Sydney Madibo – giving flight to his dreams

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April 4, 2016 by Student 24/7 Blog

Sydney Madibo – giving flight to his dreams

Remember the name Sydney Madibo, because this dynamic young leader is giving flight to his dreams and will serve to motivate many youngsters both locally and nationally.

As the Chairperson of the Campus Student Representative Council (CSRC) of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), Syndey needs no formal introduction. It is however his participation in the popular  One Day Leader reality television show (on SABC 1) that is making South Africans – young and old, sitting up and taking notice of this son of Sebokeng. Sydney has progressed well through the various knock-out stages and now finds himself as one of the final six contestants in the show.

Sydney proudly follows in the footsteps of NWU Vaal alumnus, Ndumiso Hadebo, who walked away as South Africa’s One Day Leader in the second season of the series in 2013.  Ndumiso is currently working towards creating the One Day Leader Foundation, which seeks to achieve the objective of the renewal of the African Continent by developing the leaders that are needed for the future of Africa.

One day Leader is a reality format that aims to identify and develop young leaders, between the ages of 18 and 25, while engaging the public and creating awareness around critical social and economic issues. For South Africa to reach its developmental goals, and address its many social issues, it will need strong leadership: not only now, but well into the future. The idea behind One Day Leader is not to criticize current leaders or forms of leadership. Instead the show aims to encourage young and bright minds to come up with innovative ways of addressing issues, while exposing them to the kinds of challenges and difficulties leaders are faced with.


More about Sydney

Sydney hails from Sebokeng, where he attended Thuto-Tiro Comprehensive School.  He is currently studying towards his Bachelors in Education and resides in the Kumba residence.  He fondly refers to his mother as his inspiration as she had to deal with a lot of hardship in her life, but still managed to rise above her circumstances.  “This means I have to show others who find themselves in the same situation that it is possible to rise above life’s hardships,” says Sydney and adds that it also places a responsibility on his shoulders to act with diligence, respect and the utmost humility at all times. As he says: “I have to lead by example.”

As the second youngest of seven siblings, Sydney – since early on in his childhood, has worked hard to distinguish himself amongst his peers. Throughout his school career he took part in debate and public speaking and represented the Gauteng Province at a national level in 2010. His passion for debating has seen him act as volunteer adjudicator at eisteddfods across the country.

He initially enrolled for a BA Law-degree, but subsequently changed to teaching. During his time on Campus he has fulfilled many leadership roles, including that of residence chairperson, the CSRC Transformation Officer and currently as the CSRC Chairperson.

When he is not busy with his studies or his leadership responsibilities, he frequents local schools to interact with the students and to motivate them to chase after their dreams. He is also no stranger to the microphone and has worked at the Campus Radio Station, River FM and Hope FM. Currently he anchors a feature called Yb20 during the Hope FM breakfast show.

This is the kind of legacy that the Vaal Triangle Campus wants to impart:  generations of alumni who are committed towards the transformation and empowerment of others as a perpetual goal in their own careers,” said Prof. Linda du Plessis – Campus Rector (acting). “We are very proud of Sydney for reaching the top six of this season and of the work that Ndumiso is doing”.



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