Meet the Top 6 of SABC1’s One Day Leader Contestants!


Get to know the contestants behind SABC1’s reality show One Day Leader season 5 – profiles including pictures.

The top 6 contestants of One Day Leader include Ludwekazi Ndlazi, Nandile Mlambo, Natasha Sesing, Sydney Madibo, Thamsanqa Pope and Zareef Minty.

Get to know them by reading profiles below!


Ludwekazi Ndlazi,Ludwekazi Ndlazi, born and bred in the Eastern Cape in a town called Mthatha.

She currently resides in Durban to further her studies at the Durban University of Technology.

This young aspiring entrepreneur, poet, writer and public speaker, is inspired by and, lives by the motto ‘Dream It Visualise It Make It happen’.

At the age of 22, with the vision to become a philanthropist, her goal is to accomplish one of her greatest dreams of becoming South Africa’s successful agent of change.

Though anticipating a career in the business world, the young writer believes that her passion for charity will motivate her to find more ways of impacting people’s lives and addressing social issues.

With a Bachelor of Technology in Management and studying further for her Degree in Financial Management, Ludwekazi takes pride in and promotes education.

Ludwekazi’s current community project is the Red Robot Campaign.

Because girl children at high school are faced with the challenge of missing school every month when having their periods, a need was identified by the youth of Durban who started a campaign collecting sanitary towels for grade 12 learners. These pads are to make sure that no learner misses school due to the inadequate supply of a basic need.


Nandile MlamboAged 25, Nandile Mlambo is vibrant and lives for ‘people development and nation building’.

Her passion is to use television to make the difference she would like to see in the world.

This highly driven lady enjoys taking on challenges where she can always contribute and learn something new.

On a monthly basis she donates food to street beggars. She is involved in church projects where school uniforms are donated to children, clothing to homeless people and orphanages.


Natasha Sesing says “I am a young lady who is as old as South Africa’s democracy. I am a Natasha Sesingprospective Social worker who strongly believes in being a voice to the voiceless and restoring power back to those regarded as vulnerable and powerless. I also believe that entrepreneurship cannot only change the pockets of our citizens, but also their mind-sets”.

“I am a third year Social Work student at North West University Mafikeng campus. I am the Deputy Secretary of the 2014/15 Student Religious Fraternity at the university. I serve as the administrator of my local church – Christ Love Church Mafikeng; where I am also co-leading the Outreach department that has committed itself to buying groceries and toiletries (on a monthly basis) to three families that we have been identified as being in need. On a quarterly basis we also donate clothing and food to other community members from Lokaleng Village.

Last year I was invited to attend the 2nd Annual Global Peace Workshop in Mugla, Turkey; and I represented our province and country.

This year I was also selected to attend the European Youth Parliament 2015 in Armenia, and due to lack of funding I was unable to attend this prestigious event. I also strongly believe that I am called into the business world; not only to own my own string of business enterprises, but to also find strategic ways to bring struggling or dead businesses back to life.

My prospective social work career allows me to cross pollinate between my passion for helping others and my passion for social entrepreneurship. I strongly believe in capitalizing on my skills and talents. I believe in dreams and endless possibilities”.


Sydney MadiboSydney Madibo is a 3rd year Education student at the North West University Vaal triangle campus.

He currently serves as the Campus SRC President and the Institutional SRCs Deputy President. Sydney Madibo is a seasoned debater and public speaker actively involved in youth development and youth programmess in the Sedibeng area focusing on motivation, communication, leadership and community outreach programmes.

Sydney Madibo is also a radio personality on Hope FM, 103 MHz every Monday from 7:00-8:00.

As founder of a community outreach youth movement called The Ave-Lanche, he works closely with local youth movements such as YB20 among others. Youth involvement is very important to him and he wishes to see more young people involved in leadership and youth activism.


Thamsanqa PooeThamsanqa Pooe from Sebokeng in the Vaal Triangle is currently in his 2nd year of studying BA Law, majoring in politics, international relations and law at the University of Witwatersrand.

He is an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Candidate Fellow. He is Chairperson of Project W with Wits SRC social and community development and is involved in many community projects where he gained most of his experience. Thamsanqa is a debating champion with many accolades behind his name.


Zareef MintyZareef Minty is a 21 year old, LLB student at the University of the Witwatersrand; he is a thought leader and innovator.

Zareef became the youngest national youth president in South African history at the age of 19.

He ran in the 2014 national general elections where he was 5th on the party’s parliamentary candidates list.

Zareef is a motivational speaker; he speaks at schools around South Africa every fortnight.

He also writes for the largest online news agency in South Africa called News24, where he contributes articles of politics, law, business and current events nationally and globally.

He also writes for Teen Zone which is a major teen magazine in South Africa, his articles and pieces are based on lighter topics like love, relationships and self-improvement.

He is the author of a book ‘Empire’ which is about the youth and their mind-set and teaches young people tips on how to improve their thoughts to attract positivity and success.

He started his own foundation ‘Zareef Minty Build a School Foundation’ which plans on building three schools in Limpopo by the end of 2017.

Zareef is a One Young World Ambassador for South Africa where he will represent the country in Bangkok later this year.

He has worked with organisations such as Reach For A Dream, UNICEF, United Nations Association of South Africa and many local hospitals in Klerksdorp.

Zareef recently joined Primestars Marketing as an ambassador in a line-up of ambassadors made up of huge influences and celebrities like Boity, Sibusiso Leope, Jimmy Nevis, Chad Saaiman, Simphiwe Dana and Farah Fortune to name a few.

Be sure to tune into One Day Leader @ 16:30 every Monday for the next 12 weeks on SABC1!