bachelors Degree - Political Sciences & Public Administration



Advanced Leaders Programme | University of the Western Cape | 2010

Emerging Leaders Programme | University of the Western Cape | 2009

media exposure

ANC Today (Weekly Newsletter) | 2012

Contribution through an opinion piece titled "A Letter to the Class of 1976: souls yearning to rest in peace"

The New Age Newspaper | 2013

Opinion piece on the establishment of the Ministerial Oversight Committee on Higher Education Transformation,

ANC Media | 2012

Serves on the organisation's Media and Communication Sub-Committee

Competitive Accomplishments

Speech Writer to the Minister | Ministry of Energy | 2013

Other Achievements

Motivational and Public Speaker | 2009

Vuyo has distinguished himself a a motivational and inspirational speaker of note. He has delivered a number of speeches and sermons on various occasions including conferences, churches and other platforms. As a major highlight to date, he has delivered two addresses at graduation ceremonies at the University of the Western Cape.



International Education Association of South Africa

Member, 2010 - present

Young Communist League - UWC Branch

Branch Chairperson, 2010 - present

South African Students Congress

Activist, 2008 - present

Anglican Church of Southern Africa

Lay Preacher, 2008 - present


Richmond Oral History Project

Project Manager, January 2013 - present

Inspired by the ANC's Centenary Celebrations in the year 2012, Vuyo decided on initiating an oral history project in his hometown, Richmond (Northern Cape). The project would culminate into a book and documentary on the community's liberation history. The project intends on creating job opportunities for 20 unemployed young people who will serve as fieldworkers/research assistants for the entire duration of the project

Equal Education

Member, 2010 - present


Acknowledgement in the MEC's Speech

""Let me borrow from the words of one young researcher and writer from Cape Town Vuyo Yekani when he said about the crime that you young people are committing: “It is yet another harsh reality that there is to a greater extent an infestation of our society with crass materialism, afflicting many young people. Young people have elevated material riches; being flashy cars, glossy attires and classy alcoholic beverages to being barometers through which the success of any young person is measured. This has led to a creation of a generation of rich youth leaders who are devoid of critical thinking and intellectual proficiencies."" - 2012

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